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BV Bicycle Ergonomic Review

This floor pump is a good value, though not the most high performing bike pump for a few minor design flaws
BV Bicycle Ergonomic
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Price:  $39 List | $32.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, reliable, great seal, minimal air loss
Cons:  Unstable base, harder-to-read gauge, stiff action on head clamp
Manufacturer:   BV Bicycle
By Lyra Pierotti ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 18, 2020
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RANKED
#7 of 14
  • Ease of Attachment - 25% 8
  • Stability - 20% 5
  • Inflation - 20% 7
  • Accuracy - 20% 9
  • Gauge - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The BV Bicycle Ergonomic bike floor pump is a lot of syllables to say, and we have even a few more than that to say about it. It is reliable and reasonably well-made with a few minor design flaws, which add up enough to knock this pump out of the running for an award. We like the pump head, it seals magnificently and loses minimal air upon dismount, but the clamp is very stiff and difficult to seal, so that's a bummer. The gauge and base also detract from its overall performance — they are both too small to make this a pump we would recommend for avid cyclists and daily pumpers.

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Pros Inexpensive, reliable, great seal, minimal air lossMetal base, good gauge, accurate, good valueDurable, metal tripod base, large accurate gauge, HV/HP switchWell-priced, easy-to-use, simple, accurateInexpensive, foolproof, metal base
Cons Unstable base, harder-to-read gauge, stiff action on head clampOdd base shape, heavier than most, short hoseClumsy pump head design, plastic gauge caseLess durable, small gaugeImprecise gauge, does not reach high pressures
Bottom Line This floor pump is a good value, though not the most high performing bike pump for a few minor design flawsBuilt to last, this affordable model performs above its list priceThis "gem" is impressively well priced for the quality and the utility of the featuresThis intuitive and straightforward bike pump gets the job done well for a very fair priceAn inexpensive pump for beginners that's not perfect, but gets the job done
Rating Categories BV Bicycle Ergonomic Topeak JoeBlow Spor... Crankbrothers Gem AerGun X-1000 Schwinn Air Center...
Ease Of Attachment (25%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
10.0
7.0
Stability (20%)
5.0
6.0
9.0
5.0
7.0
Inflation (20%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
Accuracy (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Gauge (15%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Specs BV Bicycle Ergonomic Topeak JoeBlow Spor... Crankbrothers Gem AerGun X-1000 Schwinn Air Center...
Max PSI 160 160 160 160 120
Weight 2.4 lbs 3.7 lbs 4.0 lbs 2.6 lbs 2.5 lbs
Height 24 in 27 in 25.2 in 24 in 24.5 in
Hose Length 34 in 30 in 36 in 34 in 28 in
Tubeless Recommended? No No No No No
Accessory Inflators Included? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The BV Bicycle Ergonomic is a decent and reliable bike floor pump for a good price. The gauge is not our favorite, and the attachment head has a minor flaw that detracts from this pump's overall score, but it is otherwise well made and easy to use.

Performance Comparison


The BV Bicycle Ergonomic bike floor pump in action!
The BV Bicycle Ergonomic bike floor pump in action!
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Ease of Attachment/Detachment


The Ergonomic has a dual-sided head, Schrader on one side, Presta on the other. It forms a remarkably secure seal and produces minimal air leakages, both excellent attributes. However, the locking mechanism is very stiff and difficult to secure, which detracts a little from its score in this metric. Additionally, we found that it was possible to push too hard to secure the head, and this caused the tire to expel air rapidly. The up-side is that, unlike other pumps, you really don't need to push the head on too hard to get an excellent seal. We doubt this would be a repeat issue.

We loved the dual-sided head design of the BV Bicycle Ergonomic...
We loved the dual-sided head design of the BV Bicycle Ergonomic floor pump, but the lever was hard to operate.
Photo: Lyra Pierotti

In short, for the most important attributes within this metric — the security of the seal and minimal air loss — we loved this pump head, and we would give it a top score if not for the darn stiff lever that clamps it in place.

The head of this pump got a great seal and allowed very minimal air...
The head of this pump got a great seal and allowed very minimal air leakage on the dismount.
Photo: Lyra Pierotti

Stability


The Ergonomic has a relatively small and disappointing base. It has just two feet for side-to-side stability and a little triangle that juts forward, adding minimal fore/aft stability. On uneven ground, this was a very poor performer. If you typically pump your bikes inside or on a flat, level surface, this may not be an issue. The rest of the pump is relatively well made, so this isn't necessarily a deal-breaker for everyone.

This floor pump is best on... well, floors. Level ones. That little...
This floor pump is best on... well, floors. Level ones. That little triangle strut that juts out really doesn't help much, especially on uneven ground.
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Inflation


This pump inflated our tires from 20-80psi in 33 strokes, a fairly average performance for this review. This is a few more strokes than some of the award winners but provides a reasonable blend between pumping efficiency and ease of pumping at higher pressures. Overall, we were pleased.

Ready, set, pump! The BV Bicycle Ergonomic floor pump is reasonable...
Ready, set, pump! The BV Bicycle Ergonomic floor pump is reasonable efficient and easy enough to pump.
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Accuracy


The Ergonomic is a spectacularly accurate bike pump. What really makes this pump shine is that there is little-to-no air loss when dismounting the pump head, meaning that the pressure registered on the gauge when you stop pumping is what is actually left in the tire after unhooking the pump. We verified this with a separate pressure gauge. Impressive results!

We tested each pump's accuracy with a separate air pressure gauge...
We tested each pump's accuracy with a separate air pressure gauge and this one was among the best!
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Gauge


This pump does not have a highly competitive gauge. On the smaller side, the numbers are on a white background and recessed inside the gauge in a way that makes them rather hard to read. However, there is a helpful red arrow to mark your goal pressure, which makes it much easier to reach your pumping goal without too much squinting.

This gauge was one of our least favorite features. The small numbers...
This gauge was one of our least favorite features. The small numbers and recessed faceplate make it harder to read.
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Value


This pump is a pretty good value. It has a few design flaws and limitations, but it is also on the more affordable end of the spectrum, making it a reasonable choice for less-avid cyclists, those on an accessory budget, or for a backup pump for cycling enthusiasts.

We like that this pump comes with accessories to blow up a ball or...
We like that this pump comes with accessories to blow up a ball or inflatable tube - and also glad we don't have to keep track of them because they're attached here, down low on the hose.
Photo: Lyra Pierotti

Conclusion


The BV Bicycle Ergonomic is a good pump for the price. It has a couple design flaws that make it out of reach of an award, but it is otherwise reliable and well made. The attachment head's clamp is very stiff and difficult to operate, which is a bummer because we really like this aspect otherwise — it easily achieves an impressive seal and does not lose much air on the dismount. However, the gauge is harder to read, and the base is less stable. Still, this is still a decent overall pump for the price.

The hose secures on both sides of the tube - we like this secure...
The hose secures on both sides of the tube - we like this secure storage feature because it makes it easy to grab the pump and put it away or toss it in the car to take on an adventure!
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