As more cyclists switch to tubeless tires, roadside flats should become less of a problem. But they still happen, and they always will, so there will always be a need for a portable, reliable pump. Designed to be inflated by legs rather than arms, the Stompump offers a smarter take on on-the-go flat repair.
- Takes advantage of cyclists’ stronger than average legs—and weaker than average arms.
- Attaches to standard bicycle bottle cage or accessory mount areas.
- Presta or Schrader valve compatibility.
- High quality aluminum and steel construction
The Stompump is a high volume pump offering a claimed three times more airflow than a typical hand pump. Its genius lies in the use of gravity and leg muscles, which are stronger than arms—especially for cyclists. And it’s a very well-made product. Featuring a machined aluminum body and stainless steel fittings in the pump head, this pump feels durable and held up to aggressive stomping (we are prone to taking names literally and like to be thorough in our reviews).
After stomping the hell out of this pump with mountain shoes complete with full metal cleats, it doesn’t show more than a few nicks up top. We’re pretty confident in saying that this pump should provide many trouble-free years of service, especially if it’s only used for the occasional fix. It also easily switches between presta and schrader valves.
In a minute of pumping, about 110-120 pumps, we were able to inflate a 700x43c Panaracer Gravelking SK tire to 33 psi, and a 700x35c version of the same tire to 41psi. Pumping some more can add about 5 more psi. For gravel repairs, it gets the job done perfectly, and doesn’t leave your muscles burning.
This is the perfect companion for adventure cyclists and bikepackers who need to inflate and top up their tires multiple times over the course of a multi-day journey. It can attach to a standard bottle cage mount or other accessory mount area, or be tucked into a bag. It weighs 217g with all of the fittings needed to attach it to a frame and takes up less area than a soda can. The only thing missing is a pressure gauge.
For road bikes, this pump will be a stopgap solution, acting like most hand pumps in that it will provide enough pressure to make it home, but not enough for a full inflation. In one minute of pumping, we were able to inflate a 28c Schwalbe Pro One to 47 psi. Some further furious pumping brought the total to a little over 50 psi.
Besides it not providing a full high-volume inflation, roadies should not be clamoring for the Stompump because it will take up an entire bottle cage spot, or fit awkwardly into a jersey pocket.
At $70, it is not the cheapest pump—but it’s also not the most expensive on-trail pump solution either. Some frame pumps of comparable build quality can run $100 more than this pump. And over time, it’s sure to be cheaper than CO2 canisters. Plus, there is always the possibility of having more than a couple flats, in which case you’ll want a quality pump that can get the job done quickly time and time again.
$70; 217g; stompump.com
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