|To inflate a 27.5" x 2.35" tire up to 25 PSI took a mere seventeen pumps, although forcing such a large volume of air with each rep makes for harder work than a smaller volume pump would, thereby giving you a good tricep workout. Regardless, it makes the job extremely quick. The Maha's barrel is angled slightly towards the user, a design feature that makes it a little more comfortable to use than a vertical pump, albeit barely noticeable without thinking about it. The Snap-It Apogee head is really easy to use: simply slide the brass barrel in or out to convert it between the presta or schrader attachments. For presta, push the head on to the valve and slide the barrel towards the rim, and you do the opposite for removal. For schrader valves, screw the barrel on a few turns, and to release without loss of pressure, slide the barrel away from the rim and then unscrew. This can also be used for pumping up air forks efficiently, taking just two pumps to inflate a Rockshox Pike up to 70 PSI.|
I had no issues with air loss with the Apogee, and it was solid and secure at all times. When removing from a schrader valve, sliding back the barrel initiates the 'Air Lock' function that prevents a loss of air before unscrewing the valve head. The Controlled Air Discharge button is useful for adjusting the air pressure, although it's quite slow to release large volumes of air. For example, if you need to pump up a tubeless tire to 40 PSI to seat the bead correctly, using the CAD button will take some time to get back down to the low twenties, and it's easier to remove the pump and release air pressure directly from the valve. We double checked the gauge for accuracy - my pump's gauge was -1 PSI compared against two different digital gauges.
Solid performance all round from the Maha Apogee MTB pump. The quality of finish outweighs the price tag, although I did feel guilty when such a pristine product was flailing around in the back of my van. Birzman have also hit a home run it with the Apogee head, which really does make life easier. My single proper complaint is that I lost one of the three small rubber feet from the base after a few month's of use, so Maha owners might want to double check theirs. - Paul Aston
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