Stompump's Foot-Operated Mini-Pump - Interbike 2018

Sep 18, 2018
by Mike Levy  
Stompump Foot Pump Interbike 2018


Alright, I realize that this is a mini-pump, and I know you guys want to see photos of new and previously unseen downhill bikes, components, and anything made by a CNC machine, but things are pretty slim here in Reno. Also, this foot-operated pump from Stompump is actually pretty cool and intended for high-volume, low-pressure mountain bike tires. You know, like the kind we use.

The company crushed their Kickstarter goal by getting 745% of the funding they were looking for, and they're only a couple of months away from production units that will go for somewhere around $90-ish USD.


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Stompump is saying that their foot pump will inflate tires up to three times as fast as a normal mini-pump, and you might be wondering how it's able to do that given that it's much, much shorter than a traditional pump. The answer is that while it's short, it's also very squat, so much so that the massive piston inside the air can pushes more air during a shorter stroke than most pumps do with a much longer stroke. Also, you're doing the pumping with your leg, which is full of much stronger muscles than what's in your arms and shoulders.

Air moves through a long, thin hose that's connected to the pump and chuck via quick-release pneumatic fittings; all you need to do is push the small spring-loaded collar and the hose comes off. When not in use, it's wrapped around the pump's air can.
Stompump

Intended use: low-pressure, high-volume tires
Foot operated
Aluminum construction
Integrated filter
Quick-release pneumatic fittings
Thread-on presta/schrader chuck
Frame mounted
Storage compartment
Fully rebuildable
Max pressure: 60 PSI
Weight: 185-grams (claimed)
Price: $99.99 USD
More info: www.stompump.com


Stompump Foot Pump Interbike 2018
Stompump Foot Pump Interbike 2018
The foot-operated Stompump is small but quick, with the high-volume air can and huge piston moving a load of air up to its 60 PSI maximum.


The stubby Stompump is mostly aluminum, with a Delrin piston and steel return spring hidden inside of the large-volume air can, and the rubber cap for the hidden storage compartment in the top of the pump. There's a filter just under the top cap, too, but not to keep you from filling your tires with dirty air. Instead, it's so that the pump isn't pulling in dust and grime that could eventually damage the seals. Like most pumps, it's also easy to take apart, clean, and reassemble without any tools. I know ya'll are totally out there rebuilding your mini-pumps, right? Yeah, me too.

Stompump says that their little guy will top out at around 60 PSI unless you really put some muscle behind it, so it's mostly intended for mountain bike use more than anything. It comes with a bottle cage-style mount, but you can't use a cage and mount at the same time, unfortunately. Instead, there are two slots in the mount for zip-ties, so you can put it somewhere else, too.

The pump goes for $99.99 USD on their Kickstarter page, but they say that it'll probably come down to $90-ish USD when it's available in a few months from now. That's a big chunk of money for a pump, especially when there are all sorts of options out there for much less money, but I can see it being a success regardless if it really does inflate tires three times as fast as a normal mini-pump. It also feels like a high-quality unit in my hands, unlike that countless and nearly disposable tiny pumps out there.
Stompump
It's not nearly as inconspicuous as a traditional mini-pump.

Stompump Foot Pump Interbike 2018
Stompump Foot Pump Interbike 2018
You don't need tools to open the Stompump up, and a filter under the top cap should keep it clean for a long time.


Nearly $100 USD is a big chunk of money to shell out for a mini-pump, no matter how neat it is. But if it works as well as they say and proves to be reliable, would you consider buying one?


