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Bike Pump Update – Topeak Road Morph with Gauge

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See Hot Buy Alert – 9/28/2006

The pump saga continues. I am back to the Topeak Road Morph. This is an acceptable pump that has a few issues.

Pros:

– Neat design, fold-out handle and foot

– Hose from pump to head (a big plus), provides a comfortable and efficient pumping position while reducing the chance of stem damage

– Built-in Pressure Gauge

– Sturdy

– Small and light

Cons:

– Over 60 strokes to pump to 100 PSI

– Gauge is not very accurate, mine reads 10 PSI low

– Pump effort a little high when you get above 60 PSI

– Doesn’t mount to frame very well, wobbles while riding

Rating: Recommended

Details: Manufactures Web Site

WEIGHT——264 GRAMS

MATERIALS—BODY/ALUMINUM – HANDLE AND HEAD/BLACK PLASTIC

LENGTH——15.5 IN

MAX PSI—–130

BARREL DIA–24mm

GAUGE——-YES

AIR CHUCK—SWITCH INTERNALLY PRESTA TO SCHRADER AND BACK

THUMB LOCK–YES

FRAME CLIP–YES

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Written by Roland

September 26, 2006 at 12:21 pm

9 Responses

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  1. i’m in the market for a new pump and am going to give this one a shot

    hibiscusroto

    September 26, 2006 at 3:13 pm

  2. The Topeak Road Morph is not a bad choice. I don’t know of a better pump at this time but I am still looking.
    If you like a frame pump the Zepal XP is a close second. But suffers from a tendency to pull the stem out of the tube because you have to pump push so hard to get pressures above 60 PSI. I usually brace it against a tree when pumping. That works fine in New Hampshire but not everywhere.

    Be sure to check the pump gauge against a known gauge to be sure you aren’t wasting a lot of energy trying to over inflate your tires.

    I’d love to hear what you think of the pump after you get to try it out on the road.

    Roland

    September 26, 2006 at 7:39 pm

  3. Roland,

    Right after I read your Topeak comments, I went for a quick ride and promptly…got a flat. There I am with my Zefal HP with nothing to brace the wheel against. 60 strokes barely got me 40 lbs. As you mention, the big disadvantage with a lot of pumps including the Zefal, is there is no hose from the pump to the tire valve. It makes for awkward pumping when you’re trying to pump up a high pressure tire. I am now also looking for the Topeak Road Morph or Turbo Morph. Oddly there aren’t too many frame mount pumps with the hose feature. I was looking at the SKS Germany T-Zoom Aluminum (http://www.sks-germany.com/en/stage.php?mod=detail&cid=1&id=22&zg=3&seite=7&start=18). I had heard good comments about it…but again…it doesn’t look like it has the hose like Topeak.

    Longfellow

    Longfellow

    September 26, 2006 at 9:36 pm

  4. Roland and Hibiscusroto:

    Another pump to consider. It has a hose extension. http://www.serfas.com/pumps/MP-02.shtml

    Longfellow

    September 26, 2006 at 11:45 pm

  5. Longfellow
    I am getting to towards the end of my bicycling season and will wait until next year before buying anymore pumps. I will put that pump on my list for next year. Thanks for the suggestion.
    But I do have one more that I haven’t written up that is very small and works well sometimes, the Crank Mini Brothers Pump.

    Roland

    September 27, 2006 at 7:38 am

  6. […] There are better pump choices available if you can live with a little bigger pump. I would prefer the Topeak Road Morp or possible the Planet Bike Mini Versair (tentative recommendation based upon recommendations from others). […]

  7. […] See Topeak Road Morp Review  […]

  8. […] The Topeak Road Morp is probably a better choice for most Riders. It is easier to use and the gauge if not accurate keeps working. See Topeak Road Mork with gague Review. […]

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