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  • Shock pumps? Much of a muchness?
  • alanf
    Free Member

    I’ve got a couple of shock pumps. One is a bit of a faff to use but seems to put air in the shock/forks. The problem with this is that it needs to be fully twisted around to attach to the forks which is a big faff with the gauge in the way and I always seem to unscrew things incorrectly and let all the air back out of the fork at least once while I’m trying to check pressures or inflate. The other is a Beto or some such which I think was recommended ages ago. The problem with this is that it doesn’t engage with my forks to actually inflate them so is pretty much an ornament as it doesn’t do the job it should. Can anyone recommend a pump that will engage with my forks (Fox 36) and inflate them without the faff of the old pump?

    mashr
    Full Member

    Lifeline Digital works for me, it’s the same as the Fox/RS digital pumps but with a slightly smaller chuck

    Yak
    Full Member

    I just use the freebee rockshox one. Works fine and as long as you only use one pump, calibration isn’t important.
    Did the forks not come with a shockpump?

    mmannerr
    Full Member

    I got digital RS one, mainly because I got tired of trying to figure out small analog gauges and their values. I don’t think digital gauge means more accurate reading between different pumps but at least I get to see value which can be written down for future reference.

    alanf
    Free Member

    I didn’t get a pump with the bike/forks as second hand, but as above, I have 2 pumps and neither are great.
    I don’t really fancy a digital pump as I prefer a mechanical option for things like that. No reliance on batteries etc.
    I do have a couple of Lezyne mini pumps which are pretty good. Any thoughts on Lezyne shock pumps?

    leegee
    Full Member

    Enduro Mtb mag did a test of a load of shock pumps, worth a look.

    MSP
    Full Member

    I have a lezyne track pump style shock pump, if you are a “more powerfully built athlete” like myself, it is a godsend.

    alanf
    Free Member

    Thanks @leegee I’ll take a look

    si77
    Full Member

    Many moons ago I purchased the Phart Tommy Squeaker from planetx/0n-one, which has served me well.

    Sadly, in what I can only assume is due to intervention by the fun-police, it appears to have since been re-branded:

    https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TOJOSP/jobsworth-shock-pump

    mashr
    Full Member

    I do have a couple of Lezyne mini pumps which are pretty good. Any thoughts on Lezyne shock pumps?

    Only digital, but they share some parts. Found that they didn’t appear to be designed for use with human hands, and also 2 fell apart (quickly) before I gave up. Maybe analogue ones are better, and they do look nice

    z1ppy
    Free Member

    I find the all break (fox, beco, halfords, RS), the hoses fails or something else fall off. Never seen the point in adding electronics to an already unreliable product. Currently I use an RockShox high pressure, as that the only one I know show decent scale over 300psi (especially after the Beco died), though I’m on my second as the hose died on the first (after a good few years). Otherwise they all tend to be generic units, I wouldn’t pay over the odds for any of them.

    chrismac
    Full Member

    Lifeline digital one for me following the recommendations on this forum. Works well and is easy to use. The main thing I would avoid is anything that claims it has something on it that will stop you loosing pressure when you remove it. In my experience they are far worse than just a simple valve

    mashr
    Full Member

    z1ppy
    Free Member
    I find the all break (fox, beco, halfords, RS), the hoses fails or something else fall off.

    What are you doing to them? Also, hoses are replaceable on some models

    mert
    Free Member

    I’ve had a topeak for about 15 years, think it’s a DXG, but that’s still going strong. Only my third shock pump.

    First one was the original Rond thing that the nozzle used to snap regularly, had a zip lock with spares in my tool box. Then an RS one that the ex took with her (wasn’t actually very good…) and then the topeak.

    hooli
    Full Member

    +1 for the Rockshox one, must be 5 or 6 years old now and still going strong.

    alanf
    Free Member

    The article linked to above recommends the Topeak or the RS so i think I’ll take a look at those and see which is best suited.

    Northwind
    Full Member

    Cheap beto for me- comes in loads of brands, I think one of mine is a bikehut and another is a lifeline but it’s the exact same pump. For home use, perfect. Not so great for backpack use, they’re a little bulkier than some and they don’t really have any dirt protection so if it goes in a camelbak for years at a time it’ll get a bit crunchy but, I don’t do that so I don’t care. If I had to carry a shockpump all the time the question wouldn’t be “what shockpump” it’d be “what shock”.

    thepurist
    Full Member

    I’ve got a few in the drawer, some are picky about what shock/fork they will screw onto, some have got handles that fall off etc but the one that just works is a Topeak DXG.

    steve_b77
    Free Member

    I’ve got a few RS ones, only use one of they though. They’re accurate enough to get the sag right, we’re not talking messing about wo within the nearest psi here are we.

    z1ppy
    Free Member

    What are you doing to them? Also, hoses are replaceable on some models

    Just using them, stuff just doesn’t last especially rubber hoses (pulled an old SP out of a draw only for it to fail straight way on the hose), though I’d be interested to know who sells replacement hoses, as I’ve just never seen that..

    zerocool
    Full Member

    I was about to ask a similar question about reasonably priced shock pumps (you’ve saved me the bother) as I just had to put air in my forks using my track pump. VERY CAREFULLY USING MY TRACK PUMP!!!!

    coatesy
    Free Member

    We very rarely got more than a few months use out of any of the normal shock pumps in our workshop (though we often made Frankenpumps out of the salvaged parts). I’m currently using an SKS USP that’s seen daily use for probably 5yrs, only needing the odd O-ring that seals to the valve. Not cheap, they retailed at around £80 when I bought it, and not sure whether Zyro Fisher import them anymore, but certainly worth searching one out.Edit – come down in price, Bikester knocking them out for £37.99 at the mo.

    mashr
    Full Member

    Replacement hose: https://j-techsuspension.co.uk/products/cane-creek-digital-shock-pump-replacement-hose

    iirc this is the same as RS/Fox/Lifeline (Lifeline comes with a smaller chuck as standard)

    Edit: stock seems to be an issue these days. Hopefully become available again at some point

    hardtailonly
    Full Member

    Topeak DXG is very good.

    rockhopper70
    Free Member

    I had a wrench force from 2005 that is now struggling to get above 150psi. I’ve just bought the rock shox one from the Bikester PSA with a load of discount pads. Pump was around £20.

    oceanskipper
    Full Member

    I’ve got one of these – seems well built and works as intended and although I’ve probably only used it 20 times it still works fine after 2 years.

    Northwind
    Full Member

    Surely hose is just hose? Most pumps you should be able to strip down and replace it with any air hose of a suitable size,and it’ll probably be a standard size since bike companies tend not to want to make things harder unless it means they can sell a new wheel size or something

    mashr
    Full Member

    Probably is, I‘d be willing to bet that they’ve done something really handy like crimped on the connectors though

    vmgscot
    Full Member

    Worth getting one with a longer reach head unit (think the RS one has but my Topeak DXG does) if you have forks with a valve recessed quite down in the fork crown.

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