79 Comments

  • 152 2
 Seems like “kickstarter” would be a fitting site for a foot actuated pump.
  • 9 4
 This deserves more upvotes, I appreciate this post.
  • 130 1
 I won't be needing this, I've gone full enduro and completely filled my tires with overpriced pool noodles.
  • 29 2
 Its not about pumping up your tire its about showing our friends how cool you are
  • 12 1
 Overpriced, Yes. Insanely useful, also yes.
  • 11 4
 I fill up my enduro tires for my enduro bike which is used on enduro trails with my smugness and tendency to misuse terms in order to sound unique.
  • 2 1
 While fitting some of the new Vittora tire inserts in work thevother day, we all came agreed that a noodle would do the same job!
  • 47 2
 $100 and no pressure gauge, come on!
  • 29 0
 But my legs are tired
  • 36 1
 But my arms are weak.
  • 11 0
 @mikelevy: my mini pump is heavy
  • 22 0
 Pool Noodle insert looks like Spaghetti
  • 2 1
 @ctd07: You're not wrong.
  • 32 0
 @ctd07: there's vomit on my levers already
  • 1 0
 I'm thirsty cos I ditched my bottle and cos my arms and legs are weak / tired / pathetic
  • 11 0
 @Jimmy0: The trail surface is smooth and ready
  • 3 1
 This thread took an amazing turn.
  • 4 1
 I'm late to this...but, my knees are sweaty
  • 2 0
 le tired*
  • 1 0
 my fingers are too tired from braking... i cannot take out the pump from the mount.... taxi!
  • 26 4
 60 PSI max? c'mon man they aren't even trying.

They seem to have missed the fact that their hipster target consumer rides a fixie with skinny tyres and needs 90-110 PSI
  • 72 1
 hipsters cant fix their own flats
  • 24 0
 @Buc-Nasty: hipsters never get flats. the tire usually loses pressure due to manufacturer defects in the tires, rims or tubes so its up to the local shop to fix it for free while the hipster tries to get compensated for its precious time lost.
  • 1 1
 I put 6bar (about 90psi) in my tubes and around 1bar in the tire (running Procore). So these may be fine for the tire, but not for the tube.
  • 9 0
 @scott-townes: I like how you called the hipster "it".
  • 2 0
 @Buc-Nasty: Comment of the year
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: !!! its! lol
  • 4 0
 Hipsters will still buy these...... but will use them to make soda water for their gin and tonics while the mechanic fixes their flat
  • 2 0
 I think it's more a physical limitation, since you propably do not weigh enough to achieve that pressure. Like the diameter of the piston is too big.
  • 1 0
 @fred-frod: is you a hipster? definitely not a problem if so
  • 14 0
 does it come in regular and goofy?
  • 1 0
 Just goofy.
  • 9 2
 With all the bitching and moaning about water bottles these days this seems counter productive. I have one water bottle mount on my Enduro. With a traditional mini pump and a offset mounting bracket I can have both a water bottle and a pump on me at all times. Although I could see a slightly larger version of this being a good replacement for my floor pump. Skinny wrists, weak child arms and all...
  • 7 0
 And really? 60psi max for something I can put my foot on? Bad idea...
  • 8 1
 If they made this the center of a front hub, you could just take your wheel off, run the hose from the hub to the rim valve and pump. You'd never have to carry a pump again. Granted, you'd have to take your front wheel off to use it as the pump for your rear wheel, but basically, you'd only have to carry that hose and valve chuck.
  • 1 0
 That's. An. Idea... LOL
  • 1 0
 Uuuum really? So... that front hub thingy needs like bearings and an axle thingy inside of it that could take up the space where the pump’s piston would go. Could pose an issue.
  • 3 0
 Im not the idiot that invented this turd.... just trying to polish it. Wink
  • 7 0
 I jumped on the Kickstarter, want to leave this in my truck for all the times I'm shuttling and people ask if I have a pump.
  • 2 0
 Specialized makes a sweet floor like pump that comes in a little case that I keep in mine. Alot better for that application, and cheaper.
  • 2 0
 Looks cool and probably very well designed, but it's still heavy, gets rid of your water bottle cage, and is expensive.... Why would anyone pick this over carrying a couple co2 cartridges and a small hand pump as a backup? Could have been more functional too if the cage also had some storage built-in to carry a tube or tire plugs, but some overpriced rebranded bike specific ski straps work fine for that too.
  • 4 1
 Try using it on uneven ground...
  • 3 0
 I want a non mini, high volume foot pump for the garage, or back of the truck, with a gauge. Thank you, PM me for my bank info to send monthly commission checks to. Wink
  • 1 0
 Absolutely! That would be invaluable for getting that bead to seat - I could use both hands!
  • 4 0
 do i need clipless or flats to use this? market to me the best pumping shoe
  • 2 1
 Try fitting that in your fanny pack jack. It's a micro fatty pump. Easy to miss place in the shop. Odd shape for putting in a pack. Looks very cute mind you. If only they had an anodized purple version it would make an exelent paper weight for my desk.
  • 1 0
 About ten years ago, maybe, but I can't see spending this much, or carrying something this unwieldy around for the one flat I get every three years or so since I've gone tubeless. I just carry a CO2. I haven't had to use one on my mountain bike in over two years though.
  • 1 0
 Do you have any idea how hard you just jinxed yourself for a flat on your next ride...
  • 4 2
 Yeah right! I fought long and hard to use those two bolt holes for a proper hydration vessel. On the other hand, this might do well in the front triangle of a Jeffsey.
  • 3 0
 I have no idea why I would want something so heavy, bulky, and expensive, and yet for some reason I really like this idea...
  • 4 0
 It should be called the stump pump...just saying...
  • 1 0
 "It also feels like a high-quality unit in my hands, unlike the countless and nearly disposable tiny ####s out there."

