Giant Control Tower Pro Boost floor pump review

Beefed-up power pump

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Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £100.00 RRP | USD $125.00 | EUR €98.00 | AUD $190.00
Giant’s Control Tower Pro Boost floor pump has an all-metal barrel and base

Our review

Good-quality, powerful pump that offers pleasing value for money
Pros: This is a pump that’s stable, sturdy and secure
Cons: Gripping issues with the plastic handle
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Giant’s Control Tower Pro Boost is undoubtedly a quality floor pump for the money. Its all-metal barrel and base add heft (it weighs in at 1.9kg) and, when combined with the 27cm diameter of the triple-footed base, it’s certainly stable.

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The large 10cm analogue dial displaying psi and bar scales is easy to read, while the 115cm hose is just about long enough to reach your bike when mounted above ground in a workstand.

At 695mm tall, plenty of air is displaced by each stroke (369cc claims Giant). The barrel is the reverse of a standard track pump, so instead of having a thinner rod attached to the handle leading down to the plunger, it sits outside of the wide 28mm barrel, making for a very stable stroke even when pushing to high pressures.

I inflated a 28c road tyre to 80psi in 25 strokes, and the large barrel diameter means it doesn’t take much effort to pump the plunger.

The dual-fit chuck works on both Presta and Schrader valves, and the flip-lock holds it securely in place so you can tune your pressure using the blow-off valve button at the base of the hose.

A neat feature is the lever at the foot of the barrel which, when pressed, converts the pump into an air-tank designed for fast inflation to help seat tubeless tyres. With the lever down, you can charge the pump up to 200psi on the gauge, then flip the lever up to deliver a shot of air to quickly inflate and seat a tubeless tyre.

The only issue I have with the Control Tower is the plastic handle. It’s well-shaped enough, but the lightly textured surface isn’t that great to grip and on hot days it can be a little slippy. I modified mine by reusing some old bar tape to make for a better handhold.

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Giant may not be the first name you think of when it comes to pumps, but this one is well-made, stable, sturdy and fully featured.

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $190.00EUR €98.00GBP £100.00USD $125.00
Weight 1.9kg
Brand Giant

Features

Features Barrel: Aluminium
Colours: Silver
Gauge style: Base Gauge
Gauge size: 3.5in
Base: Steel
Handle: Comfort handle design - plastic
Height: 695mm
Weight: 1900g
Hose: 1150mm
Volume/Stroke: 369cc
Max pressure 200psi
Pressure gauge Analogue
Pump type Track/floor pump