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Lezyne Steel Floor Drive Review

A stylish pump with quality construction and good performance.
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Price:  $60 List | $59.99 at Competitive Cyclist
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Pros:  ABS1 flip-thread chuck, steel barrel and base, wooden handle, long hose, durability, stylish appearance
Cons:  Gauge accuracy issues
Manufacturer:   Lezyne
By Mark Schanzenbach ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 15, 2019
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  • Stability - 20% 9
  • Inflation Speed - 20% 8
  • Accuracy - 20% 6
  • Gauge - 15% 8

Our Verdict

A previous Editors' Choice award winner, Lezyne's Steel Floor Drive pump has a sleek, sexy look to it, simultaneously classic and modern, which screams quality. It reminds us of something we'd see in a grandfather's garage, a pump that's been quietly working whenever called into service over the last 60 years or so… but also looks like it belongs next to a fixed-gear rig in a $3000/month apartment.

Aside from some moderate gauge accuracy issues, this pump was also an excellent performer in our tests. Overall, it's a strong performer that looks great, it has the durability to go the distance, and people love using it.


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Pros ABS1 flip-thread chuck, steel barrel and base, wooden handle, long hose, durability, stylish appearanceAnyValve head, long hose, large clear gauge, highly accurate, steel tripod baseMetal base, good gauge, accurate, good value.Inexpensive, durable, metal tripod base, large accurate gauge, HV/HP switchDual functionality, extra long hose, steel base, quiet, portable, air bleed valve, easy to read gauge
Cons Gauge accuracy issuesHose doesn't hold down pump handleOdd base shape, heavier than most, short hose.Clumsy pump head design, plastic gauge caseExpensive, heavy, intense effort to fill chamber, gauge not great for low pressures
Bottom Line A stylish pump with quality construction and good performance.This excellent pump impressed us on every level and wins our Editor's Choice award for best floor pump.Built to last, this affordable model performs above its list price.Our Best Buy award winner, this pump offers excellent all-around performance at a very reasonable price.A high-quality and high priced model that replaces the need for an air compressor to inflate tubeless tires.
Rating Categories Lezyne Steel Floor Drive Blackburn Piston 4 Topeak JoeBlow Sport III Crankbrothers Gem Topeak JoeBlow Booster
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Specs Lezyne Steel Floor... Blackburn Piston 4 Topeak JoeBlow... Crankbrothers Gem Topeak JoeBlow...
Max PSI 220 220 160 160 160
Weight 3.8 lbs 3.8 lbs 3.7 lbs 4.0 lbs 6.4 lbs
Height 25.8 in 25.9 in 27 in 25.2 in 29 in
Hose Length 48 in 42.5 in 30 in 36 in 59 in
Tubeless Recommended? No No No No Yes
Accessory inflators included? Yes No Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Lezyne Steel Floor Drive pump is sleek, slick, and beautifully designed. It has a minimalistic look, has been engineered with only the essential parts, and is almost entirely constructed of metal and wood. Of all pumps tested, it's the only one we seriously considered displaying on our wall as a work of art. A previous winner of OGL's Editors' Choice award for best floor pump, it scored very well in our tests and is highly recommended, especially for anyone who prioritizes style in their floor pump choices.

Performance Comparison


Standing by  ready to pump.
Standing by, ready to pump.

Stability


With a steel tripod base and the heavy-duty gauge built into the front leg, this pump is easily the most stable of those we tested. The gauge has been recently updated from a 2.5" diameter to an enormous 3.75" (more on that below), and this added bulk lends even greater stability to the base. All that steel at the bottom with a light wooden handle on top keeps the center of gravity nice and low, so it recovers well from being knocked sideways in any direction. The bottom of the base has a few small rubbery bits at the end of the legs to keep the pump from sliding around and protect your floors. The tripod legs are just long enough for users to stand on them comfortably while pumping, while still being short enough to maintain the pump's slim profile.

A slim steel tripod base with a huge gauge built in means great stability.
A slim steel tripod base with a huge gauge built in means great stability.


Ease of Attachment/Detachment


The Steel Floor Drive comes with a very nice ABS1 flip-thread chuck, which unscrews and flips easily to accommodate either Presta or Schrader valves. Each end of the reversible piece is clearly labeled. To attach the head to your tire valve, push down and twist to tighten. It's a very intuitive motion, even for folks with little prior knowledge of bike tires or pumps, as long as they're familiar with the ol' righty-tighty-lefty-loosey.

The ABS1 pump head  one of our favorite designs  as long as you don't find yourself frequently swapping between valves in a hurry.
The ABS1 pump head, one of our favorite designs, as long as you don't find yourself frequently swapping between valves in a hurry.

Of all pumps tested, this head design was most consistently able to boast zero air loss whatsoever when attaching or detaching from valve stems, either Presta or Schrader. The only conceivable air loss with this design comes from bumping an open Presta valve accidentally, which can hardly be blamed on the pump. A bleed button located directly on the ABS1 head makes intentional fine-tuning of pressure quick and convenient. Our testers were overwhelmingly pleased with this head design, although using it does take a little more time and patience than pump heads with the more common "push down and lock lever" designs; it's especially time-consuming if you need to frequently switch back and forth between valve stem types. Ultimately this comes down to user preference.

