If you’re looking for one of the best bike pumps, you’ve come to the right place.
Over the years, the team at BikeRadar have put countless pumps to the test, from high-end track pumps and frame pumps to get-you-home mini pumps.
This list brings together some of the most reliable and durable pumps there are and has options to cater for every type of riding. So you’ll be sure to find something to fit your needs, whether that’s pumping your tyres up to 100psi quickly or getting your hands on a pump that will help you seat a tubeless tyre easily.
We’ve divided this list into the best track pumps and the best mini pumps.
Track pumps are ideal for home use because they will make light work of pumping up tyres. Mini pumps are suited to taking out on rides in case you have to fix a puncture, because they are lightweight and will fit in a pocket or frame bag.
You can skip to the track pump or mini pump sections by hitting one of the following links:
If you’re not sure which pump is best for you, keep reading until the end for our bike pump buyer’s guide, where we take you through everything you need to know about this essential bike tool.
Best track pumps of 2023
Lezyne Classic Over Drive
- Use: MTB
- Price: £60/$70/AU$200
The long, mid-volume barrel and quality metal construction help this Lezyne pump strike a great performance balance, with an easy action, smooth feel and low stroke counts. Although the gauge is at the base, it’s easy to read and accurate. The hose is long, and it’s easy to swap between valve types.
It’s a shame that there’s no bleed valve for spot-on pressure adjustment and some won’t like the screw-on head, although we had no issues with the valve core working loose. Max pressure is only 60psi, which rules out use as a road pump.
- Use: Road, MTB
- Price: £40/$49/AU$83
LifeLine’s professional track pump gets a 25mm Continental GP4000 tyre to 100psi in 25 strokes and was just 2psi out on our separate pressure gauge, which really doesn’t matter unless you’re very particular.
The steel barrel, wooden handle, long hose and all-metal switchable chuck are very impressive for the price, and we’ve had one of these going strong for years without complaint.
Specialized AirTool Comp Floor Pump
- Use: Road, MTB
- Price: £50/$70/€65/AU$110
The AirTool Comp ticks all the boxes in terms of functionality, with a head that accepts all valve types and a large base featuring grip tape for use in unfavourable conditions.
A wide, ‘aero’-shaped handle adds ergonomics that you didn’t know were missing from a pump (although it is on the large side for those with smaller hands). The analogue dial features a two-stage face, allowing for greater accuracy up to 30psi for high-volume tyres.
Specialized AirTool MTB Floor Pump
- Use: MTB
- Price: £85
This MTB-specific track pump offers great efficiency, inflating a 29in tyre to 25psi in 23 strokes. The base is wide and features grip tape for added traction.
The AirTool MTB provides great ergonomics, with a forward pumping motion and a flat, wide plunger encouraging quick tyre inflation.
A release valve placed on the handle enables accurate pressure adjustment, with the small scale dial adding accuracy for high-volume tyres.
The SwitchHitter II head is one of the best, accepting both Presta and Schrader valve types without needing adjustment.
Topeak Tubi 2Stage
- Use: Road, MTB
- Price: £109.99
One of a handful of pumps featuring a two-stage system, enabling you to choose a high-pressure or high-volume setting for larger tyres.
The Tubi 2Stage has great high-volume ability, inflating a 29in tyre to 25psi in only 13 strokes.
Tight tolerances and a sturdy base plate keep the pump feeling solid, allowing for some bizarre pumping techniques.
The valve core remover on the Tubi head takes a knack, and can sometimes make it difficult to reinsert the core.
Birzman Maha Push & Twist V
- Use: Road, MTB
- Price: £45/$48/AU$80
The Birzman’s USP is its ‘Push and Twist’ head – simply push down and twist, and it is both secure and quick and easy to disconnect. It took around 30 strokes to hit 100psi, or a few psi higher according to our separate digital gauge.
The chunky polymer feet and handle make the Birzman feel a little bit cheap compared to some other pumps on test, but the Twist/Push head is neat and effective.
Syncros Vernon 3.0TR
- Use: MTB
- Price: £59.99
The Syncros’ 665cc volume proves extremely efficient at inflating high-volume tyres, requiring only 19 strokes to inflate a 29in tyre to 25psi.
A wide, flat handle makes for a comfortable interface, while the fine tolerance between the piston and cylinder allows for long strokes.
A downside to the pump’s plastic construction is the base plate, which has some flex under heavy pumping.
The head is compatible with Presta valves and M6x0.8 stems for seating tubeless tyres. A Schrader adaptor is supplied, as well as a valve core remover.
SKS Air-X-Plorer Digi
- Use: Road, MTB
- Price: £64.99
An encouraging pumping action and solid base make this pump less of a chore to use than other track pumps, allowing for a solid one-foot-off technique.
The MV-Easy head has two holes, allowing for both Schrader and Presta valve types, while the locking lever keeps a secure interface with all stems.
