Ridden & Rated: The Best Mountain Bike Mini Pumps of 2019

Aug 8, 2019
by Dave Rome  
Best mini pump for mountain biking


When it comes to putting things on my bike or in my pockets, I’m a minimalist. For years I’ve carried just CO2 on my rides and hoped for the best, or cheekily relied on others for a pump on more remote adventures.

However, if you’re not racing, CO2 is wasteful and carries an element of risk. Will it work as intended? Have you accidentally pinched that tube you’re about to fill? Are you about to give yourself a freeze burn? And what if you flat again? A pump saves panic.

However, almost every time I’ve used a mini pump I’m left painfully aware of how inadequate some of them are. For that, I wanted to know which ones were worth carrying, and which should be avoided.

This is the most physically painful test I’ve done to date, and while the majority of mini pumps tested put the desired amount of air into the tire, some took a significant and tiring effort to do so. Some were a fiddle, while others simply rattled consistently when not in use. And a select few, by comparison, were almost a joy to use. And while I’m still yet to find perfection after having tested over 20 well-respected high volume mini pumps, I’ll happily settle for a few of the better options.

This article goes in reverse order. First, it’s the winners, followed by information on selection criteria, testing protocol and features to seek. An even longer, original, version of this article, which covers high-pressure pumps for road-use, is published on CyclingTips.com.





Best mini pump for mountain biking - OneUp EDC Pump 100cc


1. OneUp EDC Pump (100cc)
• Valve: Presta-only
• Hose attachment: No
* Extra features: Pump head doubles as CO2 inflator, bottle cage mount, can store OneUp's EDC tool (US$59) inside barrel.
• Strokes to 30psi: 109
• Length: 257mm
• Weight: 163-grams (pump only)
• MSRP: $59 USD
www.oneupcomponents.com


This pump is genius. It’s the only pump on test that goes beyond traditional inflation needs, and yet, it’s one of the best pumps, too. The machined aluminum construction gives it a quality feel and plenty of grip in hand. The Presta-only press-fit head is no-fuss, and the pump will fill a tire before you start wishing it had a hose. That Presta-only head can also be removed and used as a CO2 head.

But that’s hardly the only trick here. OneUp has designed its pumps to work with its EDC tool system (US$59) that are best known for stashing inside a fork steerer. Instead, you can store the customisable tools inside your pump barrel. This 100cc version offers space for a multi-tool, chain breaker, tire lever, chain master link and CO2 canister. And despite all of that, it’s rattle-free – something many simpler pumps fail at.


Pros

+ Built solid and well-sealed
+ Impressive air volume
+ More than a pump
Cons

- Small handle, be careful of pinched fingers
- CO2 head often needs hex key to remove
- Expensive if including optional multi-tool




Best mini pump for mountain biking - Topeak RaceRocket MT


2. Topeak RaceRocket MT
• Valve: Presta and Schrader
• Hose attachment: Yes
* Extra features: Presta valve core tool stored in the handle, bottle cage mount
• Strokes to 30psi: 132
• Length: 201mm
• Weight: 126-grams
• MSRP: $40 USD
www.topeak.com


Where OneUp’s pump has Mcguyver himself stashed within it, the Topeak RaceRocket MT is a no-fuss, affordable and pleasant to use option. The aluminum construction is given a rubber grip for comfortable use, while the self-contained hose will work with both valve types.

The pump defies its size and weight with efficient pumping, and can handle higher gravel-bike pressures too. A valve-core tool is provided at the bottom to prevent the threaded hose from causing (likely) mischief.


Pros

+ No fuss option
+ Metal construction and well sealed
+ Comfortable use with hose and rubber handle
Cons

- Rubber handle can slide above 40psi
- Hose can unwind presta valve cores
- Jagged edge at handle from valve core tool




Best mini pump for mountain biking - Specialized AirTool MTB Mini


3. Specialized AirTool MTB Mini
• Valve: Presta and Schrader
• Hose attachment: No
* Extra features: Clips onto a tube wrap with tire lever
• Strokes to 30psi: 170
• Length: 165mm
• Weight: 101-grams (pump only)
• MSRP: $25 USD
www.specialized.com


Designed for stashing in a pack or pocket, this tiny pump comes with a tire lever and plastic frame to wrap an inner tube around. The 101g pump hides a push-on head that locks onto the valve with a twist of the barrel. From there, its volume defies its size.

While it’s not the most comfortable pump to use, if you can’t remember the last time you flatted, then this pump is perfect for stashing away.


Pros

+ A true mini pump
+ Hidden valve lock feature
+ Impressive volume for size
+ Price
Cons

- Not comfortable to use
- Tube wrap lacks tube protection






Best mini pump for mountain biking - Birzman Velocity-Apogee MG


4. Birzman Velocity-Apogee MG
• Valve: Presta and Schrader
• Hose attachment: Yes
* Extra features: Inline pressure gauge, bottle cage mount
• Strokes to 30psi: 150
• Length: 224mm
• Weight: 145-grams (pump only)
• MSRP: $40 USD
www.birzman.com


Between the rubber grips, flexible hose and secure-locking valve, this is the most comfortable pump on test. Once learnt, the Apogee valve head works easily with both valve types, there’s no risk of pressure loss on removal, and it won’t unwind a Presta valve in the process.

