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Topeak Peakini II Review

A high performance mountain bike pump that won't break the bank.
TOpeak Peakini II
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Price:  $16 List | $15.95 at REI
Pros:  Great pumping performance, affordable
Cons:  Outdated head type, lacks gauge, on larger side
Manufacturer:   Topeak
By Ross Patton ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 1, 2019
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  • Pumping Performance - 30% 8
  • Ease of Use - 30% 8
  • Portability - 20% 6
  • Looks and Design - 10% 7
  • Durability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Topeak Peakini 2 is a high volume frame pump that is optimized for mountain bike tires. Although it appears to be a generic pump that you would find at any bike shop, the Peakini 2 pumping performance is unmatched. The standard locking lever head is simple to use, and the folding T handle helps take the frustration out of pumping. It does not have a gauge like the Lezyne Gauge Drive HV or the Topeak Road Morph G, but for the price, the value is hard to beat. The Peakini 2 is the winner of our Best Buy Award.


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Pros Great pumping performance, affordableGreat pumping performance, easy to use, affordableExcellent pumping power, highly portable, digital readoutDurable, user friendly, pumping performanceEasy to use, threadless valve head, retractable hose, doubles as a front shock pump
Cons Outdated head type, lacks gauge, on larger sideHeavy, Too big to fit in a jersey or a hip packToo large for a frame mount or to fit in a hip packLack of versatilityHose is short, not as powerful as larger pumps, not for road bikes
Bottom Line A high performance mountain bike pump that won't break the bank.A frame pump that performs like a floor pump.If you ride with a hydration pack and want the most pumping power possible, this is the one.Awesome mini pump for high pressure, low volume tires.The ideal pump for a mountain biker looking for a capable, lightweight, low-profile frame, or jersey pocket, pump.
Rating Categories Topeak Peakini II Topeak Road Morph G Micro Floor Digital Drive HVG Lezyne Pressure Drive Birzman Velocity Apogee MTB
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Specs Topeak Peakini II Topeak Road Morph G Micro Floor... Lezyne Pressure... Birzman Velocity...
Weight 134g 204g 242g 90g 136g
Length 27.5cm 35cm 30.48cm 19cm 17.78cm
25C Road Tire Pressure following 200 Pumps 85psi 125psi 76 psi at 100 pumps 60psi 44 psi at 100 pumps
Tire Pressure 27.5 x 2.3" Following 300 Pumps 55psi 50psi 40 psi at 200 pumps 17psi 22psi
Ability to reach 90psi in a road tire 25cc Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A
Pump Head Type Standard with locking lever Hose with locking lever Threaded hose w/pressure relief valve Hose Thread On Non-thread hose, slip on
Presta Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Schrader Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Frame Mount Bracket Included? Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Pressure Gauge? No Yes Yes No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Peakini 2 has a bayonet-style locking handle so that the pump will stay closed until it is ready to use. Once unlocked, the handle folds ninety degrees into a T that is easier to grip and pump. This pump is a bit on the larger side, but the larger cylinder gives it more pumping power than models with skinnier pistons. The standard locking lever is not the most innovative pump head, but it is tried and true.

Performance Comparison



This pump has a convenient T handle  and the standard locking lever is very easy to use.
This pump has a convenient T handle, and the standard locking lever is very easy to use.

Pumping Performance


When it comes to pumping performance, the Peakini 2 is one of the best. It was no easy task, but after 300 strokes, we were able to get a road tire to 88 psi. The Peakini 2, however, is made for higher volume mountain bike tires. During out pumping test it was on par with every pump we've tested after 100 and 200 strokes, but after 300 strokes it rose to the top by pumping a 27.5" x 2.3" tire to an impressive 55 psi.


If your application will be road, and your goal is to achieve a higher psi with fewer strokes and less effort, we recommend checking out the Topeak Road Morph G. If you'd like to fill a road bike with basically zero energy, you should consider a frame pump/CO2 inflation hybrid like the Portland Design Works Ninja or the Blackburn Mammoth CO2'Fer Mini.

This model has a folding T handle to make pumping more comfortable.
This model has a folding T handle to make pumping more comfortable.

Ease of Use


The standard style locking lever head on the Peakini 2 isn't anything new to the world of bike pumps, but it does the job. With no hoses to attach or threaded females to twist on, the Peakini 2 can be off the frame mount or out of your hydration pack and attached to the valve stem in a few seconds. The handle twists to unlock and then easily folds into a T so you'll be back on the trail in no time.


