Lezyne’s Classic Over Drive track pump is a smooth, high volume pump and one of the best I’ve used on mountain bikes.
While large volume barrels can mean fewer strokes to get tyres up to pressure, they can also result in a stiff stroke because there’s a lot of air to push through a hose each time.
However, Lezyne seems to have found a great balance between the effort needed to complete a stroke and the amount of air being pushed through, so you’re not pumping away for hours.
This has all been packaged in a quality feeling pump that doesn’t flex or rattle and has a very smooth overall feeling.
With a decent length, there’s minimal stooping for taller riders during pumping which aids comfort, and the wooden handle is well-shaped and good looking – though I wouldn’t complain if it were a touch wider.
The gauge is mounted at the base of the pump, but with a maximum pressure of 60psi and clear black numbers on a white background it’s easy to read. Against my digital pressure gauges, it also proved accurate.
At the end is a screw-on valve head. These have a reputation for removing your valve’s core upon removal, but by using the head’s bleed valve (which doesn’t deflate the tyre, just the pump’s hose), I didn’t find this to be a problem with this particular head. However, as a precaution, I would recommend tightening your valve cores before use.
My only real complaint about this pump is that there’s no pressure release bleed valve. The one on the head only seems to release hose pressure, not tyre pressure (or at least the rate at which it does won’t affect overall tyre pressure while you’re removing the head).
Lezyne does have a digital pressure gauge version of the pump (the Digital Over Drive), but I find the analogue gauge is easier to read and live with long-term.
How we tested
This pump was tested as part of a grouptest of six track pumps to find out which home-workshop tyre inflator is the best and worth your hard-earned cash.
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- Park Tool Home Mechanic Floor Pump PFP-8
- Scott Syncros Vernon 2.0 HV
- SKS Air-X-Press 8.0
- Topeak Joeblow Mountain X