There’s a pressure gauge that sits inline of the hose, and while it works, it would be better far better if the scale was tailored towards MTB pressures and not road. It’s only good to get you within 5psi of your desired pressure. Additionally, a slight rattle from the valve head is what holds this pump back from placing higher.


Pros

+ Great valve head design
+ Comfy to use
+ Good build quality
Cons

- Same pressure gauge scale as road pump
- Slight rattle
- Not perfectly sealed from grit




Best mini pump for mountain biking - Lezyne Alloy Drive Medium


5. Lezyne Alloy Drive (Medium)
• Valve: Presta and Schrader
• Hose attachment: Yes
* Extra features: Presta valve core tool, bottle cage mount
• Strokes to 30psi: 105
• Length: 233mm
• Weight: 135-grams (pump only)
• MSRP: $50 USD
www.lezyne.com



The Medium-sized Lezyne Alloy Drive is quite comparable to the Topeak RaceRocket MT. It offers a proven aluminum construction and an equal third-best output efficiency. Lezyne has solved the scream-to-the-sky-while-dropping-to-your-knees issue of unwinding valve cores by integrating a core tightening tool into the hose, and the pressure-release button should help, too.

However, it suffers from an obnoxious rattle, the mount is super flexy and the pump gets tough to use once above 30psi (in case you wanted it for non-MTBs). Personally, this isn't one I'd want to be mounted to my bike, but it's perfectly fine if suppressed in a pack.


Pros

+ Alloy construction and proven durability
+ Efficient volume for its size
+ Easy to source replacement parts
Cons

- Enjoys unwinding loose valve cores
- Rattles
- Flexible mount knocks on frame
- Heavy effort at high pressures




Best mini pump for mountain biking
A size comparison of the best mini pumps.





Also consider

Best mini pump for mountain biking - the runner ups
The runner ups

The Topeak Mountain TT is one of the easiest high-volume pumps to use at higher pressures. The chunky shape and similarly efficient volume to the RaceRocket MT is why this pump didn’t make the top ranks.

While Silca’s Tattico Bluetooth is far from efficient for higher volume tires, the Bluetooth pressure gauge is perfect if you want to fine-tune your exact pressure (accurate to 1psi) when out on the trail. Its sealing and build quality are certainly up to off-road us, too. But that price, wow.

Zefal’s Z Cross XL has a polarizing (cheap) appearance but is extremely comfortable to hold and its telescoping design makes it efficient in use (equal to the Lezyne Alloy Drive, but with less force required). After the Topeak Mountain TT, this is the second-best at higher pressures (above 45psi). It is, however, quite a large pump

For absolute simplicity and low cost, the Park Tool PMP-4.2 will always put air where it needs to go. It’d be nice to see an external seal added to the head, but otherwise, it does what it needs to.

The most efficient on test was Topeak’s Mountain DA. However, the Dual-Action design means you’re pushing and pulling with resistance, which makes it extremely tiring to use. It’s the perfect example where a pump with higher volume (and requiring fewer strokes) can still be more tiring to use.

Best mini pump for mountain biking - road and MTB options
There are a few options designed for both high pressure and high volume. A jack of all trades if you will.

The Topeak RaceRocket and Blackburn AirStik 2Stage should be considered if you’re looking for pumps that are good for both road and mountain bike. And if you simply hate pumping but don't want CO2, then the miniFumpa electric pump is worth considering.

Also tested: SKS Airboy XL, Crankbrothers Klic HV, Fabric MilliBar MTB, Lezyne Sport Drive HV, Lifeline Performance MTB, PRO Performance HV, Specialized AirTool Big Bore.


Size vs Efficiency of mini pumps tested
Best mini pump test - key stats.
Left, an overview comparing size and pumping efficiency. On the right are the key details of all pumps tested.





Selection criteria

It’s surprising how quickly this test added up to 22 mini pumps to test. And that’s only scraping the surface of the hundreds of models on the market.

While I’ve inevitably left a few out, my first selection criteria was to include all the largest and most globally-available mini pump brands. From there, I looked at the best selling options across leading online stores, models that were highly reviewed by other publications and spoke to various brick and mortar stores, too.

With the leading and specialist brands selected, I asked the brands to supply the most popular and favourite mini pumps that balanced carrying size, weight and use. Seeking the “best”, price wasn’t a factor, but despite that, and somewhat surprisingly, no brand provided a carbon fiber version (Topeak and Lezyne offer such things, among others). Often, my request was a simple one, “Send the pumps your own staff would choose to carry on a ride.”

Best mini pump for mountain biking
It was at this point that I knew I had overdone it.

Some brands, with enormous and overwhelming ranges, sent a number of pumps, and wanted to send even more. Others provided just one or two samples.

Amongst all of this, keep in mind that there are only two major pump manufacturers in Asia, and the bulk of the pumps tested show similarities that reveal they’re manufactured by one or the other Given this, if you see another brand of pump on the market that looks and measures the same as one tested here, it’s highly likely it is closely comparable. And for this reason, this test only features a small few from generic brands.

Pressure versus Volume

Your choice in mini pump should depend on your desired riding style. The design criteria for pumping a 29 or 27.5 x 2.5" tire is quite different to getting a road tire to a safe pressure. Take a garden hose for example – if you want to fill a bucket you’d put the nozzle on the widest setting to get the most water (volume) in the shortest time; whereas if you wanted to create pressure, you’d reduce the volume to restrict the water to be pushed out a smaller opening.

