Giant Control Tower Pro pump review

Heavyweight track pump

BikeRadar score4.5/5

From zero to 100 in a few seconds – no, that’s not mph, we’re talking psi, with the help of Giant’s massive Control Tower Pro track pump.

Construction quality is solid throughout with no obvious weak points anywhere, and the whole thing feels like it’ll last for years of heavy use without letting you down.

The long, large diameter aluminium barrel enables a very long stroke that will take road tyres up to 160psi in no time at all, reaching 100psi in around 10 strokes.

 The large base makes it extremely stable in use and the gauge is clear and easy to read. The head is easily adjustable for both Presta and Schrader valves.

The Control Tower Pro, which sits at the top of Giant's range of five track pumps, also comes with adaptors for inflating airbeds and footballs. And if you don’t like the aluminium finish, it’s available in anodised red or blue.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK
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