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Pro Bike Tool High Pressure Pump with Gauge Review

An inexpensive mini pump with good pumping performance and design.
Best Buy Award
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Price:  $30 List | $29.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, pumping performance, easy to use
Cons:  No hose air bleed
Manufacturer:   Pro Bike Tool
By Curtis Smith ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 18, 2016
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RANKED
#9 of 14
  • Pumping Performance - 30% 8
  • Ease of Use - 30% 8
  • Portability - 20% 6
  • Looks and Design - 10% 8
  • Durability - 10% 8

The Skinny

The Pro Bike Tool High Pressure Pump with Gauge is a great all-around pump. Its design is similar to Lezyne pumps, and it features a removable flexible hose with an integrated pressure gauge. This Best Buy winner has a competitive price and is designed for both road and mountain bike use. It does not quite have the high-pressure pumping performance of the Lezyne Road Drive or the Lezyne Gauge Drive HV's high-volume performance, but it can function reasonably well for both applications.

With a great price and durable construction, Pro Bike Tool's High Pressure Pump wins the Best Buy Award. If you are looking for a purpose-built road mini pump, check out the Lezyne Road Drive. The Lezyne Gauge Drive HV is your best bet for mountain bike applications.


Compare to Similar Products

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The High Pressure Pump uses a flexible fill hose with a built-in pressure gauge.
The High Pressure Pump uses a flexible fill hose with a built-in pressure gauge.

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.

Pumping Performance


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 as the Lezyne Gauge Drive HV, which was able to bring the same tire up to 37 psi with far less effort. This contender is an excellent pump, but it does not excel at any application.

The pressure gauge on the Pro Bike Tool pump showing 20psi of tire pressure.
The pressure gauge on the Pro Bike Tool pump showing 20psi of tire pressure.

Ease of Use


We found the Pro Bike Tool High Pressure Pump 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.

Looks/Design


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.

The High Pressure Pump stowed in a Camelbak Palos hydration pack.
The High Pressure Pump stowed in a Camelbak Palos hydration pack.

Portability


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.

The Pro Bike Tool pump mounted using the frame mount.
The Pro Bike Tool pump mounted using the frame mount.

Durability


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.

Best Applications


The Pro Bike Tool High Pressure Pump with Gauge is well suited to use for road and mountain bike applications. It does not perform as well in either application as category-specific pumps, but it will get the job done. If you want to purchase one pump to use for multiple applications, it's a good choice.

The fill hose deploys from the end of the pump handle on the High Pressure Pump. The rubber caps prevent contamination of the pump chamber and fill hose.
The fill hose deploys from the end of the pump handle on the High Pressure Pump. The rubber caps prevent contamination of the pump chamber and fill hose.

Value


As the winner of our Best Buy Award, the High Pressure Pump represents an exceptional value. With a retail price of $29.99, 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.

Conclusion


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.

This model fits well in a jersey pocket.
This model fits well in a jersey pocket.


Curtis Smith