2011 Lezyne Pumps Review

Feb 14, 2011 at 0:05
Feb 14, 2011
by Alasdair MacLennan  
 
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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of years you have surely noticed the rise of Lezyne. Started back in 2007 by German Micki Kozuschek, he was the founder of Truvativ and is no stranger to the industry.

The Lezyne catalog is one of those that is very easy to browse through and find a huge number of items that you really want to have, even if they're not much use to you, they just look so slick and would be a welcome addition to any toolbox.  Of course, looks make up only part of a product, form would be useless without function.  So it's a good thing we're fans of their high quality finish and solid build too which is present in even their lowest priced products.  Classy and functional, it's a good combination.  They're not cheap, but they survive abuse well, and as the old saying goes, you buy cheap, you buy twice.  Here are our thoughts on the three products they recently sent to us for inflating tyres:
The Lezyne catalog is one of those that is very easy to browse through and find a huge number of items that you really want to have, even if they're not much use to you, they just look so slick and would be a welcome addition to any toolbox. Of course, looks make up only part of a product, form would be useless without function. So it's a good thing we're fans of their high quality finish and solid build too which is present in even their lowest priced products. Classy and functional, it's a good combination. They're not cheap, but they survive abuse well, and as the old saying goes, you buy cheap, you buy twice. Here are our thoughts on the three products they recently sent to us for inflating tyres:
Micro Floor Drive HV pump:
This Mini HV is a mountainbike specific design which gives volume over pressure (the road specific HP caters to that need).  Constructed from a combination of polished aluminium and tough plastic it's a smart piece of kit.  So what features do you get for your money?  Firstly, there is a small fold out foot so you can use it as a mini track pump.  It's never going to be as easy as a full size one, but by using the small foot between your feet you can exert significant force on the handle as it's balanced and you're pushing directly into the ground.  The handle is well shaped too so that this isn't an uncomfortable experience.  The next big feature is the 600mm long flexible hose that not only holds everything in place when not in use but also means that you can use it in the aforementioned track pump position.
This Mini HV is a mountainbike specific design which gives volume over pressure (the road specific HP caters to that need). Constructed from a combination of polished aluminium and tough plastic it's a smart piece of kit. So what features do you get for your money? Firstly, there is a small fold out foot so you can use it as a mini track pump. It's never going to be as easy as a full size one, but by using the small foot between your feet you can exert significant force on the handle as it's balanced and you're pushing directly into the ground. The handle is well shaped too so that this isn't an uncomfortable experience. The next big feature is the 600mm long flexible hose that not only holds everything in place when not in use but also means that you can use it in the aforementioned track pump position.
The added benefit of the hose is that you're not flexing and twisting the valve as you inflate the tyre, something that can easily damage the more fragile Presta valves to the extent that it's possible to snap the core off.  No matter how careful you are it's always something that can happen, usually when you're tired, cold and miles away from the car, not paying as much attention as you should.  Attached to the end of that hose is the Flip-Thread Chuck which features on many of Lezyne's pumps and which enables you to swap between Presta and Schraeder valve types in seconds.  This is done without disassembling and reassembling the inner workings of the pump head, or using the sometimes fragile one size fits all style.  The chuck instead screws onto a rotating joint on the end of the hose and installed one way will do Presta valves whilst flipped and screwed onto the hose the opposite way will see it fit Schraeder valves. Given that many pumps start to fail at the head after a while with the pushing of the threaded valve into the rubber head, the arrangement seen here means that wear and tear on delicate parts is reduced to a minimum and so  should last a lot longer.
The added benefit of the hose is that you're not flexing and twisting the valve as you inflate the tyre, something that can easily damage the more fragile Presta valves to the extent that it's possible to snap the core off. No matter how careful you are it's always something that can happen, usually when you're tired, cold and miles away from the car, not paying as much attention as you should. Attached to the end of that hose is the Flip-Thread Chuck which features on many of Lezyne's pumps and which enables you to swap between Presta and Schraeder valve types in seconds. This is done without disassembling and reassembling the inner workings of the pump head, or using the sometimes fragile one size fits all style. The chuck instead screws onto a rotating joint on the end of the hose and installed one way will do Presta valves whilst flipped and screwed onto the hose the opposite way will see it fit Schraeder valves. Given that many pumps start to fail at the head after a while with the pushing of the threaded valve into the rubber head, the arrangement seen here means that wear and tear on delicate parts is reduced to a minimum and so should last a lot longer.
A second version of this pump, the HVG, comes with an inline pressure gauge  on the hose that takes up no more space than the length of hose it replaces, still folding up neatly in your bag.  Not many mini pumps carry a gauge so this is a very welcome addition, especially given how neatly it's integrated into the pump. At $39.99 for the basic version shown here without the gauge ($54.99 for the HVG) it's not exactly cheap but for that you do get an innovative design, quality and a pump that should have no problem lasting you a long time.
A second version of this pump, the HVG, comes with an inline pressure gauge on the hose that takes up no more space than the length of hose it replaces, still folding up neatly in your bag. Not many mini pumps carry a gauge so this is a very welcome addition, especially given how neatly it's integrated into the pump. At $39.99 for the basic version shown here without the gauge ($54.99 for the HVG) it's not exactly cheap but for that you do get an innovative design, quality and a pump that should have no problem lasting you a long time.
Alloy Dirt Floor Drive:
