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03.Profiles - floor pumps

 

What to buy
Brand Price
Serfas FMP-500 $125
Tioga Super Deluxe $120
Topeak Joe Blow Turbo $100

 

 

 

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Profiles - the best

Serfas FMP-500

Price $125Serfas

Contact www.lifecycle.net.au

Good Points

  • Well constructed, with a broad base for stable pumping.
  • A large, easy-to-read gauge.
  • Easily inflates to 120psi.
  • A universal head that fits Presta and Schrader valves well, with a long locking lever for helpful leverage.
  • The head incorporates a 'bleed' button to release air in case you over-inflate.
  • A flexible, metal-braided air hose is a unique feature among the tested pumps.
  • The favourite pump of the WARBYs (volunteer support crew) and riders alike.

Bad Points

  • This pump lacks an adjustable hand on the gauge to indicate the desired pressure.
  • The base-mounted gauge may be difficult to read for those with poor vision.
  • Some riders found the longer lever a little difficult to use, however this could be attributed to poor technique.

 

 

Tioga Super Deluxe

Price $120Tioga

Contact www.bikes.com.au

Good Points

  • Solid construction.
  • Top-mounted, easy-to-read gauge with adjustable hand to indicate desired pressure.
  • A universal head fits Presta and Schrader valves well, with long locking lever for more leverage.
  • The head incorporates a 'bleed' button to release air in case you over-inflate.
  • Easily inflates to 120psi.

Bad Points

  • Some people found the hand lever a little difficult to use.

 

 

 

 

 

Topeak Joe Blow Turbo

Price $100JoeBlow

Contact www.bicyclestore.com.au

Good Points

  • Large, stable base.
  • Top-mounted, easy-to-read gauge with adjustable head to indicate desired pressure.
  • Durable brass Schrader valve depressor in head.
  • Easy to pump.
  • Comfortable handle with lock for transportation.
  • Hose and head 'storage' is built into the barrel, which keeps things tidy.
  • Some spare parts are available.

Bad Points

  • Wear in the pump head prevented it from working for Schrader valves but continued to work satisfactorily on Presta valves.

 

 

 

Profiles - the rest

Blackburn Air Tower 3

Price $140BlackburnAirTower3

Contact www.bikes.com.au

Good Points

  • Stable base.
  • Robust construction.
  • Top-mounted gauge makes pressure easy to read.
  • Inflated all tyres easily.

Bad Points

  • Main problem was with the dual head (Presta on one side, Schrader on the other). After several days it became difficult to make a consistently good connection to a valve, and the head began leaking air, rendering the pump inoperative.

 

 

 

 

 

Silca Pista

Price $110Silca-blank-background

Contact www.cyclelink.com.au

Good Points

  • Solid construction.
  • Presta connector very easy to use.
  • Easily inflates to 120psi.
  • All spare parts are available.

Bad Points

  • Gauge at the bottom has small numbers making it difficult to read.
  • Base-mounted pressure indicator without adjustable hand to indicate the desired pressure.
  • Rubber (replaceable) washer in the Presta head wore out after several days due to so many uses on threaded Presta valves.
  • Handle becomes uncomfortable after repeated use.

 

 

 

 

BBB Airstealth BFP-24

Price $100BBB

Contact www.bikesportz.com.au

Good Points

  • Stable base.
  • Top-mounted, easy-to-read gauge with adjustable hand to indicate desired pressure.
  • Inflated all tyres easily.
  • Comfortable boomerang-shaped handle.

Bad Points

  • Tricky to connect to Presta valves. Eventually used the pump for Schrader only.
  • The shaft (inside the barrel) got bent during use on the fifth day, which rendered the pump inoperative. However, this could be put down to user technique, as this pump had a longer shaft than others, which could have made it more awkward to use.

 

 

 

XLC

Price $85XLC

Good Points

  • None to mention.

Bad Points

  • The pump is top-heavy.
  • Despite the gauge being mounted at the top of the pump, the psi markings are small making the numbers difficult to see.
  • The pump head needs to be disassembled to switch between Presta and Schrader valves, which is inconvenient if you regularly ride bikes with different valves.
  • The plastic Schrader valve-depressor in the head wore and broke within three days of use.
  • The pump struggled to inflate tyres to much more than 80psi, and some riders found the unit difficult to pump even to moderate pressures (70psi). Not suitable for road bike tyres.

 

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