Thursday, February 13, 2014 10.00am
The compact Hybrid Rocket is 205mm long and can achieve 90psi thanks to its large-volume barrel. A rubber hose concealed inside the handle holds an adaptive valve head, which fits Schrader valves as it is or can be unscrewed to accept Presta valves.
On the opposite end of the pump is a second head that accepts both Presta and Schrader valves, but instead of pumping to add pressure, you screw in a CO2 cartridge for instant inflation.
This is a brilliant concept – while the pump itself is very effective considering its micro size, the CO2 back-up is ideal for those moments when you need to get going again fast or are struggling to get a tyre seated. Two cartridges are provided and can be attached to the supplied mount, which has a secure rubber strap.
The pump shifts a lot of air easily, considering its size – we achieved 35psi on a 26x2.2in tyre in 170 strokes, which is not as fast as some, but is more than adequate for trailside fixes.
Its build quality is great, and the pump can be disassembled for maintenance. If you look after it, it’ll serve you well.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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