Pro Bike Tool High Pressure Pump with Gauge Review
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Pro Bike Tool High Pressure Pump with Gauge
$32.79 at Amazon
$20.95 at REI
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$32.65 at Amazon
|Pros||Inexpensive, pumping performance, easy to use||Great pumping performance, affordable||Easy to use, threadless valve head, retractable hose, doubles as a front shock pump||Lightweight, portable, flex fill hose||Inexpensive, easy to use, durable|
|Cons||No hose air bleed||Outdated head type, lacks gauge, on larger side||Hose is short, not as powerful as larger pumps, not for road bikes||No air bleed, not versatile||Hard plastic frame bumpers, heavy|
|Bottom Line||An inexpensive mini pump with good pumping performance and design||A high performance mountain bike pump that won't break the bank||The ideal pump for a mountain biker looking for a capable, lightweight, low-profile frame, or jersey pocket, pump||A diminutive mini pump with excellent high pressure pumping performance||A durable frame pump at a competitive price|
|Rating Categories||Pro Bike Tool High...||Topeak Peakini II||Birzman Velocity Ap...||Topeak RaceRocket HP||Zefal HPX|
|Pumping Performance (30%)|
|Ease of Use (30%)|
|Looks and Design (10%)|
|Specs||Pro Bike Tool High...||Topeak Peakini II||Birzman Velocity Ap...||Topeak RaceRocket HP||Zefal HPX|
|Length||23cm||27.5cm||17.78cm||18.5cm||52cm Max, Min 46cm|
|25C Road Tire Pressure following 200 Pumps||68psi||85psi||44 psi at 100 pumps||46psi||95psi|
|Tire Pressure 27.5 x 2.3" Following 300 Pumps||30psi||55psi||22psi||12psi||34psi|
|Ability to reach 90psi in a road tire 25cc||yes||Yes||N/A||Yes||Yes|
|Pump Head Type||Hose Thread On||Standard with locking lever||Non-thread hose, slip on||Hose Thread On||Standard Integrated with locking lever|
|Frame Mount Bracket Included||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Spring Loaded for Frame Mount|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Pro Bike Tools High-Pressure Pump is a great pump at a great price. It is less specialized to a specific function when compared to our Editors' Choice Award winners, but it has the advantage of being versatile enough to be used for multiple applications. Quality construction and a flexible hose that stows in the handle with an integrated pressure gauge is a standout feature at this price point.
The High-Pressure Pump with Gauge has good all-around pumping performance, but it lags a bit behind the best high-volume and high-pressure mini pumps we tested. You can see this in the chart below.
This contender achieved 66psi in a 25c road tire at 200 pumps. For comparison, the Lezyne Road Drive was able to reach 70 psi at 200 pumps. This is not a huge difference in pressure, but it's harder to pump this model at those pressures. The High-Pressure Pump became very difficult to pump at 150 strokes. Getting in those last 50 was a real chore. It is capable of getting a tire all the way up to 90 psi, but it is a struggle, and it took us 270 pump strokes to hit the mark. During the mountain bike tire test, this pump was able to hit 22psi in a 27.5" x 2.3" mountain tire at 300 pump strokes.
Not bad, but not nearly as efficient at the Road Morph G to be an easy to use pump. The flexible hose deploys from the handle and threads into the pump on the opposite end. The hose is reversible and has a Presta valve on one end and a Schrader valve on the other. The pen gauge sits in the middle of the hose with about an inch of flexible hose on either end between the gauge and the air chuck.
Having the pressure gauge mounted in the center of the hose limits hose flex, compared to the Lezyne Road Drive, and does not provide as much freedom to get the pump in a position of comfort. Valve attachment is easy due to a built-in swivel that allows the valve to be threaded onto the pump without rotating the entire pump. Pumping is not as easy as it is with the Lezyne Road Drive. As the pressure in the tire increases, the pumping effort quickly increases as well. This is in contrast with the more gradual linear increase in pumping effort we experienced with the Lezyne Road Drive.
This Best Buy Winner features a flashy all-aluminum construction and looks very similar to the Lezyne pumps we tested. The pump handle and the barrel have grooves machined into the aluminum that provide a good grip for pumping. The flexible fill hose has both Presta and Schrader chucks and a swivel built in to make valve attachment easier.
The inline gauge is a nice touch, and we found it to be accurate to within 5psi. The flexible fill hose lacks the ABS valve found on Lezyne pumps. This makes valve removal more difficult as you are fighting the backpressure from the tire when you unthread the valve. Rubber caps do a good job of protecting the pump discharge and fill hose from contaminants. Overall, the Pro Bike High Pressure Pump is a well-designed pump with classy looks.
With a length of 23cm, this model falls on the longer end of the mini pump spectrum. Still, carrying the High Pressure Pump in a jersey, hydration pack, or on the frame are all options.
You can see how it compares to the other pumps in the chart above. It is slightly shorter than the Lezyne Road Drive that measures 23.5cm, but it is about 30g heavier. When compared to the Lezyne Gauge Drive HV, it is 1 cm shorter and 12 g lighter. The High Pressure Pump is most comparable to the Road Drive in function, so we rank it lower due to its increased weight and diameter.
This contender ranks highly in durability, as you can see in the chart below.
The aluminum pump body and piston are strong while remaining relatively lightweight. The flexible fill hose with thread-on air chucks worked flawlessly during testing. The only pumps receiving a higher durability rating are the Silca Impero and Silca Pocket Impero, which both utilize a leather pump washer on the piston. These leather washers have proven to be more resistant to wear than the rubber washers used in every other pump in the test.
The High Pressure Pump represents an exceptional value. It is not the cheapest pump in the review, but its performance to value ratio is off the chart. Durable construction, good pumping performance, and a price that can't be beaten make this pump a true bargain. This is the model we would recommend to a friend who is on a budget or just getting started with the sport of cycling.
The Pro Bike Tool High Pressure Pump is a great mini pump, and, despite its lower price, was a strong contender against our top-rated products. It performs adequately for both high-volume and high-pressure applications. A flex hose with an integrated pressure gauge set this pump apart from other pumps in this price range. If you are on a budget or want to purchase one pump for all your mobile inflation needs, this contender is worth your attention.
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