Anyone else found mini pumps to be unreliable?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by night cycler, 5 Feb 2018.

  1. OP
    night cycler

    night cycler Veteran

    Stevie-do you have a link to the actual model?
  2. OP
    night cycler

    night cycler Veteran

    That is the exact same model of pump that I have returned to the shop.

    The specific fault is the brass plunger under the lever that locks on to the valve has failed. This means there is nothing to hold the connection on to the valve.

    The actual pumping action still functioned, but not while attached to a valve.
  3. Eddy

    Eddy Obergruppenführer

    A mere 400 pumps and my Topeak micro rocket gets 80 psi into my tyre, its not powerful enough but it is really small and is quite robust and has worked for 7 years without letting me down.
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  4. OP
    night cycler

    night cycler Veteran

    If you buy a decent anything it will work.

    The problem is that there are many products out there being marketed as decent when they are simply nothing of the sort.

    The poor customer is the one that has the inconvenience & financial loss. The manufacturer, the wholesaler and the retailer have all got their end sorted.

    It is simply not good enough.
    Both of my pumps were Topeak brand. One was their race rocket HPX and the other was their Mini morph. Both failed in under 12 months of very little use. What exactly does that say about their mini pumps?

    Credit where it is due - the Topeak Joe blow max 2 floor pump is great and works faultlessly every time.

    There are several heads up on here for the Leyzene band.

    OK, so the Leyzene model that Northern Dave links to is.........Fifty quid. Now this item may be extemely good quality. How many years use roughly would you expect to get from cycle pump costing £50? 10 years? 5 years? I'd wager that this product does not come with a 5 year warranty. I would be surprised if it came with a 3 year warrenty. So how much confidence does the company actually have in their product?
    Last edited: 6 Feb 2018
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  5. OP
    night cycler

    night cycler Veteran

    It is probabably
  6. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    I have 2 x Topeak mini pumps, a Topeak Joe Blow track pump, a Topeak mini saddle pack and a Topeak Hexus II multi-tool. Guess what, they all work great while not costing the earth, what does that say about the brand?
  7. OP
    night cycler

    night cycler Veteran

    Agree with you about the blow joe - excellent pump. I stand by my comments based on my own experience of the Topeak models that failed on me.

    The Topeak models you mention indicates that maybe the company have improved? Let's hope so, so that us, the workforce, manufacturer and retailers all benefit.

    If your pumps predate the models I have, I cannot offer any defence your honour. :notworthy:
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  8. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    After too much hassle with mini-pumps I switched to CO2 and never had a failure. I now also run tubeless and as yet have not even resorted to CO2 yet. I may get brave an only take 2 canisters with me on a ride rather than 3.
  9. Bodhbh

    Bodhbh Veteran

    Not sure those oldskool cheap plastic pumps are fine. I had a decent Toppeak frame pump nicked on tour and bought one for 4 euros as a stop gap. At the first use it packed up. Worst than not having one, at least you know where you stand then.

    On the plus side, the bike shop gave us these really heavy duty velco frames straps with it as a freebie. It being Germany they were totally overengineered for securing the pump and far more use than the pump itself..
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  10. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    East Devon
    This is the Topeak that I have: Speed Masterblaster
    The other is a similar size, but Specialized.
    I have various others lying about, but none are as useful as those two.
  11. Randy Butternubs

    Randy Butternubs Senior Member

    I've had a Lezyne Road Drive for a long time. It was fairly expensive but I'm really impressed with it: it is extremely simple; light; easily to disassemble; has a beefy piston that doesn't bend; reaches high pressures fairly easily and has rubber seals all over so that you can leave it exposed on the bike without rain getting in. Basically it works very well and gives the impression that it will do so forever.

    Because of this I bought a cheaper Lezyne ... Lite Drive (I think it was) for my Dad who needed a pump. It was bad enough that I sent it back - graunchy feeling as you pumped and plastic end caps where the hose threaded in!

    My first point is that I'm glad I spent about twice as much as I needed to on a mini pump. My second is that Lezyne make some lovely (expensive) stuff but they also make some tat.

    I had a Topeak Mountain Morph years ago. After a couple of years rattling about in a pannier with little use it started to leak air at the swivel connection between the body and the hose. I thought maybe the o-ring just needed some grease so I tried undoing the screw that seemed to hold the thing together.

    This turned out to be a huge mistake - the fastener was glued into flimsy plastic on the inside which tore up, ruining the pump and leaving me stranded with a flat tyre.

    My Lezyne pump cost more but has been much better value. That said, I see the price of the Mountain Morph has dropped to £20 and the Road Drive has gone up to an eye-watering £40.
    Last edited: 6 Feb 2018
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  12. FishFright

    FishFright More wheels than sense

    Leyzene HP mini pumps work fine for me
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  13. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    South Glos
    Lezyne for me too, had mine for years, on the bike frame, and it has never let me down. I think having the hose between the pump and the valve puts less strain on the inner tube around the valve. Pumps which clip directly to the valve can stress the rubber around the valve base.
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  14. Eddy

    Eddy Obergruppenführer

    You push the pump against the palm of your hand with your fingers wrapped around the wheel, no pressure on the valve.
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