The mini mountain bike pump looks sleek and stylish at 20.5x27x270mm it is very compact and easy to carry either in a ruck sac or on the bike itself. The pump to bike attachment is great, it sits nicely next to the frame of the bike and the Velcro held it in place while I raced round the new forest all weekend in wet conditions.
The pump is made of CNC machined aluminium and feels very robust which is important for mountain biking, as things (especially when strapped to the side of your bike) tend to take a bit of a battering!
To operate the pump you simply pull the cap off the top and pull out the hose, this is very neat, however with thick gloves on it is pretty impossible, which means taking them off and getting chilly fingers on those winter rides. The end of the hose has a screw nozzle, with Presta and Schrader valve fittings at either end making it quick and simple to change from one valve type to another.
Looking forward to my racing season I thought about how the pump would be in a race situation, I compared my old pump with my new pump and found it a lot faster to blow up tyres making it my new companion for racing! It took 38.7 seconds to blow up an Schrader and 38.2 seconds to blow up a Presta tyre compared to my old £10 pump, which took 42 seconds (Schrader) and 45 seconds (Presta). The pump easily screws on to fit both types of valve which is excellent, as before I’ve had difficulties with pumps where you push the pump onto the valve and then pull a clip up, trying to do this quickly often results in the valve getting pushed back into the wheel, so having a simple screw mechanism makes life easier. The screw nozzle is hard wearing and looks like it would last a long time.
The pump is at the higher end of the price range for a mini pump at £24.99, however I think it offers good value for money in terms of its robustness and how easy it is to use.