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Topeak JoeBlow Roadie EX

9
£36.99

VERDICT:

9
10
Excellent budget track pump that makes tyre inflation easy
Price
Fast and efficient
Great ergonomics
Very easy-to-use head
Solid build for the money
Gauge telltales are camouflaged!
Wobbly at full extension
No bleed valve
Weight: 
1,050g

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The Topeak JoeBlow Roadie EX looks great, feels light (if a bit rattly), and works extremely well. For the money it's a fantastic pump, as the only real niggles are a couple of style-over-function decisions Topeak could easily fix. It's one of the best track pumps you can get for the money.

This is a basic product, but arguably it should be – it blows up tyres. It's a good idea to keep it simple. The large chuck is easy to hold and the latch is easy to flick, and I found attaching it considerably easier than with most pumps. That right there is a big pro for me, and the way it fits straight onto either Presta or Schrader valves without adjustment is a bonus.

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It's not the longest hose at 100cm, but it's long enough to reach any part of a big wheel with slack to spare. It runs into the body next to a floor-level gauge that's pleasingly large (3.5in) and easy to read... for the most part. The PSI markers on the bezel and the BAR readout on the dial are big and clear in white, but for some reason both the movable pointer and the 60-120psi range are 'highlighted' in matt, battleship grey.

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Okay, it's a particularly bluey grey that's very attractive – it looks very stylish in the band at the top of the steel barrel – but down by your feet against the black plastic it's about as high-contrast as a coffee bean in space. It's a useful substrate for painting something brighter on, I suppose.

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The squarish plastic handle is tough and surprisingly comfortable even at high pressures…

2024 Topeak JoeBlow Roadie EX Blue - handle.jpg

…and generally one foot on the pump's foot is enough to keep it all stable. It's stable when stored, too, which is another thing not every pump manages. Some topple over like workplace compensation scammers if you so much as look at them wrong, which gets old pretty quick in a crowded shed.

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In my highly meaningful test, this took 34 strokes to take a flat 28mm tyre to 100psi on a 21mm internal diameter rim. No doubt you're comparing that with your own charts, but let me pre-empt you by saying that's good. It's also very easy compared with some pumps, needing only moderate force once over around 80psi. It tops out at 160psi, and while that takes a hard shove, it's not exactly hard work. It only took five strokes to go from 140psi to 160psi when I was filling an Airshot bottle.

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All it really lacks is a bleed valve for adjusting over-pressured tyres, but given the price it's hard to complain – plenty of more expensive pumps lack them too.

Pulled to full extension, the entire upper rod can wobble rather a lot in the barrel, but in use I never found it wanting to kink or wedge during the stroke. This slight rattliness, combined with the faintly bendy handle (at high pressures) and actually quite usefully low (1kg-ish) weight means it can feel slightly flimsy, but I strongly suspect it's not. The metal barrel and impact-proof plastics seem more than solid enough on closer inspection.

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Also, my personal experience is that Topeak generally builds things that last; I still use two old JoeBlow models that have done over a decade's service without issue. What's more, this Roadie EX arrived in a very mangled box alongside a considerably more expensive (£130) full-metal pump, and the metal one had significant damage. The Topeak suffered none.

Value

A £36.99 ticket sets this firmly at the lower end of the spectrum – fancy ones will run you well over £100, such as the Lezyne Pressure Over Drive tubeless track pump at £150, or the Silca Terra Floor Pump at £180.

There are budget competitors, such as the £29.99 Truflo Easitrax 4 Floor Pump – which has actually got £5 cheaper since we reviewed it! CAN YOU IMAGINE SUCH A THING? But that's heavier, can be slippery and has a less comfy handle.

For its easy use, assured performance and promising chances of longevity, the Roadie EX offers excellent value.

Conclusion

Overall, this JoeBlow makes blowing up your tyres really easy, and it's cheaper than a lot of fancier models that don't necessarily do it any better – some, in fact, do it worse. I don't know about you, but there's not much more that I want from a pump.

Verdict

Excellent budget track pump that makes tyre inflation easy

road.cc test report

Make and model: Topeak JoeBlow Roadie EX Blue

Size tested: One Size

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?

Topeak says: "A floor pump specifically designed for road bike and other high pressure tires featuring a large 3.5" easy-to-read base-mounted analog gauge for measuring tire pressure quickly and accurately."

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

Topeak lists these features:

HEAD

SmartHead with extra-long hose

BARREL

Painted steel

HANDLE / BASE

Engineering grade polymer

GAUGE

160 psi / 11 bar, 3.5' base mount analog

SIZE

66 x 24.5 x 18 cm / 26" x 9.6" x 7.1"

WEIGHT

1.14 kg / 2.51 lb

VOLUME PER STROKE

310 cc

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Great plastics, a steel barrel and it's neat-looking, but the action is sloppy – the handle can get significantly out of alignment at full extension.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Attaches easily and inflates rapidly and easily.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
8/10

Pretty light and portable for a track pump.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
8/10

Big chunky handle is ideal.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

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

It attaches to valves and blows up tyres really easily, and the gauge is big and clear. What more could you want?

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Big clear gauge, easy-to-attach head, low weight.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Very wobbly at full extension, nearly invisible pressure tell-tale arrow.

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

It's right down at the lower end of the market.

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

This is easy to attach, easy to pump, and easy to move around or store. What more do you really want? It's a little rattly-feeling, but its budget price means you can't seriously complain about that. Gauge highlights that actually highlight and a bleed valve on the chuck are all you could seriously ask for as improvements. As it is, for £36 it's excellent.

Overall rating: 9/10

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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Secret_squirrel | 1 week ago
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Worth looking at the Joe Blow sport for a few quid more.  Differences appear to be :

Yellow

Metal base

Little moving indicator doobry on the guage to show when you reach a certain pressure.

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