Hands-on Gear Review

Pro Bike Tool Mini Review

Pro Bike Tool Mini
Best Buy Award
Price:  $30 List | $29.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, pumping performance, easy to use
Cons:  No hose air bleed
Bottom line:  An inexpensive mini pump with good pumping performance and design.
Editors' Rating:   
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Weight:  129g
Length:  23cm
25C Road Tire Pressure following 200 Pumps:  66psi
Manufacturer:   Pro Bike Tool

Our Verdict

The Pro Bike Tool Mini is a great all-around pump. With a similar design to Lezyne pumps, 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 high volume performance of the Lezyne Gauge Drive HV, but it can function reasonably well for both applications.

With a great price and durable construction, it is the winner of the Best Buy Award. If you are looking for a purpose-built road mini pump, check out the Lezyne Road Drive or the Lezyne Gauge Drive HV for mountain bike applications.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Curtis Smith

Last Updated:
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December 18, 2016

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Performance Comparison


The Pro Bike Tool Mini uses a flexible fill hose with a built-in pressure gauge.
The Pro Bike Tool Mini uses a flexible fill hose with a built-in pressure gauge.

The Mini 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 set this affordable mini pump apart from competitors with a comparable price.

Ease of Use


We found the Mini to be an easy to use pump. The flexible hose deploys from the handle and threads into the pump on the opposite end for use. 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 during pumping. 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 the Lezyne Road Drive, as pressure in the tire increases the pumping effort quickly, versus the more gradual linear increase in pumping effort we experienced with the Lezyne Road Drive.

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

Pumping Performance


The Pro Bike Mini has good all-around pumping performance, but it lags a bit behind the best high volume and high-pressure mini pumps we tested. This contender achieved 66psi in a 25c road tire at 200 pumps; for comparison, the Lezyne Road Drive was able to achieve 70 psi at 200 pumps. This is not a huge difference in pressure but the effort to achieve that pressure is much greater when using the Pro Bike Mini.

The Mini 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 took us 270 pump strokes to hit the mark. During the mountain bike tire test, the Mini was able to hit 22psi in a 27.5"x2.3" 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.

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 of the pump have grooves machined into the aluminum that run perpendicular to the long axis of the pump, and 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 Mini is a well-designed pump with classy looks.

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

Portability


The Pro Bike Tool Mini fits well in a jersey pocket.
The Pro Bike Tool Mini fits well in a jersey pocket.

With a length of 23cm, the Mini falls on the longer end of the mini pump spectrum. 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's is 1cm shorter and 12g lighter. The Mini is most comparable to the Road Drive in function, so we rank it lower due to its increased weight and diameter (when compared to the Road Drive). Carrying the Pro Bike Mini in a jersey, hydration pack, or on the frame are all options.

The Pro Bike Tool Mini stowed in a Camelbak Palos hydration pack.
The Pro Bike Tool Mini stowed in a Camelbak Palos hydration pack.

Durability


This contender ranks amongst the best products in our review for durability. 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 fill hose deploys from the end of the pump handle on the Pro Bike Tool Mini.  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 Pro Bike Tool Mini. The rubber caps prevent contamination of the pump chamber and fill hose.

Best Applications


The Pro Bike Mini 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.

Value


As the winner of our Best Buy Award, the Mini 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 beat make the Mini a true bargain. This is the pump we would recommend to a friend who is on a budget or just getting started with the sport of cycling.

Conclusion


The Pro Bike Mini Tool 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, the Mini is worth your attention.

Other Versions


Pro Bike Tool Mini Mountain Bike Pump With Gauge
Pro Bike Mini Mountain Bike Pump With Gauge
  • Cost: $59
  • Mountain bike specific design requires fewer pump strokes
  • Features integrated gauge
  • Maximum pressure of 100 psi

Pro Bike Tool Mini Road Bike Pump
Pro Bike Tool Road Bike Pump
  • Cost: $49
  • Overlapping barrel design for more efficient pumping
  • Maximum pressure of 120 psi
Curtis Smith

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