We first covered the Dirt Floor Drive briefly in one of our Eurobike articles, but here it is now in all its glory, a high volume pump aimed specifically at the mountain bike market.  The high volume barrel means that it will happily seat even the most stubborn of UST tyres with the minimum of fuss, something we proved by getting the ultra stiff carcass of a  Continental Kaiser to seat on a Stans rim strip, a task which had otherwise proven nearly impossible without the aid of a compressor.  The downside to this high volume is that it won't inflate past 70psi, which is where the standard Floor Drives comes into play with their ability to pump 160psi and in some cases 220psi, perfect for all the road riders out there.
We first covered the Dirt Floor Drive briefly in one of our Eurobike articles, but here it is now in all its glory, a high volume pump aimed specifically at the mountain bike market. The high volume barrel means that it will happily seat even the most stubborn of UST tyres with the minimum of fuss, something we proved by getting the ultra stiff carcass of a Continental Kaiser to seat on a Stans rim strip, a task which had otherwise proven nearly impossible without the aid of a compressor. The downside to this high volume is that it won't inflate past 70psi, which is where the standard Floor Drives comes into play with their ability to pump 160psi and in some cases 220psi, perfect for all the road riders out there.
The Dirt Floor Drive is available in three models, the Alloy you see here, the steel barreled Classic version that sits below this and the CNC Dirt Floor Drive which features a hollow CNC aluminium handle in place of the wood.  All feature a 130cm long hose with the same Flip-Thread chuck seen on the Micro Floor Drive above.  All of this means that the hose has no trouble reaching bikes in workstands as well as a quick and easy way of switching between tubes, useful if you have several bikes using different valve types for the same reasons mentioned above.
The Dirt Floor Drive is available in three models, the Alloy you see here, the steel barreled Classic version that sits below this and the CNC Dirt Floor Drive which features a hollow CNC aluminium handle in place of the wood. All feature a 130cm long hose with the same Flip-Thread chuck seen on the Micro Floor Drive above. All of this means that the hose has no trouble reaching bikes in workstands as well as a quick and easy way of switching between tubes, useful if you have several bikes using different valve types for the same reasons mentioned above.
In use the 1700g pump feels sturdy, stable and works without fuss, just as you would expect a high end product like this to do.  The aluminium base has a wide footprint so it has no problem staying upright on uneven ground like that commonly found at races, while rubber studs underneath stop it sliding round the workshop.  At $84.99 it's not cheap, but quality costs and there are several other pumps in the Lezyne range which feature the same solid workmanship at a lower cost.  It's also a pump which, if the standard of other Lezyne track pumps is to go by, should last years even in the harsh environment of a busy workshop and this goes some way to offsetting the retail price.
In use the 1700g pump feels sturdy, stable and works without fuss, just as you would expect a high end product like this to do. The aluminium base has a wide footprint so it has no problem staying upright on uneven ground like that commonly found at races, while rubber studs underneath stop it sliding round the workshop. At $84.99 it's not cheap, but quality costs and there are several other pumps in the Lezyne range which feature the same solid workmanship at a lower cost. It's also a pump which, if the standard of other Lezyne track pumps is to go by, should last years even in the harsh environment of a busy workshop and this goes some way to offsetting the retail price.
25g CO2
What can you say about a gas cartridge?  It inflates your tyres, sometimes you need two for the bigger tyres, and it really helps if don't leave the tap open when you screw the cartridge into it.  This last part is something you will only ever do once, as you watch your last cartridge empty itself into the atmosphere when miles from nowhere.  But let's look at point two again.  16g is the normal maximum size of a cartridge, but usually, for anything over 2.2
What can you say about a gas cartridge? It inflates your tyres, sometimes you need two for the bigger tyres, and it really helps if don't leave the tap open when you screw the cartridge into it. This last part is something you will only ever do once, as you watch your last cartridge empty itself into the atmosphere when miles from nowhere. But let's look at point two again. 16g is the normal maximum size of a cartridge, but usually, for anything over 2.2" you really need two cartridges which makes it an expensive way of inflating your tyres, even if you are in a rush. Which is where these new 25g cartridges come in from Lezyne, enabling you to get a 2.5" High Roller to 40psi in seconds. We wouldn't advocate using a cartridge in the carpark unless you're either extremely lazy or have forgotten your pump, but as a trail side option it is certainly very useful, especially as trail tyres now have similar volume casings to those found on downhill bikes. We feel that these would also be ideal for races such as the Megavalanche where you're likely to be running big tyres and want the quickest fix possible. Lezyne aren't the only company to be offering these new, larger cartridges, but at $14.99 for three they're certainly one of the cheaper options out there. We'll be keeping a couple in our bag for emergencies.
Overall we like what Lezyne offer with these three products, each displaying features that we can really see ourselves liking more and more as we spend additional time with them over and above the few months we've been using them so far.  Recommended?  If you have the money to spend and value design and looks as much as performance then yes, definitely.  The quality is great and even with use they still look great.  Performance is right up there and as far as the Dirt Floor Drive goes it's the best track pump we've used.  We also have their top of the line Great Divide hydration pack which we've been putting through its paces.  We'll have our thoughts on that soon.  Their tag line is
Overall we like what Lezyne offer with these three products, each displaying features that we can really see ourselves liking more and more as we spend additional time with them over and above the few months we've been using them so far. Recommended? If you have the money to spend and value design and looks as much as performance then yes, definitely. The quality is great and even with use they still look great. Performance is right up there and as far as the Dirt Floor Drive goes it's the best track pump we've used. We also have their top of the line Great Divide hydration pack which we've been putting through its paces. We'll have our thoughts on that soon. Their tag line is "Engineered Design" and in the case of these pumps here, that shines through.