Compared to other digital displays, the SKS seems to over-read less when inflating your tyres.
A top-out spring at the top of the cylinder enables fast pumping, though on our test sample it made a disconcerting click.
Topeak Joeblow Mountain X
- Use: MTB
- Price: £55/$70/AU$100
With its high-volume metal barrel, the mountain-bike specific Joeblow gets tons of air into tyres with just a few strokes and seats tubeless mountain bike tyres easily.
The head has a large locking lever, with separate holes for each valve type. There’s a big bleed valve near the base for fine-tuning pressure, via the large, easy-to-read gauge located midway up the barrel. A rubberised handle and smooth action add to the comfy, solid feel.
It’s not quite as stable as we’d like, though, and the hose isn’t that long, so using it on bikes mounted in a workstand is tricky. The high volume also means a stiffer action, and it only inflates to a max of 60psi.
Zefal Profil Max FP60 Z-Switch
- Use: Road, MTB
- Price: £52/€60
The Profil Max FP60 Z-Switch features a premium-feeling alloy construction with a beech-wood handle. A long stroke length of 51.5cm makes the Profil Max efficient at both high and low pressures.
A Z-Switch head system uses a locking lever that is quick and easy to set, and it can be used with all types of valve.
The dial features an in-built magnifier, which makes reading the pressure in your tyres easier, while the four-footed base provides good stability for aggressive pumping.
Our only gripe was the Z-Switch head feels a little unrefined and may be slightly biased.
Best mini pumps of 2023
Lezyne Grip Drive HV Long
- Price: £33
- Weight: 138g
- Length: 239mm
- Strokes to 25psi: 143
- 100 strokes: 17psi
Not only does the Lezyne pump have a great weight-to-performance ratio, it’s reasonably priced, too.
The textured barrel provides grip for your palms and its design ensures your skin is kept out of harm’s way. It also adds to the pump’s well-built feel and good looks.
The screw-on hose attaches to the valve securely and rubber caps do a good job of keeping gunk out.
It takes a little longer to set up for use than some others and the small mounting bracket allowed the pump to rub against our frame.
LifeLine Performance MTB
- Price: £20
- Weight: 139g
- Length: 183mm
- Strokes to 25psi: 222
- 100 strokes: 12psi
This pocket-sized pump packs a punch, with impressive inflation speed for its size. It feels well-built, too, with all-metal construction and no annoying rattling out on the trails.
The extendable hose and push-on valve attachment have a locking tab that ensures a leak-free seal.
With 100 strokes taking you to just 12psi, it’ll take you a while to inflate large-volume tyres. Otherwise, there’s not much to moan about with this one.
And although we found it prone to pinching our skin while pumping, that low asking price is hard to argue with.
OneUp EDC 100cc
- Price: £54
- Weight: 183g
- Length: 247mm
- Strokes to 25psi: 119
- 100 strokes: 21psi
The rattle-free, machined aluminium build of this EDC pump feels second to none. It’s comfy in use and there’s no pinching of skin when compressing the handle.
Due to its large volume, each stroke takes a fair amount of effort, especially at higher pressures, but this does mean it inflates tyres in no time.
It’s easy to use, with a push-on valve attachment and while there is no locking mechanism it’s still very secure. The pump can also house OneUp’s EDC tool (sold separately).
Its size and weight mean it’s best fixed to your bike or put in a pack (although OneUp does sell a shorter 70cc version) and it is pricey.
Topeak Mountain DA G
- Price: £32
- Weight: 170g
- Length: 257mm
- Strokes to 25psi: 123
- 100 strokes: 20psi
If fast inflation is your key consideration, the Topeak Mountain DA G offers maximum bang for your buck with its dual-action stroke and reasonable price.
The pressure gauge is accurate and clear, the push-on valve connection holds in place well with a locking tab, and the build quality is good. Its mount held it away from our frame, too.
Your arm never gets a rest because air is pumped on both the instroke and the outstroke. It occasionally pinched our skin while pumping.
The styling isn’t that appealing and it’s also bulky.
Bike pump buyer’s guide
Knowing how to pump up a bike tyre is an essential skill for cyclists, and a bicycle pump is one of the most basic, mandatory tools to own if you want to carry out your own bike maintenance.
Pumps are designed to serve a very simple purpose – that of adding air to your tyres. Despite this, many pumps seem to fall short of the mark. So we’ve put together this guide to tell you about the different types of pumps and what to look for when buying one.
Types of bike pump
Every cyclist needs a decent track pump (also known as a floor pump), and if you’re building a home workshop it really should be one of your first purchases. This style of pump will almost always offer a long flexible hose, pressure gauge and large chamber for quick air transfer.
While a portable hand pump (or mini pump) can be used as your only option, it really shouldn’t be your first port of call.
