Airace Speed F2 pump

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We’ve got our work experience boy Ben to do a quickfire test on a cunning mini pump. Here’s what he made of it…

The Airace Speed F2

Price: £24.99
From: Fisher Outdoor Leisure
Tested: 25 flat tyres (all the punctures in the office)

This handy, innovative little pump from Airace has a cleverly designed extractable hose and foot stirrup so you can quickly transform it into a foot pump wherever you take it, making it easier and quicker to pump up and carry on. This idea was good enough to win it the 2011 IF Design Award.

..and in action as a floor pump.

The barrel, nozzle cap and lock lever are all made from aluminium to keep it strong and looking sleek and when in foot-pump mode, it’s surprisingly stable. The F2 is high volume which allows more air to be fed into the tyre in one pump, which means you will have to pump it fewer times to inflate the tyre. It’s ideal for those who run a beefy downhill-type tyre as it will inflate it in no time yet is small enough to throw in you bag for a quick session.

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At 166g it’s not massively heavy when you consider the power and features it boasts. It’s also kind to your tube valves as the hose prevents putting any unwanted stress on them and the hose has been reinforced to give it some resistance against rocks and other such things it may scrape, hit or come into contact with when you’re pumping on the floor.

Overall: A sleek well designed pump good for larger tyres with some nifty design features, including its hand-pump to foot-pump transformation, it will put up with most of the stuff you can throw at it, the F2 doesn’t take up much space and is an essential for any ride.

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    Did Ben write this? If so, he should be congratulated on his correct use of the word ‘fewer’…. 🙂

    Question – any idea on the longevity of the hose? Cheap no-name pumps with integral hoses don’t fare so well, for example, and once the hose is gone, the pump’s kinda useless 🙁

    “the hose has been reinforced to give it some resistance against rocks and other such things it may scrape, hit or come into contact with when you’re pumping on the floor”
    I can’t see that the hose is going to scuff on very much at all
    I’d be more worried about the base (once set up as a footpump), I read that as its plastic, any eneven surface and being so unsupported like that (with the grooves for the head to slot back into) its going to snap off leaving you without a base or somewhere to neatly stow away the head?
    When your up on a hillside with the light fading, the clouds coming in, the temperature dropping, a group waiting on you and maybe being bitten by flying things you’re not exactly going to be gentle on the pump?

    do you think it would seat the bead of tubeless tyre? i think I have got my mountain morph to do this, but i’m not sure.

    How does it match up to the Top Peak Mountain Morph?
    Cos that is the yardstick I would use for out in the hills pumps

    well its more compact as the hose on the Airace is internal and the lock lever is made of aluminium so that’ll be more durable.
    hope that helps

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