CNC Dirt Floor Drive: $109.99/£89.99
Alloy Dirt Floor Drive (Tested): $84.99/£69.99
Classic Dirt Floor Drive: $74.99/£54.99

Micro Floor Drive HV (Tested): $39.99/£34.99
Micro Floor Drive HVG: $54.99/£41.99

25g CO2 (Tested): $14.99 (Pk3)/£3.49(Ea.)

www.lezyne.com

Lezyne are distributed in the UK by Upgrade Bikes. Check out their website for your local dealer: www.upgradebikes.co.uk/
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41 Comments

  • + 12
 im a big fan of lezyne, but 100 bucks for a pump? i could buy an air compressor for that much.
  • + 3
 air compressors are sweet, but pumps require no additional costs!
  • + 2
 i would still rather have a compressor
  • + 0
 you shouldn't use compressors with inner tubes I heard... But i Still do Big Grin im hardcore"
  • + 2
 wherre did you hear that? all 4 of my of the bike shops around where i am have compressors.
  • + 1
 If you have a road bike, most compressor at 100$ don't go up to 120psi.
  • + 8
 Then get a mountain bike!
  • + 1
 Ha Ha that Smells!
  • + 1
 If you have a fixie then.. better? I personnaly have one, and my schwinn pump couldn't get past the 80psi stage without imploding.
  • + 1
 fixies sounds like the name of a kids bike
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  • + 7
 One thing I have noticed we (or rather I) omitted from the review was that the Dirt Floor Drive was able to inflate a 2.5" Maxxis to 33psi in 20 strokes - this was a true pressure reading using an accurate standalone guage (although it actually matched the pumps guage too). Over the years I've used all manner of pumps from the likes of Topeak, Pedros, Park, Blackburn...you name it, I've probably used it. We don't make claims light heartedly and in all honesty this is one of the best pumps we've used. In the case of these they aren't cheap but the price a customer is willing to pay varies wildly dependant on how much money they have so value for money is therefore a subjective thing based on what level of premium someone is willing to pay for additional features or quality. There are plenty of sub-par £50 pumps out there that have barely made it through a season of racing and although this has yet to see that much action it still looks and feels brand new.

With tools you may be able to buy something that looks the same but in most cases the cheaper tool is made from poorer materials so is more likely to become damaged, potentially damaging the component you're working on (ie cheap allen keys rounding out and subsequently rounding out the bolt you're trying to remove). If you're an occasional mechanic then these tools may last perfectly well but if you're regularly working on bikes and intend to keep the tools for a long time then spending that little extra is more than worthwhile if you can stretch to it.
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  • + 4
 I'v got one of them there stand up pump's.... got mine for £8 though from tesco.... had it about a year and a half now
If i stood on it, it may bend... thats why i look after it.