Portable pumps are designed for emergencies or occasional use, and so are kept compact and light. With these size constraints come compromises.
The main issue is that these pumps stress the valve stem, eventually leading to a leaking or useless inner tube. There are pumps on the market that add a flexible hose to remove this issue, but you’re still left pumping longer than you would do with a track pump, and in many cases, not able to reach the ideal pressure.
Effectively a longer, more efficient hand pump. A frame pump is designed to fit within the triangle of a bike frame. This allows the pump to be bigger, which often means a more effective hand pump. You’ll generally only find this style of pump on steel road bikes and touring bikes.
You can inflate your tyres in a hurry with compressed carbon dioxide. This should only be used in case of a flat out on the road or trail though because the cartridges are expensive and wasteful.
A common 16g cartridge will inflate a standard 700 x 23c tyre to about 100psi.
An issue with these inflators is that you only have as many attempts as there are cartridges. A way out of this is with a hybrid pump, this combines both a CO2 inflator and hand pump together, so you can use the CO2 if you’re in a hurry or save it if you’ve got time.
We have a list of the best CO2 inflators if this sounds like the right thing for you.
If you own a mountain bike with air-sprung suspension, it’s worthwhile investing in a shock pump. This high-pressure, small-volume pump will often have a max pressure of 300psi, allowing you to get the right pressure and then fine tune it.
You could also consider a battery-operated air pump or air compressor.
The battery-operated air pump is popular among professional cyclocross mechanics – its electric-drill shape makes it easily portable and inflating light work, but its maximum pressure is limited and the good ones are expensive. Other options, such as the Fumpa, also exist.
Air compressors are the go-to option in bike shops and are especially handy when seating tubeless tyres, but are more expensive, very loud and casual users will sooner reach for a floor pump than switch on the compressor.
Things to consider when buying a bike pump
Not many people really need a pump that goes to 260psi and even a committed mountain biker probably won’t need above 40psi. A higher-pressure pump is often a trade-off for volume output, or at least gauge accuracy. Because of this, brands such as Lezyne offer pump models specific to road or mountain biking.
Much like pressure, this will depend on your main bike choice. A high-volume pump will mean it takes fewer strokes to reach your desired pressure, but in turn, will generally mean a lower maximum pressure.
As mountain bike tyres have far greater volume (and lower pressure), a large-volume pump is more important here. If you have tubeless tyres, a pump with a massive volume output may be enough to seat a tyre without needing an air compressor.
Few hand pumps include a gauge, but any decent track pump should.
Look for a gauge that’s easy to read and offers a suitable pressure range for your needs. Gauges are generally most accurate at the middle of the range, so if you’re trying to accurately inflate your mountain bike tyre between 23 and 25psi you’ll need a gauge with a low-pressure accuracy (or just a separate pressure gauge).
A pump with a digital gauge is also an option if you’re looking at more expensive options.
Pump heads and valve types
Presta (racing style) and Schrader (like on a car) are two of the most common valve types. Nearly all pumps these days will cater for at least Presta and Schrader, but not all are as simple as others.
Some pumps are valve-specific, others must be changed internally to fit various valves. A twin-valve head will have two separate slots for either valve, while a ‘smart-head’ will automatically adjust to the various valve sizes. Then there’s the thread-on style, which offers a reliable fit, but needs to be ‘flipped and changed’ depending on your desired valve.
If you use tubes or tubeless valves with a removable core, just be aware that some thread-on pump heads can unscrew the valve once inflated. For this style of valve, more common press-on style heads are best.
If you run tubeless tyres, check out our list of the best tubeless pumps and inflators.
If your pump is going to stay at home, size isn’t going to be of great concern. But if you’re planning to carry your pump on a ride or take it in the car, then it’s an important factor in your decision. The smallest mini-pumps will eventually inflate a tyre, but are obviously limited on air volume.
Much like size, weight isn’t a concern if the pump is going to be left at home, and here, a sturdy pump that doesn’t topple over is a bonus. But if you’re looking to carry it with you, then you don’t want anything too heavy.
The most expensive pumps are now made with lightweight aluminium, but there are plenty of plastic options, which are perfectly acceptable too. Don’t trade low-weight for something that’s just not suited to your needs, but at the same time, there’s no point carrying extra weight if you don’t have to.
The quality of a pump’s construction is often in line with its price, and generally speaking the more expensive the pump, the more metal it contains.
For track pumps, the cheapest options are plastic and will flex and wobble under heavy use, eventually giving up. The metal ones are far more solid, keep going and are well worth rebuilding.
Serviceability generally applies to the more expensive pumps, which can be seen as a long-term investment.
Most main brands will offer a range of common spares to keep your pumps working. The most important spares are the head and valve gaskets because these will wear and begin to leak over time.
Don’t buy an expensive pump if spares are not readily available.