Birzman debuts quick-change Snap-it pump head, new suspension pumps

Presta-only pump head function like a quick-release drill chuck

Birzman's new Presta-only Snap-it pump head functions like a quick-release drill chuck. Simply pull back the gold-anodized collar, slide the head on to the valve, let go of the collar, and you have an airtight connection. You can give the whole thing a slight turn if you want more security. To remove the valve, simply reverse the process.

Birzman will include the Snap-it as a running change on all new pumps.

Like it sounds, Birzman's Snap-it pump head snaps right on

Also new for 2014 are ultra-compact suspension pumps for home or trailside use. The gauge-equipped Zacoo Zama and the smaller and lighter Zacoo Macht feature aluminum bodies and no-leak heads. Both are rated up to 300psi.

Roadies, on the other hand, get the new Velocity Road and RG mini-pumps, built with hidden telescoping hoses, the new Snap-it valve, and optional in-line gauges rated up to 160psi.

Unfortunately, Birzman products still aren't available in the United States, but brand manager Nico Ferreira hopes to change that by the end of 2013.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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