Pumps designed for road use are optimized for higher pressures, and for a given size, will produce less volume per stroke. On the flip side, pumps designed for mountain bikes are designed to produce a higher air volume but only need to achieve relatively low pressures. These are optimized to reduce the number of strokes taken, but can quickly become highly inefficient at producing pressure.

And there are dual-purpose pumps that claim to cover both high volume and high-pressure needs. Some achieve this with clever volume capacity switches, while others attempt to find a happy medium in the output. However, as my testing proved, there is always a compromise.

In my testing, I found that claimed maximum pump pressure and volume per stroke don’t mean much. Rather, the maximum claimed pressure is what the pump seals can handle, not what you can push. In many cases, high volume pumps simply become impossible to use at higher pressures, while high-pressure pumps are painfully inefficient at producing large volumes of air.

And if you must have one pump to cover your mountain bike and high-pressure road needs, then get a high-pressure pump (ideally one with an efficient volume). It’ll be slower and more tiring to use on the mountain bike, but it’ll eventually do the job.


Testing protocol

The test was run over a number of months, with the field being narrowed fairly early on based on initial pressure, volume, the force of stroke and ease of use impressions.

Much of this testing used a calibrated inline digital pressure gauge assembled by Kappius components. This allows for live pressure testing and reduced testing variables. The gauge is setup for Schrader valve use, so I used a brass Presta adapter on one end, and a unique Schrader-Presta adapter from CantitoeRoad at the other end when a pump was Presta-only (such as the OneUp).

Best mini pump for mountain biking - custom pressure gauge
Best mini pump for mountain biking - high volume is different to high pressure.
Custom pressure gauge used on the left, while the right shows a clear difference in purpose between a mini-pump designed for off-road rubber, and one designed for the high pressure needed for road riding.

I cheated a little for the efficiency testing by using a narrower 650x47mm (27.5x1.9in) Panaracer GravelKing tire (and tube) on a Hunt Adventure Carbon rim (24mm inner width). I tested each pump to 30psi, a pressure that’s at the higher-end for most, but gave a good feel for how the pump behaves for those who prefer/need higher pressures.

The number of full strokes (top out at the top, bottom out at bottom) required to go from zero to the required psi were counted. And the testing method was cross-referenced and double-checked with various pumps on numerous time to ensure consistency of the process. My method differs from the more common test method of measuring the pressure at 200 strokes, mainly because the custom gauge I used allowed for such a method without risk of pressure loss.

I hate rattles. I also rarely ride with a pack. As a result, most mini-pumps will be attached beneath the bottle cage and left on the bike full-time, and in my experience as a mechanic, it’s quite common for people to complain about a rattle in their bike that is actually the pump. And if the pump noticeably rattled once strapped into its mount, it was out of contention. This ruled out a few otherwise nice pumps too, such as the crank brothers Klic HV.

Even the best mini pumps will get warm to touch by the time you’re at your desired pressure, and it’s not that rare to hear the occasional whisp of air sneaking past the internal shaft seals once the pump is hot and under pressure. The inline gauge allowed me to see some pumps suffer in this regard.

Ease of use is largely subjective and was based on how intuitive the pump’s usage was, how quick it was to start using, general ease of use at the valve attachment and how comfortable it was during use. Pumps that caused arm cramps to keep them on the valve, or those with pinch points or slippery handles didn’t fare so well here.


Features and considerations

There are many little details that make a workable pump, a good pump.

Perhaps most obvious are the ergonomics and materials used in order to make the pumping experience easier, especially given you’ll likely end up using the pump with wet or sweaty hands. Pumps with perfectly smooth finishes and no shape aren’t ideal here, and you’ll end up using more energy just to hold on.

Best mini pump for mountain biking
Other designs offer a fold-out handle for easier pumping, some are great, while others give you something to pinch your fingers with. Many of my favourite pumps on test kept it simple with an inline handle, and simply added knurling, or rubber texturing for easier and more comfortable use.


Do you have bikes with both Schrader and Presta valves? Most should be able to get away with a Presta-only pump, but many pumps on the market can do both. Some will adjust to the different valve types automatically, others require you to flip a threaded chuck, and many still require you to open the valve head and flip the valve pin and rubber gasket.

It’s amazing to see how many mini pumps have moved the pump head to the end of a hose – all but solving the risk of breaking a valve as you lever it back and forth while pumping. Rather, a pump that uses a hose allows for more negligent pumping and is much easier to use in that regard.

Still, the hose is an added feature that can impact on volume, and increase weight and size. Additionally, threaded hose designs introduce the potential for unwinding tubeless valve cores. As a result of this, it’s increasingly common to find hose-equipped pumps supplied with a valve core tool. Simply make sure your valve cores are tight and you’re unlikely to experience issues.

If you’re planning on keeping the pump on your bike, then look for one with weather sealing at the head and barrel. Keeping the valve head free of dirt and water will ensure it works for many years to come, while a seal on the barrel isn’t as common, it is often used as an easy to prevent rattles.

Speaking of keeping the pump on the bike, you’ll need a mount for that. The Specialized AirTool MTB Mini and miniFumpa (electric) were the only pumps on test that did not include a mount for carrying the pump on the bike, beneath a bottle cage. All other pumps offer comparable mounts, although some are certainly better than others.

