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    Best mini pump?

    Edited: What is the Best Mini Pump for the Front Range?

    I have had nothing but useless minis and I now add Crank Brothers power pump to this list after having two break on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    Anyone have a good pump recommendation? I have had nothing but useless minis and I now add Crank Brothers power pump to this list after having two break on me.

    Is this "For the Front Range"?

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    I have been liking my Lezyne alloy drive. Compact, light and it has a handy hose that stores inside the body when not in use. It actually appears that the entire thing is made out of metal. You know, metal. That stuff lunch boxes and cars used to be made of.
    It is also Front Range compatible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Yeah, for CO2's this one is great! I've been using it and it's perfect for my mini-MULE Camelbak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles

    That's been my mini pump for the last 5 years, never has let me down.

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    I haven't found one that will automatically make my bike yield to uphill riders, but I have had good results with the following pumps:
    • Blackburn Mammoth
    • Lezyne Alloy Drive


    The Lezyne is nice because the flexible rubber hose reduces the likelihood of damaging the valve. I use the higher-pressure version on my commuter, and it's been a godsend. One tip: attach the hose to the valve first, and THEN attach the hose to the pump.

    And because I'm anal, I also carry a CO2 inflator. Lezyne has one that uses all metal construction, and it works great.
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    x2 on the Blackburn mammoth

    I have the 2 stage and it fills fast

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    Lezyne. Period. End of debate. What is more crucial is finding the best patch kit for the front range. And why the hell do they give you so much glue if they expect you to only smear a thin film? I always end up with at least half a tube left after the patches are gone. They ought to stop including so much because that is certainly not the way to do it on the front range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guyechka
    Lezyne. Period. End of debate. What is more crucial is finding the best patch kit for the front range. And why the hell do they give you so much glue if they expect you to only smear a thin film? I always end up with at least half a tube left after the patches are gone. They ought to stop including so much because that is certainly not the way to do it on the front range.

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    + whatever for the Lezyne. I see this pump lasting me forever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude
    + whatever for the Lezyne. I see this pump lasting me forever!
    Lezyne PERIOD.

    One note on the "forever" thing. Make sure when you put the hose back inside the pump after use that you tighten it well. I saw a the hose peice on a trail once and I'd hate to be that guy when he went to grab his pump when he flatted and found that there was no hose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    I have had nothing but useless minis and I now add Crank Brothers power pump to this list after having two break on me.
    Crank bros failure? Go figure


    Blackburn Mammoth has been bulletproof for me, and they are on Chainlove for like $8.99 (plus $19.99 S & H)
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    I don't know. I'm always afraid of glueless patches. Tried some others and found that they were ok for a quick fix but wouldn't last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guyechka
    What is more crucial is finding the best patch kit for the front range.

    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guyechka
    I don't know. I'm always afraid of glueless patches. Tried some others and found that they were ok for a quick fix but wouldn't last.
    They're fine for the quick-fix. They last until the next time the tire goes flat in my experience. Which is OK - 'cause I toss the tube if there's more than one hole in it.

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    $2 and a hot chick to blow up your tire with her pump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    Edited: What is the Best Mini Pump for the Front Range?

    I have had nothing but useless minis and I now add Crank Brothers power pump to this list after having two break on me.
    One you can beat a dead horse with (good for these forums)

    My favorite is something high-volume. Those itty-bitty-#itty pumps will get you into jerk off shape, but your buddies will be on down the trail by the time you finish. Get something that is the largest you want to carry and has very few moving parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    Edited: What is the Best Mini Pump for the Front Range?

    I have had nothing but useless minis and I now add Crank Brothers power pump to this list after having two break on me.

    I use this:

    http://www.lezyne.com/products/hand-...floor-drive-hp

    It's pretty damn cool and a very solid construction. The looks I get on the trail when I help with flats and tell them to wait while I get my floor pump out of the pack, are priceless.

    I like the CO2 as well, but more for getting a Stan's tire seated. I am always afraid I won't have enough whippets with me, that a pump provides more piece of mind.
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    Lezyne Alloy Drive #1
    Blackburn Mammoth #2

    I still have my blue anodized Blackburn Mammoth from 1996(that's 15 years old), it just won't fail. I went thru 3 of them in 1995, then I started keeping it in my camelbak--keeps going and going.

    I recommend the Lezyne a bit more though, as it's got the hose so you don't bend and break the end of your presta valve.
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    I'll have to check out that Lezyne.
    I've used the Blackburn Mammoth with good results, but I did just snap off a stem on my spare tube a few weeks ago. The hose is a nice feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    They're fine for the quick-fix. They last until the next time the tire goes flat in my experience. Which is OK - 'cause I toss the tube if there's more than one hole in it.
    What's a "tube" ?

    I thought this was the tubeless Front Range Forum.

    I'll have to check out the Lezyne.

    I carry an el cheapo Topeak Road Morph that I got for "free" with an REI rebate. Big volume/light weight.

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    Thanks for the input -- just ordered myself a Lezyne.

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