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Verdict: 
Well-made, well-designed, easy-to-use pump that does the job very well – hard to see past it at this price
Weight: 
1,790g

If you're in the market for a track pump it's pretty hard to see beyond the Topeak Joe Blow Sport, particularly if value for money is also a big part of the buying equation. The Joe Blow Sport gives you everything you need in one well put together (and serviceable) package at a wallet-friendly price too.

  • Pros: Well made, well priced, easy to use
  • Cons: Erm... none

High pressure or high volume, or indeed mid-pressure/mid volume as so many of today's fatter road tyres are, it's all grist to this pump's mill. I've used it on a variety of tyres during the (long) test period I've had it.

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It's a very easy pump to use – Topeak has been making track pumps for a long time and it's clearly got a handle (sorry) on what is required. The pumping action is smooth and the volume of air moved on each stroke more than adequate, the hose is a good length and rotates on the base so you don't get that awkward scenario of attaching the head to the valve and then watching the pump fall over cos you've twisted the hose back on itself.

Topeak JoeBlow III Floor Pump - footplate.jpg

And it comes with a double chuck – Presta on one side for most modern bike tyres and Shrader on the other... for your car. I have used it to pump the tyres on my car up too, and it did the job.

Topeak JoeBlow III Floor Pump - valve head.jpg

I didn't count how many strokes it took, but speaking of that – here's how I got when I did count the strokes on a variety of different tyres, plus a tyre booster for seating tubeless tyres on a rim:

  • Schwalbe Stelvio 25mm road tyre to 100psi - 28.5 strokes
  • Schwalbe G-One Sport 30mm tubeless road tyre to 70psi - 28 strokes
  • Kenda 700c hybrid tyre 37mm to 70psi - 39 strokes
  • Schwalbe Tire Booster to 140psi - 42 strokes

Worth also saying about the tyre booster that getting it to 140 was relatively easy – I've checked the stroke counts on other pumps we've tested and it took a lot more effort to get to that with some in this sort of price range – the Fabric Stratosphere Sport springs to mind.

Like this pump, max pressure on the booster is 160psi so I decided in the interests of research to head on up there. As you'd expect, the pumping action did get noticeably harder beyond 140psi but not so hard that it was a struggle – again, with other pumps of this price I've been wrestling the lever down or simply given up at pressures above 140. The Joe Blow maxed out at just under 160 – for 49 strokes, no wrestling involved – it simply reached a point in the downstroke and said 'that's yer lot'. Given the max rating on the metal bottle I was attempting to force air into was also 160, I was happy to call it quits there.

> How to choose your tyre pressure

Aside from its raw pumping performance, other things to commend about the Joe Blow are the easy-to-read pressure gauge dial – which gives you both psi and bar, and which also features a handy little slider that helps you mark your target pressure even more clearly.

Topeak JoeBlow III Floor Pump - gauge.jpg

In terms of performance, this pump's other big plus is the comfy rubberised handle – many of its competitors at this price point feature a hard moulded plastic handle. Having something a bit softer under hand does make a positive difference if you've got a few tyres to blow up or you're pumping up to higher pressures, as does the fact it's got a good stable base.

Topeak JoeBlow III Floor Pump - handle.jpg

Finally, should you wear any bits of it out, or break 'em, the Joe Blow Sport is serviceable: you can replace the gauge, hose, chuck, and the internals. That said, I've had our test sample for well over a year and the only thing I've broken was the deadline to get this review in. This one has been on four foreign trips in my bike box and come through them all unmarked and in full working order.

Would I buy one, and should you? My pumping needs are relatively modest: I've got one bike on the road, and there are currently three in our house, so at full RRP the Joe Blow Sport is at the very outer limit of what I'd consider paying for a pump. It is a very good pump, though, good value at full RRP (which is what I've based my value score on) and excellent value at the sort of discounted prices you can find it for online – as I write you can get it for as little as £28 and £30 seems to be about standard. A few weeks back at least one of the major retailers was selling them for £25 and most were around £28. For that money it's a stone cold bargain particularly when set against the fact that some pumps that are in my opinion a rung below it in terms of performance (and to be fair full RRP) are often not discounted as much so sell online for similar sorts of prices.