A mini pump should be viewed as an emergency-only item, and for that, a press of the tire to feel that it’s firm should be all you need to continue your ride. Still, pressure gauges on mini pumps are a popular selling feature. Generally speaking, the gauges are so small that unless they’re a digital gauge they’re almost impossible to get an accurate and consistent reading from. In many cases, the gauges were only good for getting to the nearest 10psi.

Do you view the mini pump as a back-up to your CO2? If that’s the case, then it may make sense to get a pump that doubles for CO2 duty. Many of these are surprisingly good – and often better than a lot of CO2 chucks people carry. A few of these are covered in the article on CyclingTips, and the OneUp pump also offers this function.


Best mini pump for mountain biking - presta valve core tools
Valve core tools are now provided with a number of pumps that are likely to accidentally remove the valve. Really they're simply solving a problem they create. Pumps that unwind valve cores and didn't provide a tool did not do well.

Finally, there are the extras that turn the pump into something more. Examples include the winning OneUp which hides an entire tool kit and puncture repair within itself; or the pump from Specialized which is tiny and can be wrapped in one with an inner tube and tire lever.




If you want more volume, head to CyclingTips where both high pressure and high volume pumps were tested (a total of 45).


131 Comments

  • + 16
 What is it with Lezyne and undoing cores. I have a track pump that does exactly the same. Such a poor design. For me if you are carrying a tiny pump on your bike you want it as small as possibel and you know that if you have to use it it might be a pain in the arse but at least it'll do the job even if it takes ages. After all you won't be using it regularly really. I like the Airbone micro pump for exactly that reason. Cheap and It really is small so you can leave it on your bottle cage and forget about it. It just takes quite a few more strokes than the Lezyne or OneUp.
  • + 3
 I stopped using my Lezyne floor pump because it undid my cores so frequently. It's probably the nicest pump in my garage, but I really just need to throw it out because it's gather dust. Frown
  • + 3
 @vikb: they sell another head that is the more typical press on, flip the lever deal. I did that since I hated there press and twist design. ride.lezyne.com/collections/floor-pumps-accessories/products/1-dual-v104
  • + 16
 Nothing is more frustrating than taking off your wheel, putting in a tube (covering yourself with sealant and dirt in the process) putting in a couple of hundred awkward strokes to get the tire reasonably firm, then carefully unscrewing the pump only to hear the hiss of all the air exiting because your pump unscrewed the valve core. Plus this always seems to happen in the dark, in the rain, when mosquitoes are at their worst, or all three.
  • + 11
 I've got a Lezyne track pump and an alloy drive. Only ever unscrewed a core if i've forgotten to hit the release button. Have I just been lucky?

Also dont have the rattle mentioned in the article either. That would see it being thrown in the bin if i did
  • + 2
 I have the mini and don't use it because it has ruined too many rides when it pulls the core out. It's a shame as the rest of the pump is beautifully made. Does anyone have any solutions? I've tried making sure the cores are in tight but that pump head is the most effective valve core remover known to man.
  • + 2
 The ABS chuck on my Leyzyne track pump is awful and often won’t connect properly.
  • + 2
 Seriously has Lezyne ever actually used their pump?? It's the worst!!!
  • + 3
 @vikb: My Lezyne floor pump does the exact same thing and it drives me crazy... especially when you're @ 100psi on a road tire.
  • + 2
 I did the exact same thing. 1 second vs 7 seconds of screwing that silly head onto your valve and risking unwinding the core when removing it. You and I are smart Smile @jselwyn:
  • + 3
 I can't believe people still don't know how to tighten valve cores in 2019 lol. Cores only come out if you thread on a hose tighter than the core is threaded inside the stem.
  • + 2
 I thought I was the only sucker with the Lezyne core problem. OneUp it is....
  • + 3
 Agreed. I eventually just sold mine b/c of it.
  • + 14
 Nothing satisfies us more than ruining rides by removing cores! /s

The reality is the design of the thread-on type hose connection is much more secure and longer lasting than anything with an o-ring, including our own flip chuck. This, combined with the use of an actual hose results in an easier pumping action - ask anyone who has bent or destroyed a Presta valve while pumping. We also developed and patented the ABS button, which relieves the back pressure in the pump and releases the valve core.

We (along with the makers of other thread-on type pumps) highly recommend tightening your valve cores before use and not over-tightening the hose. Many valve cores and tubes with removable cores ship with them slightly loosened so they don't get stuck during shipping. If the hose connection is tighter than your valve core, it will likely come out.
  • + 3
 @ckunde: I've cranked them down crazy tight,used loctite and threaded the head on as lightly as would engage the valve, yet the problem persists. But yeah, lol.
  • + 4
 How is this so hard for people? Am I a savant? Floor pump and frame pumps, and the only time I've had an unthread is when I didn't snug down the core on a new tube. Not cranked down, just snugged.

Snug core, thread on hose/chuck only as far as it needs to seal, bleed off pressure when done, unthread straight off. Not hard.

I get that people might not like screw on chucks, but that's personal preference, not a design problem.

