The Best Bike Pump For Every Situation
When it comes to filling up your tires, or just adjusting tire pressure, having a quality pump makes the chore more enjoyable. With a wide range of pump options from dual-chamber floor pumps to tiny mini pumps, it’s hard to know where to begin in your search. We’ve organized some of our favorites into an easily digestible format to make your next pump purchase a more educated endeavor.
Floor pumps have come a long way in the past few years. The widespread acceptance of tubeless tires spurred a new line of floor pumps called dual-chamber floor pumps or “charger” pumps. This new style of bike pump features two air chambers: one serves the traditional purpose of creating air pressure while the second chamber creates a reservoir to store pressure which can then be used to inflate a tubeless tire in a single, high-pressure burst. These dual-chamber pumps are great if you are trying to seat tubeless tires regularly, but can be a bit cumbersome due to the added weight and material, not to mention the increased cost.
When it comes to choosing a hand pump, there are a variety of personal preferences to consider. First, how will you be carrying your hand pump? Whether you prefer to carry your hand pump on your bike or in your pack will determine which pump will fit your needs best. Second, will you be filling both road and mountain tires? If so, there are a few pump options that offer both high pressure and high volume options. If you’re filling more mountain bike tires, you’ll want high volume. If you’re filling road tires, stick with a high-pressure pump. Depending on what types of valves your tires have, make sure the mini pump will work with your valves whether they are Presta or Schrader.
Best Hand Pumps
Lezyne Micro Floor Digital Drive XL
- Lightweight and compact
- Well-designed hose and footpeg for efficient pumping
- Digital gauge
- Easy maintenance if needed
- Not the smallest option if space is a concern
Blackburn Airstick 2-Stage
Great for both mountain and road bikes, the Airstick 2-stage can be switched from high pressure to high volume with the quick flip of a switch. The Presta only head keeps things simple since. The Airstick 2-Stage utilizes the brand’s high volume design to which inflates on both the push and pull. What we really love about this pump is that it can live within even the smallest pack or sleekly on your frame and will be ready whenever you need it.
- Superlight and compact
- High volume or High Pressure
- Frame mount included
- No gauge
- Presta only
One Up EDC Pump
OneUp has been a leader for their crafty tool storage options to keep you prepared no matter how long or short your ride. The EDC pump is no different and offers a unique storage solution integrated into a high volume pump. Designed to integrate with the EDC Tool System, and a CO2 canister or your favorite stash. With many mini-pumps, larger volume tires can be a chore with typical volumes of 30-60cc it will take hundreds of strokes to inflate a tube and likely has no chance of re-inflating a stubborn tubeless setup. The EDC features a 100cc chamber and at 160g the EDC high volume pump has the highest volume to weight ratio on the market. Firmly push the pump head onto the Presta valve until it bottoms out, then pump, making for a quick easy on-trail air addition or subtraction quick and easy.
- Mountain bike specific high volume chamber
- Frame mount included
- Fast-on head
- Built-in C02 inflator
- Presta only
Topeak Race Rocket MT
This simple pump offers a lot of great features in a small reasonably priced package. The aluminum construction features a rubber grip for comfortable, no-slip use, while the self-contained hose will work with both valve types. The pump defies its size and weight with efficient pumping, and it can handle higher gravel-bike pressures without any additional headache. A nice feature is it also includes a valve-core tool at the bottom to prevent the threaded hose from accidentally pulling your valve core.
- Clean and effective design
- Reasonably priced
- Metal construction
- Thread-on head is secure but can unscrew valve cores
- Rubber hose could be longer
Best Floor Pumps
Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Floor Pump
A floor pump with a pressurized chamber makes at-home and on-the-fly tubeless setup a breeze. The Flash Charger TLR makes setting-up tubeless tires at home and on the road a snap. Making for efficient installation of Tubeless tires without the need for a compressor, the Flash Charger was the innovator in the pump charger game. The pressurizable chamber instantly releases air creating seamless tubeless tire seating while the digital gauge helps you to easily achieve your desired pressure.
- Easy solution for tubeless seating
- Digital gauge
- Included attachments for other sports equipment
- Flimsy plastic handle and pump head
Lezyne CNC Drive
This is the creme de la creme of floor pumps. It’s sleek all-aluminum construction is highlighted by an extra-long, nylon-reinforced hose that wraps over the handle and secures to the base. An oversize gauge sits low on the pump for better weight balance and improved durability. Lezyne’s ABS 1 Pro Flip-Thread Chuck works on both valves, one side for Presta, the other for Schrader, it secures tightly to valve stems and has a bleed button to help you set your ideal pressure. It also includes a valve-core wrench which is handy to have on hand for tubeless set-ups. This thing is truly a well-designed tool from the crew over at Lezyne.
- Beautiful, durable CNC construction
- Reinforced hose
- Great for all tires
- Not great for tubeless seating and high volume tires
Topeak JoeBlow Ace DX
With a price higher than anything else on our list, the Topeak JoeBlow Ace DX is built to last. If your garage features a quiver of diverse bikes, chances are you have several different bike pumps to accommodate their different tire pressure needs. The JoeBlow ACE DX achieves this diversity by using a two-barrel design, allowing you to choose whether you want to use the main barrel, the small second barrel, or both at the same time to fit your needs. When using both together you’ll find you’re able to push more air with the claim of 30% less effort than standard floor pumps by filling up both air chambers to pump massive amounts of air quickly achieving tire pressures as high as 60 PSI. This feature is ideal for mountain bikes and fat bikes with high volume tires. By selecting just the main chamber, less air moves with each pump, but your available tire pressure sky rockets to a lofty 120 PSI when you need to get the pressure up and if you ever need super-high pressures, you can run the pump on just the small barrel and achieve pressures as high as 260 PSI. The SmartHead DX1 chuck automatically adjusts to fit both Presta and Schrader valves without swapping parts.
- One pump for everything
- Super solid design
- Multiple options for pressures
- Includes ball and air bladder inflation needles
Specialized AirTool MTB Floor Pump
This high-volume pump is, as the name suggests, designed specifically for mountain bike tires. A three-inch gauge goes up to only 40 psi, but it does so with big, easy-to-read numbers in one-pound increments, making it the best pump for precise MTB tire pressures. Constructed around a metal barrel and stable metal base which is the same as the other Specialized pumps including the Air Tool and Air Tool Comp, both designed as less MTB specific options. Our favorite thing about the AirTool MTB is the fact that it moves ALOT of air taking only about 20 strokes to fill a 29 x 2.6-inch tire to 20 psi. The pump does lack a pressure release button, which in our opinion is super important for dialing in proper pressure on the MTB.
- Solid metal construction
- MTB specific barrel and gauge
- Quick to fill large volume MTB tires
- Gauge stops at 40psi
- The plastic handle feels cheap
- No pressure release valve
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