Topeak Joe Blow Booster floor pump review

No more floor pump workouts or eardrum busting compressors

It's not cheap and it's a little on the expensive side, but for our money the Topeak JoeBlow Booster is worth every penny.

It’s heavy and a little on the expensive side, but for our money the Topeak JoeBlow Booster is worth every penny.

Lowdown: Topeak JoeBlow Booster Floor Pump

With all due respect to dropper posts, carbon everything, and 50-tooth sprockets, I still say the No. 1 mountain biking innovation of the last decade is tubeless tires. Ditching those pesky tubes ushered in a (mostly) flat free era blessed with lower rolling resistance and supreme traction. There’s just one problem. Even today, set up can be a total pain in the ass depending on your wheel-tire combo of choice. So does the Topeak JoeBlow Booster floor pump solve these issues? Read our full review to find out.

Stat Box
Construction: Alloy pump body, steel base Max air pressure: 160 psi / 11 bar
Hose length: 5 feet Weight: 7.6 pounds
Pressure tuning: Air release button MSRP: $160
Valve head: Dual-action Presta and Schrader Rating: 4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 out of 5
Handle: Dual density polymer grip

  • Suitable compressor substitute
  • Expensive
  • Quiet operation
  • Heavy
  • No electricity required
  • Can be hard to reach full charge
  • Easy-to-read gauge
  • 55-60 strokes to reach full charge
  • Doubles as floor pump
  • Portable
  • Long hose
  • Simple operation
  • Stable base
  • Works with MTB and road tires
  • Air release for precise pressure tuning
  • Sturdy construction
  • Compatible with Schrader and Presta valves
  • Auto-adjust valve head
  • Comfortable grip

Review: Topeak JoeBlow Booster Floor Pump

The premise is simple. Instead of blowing out your eardrums using a noisy garage compressor, or popping veins in your neck trying to seat tubeless tires with standard floor pump, the Topeak JoeBlow Booster lets you blast 160psi into your tires with one silent turn of a dial. And guess what? It works.

The T-handle is comfortable in your hands, while the top mounted gauge and dial are easy to read and reach.

The T-handle is comfortable in your hands, while the top mounted gauge and dial are easy to read and reach.

While I cant say it has a perfect 100-percent record, it’s pretty damn close. During several months of test use on tubeless mountain bike and road tires, the JoeBlow Booster became one of the most prized tools in my garage. In about 60 seconds (or the time it takes you to crank out 50-60 strokes of the dual density polymer grip handle) the pump is fully charged at 160psi (11bar). Then simply turn the dial from “inflate” to “charge” and listen to the sweet sound of beads popping into place. (In the rare cases when it didnt work on the first try, a little soapy water (or even spit) on the tire always did the trick.)

I seated toothy 2.4″ enduro tires on Mavic Crossmax wheels, wimpy 2.2″ XC tires on Giant house brand wheels, and even a set of 32mm Clement cyclocross tires on a set of American Classic tubeless road wheels. That obnoxiously loud, electricity guzzling compressor I bought from the hardware store this winter hasn’t rumbled to life in 2 months. (It’s for sale if anyone’s interested.)

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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  • jpre says:

    It might be worth $40 more than the Bontrager Charger, which I have, if it can behave like a standard floor pump like the article says, unlike the Charger where you have to fill the extra chamber before it acts like a standard floor pump.

  • Duane says:

    For less than $100, you can go onto craigslist and buy a compressor, and have a tool that can do more than just inflate tires…..

    • Rob says:

      Compressors are bulky, heavy, noisy and require power. This is ideal for trail side, travel and race applications and can also work in the shop if you don’t have a compressor. Think of it as you would any other hand tool vs. a power tool.

  • Galvin says:

    Going from a very shitty pump that needed an adapter to use it to this topeak pump was a huge step. This is much more reliable and I feel will probably last for years to come. The booster is also lighter and quieter than a really loud compressor. The idea that its a floor pump and a booster amazes me.

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