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Verdict: 
Great pump for amateur use, and cheap enough to carelessly throw in the back of the race vehicle
Weight: 
1,190g

The B'Twin FLP 7000 is a cheap, effective pump for garage/shed/support car use.

The twin foot metal base and aluminium body of the FLP 7000 give the pump a sense of solidity, and despite the shaft being a little rattly in the tube you can hoik down on the handle with confidence. It doesn't take long to get a road tyre up to pressure even if it is via just a single slim barrel without the girth or double-chamber fancies of other pumps. You can get to 100PSI in a 23mm tyre with ease in under 30 strokes, so it's a pretty useful pump.

The gauge at the base of the FLP 7000 promises that it can go up to 160PSI/11Bar should you wish, but you have to have pretty good eyes to see that as the face is small and a long way away (height dependant). Luckily there's a bright orange arrow on a rotating bezel that you can align to your preferred pressure to make correct calibration easier from several feet up, and the accuracy seems up to bar, I mean par.

The pump head is of the common twin-head variety with separate holes for Schrader and Presta valves, and there's a locking lever to keep it tightly clamped to the valve so you can use both hands for thrusting. It works well and after some considerable use the valve rubbers haven't become chewed and baggy, so it still pumps efficiently. It would be nice however if the valve heads were colour coded in some way so you could instantly tell which one was Presta or Shraeder without having to look for the tiny 'S' and 'P' embossed on the head or peer inside at the internals each time. It's a niggle that can easily be solved with a dab of paint or nail varnish though.

The pump hose wraps around the top of the handle to keep everything tidied away when idle but it's a little short when you need to put it to use, requiring frequent shuffles closer to the bike. This stunted tube is also mildly annoying when the bike is up in a workstand, so you have to spin the valve to the bottom for the pump to reach. It shouldn't be a big issue really but it leads to muttering every time.

The rubberized grips on the handle are comfortable enough for thwapping with, but it's a nod to the FLP 7000's bargain price that they're not stuck on and can slowly work their way loose over time. It's a simple job to slip them back on, but still. Then again, twenty quid.

Verdict

Great pump for amateur use, and cheap enough to carelessly throw in the back of the race vehicle

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road.cc test report

Make and model: BTwin FLP 700 Floor Pump

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

This is our best quality track pump. Aluminium and pressure gauge.

Decathlon's best track pump for twenty quid, blimey, and for the money it's a damn good pump.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Compatible with Schrader and Presta valves.'�

Pressure: 10 bar

Double foot and aluminium body for greater stiffness.

Needle pressure gauge.'�

Guarantee : 2 Years

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
5/10

Reassuring metal base and shaft compromised slightly by errant grips.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Efficient, reliable, accurate pumpicity.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Still performing well after several months of multi-bike use.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
5/10

Not the sturdiest pump, but solid enough for the job.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Twin foot base plate and comfy, if slowly slippy, grips.

Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Surprisingly good pump for very little cash.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

As track-pumps go it did its job pretty well, shifting air quick enough. A few annoying details though.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The price, and the fact that it just worked.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The short hose and small toe-based gauge were both a bit annoying.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes. Good enough for home use and cheap enough to toss in the back of the car to races.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 47  Height: 180cm  Weight: 73kg

I usually ride: It varies as to the season.  My best bike is: The one I\'m on at the time

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo cross, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Fun

 

Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.

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Grizzerly [366 posts] 5 years ago
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It looks as good as the ones which sell for three times the price with fashionable labels on them.
On the other hand, it doesn't look any better than the ones which sell for half the price in Aldi, Lidl and Wilkinsons.

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andyp [1609 posts] 5 years ago
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I buy track pumps according to performance, rather than looks. Needless to say, mine don't come from Lidl.