Topeak's Roadie 2Stage can deliver a lot of air for its diminutive size thanks to both a high volume and a high pressure setting. It's not the most comfortable in your hand to use, but it does lock securely to the valve so none of your effort will be wasted.
If you're interested in the Roadie 2Stage, check out our guide to the best bike pumps for more options.
Carrying a pump (or other means of inflation) is a must, because, as we all know, the moment you leave it at home you are going to get a puncture. The Topeak Roadie 2Stage is ideal, as it's small and light. Measuring just 162mm in length and around 25mm in diameter, it can fit in a jersey pocket or saddlebag without you thinking about it.
A small size can mean a small volume of air, but the Roadie 2Stage performs better than you might imagine.
As its name suggests, it has a two-stage design: high volume (40.8cc) and high pressure (11.2cc), which are selected using the twist knob on the bottom of the pump.
From flat on high volume (HV) it achieved 40psi on a 28mm road tyre in 100 strokes, and 55psi after 150. Topeak says that it can achieve 75psi in HV, but because of how much arm pressure is required I didn't try.
Switching over to high pressure (HP) at 55psi, another 100 strokes saw the tyre reach 65psi, and 300 strokes achieved around 85psi. So, in total from flat, 450 strokes and about five minutes work.
Topeak claims a pressure of 160psi is achievable, but I'm not so sure – well, it's at least not happening with my arms.
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If you want more air per stroke, Topeak offers a larger Gravel 2Stage pump which delivers 71cc on HV and 25cc on HP. (Iwein tested that one last year.)
One thing to note is that the Roadie 2Stage only works on Presta valves.
The short length of the Roadie 2Stage does mean it isn't the most comfortable pump to hold, especially without gloves, but I did notice that the aluminium body doesn't seem to get as hot as some do when really forcing the air in. There are no places to pinch your fingers either, which is always a bonus.
One thing that I was impressed with is the thumb lever that secures the pump head onto the valve. It holds very securely – you don't need to be holding the pump in position with your hand.
You get a frame mount in the box and there is also a dust cover that clips over the end of the pump to keep the business end clean.
To keep the pump from extending when not in use, a twist of the head locks it into the main body.
The aluminium construction feels robust and there is no flex when pumping at higher pressures.
If the pump sits in a bag with other bits of pieces bouncing around, the painted finish can get scuffed up and look scruffy quickly. It didn't bother me, but it might if you like to keep your kit looking clean and tidy.
Priced at £36.99, the Topeak is a couple of quid more than the Lezyne Grip Drive HP that I reviewed last year. That's high pressure only, but because of its size – 231mm in length – it is just as efficient as the Topeak in terms of strokes versus psi. It doesn't fit into a jersey pocket as well, though.
The Beto Pre-Loaded Alloy Mini Pump uses a triple chamber design, but isn't as efficient as the Topeak (read the review here). It is a lot cheaper, though, at £27.99.
For its size the Roadie 2Stage is impressively efficient. It's well made, too. Okay, it isn't the cheapest out there, but thanks to the materials used in its construction it should stand the test of time. Plus, you can stash it just about anywhere.
Small and compact for storage, yet impresses when it comes to efficiency
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Make and model: Topeak Roadie 2Stage
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, "The Roadie 2Stage mini pump features an innovative 2Stage pressure selector that lets you choose high volume or high pressure to quickly fill your road bike tire effortlessly. Compact size easily fits into a jersey pocket."
It performs well for such a small pump.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
HEAD: Presta valve with thumb lock & integrated dust cap
CAPACITY: 160 psi / 11 bar
Stage 1: 0 - 75 psi
Stage 2: 75 - 160 psi
VOLUME PER STROKE:
Stage 1 - High Volume (40.8 cc)
Stage 2 - High Pressure (11.2 cc)
SIZE: 16.2 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm / 6.4' x 1.26' x 1'
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Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It delivers quite a bit of air per stroke considering its short length.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Thumb lock keeps the pump secure on the valve.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not the most comfortable pump to use.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's about the same price as the Lezyne mentioned in the review. There are others that are cheaper, like the Beko, but they don't offer the same efficiency or small size.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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The finish does mark so it can get a bit scruffy looking quickly, but when it comes to the performance I really rate the Topeak. For its size, it delivers a fair chunk of air to get you moving again quickly.
Age: 44 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
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