With the ease of use does come a bit of a trade-off for more technical features. For one, the Peakini 2 lacks a gauge. The disadvantage of the standard style locking lever head is that it has to be held carefully in line with the valve stem or the leverage from pumping at the wrong angle can damage or snap the stem. This risk is alleviated with the use of a thread-on style hose. Some mini pumps have both a gauge and a hose like the Lezyne Gauge Drive HV and the Pro Bike Tools High Pressure Pump with Gauge.

The standard style locking lever head easily slides onto a valve stem in a matter of seconds.
The standard style locking lever head easily slides onto a valve stem in a matter of seconds.

Portability


The Peakini 2 is not the most portable mini pump that we've tested. At 27.5" long, and weighing 134 grams, it is definitely on the bigger side of the spectrum. The mount is designed to be installed in between the frame and a water bottle cage, but it is a bit bulky for this application. The diameter of the barrel is pretty large so that it might brush against your shoe or leg in certain riding positions. It also would be a bit awkward in a jersey pocket. The best home for the Peakini 2 is most likely in a hydration pack.


Portability is an important factor for many road cyclists and mountain bikers. If you're a fan of the standard locking lever head type, the Bontrager Air Support is 7 cm shorter and has a smaller diameter barrel. If you want to go extra light and portable the Portland Design Works Ninja is only 14.7 cm long and weighs only 73 grams.

Although this pump is a bit on the bulky side  it still mounts to the frame underneath a water bottle cage.
Although this pump is a bit on the bulky side, it still mounts to the frame underneath a water bottle cage.

Looks and Design


The look of the Peakini 2 isn't anything spectacular, it does just look like a generic frame pump. It does, however, get a few extra points for design. The bayonet style locking handle is a great way to keep the pump closed when on a frame or in a hydration pack. It is also the only standard locking-lever head style pump in our review that has a T handle.


If looks and design are a deal breaker for you, the Lezyne Gauge Drive HV is a more sleek looking mountain bike pump. The Topeak Road Morph G is one of our favorite designs because it is a frame pump that performs as well as many floor pumps, and the Portland Design Works Ninja has some very innovative features for a frame pump/CO2 inflation hybrid.

The bayonet style handle has tabs that twist and lock into place when the pump is not in use.
The bayonet style handle has tabs that twist and lock into place when the pump is not in use.

Durability


Being made mostly out of plastic, the Peakini 2 is not the most durable pump on the market. Also, the slide-on heads are infamous for wearing out over time when compared to metal threads. The main flaw with the design in regards to durability is that to change from Presta to Schrader valve mode, you have to partially disassemble the head. There are small pieces that could easily get lost or damaged, in which case the pump is useless. One feature that does help a bit with durability is the dust cover on the head. If you're going to have this pump mounted on your frame, especially on a mountain bike, the cover should help add some longevity to your purchase.


Frame pumps with aluminum barrels and rubber end caps are a bit more durable. The Lezyne Road Drive, the Lezyne Gauge Drive HV, and the Pro Bike Tool Mini Bike Pump with Gauge all possess these features.

The Peakini 2 has an attached rubber cover to keep dust  dirt  and water out of the pump head.
The Peakini 2 has an attached rubber cover to keep dust, dirt, and water out of the pump head.

Best Applications


The Topeak Peakini 2 is a great all around pump. When it comes to road bike applications, it is not the easiest to get a tire up to a high psi, but it does eventually get it done. As far as mountain bike tires go, it performed as well as the best of them and even outperformed the competition at high psi. If you care more about performance over style, and you want a reliable pump that does it all, the Peakini 2 is the one.

Value


The Peakini 2 is the winner of our Best Buy Award, meaning that it has tremendous value. On road tires, it performs as well or better than frame pumps that cost many times its price. As far as mountain bike tire pumping performance, it was one of the best. For $15.99, it is a bargain that is hard to beat.

Conclusion


If the goal was to design an affordable frame pump that performs like the best of them, then Topeak hit the nail on the head when they made the Peakini 2. With a standard locking lever style head and the folding T handle, this pump is incredibly easy to use. What sets the Peakini 2 apart from the competition is the pumping power it has on mountain bike tires. Combine the performance with the price, and you have the recipe for a great frame pump.


Ross Patton