£100 for a pump lol
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  • + 2
 Topeak Joe Blow track pump. Cost me somewhere around the £20 mark and funnily enough it inflates my tyres just as well as it's counterpart up there with the wooden handle. Only thing that separates it from them, is that it probably doesn't complain about being thrown in the back of a car when going for a days riding somewhere! Weighs about the same as a slipper... can't complain? I don't understand people who spend a load on parts/tools which you can get a lot cheaper somewhere else and do exactly the same job!
  • + 2
 Yup, Joe Blow might be THE best pump out there, but some people are just show offs...
  • + 1
 Yeah I love my Topeak Joe Blow Pro. Seats my UST Minions no problem. But the price I paid for it at the LBS isn't far off the top Lezyne pump
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  • + 1
 Can't believe they don't even mention the Trigger Drive but cover the CO2 carts themselves...

Lezyne Trigger Drive is the sickest CO2 pump you can carry, super light, threaded chuck that fits presta & schrader... Lezyne does it right.
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  • + 1
 Lezyne make without a doubt, some of the most attractive tools and pumps out there, however in heavy everyday use, I have not found them to be very reliable. I work in a busy cycle shop, and inflate 20 tyres a day minimum. I have tried pretty much everything out there, SKS Rennkompressor, Park, Topeak, Blackburn, Specialized and of course Lezyne, and to be honest the best pump we ever had is the Giant Tower Control Pro. Everything else has destroyed itself with 3-6 months. I think I would only buy a Lezyne for home use, but not one for bike shops thats for sure.
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  • + 5
 quality piece of kit,dude
  • + 4
 The pumps are awesome quality but i can't see how anyone can spend over $100 on a pump !!
  • + 17
 apparently i have been living under a rock, never heard of lezyne :/ , maybe its not that big in australia yet, but it realy looks amazing.
  • + 0
 Nice looking pumps, but If you're looking for a new pump, I'd recommend a Blackburn AirTower 5 Carbon Fiber pump. They usually go for around $200, but I think i got mine for $50. Works extremely well, and super light!
  • + 1
 Those pump, Oh god, we got the top of the line in the shop for road tires, we trow it around, it gets knock down, we never have any problem with it. we've had it for 2 years almost, and nothing on it has broken and it gets daily use. I got one for myself in my garage, and nothing also has broken! Although we get alot of other pump for getting warrantied, we never had any lezyne!
  • + 1
 they make 4 models from 50$ to 1 hundred something. the 2nd model is at 60$ and is the best deal IMO, you have all metal parts, and an aluminium end to the filling hose instead of plastic.

The hand pumps are not that great however. once you get past 40-50 PSI, they become impossible to use, i had to use the HP (high pressure 120 psi) model to be able to even think of getting past 50 psi.
  • + 2
 "Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of years you have surely noticed the rise of Lezyne" , well I buy top bike mags every month and read from the top websites , I have never heard of Lezyne ! not even on this site haha!!
  • + 1
 dude im pumped for this!! Nice photos Ian!
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  • + 1
 Have the Micro Floor Drive HV. Works a charm, best mini-pump I have used in 25 years. The long hose and foot rest really help. Should have ponied up and gotten the version with the inline gauge.
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  • + 1
 I've got a Lezyne track pump and it is really nice, but I wish it had a flip-lever head. The screw on valve head is really slow and annoying. C'mon Leyne - make a flip-lever head!
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  • + 1
 I dno if I could spend that much. I bought a 20€ pump from Carrefour, which seemed like a lot to me, but it's already starting to show signs of wear :/ You get what you pay for I guess
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  • + 1
 Lezyne.. the ONLY floor pump I have thats actually not broken!

Worth the $$

Blackburn.. 4 airtowers this year and each one lasted 2 weeks then broke (internaly)
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  • + 2
 Just got one of their portable hand pumps, sooo worth it! Yes, I said hand pump.
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  • + 1
 15 bucks for a three pack of Co2 cartridges is cheap? Ever heard of MEC? It is a magical place that will sell you 20 for 28 bucks.
  • + 1
 MEC is canadian only, so he probably hasn't... haha. though MEC is the sweetest!
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  • + 1
 my lezyne is the bomb, have the cheapest steel floor drive, 45$ and it is much better than any other pump i've had..
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  • + 2
 my 5 pound pump from tescos is still going strong.
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  • + 1
 never get an adroit pack, mine just ripped at the zipper after a week!!!
  • + 4
 If you've had an issue then speak to the shop you purchased it from and see what they can do for you. I've had all sorts of very good and otherwise reliable kit fail on me over the years, there's always going to be the odd bad one turn up even if the product has the best reputation for reliability.
  • + 1
 yea good point oh well, just go see what i can do hey,
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  • + 1
 looks the part but it will do the same as a KDA spesh ahah . still nice
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  • + 1
 Lezyne pressure drive mini is the best small pump in the world.
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