Eurobike: Topeak’s Transformer X a combo pump and bike stand

Pump holds bike while you inflate tires

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Eurobike Mtbr

More than meets the eye

Because we’ve had a bike or two roll away from us while pumping up the tires, we can appreciate the thinking behind Topeak’s new $140 Transformer X bike pump/stand combo. By integrating a two-hook rear wheel bike stand into a standard floor pump, Topeak hopes to kill two birds with one stone, and maybe even give you a bike holder for storage when you’re not adding air.

It’s got extendable front legs to help add stability to the proceedings, and the extra-long hose has the reach to air up the front tire as well as the rear. We attempted to demo the pump in the Eurobike Awards display area—it was a winner, by the way—but were shut down by a stout German woman we knew better than to mess with. We’ll have to get one of these in the home office and see if it’s a gimmick or a keeper.

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Eurobike trade show in Freidrichschafen, Germany. For more from Eurobike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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