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Verdict: 
Highly recommended for workshop use, fast, effective, accurate and tough
Weight: 
1,760g
Contact: 
www.zyro.co.uk
Zéfal Profil Max FP50 track pump
8 10

Zéfal's FP50 Profil Max Track Pump is a tough piece of kit that's fast, effective and accurate.

At 1775g, there's a distinctly old school flavour to Zéfal's FP50 Profil Max that runs much deeper than the tough red/black livery. Its a steel barrel and base don't make it light, but they help it stand up to accidentally being kicked across the workshop floor — any mechanic who says they've never done that is telling porkies.

The dual-compound composite handle and super smooth piston make it a joy to use. The hose is a useful 110cm long. The patented Z-Switch head is a welcome innovation that overcomes the questionable durability of one-head-fits-all designs heads and the dismantle-and-swap faff factor associated with reversible heads. That said, ours seemed susceptible to air locks when toggling between valve types.

The FP50 also features a gargantuan gauge, accurate to within 2psi (verified by a standalone, digital unit) complete with integral magnifying lens and red bezel that void any excuses for under/over inflation. It got a 700x23 tubular to 160psi in 50 strokes, and a 700x24mm wire on reached 120psi in 28. To get a 700x35 to 100psi required 30 while a 26x1.75 was pushed to 80psi in 50 strokes.

Verdict

Highly recommended for workshop use, fast, effective, accurate and tough

road.cc test report

Make and model: Zéfal FP50 Trackpump

Size tested: Red

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?

"FP50 floorpump with heavy duty steel barrel and base. The FP50 includes a 1100mm extra long hose which includes the patented Z-Switch system for either Presta or Schrader valves. Pressure capacity is 180 psi." A delight to use and I can attest to a genuine 160psi.

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

Steel barrel & base, composite handle, pressure gauge with integral magnifying lens, 110cm hose.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Very sturdy.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

Reassuringly hefty. 1775g by my scales.

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

Lovely to use.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

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

Solid materials, construction and innovative features mean the FP50 is a delight to use. Genuinely accurate to within 2psi, its 68cm stature and composite handle are comfortable for prolonged periods, while the smooth action races even the most demanding tubulars to optimum pressure.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Pretty much everything.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Tendency for air locks when swapping between valve patterns.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

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: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

 

Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)

13 comments

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Peowpeowpeowlasers [427 posts] 2 years ago
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£40 for a device that moves air from one place to another. I bought a track pump from Tesco about ten years back, it cost me about a tenner. Still works perfectly.

I suppose £40 gets you better quality air or something.

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purplecup [217 posts] 2 years ago
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[more than i paid] for [nicer thing than i have]? it's a rip-off! you should get [the thing i have] and save yourself [the difference between the nice thing and the ordinary thing]!

*insert into every review of anything ever*

Lidl do one for £4.99. Tesco? how bourgeois.

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andyp [1473 posts] 2 years ago
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£4.99? Luxury. When I was a lad, etc.

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Nick T [970 posts] 2 years ago
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What a con, I just put my lips to the valve and blow.

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 2 years ago
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you can make a perfectly serviceable trackpump from a length of drainpipe, some pipe lagging an an old broom handle. don't get ripped off.

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Peowpeowpeowlasers [427 posts] 2 years ago
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purplecup wrote:

[more than i paid] for [nicer thing than i have]? it's a rip-off! you should get [the thing i have] and save yourself [the difference between the nice thing and the ordinary thing]!

*insert into every review of anything ever*

Lidl do one for £4.99. Tesco? how bourgeois.

I'll spend more money on products that offer something extra. A nice Gore jacket, or decent lighting (there's several hundred quid's worth on my bike). A good chain, a carbon alternative to a heavy component, Chris King or Hope bearings. But a pump? I doubt anyone can convince me of the need to buy a pump that's slightly shinier than another pump, when both can do the job equally well.

It's your money but I'd rather spend mine on discernible improvements.

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andyp [1473 posts] 2 years ago
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Can you confirm that the only difference is shinyness? I've used neither this Zefal nor the Tesco one. I'd be concerned about getting a tub up to 160 on a ten quid pump, but then I hadn't considered the shiny factor.

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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Air? Pah, I just ride directly on the rims, this whole tyre and inner tube malarkey is just a ploy by rubber manufacturers to sell more unnecessary products.

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Flying Scot [921 posts] 2 years ago
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I bought a Zefal HPX frame pump in 1983, I damaged it last week, Zefal still do the spares, which were delivered in 3 days for under 5 euro's. How many 5 quid pumps are you going through in 30 years?

Some friends have bought cheapo track pumps in Supermarkets, not one has managed 100psi, so they're effectively useless for road bikes.

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nowasps [485 posts] 2 years ago
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I have a pump that cost about £25 eight years ago.

It's crap.

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Flying Scot [921 posts] 2 years ago
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nowasps wrote:

I have a pump that cost about £25 eight years ago.

It's crap.

Throw it oot then.

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nowasps [485 posts] 2 years ago
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Flying Scot wrote:
nowasps wrote:

I have a pump that cost about £25 eight years ago.

It's crap.

Throw it oot then.

I fully intend so to do. However the swearing and shouting that goes on in my hall way before a ride, is an excellent warm-up routine.

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Rowerowy [4 posts] 2 years ago
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I agree with previous comments, price is to high  10

I wouldn't go for cheap bike (like Tesco or smth) but pump? Got also the one from Lidl and it workin' fine like 3 years so far.