Is this like when some people just can't get a tubeless setup to work?
  • + 3
 @Lezyne: Hey Lezyne, I've got a few of your pumps, including the Alloy Drive here. You are spot on with making sure the cores are tightened. Your hose-connect is also a primary reason I carry your pump as it does not compromise the Presta-rim seal/gasket. But, when it comes to some of your pump heads you guys have fallen short. For the shop Dirt-floor Drive pump I'd gone through a number of heads that failed before I settled on the simple, cheap, plastic 90 degree black plastic elbow that works really well. Except if you lay the pump down on it's "face" to firmly, then the elbow cracks. That's why I purchased several of them from you as backups. Please consider making this elbow from metal. The o-ring that eventually wears out is easily replaced and cheap and I get years out of one O ring. That simple elbow also allows proper functioning of your air release button. Other heads I've tried of your either broke or failed to allow the pressure release button to work correctly. Thanks for listening.
  • + 4
 @MikerJ: Hey there, here's the metal version of what you're referring to: ride.lezyne.com/collections/floor-pumps-accessories/products/1-presta-v1al06

Sorry to hear about your experience with the other chucks, though. There were a few known issues with our ABS-2 chucks, but most of them have been replaced by now. Also both the Slip Chuck and the Speed Chuck (the plastic 90 degree adapter) were designed to Presta valves without threads, such as valve extenders - You'll probably wear through a lot of o-rings using them with standard threaded cores.

If you're able, can you please submit a request to our main customer service channel Support.Lezyne.com? Someone from our team will be happy to help get you sorted with your floor pump chucks.

Cheers!
  • + 1
 @Lezyne: I broke a valve core with one of your pumps and the piece that screwed into the tube was stuck inside with no way to get it out. Pump and valve are ruined now because I can't extract the piece of broken core stick in each of them.
  • + 1
 @CullenHerring: Definitely reach out to our customer service team here: Support.lezyne.com
We definitely want to help you out!
Cheers!
  • + 1
 @Lezyne: Thanks !
  • + 1
 @Lezyne: Alright, thanks!
  • + 0
 Lezyne stuff disappoints. Looks better then it functions.
  • + 1
 @ShaunR123: Hi Shaun,
Sorry to hear you're having problems. There were a few known issues with our ABS-2 chuck, but most of them have been replaced with our ABS1 PRO under warranty. If able, can you please send an email to Warranty@Lezyne.com or submit a request to Support.Lezyne.com? Someone from our customer service team will definitely want to help you out!

Cheers!
  • + 18
 oneup #1
  • + 14
 Not only is the OneUp the best pump, but they are an awesome company that stand by their products. I've never delt with a company as supportive and responsive.
  • + 13
 ridden !!! how????
  • + 26
 Are you sure you want to know, i'm intrigued but wouldn't like to ask for fear of getting the answer
  • + 1
 @irishkiwimadman: I think they meant "used and rated", the writing on this site is not Pulitzer Prize worthy, but then again maybe they did ride the pumps........................
  • + 7
 @BornOnTwo: Now the thumbnail for "Video: Adam Brayton Goes Up Against Fit4Racing's Jonny Thompson in a Workout Challenge" makes sense...
  • + 4
 Some people like queefs.
  • + 12
 This one time, at bike camp....
  • + 1
 "If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions."
  • + 6
 I was a bike mechanic for 15 year and what I saw is that properly using tools and setting up equipment has always been a problem for know it all bike snobs. Lezyne makes the best pumps. I contacted Lezyne for a new rubber end cap after 5 years of being on my bike and they sent me a couple o-rings to rebuild the pump. Works like new. The haters are all the same. The people that blame Shimano cranks when their pedal strips out because it wasn't tightened properly. Tighten your valve cores, super simple.Test your equipment before hitting the trail.
  • + 8
 OneUp - excellent pump! The only thing missing is hose attachment option. LOVE IT! Lezyne - small, light but quite a hell when used with removable valve cores. Unscrews them.
  • + 3
 I have used my friend's lezyne exactly once. Core removed. Fun was not had.
  • + 1
 @colincolin: dat third time you pumped it up and think you got it, that you didn’t screw the cable on too tight so that valve won’t come off... and then...
  • + 10
 I have the Lezyne and wouldn’t want to use a pump without hose anymore.

The unscrewing of valve cores was an issue when I started using the Lezyne, but now I just make sure that all valve cores are securely tightened and have not had any problems since.
  • + 5
 I keep my oneup tool in my pump, but if they offered a hose that could fit in that space, I'd happily move my tool into my steerer and have both. That being said, it inflates in so few pumps that I don't really miss the hose-style pump I had in my pack previously.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I wonder how easy it would be to make a hose attachment out of an old valve and old pump? That Oneup would be my first choice if it had a hose.
  • + 1
 Glad to have one, even moreso that I have not had to use it (knocks on wood)
  • + 3
 Agreed, I won't use a pump without a hose, also needs to access schrader as I stay away from presta as much as possible.
  • + 2
 I've owned the Topeak RaceRocket MT for many years now, same unscrew-issue as with the Lezyne.
HOWEVER: since then I simply tighten my valve cores slightly more --> issue solved.
  • + 6
 I'm not the best rider but I always run around large crowded areas yelling about how great OneUp is. Think I got a shot to get sponsored?
  • + 5
 My Lezyne micro floor drive has been used by the whole Wednesday night crew for years now. Nothing else comes close. Just make sure your valve core is tight, because it's your fault if it comes out.
  • + 4
 Never unscrewed a valve core with my Lezyne pump. I think the key is to tighten the core up with a tool, not just finger tight. Had high hopes for the CB klic HV, but the chuck just won't stay put without holding it. Might be more an issue with the tubeless valves I'm using.
  • + 2
 Exactly. Simply tighten the cores a little more, no issues then.
  • + 3
 I have had an ancient mini pump from Blackburn had it 15+ yrs barely use it but it has a 8inch hose and a foot lever so you can ise it as a mini floor pump best 30 bucks ever spent. Even though I have only used it a dozen times.
  • + 3
 Never had a valve core come out with a threaded head but had many tubless valves unscrew in the rim, a mini tooled fitting for those would be welcomed by me. Maybe the valve core issue is partly down to how tight it is during initial assembly. Any frame fitting part that rattles on my bike would be sent back as faulty, happy you called that out.
  • + 3
 f*cking stupid top 5! You ruled out otherwise amazing pumps because they "rattled" when you mounted them to your bike.

