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Any recommendations on a frame pump?(16 posts)

Any recommendations on a frame pump?beeman
Jun 27, 2001 7:24 AM
I need to get a new frame pump but am unsure what to get. There are so many out now that it is hard to choose. I have been looking at the Zefal HPX and the Topeak Road Morph. Any others that I should be looking at or is one of these going to do the job?
Go with CO2Cima Coppi
Jun 27, 2001 7:27 AM
I just recently got a CO2 pump, and I'll never go back to a frame pump again.
second that NMHaiku d'état
Jun 27, 2001 7:38 AM
Why you go with CO2Elefantino
Jun 27, 2001 10:12 AM
First, a frame pump is at best an emergency item. How often are you going to use it? Hopefully, never — but if you do, you don't want to expend all your energy pumping tires up to 90 PSI (enough to get you home). I get a kick out of seeing the poor schleps with their Road Morphs trying to keep from keeling over. CO2 inflates tires almost instantly (you have to feather the valve a bit).
Second, you can put two CO2 cartridges and a valve nipple (don't invest in the fancy ones with handles, just the simple screw-in type) in your saddle bag and still have room left over for tubes, levers and patches, the car keys, etc.
Finally, invest in a good floor pump ... and Kevlar tires.
Go with the Road Morph wg - best frame pump I ever used ! [nm]Leroy L
Jun 27, 2001 8:27 AM
re: Any recommendations on a frame pump?Pogliaghi
Jun 27, 2001 8:52 AM
I use the Zefal, it works fine, it locks to the valve securely and gives good tire pressure. CO2 is faster but you better plan on having enough cartridges. Between the two, I prefer the pump. It doesn't run out of air.
re: Any recommendations on a frame pump?Big Lug
Jun 27, 2001 10:36 AM
I carry two CO2's for fast repairs, they do work great. I also carry a Zefal frame pump just in case I need it. Think about it, you're out on a 4 hour training ride, by yourself, two hours into the ride you hit a big patch of glass or thorns or whatever it is that day that gets you. Chances are you only get one flat but it's possible to flat both front and rear at the same time. Now you're 35 miles from home with no way to inflate another tube in the case of a third flat. Don't you feel stupid now? I thought so. Of course, you could always carry four or five cartridges with you, but that's an aweful lot of crap in your seat bag.

I'm with Pogliaghi, carry the CO2's, but bring a frame pump as well. They seldom fail to work. Not to mention you can lend assistance to another rider in trouble, you know, someone who rides around without a pump.
Yeah, don't get one...Lou M
Jun 27, 2001 10:44 AM
CO2 cartridges are so much better and frame pumps are out of style, can't remember the last time I saw one...
Out of style?mike mcmahon
Jun 27, 2001 10:39 PM
Why didn't anyone tell me? I've used a Zefal frame pump on every bike I've owned in the past ten years. Before that, I had a Silca frame pump. Other than greasing the Zefal about every six months or so, I leave it sitting under my top tube and forget it's there until I need it. After I use it, I don't need to run to the local shop or go to an on-line shop to order more cartridges. I've use mini-pumps and CO2. I'll be a life-long Zefal user until someone comes along with a better product. To answer your question (which I believe was about frame pumps), get the Zefal.
Zefal HPxMrCelloBoy
Jun 27, 2001 10:46 AM
I use one on my RB and one on the tandem. They're great.
I've also used Blackburn frame pumps on my MTb. They have a lifetime warranty that I've never had to use. I've lent it to lots of mountain biker who's other brand pumps failed.
How about 3 CO2'sLC
Jun 27, 2001 11:25 AM
Why does everyone carry only 2, when 3 will get you through just about anything. 3 is still less weight then a big old Zefal.
re: Any recommendations on a frame pump?Lardog
Jun 27, 2001 12:33 PM
Since I've been riding road, I've never carried a pump. CO2 only. They're grrrrreeeaaat! I've never had three flats on one ride, and second the previous writers comment, why carry just 2? why not 3? No problem in my tiny bag.
For a FRAME pump: the HPX.boy nigel
Jun 27, 2001 1:25 PM
I presently use a Topeak Mini Master Blaster DX mini-pump (the road one, not the mountain one with the T-handle), and it's worked fine. For a true frame pump, though, I still have my old HPX. I used this pump years ago when I was training 250+ miles a week and racing, and it was my ONLY PUMP; I didn't have a floor pump! I used it constantly to top tires off before rides, to pump up tubes on rides, to pump up newly patched tubes in the house, and it still works. I always pumped up to at least 100 psi, if not more, and I'm a pretty small guy (when I was racing, I weighed 120). They just work and work. I'd go with the HPX.

By the way, I got the mini because a) I couldn't fit the HPX on my new TCR; b) If it did fit, I'd be limited to only one water bottle cage; and c) I wanted less clutter on the frame (I keep the mini in my jersey pocket) and less chance for paint chips and scrapes. These are the only reasons I don't still use the HPX. They're great pumps.

That's my experience. Happy shopping.

re: Any recommendations on a frame pump?Rev. Litespeed
Jun 27, 2001 1:51 PM
Go to nashbar order the second wind co2 it is a co2 inflator that will use walmart co2 or threaded 3 doller bike shop deals should you run out of co2 it also is a mini pump granted it would take forever to pump it to riding pressure it is better then walking it is still small and half the wight of a frame pump works great and it is less then 10 bucks
re: Any recommendations on a frame pump?dbrogan
Jun 27, 2001 8:25 PM
Anybody familiar with the Power Pump Alloy from Crank Brothers? It got a good review on OLN. Here's a link:

re: Any recommendations on a frame pump?got2ryd
Jun 28, 2001 5:35 AM
ive had to use my new frame pump once and was amazed how quickly and easily it inflated my tire. look at the blackburn fp-1s, great pump!