2011 SKS Pumps and Fenders

Components Gear Pro Reviews

Introduction

SKS is a company with that familiar ‘orange’ color brand and we’ve used their C02 inflators before. Last week, we got the opportunity to learn more about the company and the people behind it. What we learned is that it is a company with focus on pumps and fenders and they do those product lines very well. They are a German company and they build their products in Germany so the quality is apparent. And it is surprising that their products are competitive in price, given the price of labor.  But they do offer good value and some of their products are extremely innovative and well-built.  Check out their line below as reviewed by Brian Mullin.

Francis Cebedo, mtbr.com
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Magura USA (aka Magura Direct) hosted an incredible press camp in spectacular Sedona Arizona in mid-May, and they were kind enough to invite me on the wondrous shindig. The invited editors and writers got to test out the Magura Direct products that they distribute, which includes Magura (brakes and forks), uvex (helmets and sunglasses) and Vaude (packs and apparel), and they also were joined by SKS and Crank Brothers. We got to test the products from each of the companies on the inspiring, scary and extremely technical trails of Sedona, and the riding experience was simply superb.

SKS is a German company that is best known for their bike fenders and mudguards in the US, but their product suite also includes pumps, saddle bags, multitools, chainguards and water bottle cages. They have been manufacturing bike pumps for 80 years, and originated the mini pump, and last year sold 7.8 million pumps and 4 millions fenders/mudguards worldwide. The US general manager for SKS, Mark Burgener went through part of their products one evening at the press camp, and I was amazed at the breadth of their line relative to mountain biking, and to a lessor extent the commuter and urban bikes.

Floor Pumps
Their floor pumps include their 40 year old prestigious Rennkompressor, the top of the line Airbase Pro, the entry level Airwork and the mountain bike specific Aircon. I used the Aircon quite a few times at the Sedona camp, and the large stable base, and the ability to add monstrous amounts of air volume with each stroke was perfect for inflating fat mountain bike tires. All the pumps include their EVA (Easy Valve Access) head, which auto detects the valve type, whether it’s a Schrader or Presta. All their pumps are engineered and made in Germany.

Rennkompressor

  • Cast iron base and Steel barrel
  • 230psi and 650mm stroke
  • $60

Airbase Pro

  • Steel base and aluminum barrel
  • Top mounted gauge
  • Top of the line, built like a tank
  • 232psi and 728mm stroke
  • $80

Aircon

  • Steel barrel and ultra wide stable base
  • Extra large gauge
  • Large diameter barrel for more volume per stroke
  • 87psi and 730mm stroke
  • $45

Airworx

  • Affordable
  • Top mounted gauge
  • Dual compound handle
  • 144psi and 655mm stroke
  • $35
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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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