How do you know that this will be the case with everyone?

The Crank Brothers Klic is minipump ergonomic perfection!
  • + 0
 Rattling is not the same for everyone, and it's also only a small element of what went into the top five. This is exactly why some pumps that rattled still made the top five, and other pumps that were perfectly silent didn't make the cut at all.

As responded below, here is some info about the Klic: "There was a lot to like about this pump, and it certainly has some clever features and decent build quality. However, it offers only average volume for its size, the magnetic head is exposed to the elements (no rubber seal) and it has the worst rattle of all pumps tested."

And if I'm being super specific, it also would leak air at higher pressures and the provided gauge wasn't all that useful for accuracy (actual 42psi at indicated 35).
  • + 4
 @DaveRome: Thanks for the measured response dude.

I'm a big fan of mini pumps. I've tried many over the years and gotta say the the Klic is my favourite.

Excellent build quality, really easy to use and really smart features like the pressure gauge.

IMO it has decent volume and this is complimented by the flip out t-handle which is very comfortable and allows you to pump longer and faster.

I use a hydro pack as I hate having anything unnecessary attached to my bike, so this obviously eliminates any rattling or exposure issues.

I haven't used it to pump higher than 30 psi though, so can't comment on this.

Thanks again for the review and response.
  • + 2
 @excavator666: No problem. I can see why you like it, and there are so many cool features about it. In the end, it was the tiniest of details that separated the winners from the losers.
  • + 5
 The OneUp is cool, but the mount is AWFUL. Of the four mounts I have, three have broken straps, rendering them useless. Oneup's "fix" is for me to buy a new $10 mount.
  • + 1
 I also broke the strap about 6 rides in, but replaced it with a rubber band. For real. The clamp on the mount itself is burly enough that's it hasn't been an issue in the year and a half I've had the pump. Even at whistler...
  • + 1
 I could not use it on my V1 Hightower and I think that this is common with other SC bikes. Hoping this is not the case with the V2 HT
  • + 3
 @madisob - Sorry to hear you had an issue. We updated the strap to a different compound 6 months ago. If you bought direct, hit us up at info@oneupcomponents.com for warranty and ask for the Pump Seal Kit. You LBS or point of purchase can also warranty it. If all else fails it's $10.

www.oneupcomponents.com/collections/small-parts/products/edc-pump-seal-o-ring-kit
  • + 3
 @djyosh: Strange, We've used it of a V1HT and a HTLT. Maybe your RD/Brake lines are run too tight?
  • + 2
 @geephlow: I had the pump fall off twice. The first when I was running the pump with no strap and I heard it fall. The second time the strap in the ride and a the pump fell off without me noticing. A hiker was nice enough to pick it up and bring it to me at an overlook.
  • + 1
 @madisob: crazy! I guess I got lucky with my clamp -- it's been rock solid with my ghetto aftermarket fix.
  • + 3
 Since i hardly ever need the pump (*knock on wood*), size and weight are my priorities. The feature bloat of some (not quite so mini) pumps seems excessive for an emergency item.

I usually keep a Airboy XL mounted to my bikes, but the Blackburn airstick seems like a good alternative.
  • + 3
 What about the availability of spare parts? This is only mentioned once and is an important criterion for me. I have a Topeak Pocket Rocket (perhaps not the most effective pump), forever (20 years +) and every few years it gets new internal rubber gaskets and which for the valve connection.
  • + 1
 I had the Race Rocket MT tested here and a friend managed to get it stuck on a valve to the point you had to break the valve in order to remove the pump. It's still stuck in the head and there is no way of removing it, and although the little hose is removable it's not available as a spare... and I also know of a similar incident with that pump. Swapped it for a Crankbrothers Sterling with a clamp head and I'm pretty happy, who would have thought that about a CB product...
  • + 3
 Thanks for bringing this up! Rubber parts inevitably wear out eventually and it's great to be able to repair and rebuild something than to just buy new again.
  • + 3
 I saw the blackburn in your pile and you mentioned one of the lower end pumps but the Core Mini is the most well thought out and highest quality for the money mini pumps I've ever seen. Beyond the fact that they patented the took integration and did it right the first time. Thing just works.
  • + 3
 Pumps with hoses are great because they avoid valves flexing when pumping. After breaking a valve, I always use pumps with flexible hoses. The downside is that they usually need to be screwed around the valve, and that could remove the core. It's something easy to avoid and it's a fair trade. The perfect pump should have a hose and a regular lock system. In the meantime TOPEAK Race Rocket MT it's my weapon of choice.
  • + 1
 I've been pretty frustrated by the lack of pumps that have a hose with a push and flip chuck. Threaded chucks are much harder remove with out hissing out a bunch of air.
  • + 3
 @KingColin08: Ours is chuckless and threadless. Press-on, pull-off
  • + 1
 There are pumps that do exactly what you seek. Silca's Tattico pumps (best for road) has a hose and regular lock system, while Birzman's Apogee head achieves a similar thing. Specialized and Lifeline also had pumps on test with hoses that did not thread onto the valve.
  • + 1
 @OneUpComponents: but there isn't a hose!
  • + 2
 I have an old Crank Bros mini pump that has a knob for low vs high pressure it is the best pump I have ever encountered. Turn to high volume and get the tire close then turn the knob and add higher pressure. After filling a tire to whatever pressure you want you just ride away without tired arms or a soft tire. Only thing I wish it had was a hose to make it easier to pump than holding the wheel while you pump.
  • + 3
 I have the Lezyne, the rattle is indeed an issue if frame-mounted. I tend to put it in the backpack...

