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Lezyne Steel Floor Drive Review
Cons: Better for road tires, detachment takes a good yank
Bottom line: An excellent product that screams quality with style.
Weight: 3.75 lbs
Hose Length: 47 in
Lezyne pumps stand out from the competition both in looks and build quality. We were instantly drawn to our Editors' Choice award winner, the Steel Floor Drive, as it stood out from the sea of plastic comprising many of the other pumps we tested. This was a pump we fell for fast and couldn't help but imagine growing old with. With a sturdy machined aluminum base, steel barrel and varnished wooden handle, we knew this pump would stay with us for the long-haul. This base-model pump from Lezyne starts at a higher price point than many other manufacturer's mid or higher end offerings, but the quality is well worth the money. The ABS2 (Air Bleed System) air chuck was the favorite head among all the pumps in our test; it allows air to be released directly from the tire with the push of a button.
The Steel Floor Drive pushed a large volume of air and filled all types of tires quickly and efficiently and the easy to read gauge reaches a stratospheric 220 psi. There's a mantra among a certain breed of cyclists that "steel is real". Although it might be heavier, steel is durable and something about its inherent heft instills confidence.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
This pump is tall, slim, stable, reliable, and looks amazing in red. It is capable of achieving pressures as high as 220 psi, making this pump appropriate for all cycling disciplines. Whether you run low pressure fat tires or high pressure clinchers in the velodrome, the Steel Floor Drive has you covered. Masquerading as a piece of art, this pump will look perfectly at home next to a fixed gear bike in some hipster's apartment in Portland. The ABS2 air chuck seals firmly to both Presta and Schrader valves and was a favorite head design among testers. A bleed button located directly on the ABS2 air chuck makes fine tuning of pressure quick and convenient. The extra long 47" high pressure hose allows both front and rear tires to be filled without moving the pump, even with the bike set high in a bike work stand. The machined aluminum base, steel barrel and piston give strength and reliability and the varnished wooden handle provides a durable, timeless design
This pump has a simple tripod base design and the 2.5 inch gauge resides on the distal end of the front base leg, with the hose attaching between the barrel and the gauge. The legs taper slightly from their origin at the base of the barrel and extend outwards 4 1/8 inches, just wide enough for your feet without being too clunky, all while maintaining a slim profile. The 1/2 inch height of the base legs are low-profile, keeping the user well-balanced and off his/her heels during vigorous pumping. The underside of the aluminum base features four small rubber nodes embedded towards the end of the legs. These legs provide a slip-free experience on a variety of slick floor surfaces.
Ease of Attachment/Detachment
Read the directions to learn how to properly affix the ABS2 air chuck to Presta and Schrader valves. Here at OutdoorGearLab, we're often guilty of tearing open product boxes and getting straight to work without consulting owner's manuals. Although our Santa Claus dresses in brown and looks more like a UPS guy, we can't help but want to play with our new toys right away.
For Presta valves, start with the red sleeve in the back position, press it onto the valve, slide it forward, and twist to create the seal. To affix the chuck to Schrader valves, the sleeve should be placed in the forward position and threaded onto the valve stem. To release the air chuck from Presta valves, simply slide the sleeve back and pull the chuck off. Only a very slight release of air was noticed upon detachment from Presta valves. Slightly more care must be taken when unthreading from a Schrader valve to prevent air loss. The extra long 47 inch hose easily reaches both tires when placed at the middle of the bike, even when suspended in a work stand, while the hose stores at the base of the pump. While some testers would prefer it closer to the top of the pump, we often found ourselves "taking a knee" anyway when attaching a pump to tires, especially when the bike is on the ground instead of in a bike work stand.
The aesthetics of the gauge are consistent with the rest of the pump's sleek design and clean lines. Bold, black numerals stand out against a brushed silver background. From 0 to 220 psi (highest tested), the gauge reads in increments of 20 with intermediate hashes at the odd 10s. The readings are a bit spaced and thus will involve a bit of an estimation. The gauge is 2 1/2 inches in diameter; positioned at the end of the front leg, it increases the surface contact area of that tripod leg and further increases stability, especially resisting forward tipping. From the floor, the gauge housing reaches 2 1/4 inches in height, with the actual display at 2 inches high. As was common with many of the pumps we tested, fat tubeless mountain bike tires commonly run at 20-25 psi and only make use of a very small portion of the gauge's display.
Only the Park Tools pfp-8 pump required fewer strokes to reach the tire pressures outlined in our test protocol. The quality of each stroke was particularly noteworthy, however. Even when reaching the higher pressure of our skinny road tire inflation test, testers remarked on the power they felt behind each stroke due to the sturdy base and solid wood handle. When we dissected each pump and had a look at the internals, both Lezyne models that we tested, including the Lezyne Steel Digital Drive, seemed of a higher quality than the rest of the lot.
At the conclusion of our testing process, in how we test, the Steel Floor drive proved to be a top scorer in accuracy. On average, the reading on the gauge differed by only 1.1 psi when compared to our digital pressure gauge, leading us to believe that the ability to fine-tune pressure with the ABS2 air chuck aided in these results. The tight seal on the valves, coupled with minimal air loss experienced when removing the head, likely contributed as well.
Dialing in the perfect pressure has never been easier than with the ABS2 air chuck. The pressure release button is within thumb's reach and unlike the Lezyne Steel Digital Drive, this pump bleeds air directly from both Presta and Schrader valves. Considering how seldom we deal with Schrader valves, the Digital Drive air bleed function was of limited use to us. Other pumps like the Bontrager Flash and Topeak Booster were capable of bleeding air but the valve was located on the pump body itself.
If you're strictly a mountain biker, we urge you to check out the high-volume series of floor pumps by Lezyne. These pumps share the same quality and features Lezyne is known for, but are optimized for inflating larger diameter, low pressure tires. The gauge offers more detail at the lower pressure readings that often comprise such a small portion of many pump gauges.
Coming in at only 10 dollars more than our Best Buy pick, the Joe Blow Sport 2, we feel that the precision engineering, superb ABS2 air chuck, wooden handle, and overall sexiness of this pump is worth the extra bit of cash. We're willing to bet the ABS2 chuck will make every other pump head you've used feel inferior. The pump included an accessory bladder inflator which was appreciated but lacking a place to store it on the pump; much like the Serfas TCPG and Topeak Joe Blow Sport 2, it soon went missing in action.
High quality construction, performance, and design are what set this pump apart from the rest of the field, declaring it our Editors' Choice Award winner. Tough steel construction ensures this pump will remain in your garage long after many other pumps have been relegated to the landfill. The ABS2 creates a solid seal regardless of valve type and you'll get the exact pressure you desire the first time, every time, with the ability to release pressure right at your fingertips with the press of a button. The classic styling of this pump is timeless and will look as cool in 20 years as it does today.
— Sean Cronin
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