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Crankbrothers Klic HP Gauge + CO2

7
£54.99

VERDICT:

7
10
Cleverly designed, efficient and mostly well made, but durability is questionable
Shifts air really well
Useful gauge
Flexible hose attaches with magnets
Integrated CO2 adaptor
Inner barrel scores easily
Sideways play along its travel
Weight: 
159g

The Crankbrothers Klic HP With Gauge & CO2 is a really effective pump that's stuffed with clever features. The gauge is basic but fairly accurate, the fold-out handle and flexible hose make pumping easy, and build quality is excellent – bar, unfortunately, one important exception.

Hiding in this pump are a basic pressure gauge on a flexible hose, a Presta-only adaptor for screwing on a CO2 canister instead of bothering with pumping, and a fold-out T-handle that makes forcing high pressures into your tyres significantly less exhausting.

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The machined alloy connector reverses to switch between Presta and Schrader valves, and the o-rings that seal it are really chunky and effective. Despite the connector being anodised blue, and therefore twice as good as plain, the real magic is at the other end of the hose.

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The hose attaches to the pump body with a magnet. Sounds hokey, but high pressures and frantic pumping fail to detach it accidentally, plus it clips on or comes off in a second.

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At first, you may wonder where all this stuff is. Unfolding the black plastic T-handle reveals a hole from which you shake the hose/gauge, before poking it onto the magnetic connector at the other end. Click (or maybe Klic) and it's ready. Can't see the connector? Twist the silver cuff and it rotates to shield or expose the magnetic connector. It's all really clever.

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Better still, the pump works really well to put air in your tyres. It shifts a decent volume with each stroke, and the T-handle really helps comfort and leverage. Three minutes' pumping gets my 28mm tyres to 80psi, which is impressive, and it's only at this point where the force needed per huff gets noticeably high.

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The flexy hose keeps your tyre valves safe from shoves, though it's best to pump from the non-disc side – it's just the right length to put your knuckles right next to the disc.

The gauge is a basic spring type and rises rather jerkily at times, but it's accurate within around 5psi – which is about as accurate as the gauge itself anyway. I found it useful, anyway.

> How to work out the best tyre pressure

Both endcaps could be better. The one holding the CO2 adaptor in is smooth and can be hard to remove with gloves/wet hands/cold fingers – ideally the sides would be knurled for grip. Meanwhile, the other cap holds the ratcheting (Klicking?) dust cover mechanism, but can come loose. To properly snug it down you need a 14mm pin spanner and you [SPOILER ALERT] don't have one.

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The Klic comes with a simple plastic frame mount with a Velcro strap. It's not as fancy as the silicone/metal one found on Crankbrothers' Sterling With Gauge (review to come), but it works just fine.

Less confidence-inspiring is the finish of the inner barrel. It's matt like brushed aluminium, but is coated to create a smooth, slippery feel. Whatever it is, this coating is soft and prone to damage – and ours had several small dull, worn spots right from the off.

These feel rough under a fingernail and are noticeable lows; the coating here has failed. There's a fair bit of play in the pump's bushes, too (enough to let the action lock at full extension), allowing flex that is only likely to accelerate wear. Exactly how it will suffer longterm I can't say, though it will only spoil smoothness, not airtightness.

To be clear, during the test I never had a problem with friction or sticking when actually inflating tyres – just when I was provoking it.

> Buyer’s Guide: 20 of the best pumps and CO2 inflators

At £54.99, the Klic is expensive. For instance, our three most recent mini-pump reviews are the Fabric Millibar at £35, the Merida Telescope at £23 and the Topeak Roadie TT Mini Pump at £29.99. Both the Fabric and Topeak scored very well – though to be fair, neither offer CO2 compatibility or a gauge.

The Birzman Sheath Apogee is a solid pump with CO2 compatibility, and costs £39.99, while the Blackburn Core CO2'Fer Mini Pump is £36.99 and comes complete with a bad pun. Again, though, the Klic beats both by including a gauge.

Overall, the Crankbrothers Klic HP With Gauge & CO2 is a clever, effective and easy pump that's had attention lavished on every aspect of its design... except the actual pumping bit. It shifts air well and attains road bike pressures easily, but the sideways play and poor finish of the mechanism mean it might not go the distance its price implies.

Verdict

Cleverly designed, efficient and mostly well made, but durability is questionable

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Crankbrothers Klic HP Gauge + CO2

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?

Crankbrothers says it's "The high-pressure portable hand pump with hidden hose, pressure gauge, and co2 inflator."

Swap the definite article for indefinite and hey, my feelings exactly.

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

Crankbrothers lists:

length 260mm

pressure 120psi / 8.3bar

warranty 5 years

weight 170g

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Generally excellent beyond the disappointing sliding mechanism.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Shoves air quickly and easily to high(ish) pressures.

Rate the product for durability:
 
5/10

Inner sliding section on ours is showing signs of wear very fast.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
6/10

Fairly beefy at 159g, but acceptable given its features.

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

Folding T-handle and flexy hose make this very comfortable to use.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

It's expensive, though still cheaper than a separate pump, gauge and CO2 head. And cheaper pumps we've tested don't have the gauge or the CO2 adaptor...

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

Very well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Efficiency and clever design.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Weak and disappointing sliding mechanism.

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

At £54.99, the Klic is expensive. For instance, our three most recent mini-pump reviews are the Fabric Millibar at £35, the Merida Telescope at £23 and the Topeak Roadie TT Mini Pump at £29.99. Both the Fabric and Topeak scored very well – though to be fair, neither offer CO2 compatibility or a gauge.

The Birzman Sheath Apogee is a solid pump with CO2 compatibility, and costs £39.99, while the Blackburn Core CO2'Fer Mini Pump is £36.99 and comes complete with a bad pun. Again, though, the Klic beats both by including a gauge.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Maybe

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, with caveats.

Use this box to explain your overall score

With a smoother, less wobbly action and a better choice of material for the inner barrel, this could be an eight or nine. Its efficiency and features are genuinely useful, and go a long way to justifying the weight and cost. As it is, it's still good and a seven.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 48  Height: 183cm  Weight: 78kg

I usually ride: Vitus Zenium SL VR Disc  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: general fitness riding, mtb,

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