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Absolute BEST frame pump on the market?(17 posts)

Absolute BEST frame pump on the market?Zonic Man
Oct 9, 2003 7:12 AM
I'm looking to get a frame pump for a new frame I'm having built....it is going to be painted to match the frame by the manufacturer as well.

Is there one frame pump out there that is universally accepted as the BEST one out there, money be damned?

Zefal?
Silca?
Blackburn?

What's the feedback?
re: Absolute BEST frame pump on the market?lyleseven
Oct 9, 2003 7:22 AM
Zefal has been fantastic for me; I believe it is the HPx or some such model number. Easy to find and comes in different lengths to fit different frame sizes.
re: Zefal HPXcyclopathic
Oct 9, 2003 7:27 AM
Santana fits their tandem frames with a peg designed around HPX and they test products before reccomending them. Haven't used Blacburn or Silca but HPX gets job done, you can pump tandem tire to tandem pressure.
Ditto the ZefalRoger2
Oct 9, 2003 7:42 AM
but are you really going to get it painted to match your bike?????? Why?
Matching......Zonic Man
Oct 9, 2003 8:59 AM
It's free. Why not?

Going with blue panels for the labels, brushed for the rest of the bike.

Pump will be the blue to match the labels.
Well than I hope...Roger2
Oct 9, 2003 9:04 AM
you get the matching bottle cages! ;0)
On those....Zonic Man
Oct 9, 2003 9:24 AM
...it's all about carbon, baby!
re: Blackburn hereMike Prince
Oct 9, 2003 7:31 AM
No issues yet. You can lock out the spring for high pressure (like the zefal) and it has a t-handle for a good grip.

Only feedback is that if you have a long top tube (mine's 60 c-c) the largest size will rattle a bit as it is on the upper limits of the pump length - a small (1/4" by 1.5") strip of pipe insulation between the pump and the top tube cures that.
re: Blackburn hereDorf411
Oct 9, 2003 7:48 AM
I have three of them right now that I use on various bikes. They are the Zefal HPx, Silca, and Blackburn FP1. The Blackburn is by far the best working of the three when it comes to pumping the tires and looks very good as well. The Silca is the coolest looking for a nice lugged frame bike but really is a pretty crummy pump. The HPx works nearly as well as the Blackburn and definaetely better than the Silca but isn't really a very good looking pump. My next pump will be another Blackburn that fits my larger bikes as the one I have now is shorter for a compact frame.

John
that's what I've been usingChicago_Steve
Oct 9, 2003 7:58 AM
Pretty happy with the Blackburn:

- T handle is nice for those last few lbs of air.
- Pressure rating to 160 psi
- three sizes to fit just about any frame.

I have not used the Zefal but it looks to have more metal parts (lever, valve mech) then the Blackburn. FWIW... I think the last performance catalog had individual listings of the # of pumps it took to get the tire to 100 psi. Some pumps were pretty surprising (mini pumps took all day!!).
Blackburn here too (plus a comment on frame size)Psalm 147-10_11
Oct 9, 2003 10:03 AM
I've never had a problem with my Blacburn pump and like it better than the Zefal I used to have. I got rid of the Zefal when it began to chip the paint off my Lemond. It seems that the contact points were too hard and they ended up taking the paint off down to the primer.

I too have a 60 cm bike, but choose to put the pump on the seat stay rather than the top tube. I use a medium pump and it fits great.
No restraining strap needed? n/mfracisco
Oct 9, 2003 10:20 AM
No restraining strap needed?Psalm 147-10_11
Oct 9, 2003 10:38 AM
I've never tied it down and it fits in there real snug. So far, I've logged over 15000 miles with this set up and not once has it even rattled...
No restraining strap needed - Same here...Chicago_Steve
Oct 10, 2003 5:42 AM
I've had my Blackburn on two different frames with probably 12 - 13k miles and have never had it rattle or require a velcro strap...
Hey, great idea! I don't like the looks of a "twin top tube" - mind if I copy you? nmBowWow
Oct 9, 2003 10:29 PM
Zefal.Andy M-S
Oct 9, 2003 7:47 AM
I'm another hPX fan. I've heard Blackburns are good, and Silcas are superlight, but good only for amusement as you watch the plunger go flying and the barrel spread itself around the room in tiny plastic bits.
Silca Impero large frame pump = 175 gmKerry Irons
Oct 9, 2003 5:17 PM
Those who say Silcas don't work well are suffering from some sort of operator error problem. When someone in our group flats, they all look at me because I can pump a tire up so much faster, easier, and to higher pressure with my large Silca Impero (520mm, not the largest which IIRC = 550 mm). They folks with the Zefals and Blackburns "know" my pump works better.