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All of which is a long way of saying that if you're looking to buy a track pump you're definitely not going to go wrong with this one – especially if you shop around for a good price.

Verdict

Well-made, well-designed, easy-to-use pump that does the job very well – hard to see past it at this price

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Topeak Joe Blow Sport III Pump

Size tested: Up to 160psi

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?

Track pump for workshop or home pumping needs. Here's what Topeak has to say...

"The new JoeBlow III continues the tradition of setting the benchmark for floor pump durability and performance, while ushering in upgrades with an enlarged 3' chronograph inspired gauge and new hammer style TwinHead DX pump head. A durable steel barrel and base as well as ergonomic padded handle make inflating tires a breeze."

"Chronograph inspired" eh? Who knew?

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

From Topeak:

Head: New hammer type TwinHead™ DX w/ extra long 360 pivot hose, Presta / Schrader / Dunlop

Barrel: Painted steel

GAUGE: 160 psi / 11 bar, 3' mid mount analog

Volume per stroke: 317.5 cc

BASE: Hardened steel

ADDED Features: Ball / bladder heads, Hose dock

SIZE: 67.8 x 25.3 x 11.7 cm / 26.7' x 10' x 4.6'

WEIGHT: 1.68 kg / 3.70 lb

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
10/10

Feels really well made, and after a year it still looks new.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

Really can't see there being any problems here.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
9/10

Very comfortable to use.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Definitely better than average, and at the sorts of prices you can buy it for online it's easily an 8 for value because it's a much better pump than most of the competition between £25 and £30.

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

Very well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It's just a really good all-round package.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

I think you'd struggle to find a better pump than this at its full RRP and you definitely won't at some of the prices you can find it discounted to.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

I've settled on a 9 but mainly because I have an aversion to saying that anything is a perfect 10 – this is pretty close though. It's thoughtfully designed, well made, does the job well, is easy to use, and it's serviceable too – and you can buy it at a very decent price.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 49  Height:   Weight:

I usually ride: Cotic Roadrat  My best bike is: Whatever I\'m testing at the moment

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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ktache [2136 posts] 5 months ago
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My Joe Blow De Lux is 20 or more years old.  I have run latex tubes on mountain bike tyres in all of that time, so I use it loads, and it has been marvelous, highly recommended.  I have to strip and clean it about every 5  years, I'm on my second smarthead, which I recently had to repair by combining bits, and the gauge is not great at the lower pressures I run, at least not according to the digital gauges I have used, Shimano AWFUL, topeak, wonderful, but it is consistant.  Might have to get an expansion chamber as I'm about to run 3 inch tubeless (it's getting real close now) and I would love the excuse to maybe have to buy a new pump (mmm Silka).  But the Joe blow keeps pumping.  I have just looked it up, Topeak make an air chamber, I now HAVE to consider it.  Their pumpy stuff is just so good.

Oh, almost forgot, I always carry a Topeak Master Blaster DX in my bag.  Which seeing as it features a Smart Head, was the same price as a Smart Head on it's own.  ?

I did buy a Leyzne HV Micro Floor as a leave at girlfriends, then at work and as an "adventure" pump, you know for the days when an extra apare tube is taken out.  It was shiny, but does hurt my hand.  So it's not just Topeak for me, quite.

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tom_w [239 posts] 5 months ago
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Mine's been great, the only problem I have with it is the thin edges don't play nicely with other things in the boot of the car. And it loves to fall over which can be a bit of a pain.  First world problems I admit.

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TomJ [17 posts] 4 months ago
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You can pick up the Sport 2 for about 23 quid. Is this new version with spending an extra 30% on?