But the con "- Enjoys unwinding valve cores" seems wrong here as it actually does not have this problem?
  • + 2
 I've had that problem, and then someone actually broke the valve core off inside the pump and now it's useless.
  • + 3
 I've never noticed the rattle. Always had it in a pack though. As for the valve cores, I've never had one pull it out of my own bike, never. It did do it on someone I helped on the trail once. The valve cores must've been barely tightened. Given that I'm the type the packs everything, I actually have a valve core tool in my bag too...
  • + 3
 I have two Lezyne's mounted on bikes. They don't rattle.
  • + 1
 @JohanG: damn, I gotta go out and ride and check it out now just because of you.
  • + 4
 Unwinding valve cores is a common and well-known issue with Lezyne pumps. So much so that they added the "ABS" pressure release button to the hose a number of years ago to try solve it, and have more recently added a valve core tool to more premium pumps.

Tighten your valve cores tightly and don't thread the pump hose on too tight, and you'll never experience the issue.
  • + 3
 I've never really gone wrong with my Topeak MiniMorph, even used it to seat tyres it's that good and has been fantastic value. Wouldn't go to any other brand now
  • + 7
 Same. After my Lezyne cause me more problems than it fixed (unscrewing valve and causing all the hard work of blowing the tire up to be wasted) I got the mini morph. Not only does it blow up quicker but it don’t cluster fcuk you afterwards!

Avoid Lezyne at all costs.
Minimorph is brilliant as its a micro track pump!
  • + 2
 @Richt2000: I had exactly the same issue too, but replaced mine with the Mountain Morph. I originally started Supergluing the valve cores in, when I was still using tubes Big Grin
  • + 3
 The mini floor style pumps are the best. A little bigger but if you ride with a pack it's well worth it.
  • + 3
 The Lezyne Micro Floor Drive is my favorite mini pump when I wear a hydration bag. Everyone uses it after they can’t get there mini pumps to work fast enough...
  • + 1
 Defiantly had my lezyne micro drive remove a few cores even tho I know it does it and I tighten them up as much as I dare. Shame as it's great to use with it little fold out mini floor pump style. So much easier than clamp on and pump till your arms fall of ones
  • + 1
 Got the Park Tool 2 years ago, loved it, have submerged it in mud, cleaned it and still works perfect. Someone handed me a Lezyne pump once, of course the core got unwinded, never have tried another hose pump again, don't want to deal with a core covered in mud and sealant, simple will always be better.
  • + 1
 Both me and a friend had the Topeak Race Rocket for a few months, both were dead and unusable by the time it came to using them on the trail. I don't think they stand up to Welsh riding conditions, they weren't jet washed or anything. These days punctures are rare, so it needs to sit on the bike for months and then work when it's needed. It wasn't the case with this product for us.
  • + 1
 The Birzman Velocity-Apogee MG is a higher volume pump so yes, it wouldn't have been so difficult to put a weaker spring and print a different scale on the pressure gauge for easier reading (don't know why the hose wasn't pulled all the way to show the pressure gauge on the photo). However, it's still possible to get a sufficiently accurate pressure reading if one guides oneself by the seal of the moving ring on the gauge. The whole ring is 2mm thick but the protruding seal itself is very thin. A new user might not realize this but I have verified that the pressure as indicated by the thin seal part is the correct one, and even though the marks are 10 psi or 0.5 bar apart there is a lot of room for the seal to move within those marks, indicating a sufficiently accurate value.
  • + 1
 One thing I forgot to mention - Even though it's a high volume pump, it's still possible to pump it to at least 80-85psi, which I did once to pressurize the fork. So the 90 psi gauge is not useless...
  • + 3
 I’m rather fond of the Specialized big bore pump and the fact that it fits in the swat box.
  • + 1
 I've got the Specialized Mini and have found it to be very reliable and yet a bit finicky as they said. Once you've used it a couple of times it's not hard, just a bit different.