@mikelevy I know what you mean, I much prefer the feel of a high quality unit... Wink
  • 3 1
 Will it seat my tubeless tires?
Oh wait I can just use a smaller, lighter CO2 bomb, and buy at least 100 of them for that price...
  • 1 0
 a pump? I am totally unable to pull my tires off my wheels even with steel core levers inless I have soapy water,
some motley crue playing in the background, and 20 minutes! 30 minutes for the DD casing in the rear!
  • 4 1
 I can buy a lifetime of CO2 cartridges for 100$
  • 4 1
 Heck, I can buy a lifetime of chinese foot pumps for 100 bucks!
  • 1 0
 Depending on what brand of tires you're using... Maybe. Specialized? Schwalbe? Nope. Maxxis..... Yee
  • 2 0
 @utahben: subtle. lol
  • 1 0
 @utahben: only if you wait till after Jan to get it. So act now and save 15%.
  • 4 1
 Haha $90ish=$99.95. I mean...come on
  • 2 0
 *deletes comment after reading full article...
  • 4 0
 who is his cobbler?
  • 1 0
 Well, this might be a good item for the fatbike crowd, as a flat tire requires about 5 or 6 CO2 cartridges, or an arm-busting session with a mini-pump...
  • 1 0
 During my moto days i always wondered what a piston return spring looked like. And there it finally is!
  • 1 1
 It isn't too nice for those who invested in the project on Kickstarter if they had to pay more for the pump than those who buy it afterwards.
  • 1 0
 This was done about 10 years ago (by another company) - I reviewed it - we used it to hold the office door open on hot days
  • 3 0
 short but thicc Smile
  • 1 0
 This is perfect for keeping your vehicle. Easy to stash in your trunk, perfect if you have a truck...... in my opinion.
  • 2 0
 "I don't know what to do with my hands"
  • 1 0
 Looks like it's made by Silca
  • 1 0
 I think its pretty neat. Would love to see it / try it out in person!
  • 2 1
 'the company is 745% above their goal and they kept it all'
  • 1 0
 So this is what happens to all the old shapeshifters
  • 2 1
 What is this? A pump for ants?
  • 2 1
 I can buy a lot of co2 cartridges for $100
  • 1 0
 Elvis Costello sang about this, Veronica.
  • 1 1
 Let’s see that action on mud or snow! $100 suckers!
  • 1 0
 This thread is gold.

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