I’m unsure if Topeak are trying to go down some kind of iPod style marketing route with their Topeak Race Rocket colours but I think it works really well. The Topeak is in some ways the iPod of the Mini Pump world.
Measuring just 19cm long this is the perfect little pump to pop into your saddle bag or pocket (Is that a pump in your pocket?). Whilst it might weight next to nothing and take up hardly any space it doesn’t fall short on performance. The makers claim it can blast up to 140psi into tyres. In tests I wasn’t able to quite reach that level without my arm falling off but none the less I was incredibly impressed. Compared to most mini-pumps it not only reaches a higher pressure but also does so more quickly. What this means is less time stood by the side of the road pumping air into your bike.
The Topeak Race Rocket is adjustable to accommodate both Presta and Schrader valves so all bikes are covered. It also comes with an “extendable hose” which means better comfort when pumping your tyres and less chance of too much pressure been placed on the valve stem which can cause it to break. The Topeak also comes with a bracket so you can attach it to your bike.
Overall, it’s a package I can’t fault. The best part is the price. If you buy it from Wiggle you can get it for as little as £22.49. I think this is pretty incredible value considering some of the pumps I’ve bought in the past and not been nearly as impressed with them. Overall a fantastic pump that I highly recommend.
Prices of the Topeak Race Rocket
What I liked
- Hardly takes up any space in my bag
- Very lightweight construction
- Pumps up tyres quickly and to a high pressure
What I didn’t like
- Not getting one sooner!
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