In the article they said that it did not come with a mount. Funny, mine came with one that mounts very nicely under the water bottle cage...???
  • + 2
 I have two of the Big S Big Bores - one is strapped beside the bottle cage on my Honzo and the other is in the same position on my Druid (plus I can fit it in the "reverse SWAT Box" on my Druid if I wish). Not sure why it didn't fare higher in the testing. The info in both charts above seems to be very positive. At one point I had about 6 mini pumps I was A/Bing (including 2 Lezynes). Returned the other 5, kept the Big Bore and bought a second one. Retractable flexible hose, brilliant head, small in size (short at least), big in efficiency, and nice looking. Apart from bad karma, what's not to like?
  • + 0
 When you inflate a pneumatic tire you really should have a pressure gauge. That would seem to rule out 4 of the "Top 5". And if you don't want a pressure gauge, Silca sells a Tattico without the .5 PSI gauge for around $50.

But the biggest issue I have had with pumps is mounting brackets that fracture and the pump gets smashed to bits.
  • + 1
 Nashbar Mini-Pump - probably the best and cheapest mini-pump that actually works without any hassles, is small, and very light. It's too bad Nashbar doesn't carry that model any longer.
  • + 4
 Quote "The best pump is someone else's" .There's one in every group.
  • + 2
 This is another market segment, kinda like pedals and stems, where there are just far too many offerings and most of the choices suck.
  • + 1
 Under the conditions I ride in (mostly dry and dusty), any pump left attached to the frame inevitably eats dust and dies after 12-24 months. Maybe the one-up inside the steerer will solve the problem.
  • + 2
 The OneUp tool set can go inside the steerer, not the pump unfortunately. The idea of using their pump is that you can put the tool set inside the steerer OR inside the pump, which is then mounted under the water bottle cage. So under the conditions you described, you could keep your tools dust-free in the steerer, but your pump is still exposed either way. That being said, the oneup does have rubber seals everywhere, including a plug on the valve opening and a rubber gasket that you slide between the body of the pump and the handle when not in use, so it'd be really hard to get dust anywhere inside the pump anywhere unless you're using it. Heck,the gasket around the tool set is such a tight fit into the pump that I have to occasionally add some slickoleum to keep it from being impossible to pop out on the trail.
  • + 1
 The pump does'nt fit in the steerer tube. It has to be attached to your bottle cage if you want it on your bike.
  • + 2
 Yep, tool with plug and pliers kit in the steerer, spare tube mounted to frame, pump mounted to bottle cage with storage compartment in pump used to carry other spares (small knife, zip ties, small roll of gorilla tape, patch kit, spare cleat bolts, etc.). Pretty much everything you'd ever need right there secured and out of the elements. It's really the perfect setup...
  • + 4
 @Wannaberad - As noted above the pump is fully sealed against water and dust when closed.
  • + 1
 @OneUpComponents @Wannaberad : Further to this, this was part of the selection criteria for the winning pumps. It's another reason why the OneUp scored so well.
  • + 1
 @OneUpComponents: I have the EDC tool now and just bought the Crank Brothers Gem while trying to decide on the Crank Brothers. Klik or the OneUP EDC Pump. Any recommendations for one vs. the other?
  • + 4
 Got the OneUp a couple weeks ago. Used it a couple times. Works perfect..!
  • + 1
 Was curious to see how the Specialized AirTool Big Bore performed and compared to the others...so did it rattle, or was it something more? How well did the head work?
  • + 2
 Decent pump, but it had a few issues which kept it from the final picks. Here are my testing notes:

"There's a weird step felt in the pump's stroke. Head is easy to use, but not sealed to the elements when on the bike. This pump is highly efficient to fill a tyre at lower pressures - but gets crappy after 25psi. Easy to accidentally lock the shaft in place during use."
  • + 2
 @DaveRome: Cool. Thanks for the notes!
  • + 1
 My most expensive pump ever turned out to be very week one www.endurorider.pl/sks-spaero-double-action "Big" name and big price tag isn't always worth it ;/
  • + 1
 Luckily I had decided on the right pump. But what interests me most is the design of the custom pressure gauge. I've been looking for something like this for a long time.
  • + 2
 My old blackburn Mammoth air, lots of volume, comfortable ribbing and lots of stroke.
  • + 1
 I have a Giant branded mini pump that works pretty well. It's dual action which makes it a lot quicker to use and the resistance isn't bad.
  • + 2
 syncros micro pump, 13cm 80g, thanks
  • + 1
 Silca BlueTooth clamp would not stay attached to my e13 tubeless valves. Be weary of that combo!
  • + 1
 I tested mine successfully across a number of valve types, but not on an e13 valve. Have other valves been problematic for you?
  • + 2
 Can I pump up the jam now?
  • + 1
 I've got two Giyo pumps and love them. One does high pressure. Cheap as chips.
  • + 1
 I'm always pumped up for a good review.
  • + 1
 Please graph pumps to 30 psi vs length on different axis.
  • + 1
 Zefal XL is quite bulky but it's really efficient on big tires.
  • + 1
 I'm still using an old Topeak Master Blaster. Works perfect on 2.5 tires.
  • + 0
 I'll just stick to carrying a few CO2s. If I really need all 3 on one ride I was f*cked to begin with...
  • + 1
 Agreed
  • + 1
 *possible
  • + 1
 Crankbrothers Klic hv?
  • + 1
 Are you asking why it didn't make the cut?

There was a lot to like about this pump, and it certainly has some clever features and decent build quality. However, it offers only average volume for its size, the magnetic head is exposed to the elements (no rubber seal) and it has the worst rattle of all pumps tested.
  • + 2
 @DaveRome: alright cool. Thanks
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