The air hose on the Lezyne Steel Floor Drive is on the longer end, a generous 48 inches, which gives it an extra foot-and-a-half over the ToPeak JoeBlow Sport III, Bell, and Schwinn models we tested. This extra length is convenient for anyone who doesn't like repositioning their pump between tires, or anyone who puts their bike in a work stand before pumping. Other pumps such as the JoeBlow Pro X and our Editors' Choice Blackburn Piston 4 are also good choices for those in need of longer hoses.

Gauge


The newly upgraded 3.75-inch gauge, built into the steel base, features silver print on black, as well as black print on silver, and maxes out at 220 PSI (15 bar). The Steel Floor Drive's new gauge is the largest we've seen, if not the brightest, and aesthetically it fits well with the pump's sleek looks. It's plenty clear, even looking all the way down to the floor while standing above it, and our testers did not experience any difficulty using it.

The gauge's construction is where it shines. In addition to its attractive appearance, the casing around the gauge is part of the same piece of machined steel that makes up the rest of the base, making it incredibly stable, and it's very securely mounted within that case. If this review were for "best bike pump to use as a club if necessary for self-defense," the steel floor drive would surely win the prize, with a suggestion to strike gauge-first if possible.

The only real gauge-related concern with this pump is its continued moderate struggles with gauge accuracy in our tests (see "Accuracy" below for further information), though it's not so far off as to render it unusable for most purposes.

The newly upgraded giant gauge of the Steel Floor Drive.
The newly upgraded giant gauge of the Steel Floor Drive.

Inflation Speed


One of the better performers for inflation speed, this pump requires fewer pumps to reach desired pressures than all but the miraculous Blackburn Piston 4, as well as specific high volume pumps (which are mostly impossible to pump to even moderately high pressure). The pumping motion is very smooth, the wooden handle is quite comfortable, and pumping a skinny tire up as high as 120 PSI required no major increased effort per stroke. The sturdy steel base and strong wooden handle assist with making pumping an enjoyable experience. As such, this pump is especially highly recommended for anyone whose needs involve very high-pressure tires, such as those for track bikes.

The wooden handle is comfortable to use and stylish to look at.
The wooden handle is comfortable to use and stylish to look at.

Accuracy


Gauge accuracy continues to be a slight problem for this pump in our repeated tests. Repeated tests with a few different types of tires had this gauge reading consistently off by roughly 3-5 PSI. Pumping a tire to a reading of 80 PSI shows 75-77 PSI on our independent gauge. Pumping to 30 PSI yielded 26 to 28 PSI. This is an improvement from our last round of tests with this pump, but it's still not showing the same accuracy as some other models. 5 PSI isn't an enormous discrepancy, and would not be likely to cause concern for casual bike riders, but for more serious cyclists this could make a big difference and is worth considering.

When the Lezyne Steel Floor Drive isn't in use  consider displaying it as an art piece.
When the Lezyne Steel Floor Drive isn't in use, consider displaying it as an art piece.

Best Applications



Due to the high pressure it's capable of delivering, perhaps the best application for the Lezyne Steel Floor Drive is very high-pressure tires for track and road racers. Having a gauge that goes to 220 doesn't mean the user is required to go that high though, and this pump would be perfectly capable of pumping up lower pressure mountain bike tires. If you're strictly a mountain biker, you might be more interested in a high volume pump; we've reviewed two very inexpensive options in the Bell and Schwinn models, as well as our Best Buy award winner the Crankbrothers Gem with its handy HV/HP switch.

It's not the lightest pump for travel, but it's sturdy enough to be tossed in a big travel bag or loosely into the bed of a truck and come out pumping strong on the other side. Or keep it on a windowsill, on display in your Manhattan apartment to show off to guests and neighbors, combining form and function, ready for action whenever your tires get low. One reviewer is thinking particularly hard about that last option.

Value


Although it isn't one of the thriftiest pumps we've reviewed, there are also much more expensive ones which have let us down, and this is quite a nice pump for $60. Quality construction, stylish design, solid all-around performance, and it feels good to use. There are some adequate pumps available that cost half as much, but we wouldn't count on them lasting as long, and they certainly won't look as good. Lezyne also makes replacement parts available for their pumps at reasonable prices on their website, so if your hose gets cut or the face of your gauge gets smashed, you don't have to throw the whole pump away.

Conclusion


Although there are some lingering questions about the accuracy of the gauge, this is really a great pump that our reviewers and their friends loved using, and folks who tried a number of pumps we tested remarked informally that if they were able to keep just one, they'd have their eye on the shiny black steel. The ABS1 flip-thread chuck makes for an easy to use and reliable pump head. It feels smooth and solid when pumping, and looks good doing it.


Mark Schanzenbach