LEZYNE MICRO FLOOR PUMP
HPG version tested 189g £41.99 (HP version 150g £34.99)
“Honey I shrunk the track pump” is probably the simplest way of describing Lezyne Micro floor drive (although some passers’ by believed I was carrying some sort of detonator on my bottle bosses) and it’ll genuinely deliver 120psi plus without locking out or leaving you feeling lightheaded.
CNC machined 6061 aluminium alloy rules the roost throughout-barrel, piston and handle, so although sensibly, they’ve opted for a stainless steel foot. These are common features on the high performance models, allowing you to concentrate upon ramming the psi home. Materials and finish are pretty convincing too, their sheen easily restored with a quick squirt of furniture polish and soft cloth. However, concrete and asphalt do take their toll.
Schrader/Presta screw on ends lack the outright convenience of smart heads but won’t rip long valve stems and overcomes the need for a second pump on group rides, or when lugging a trailer.
There’s an integral gauge and sensibly positioned bleed valve if you’ve got carried away, although weight weenies can forgo the former and save around fifty grams and a few pounds by choosing at the HP version.
Talking of which, at 189g and 31cm, it might just fit sideways into a poacher’s style pocket but not something I’d want kangarooing around in a jersey!
Mercifully, it comes complete with composite carry bracket and Velcro ties. I was initially sceptical about this system given the weight-as were other riders we’d met at café’/rest stops, although tethered tightly, fears of ejection or dinged down tubes proved groundless. Alternatively, popping it in a pannier or saddlebag solves this, not to mention absent-mindedness when parking up.
Performance is excellent on high pressure road biased rubber-105 strokes breathed 120psi into my Schwalbe Blizzards; flaccid 700x28s hit the ton in 90. The integral gauge gives a pretty good snapshot too, albeit tricky to read at some angles. On the flip side, its high volume sibling is what’s needed if you’re running big section MTB tyres and have an aversion to Co2 cartridges.
Ultimately, the micro floor pump is expensive and I’d stick with something lighter for commuting and utility runs. However, I wouldn’t be without it on weekend/long haul tours.