Park Tool Home Mechanic Floor Pump PFP-8 review

The classic tool-maker's pump is cheap, but not the best value

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Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £30.00 RRP | USD $36.00 | AUD $80.00
Park Tool Home Mechanic Floor Pump PFP-8 mountain bike pump

Our review

Cheap track pump without the refined performance of pricier items
Pros: Clear to read gauge, nice handle
Cons: Short stature isn’t the most comfortable
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Park Tool is one of the most recognisable brands in the world of cycling tools, with its signature blue equipment a common sight at the pro tour and your local bike shop. Its snappily named PFP-8 is its current track pump, and at £30 / $36 / AU$80 is very competitively priced.

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The pump feels fairly sturdy in use, but the wide yet not overly long footplates are definitely worth using because these add to the pump’s stability.

The barrel doesn’t have a massive volume, so mountain bikers might find extra pump strokes are needed to get tyres up to pressure. However, the flip-side of that is the stroke is fairly easy to push because you’re not forcing masses of air through the hose.

The pump itself doesn’t have the longest body, so tall riders might find themselves doing a lot of stooping – that said, ergonomically it gets extra points for the curved, plastic handle that’s comfortable when pushing hard, despite not being the widest out there.

Park Tool Home Mechanic Floor Pump PFP-8 mountain bike pump
The pump accepts Schraeder and Presta valves.
Andy Lloyd

The head is a simple flip-lock design with holes for Schraeder and Presta valves. It’s plastic in construction, but while it’s not fancy looking, this doesn’t affect performance. For the price, you can forgive Park for not including a bleed valve, too.

The gauge, located at the base, has a large, uncluttered look with bar and PSI readings up to  11 bar / 160psi, which should work for most riders out there.

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The gauge isn’t the most accurate around, but will help guide you with pressure. That said, I found the needle jumped around a bit when pumping, which was frustrating, and the head sometimes released air on initial pumps before there was much air in the tube.

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.

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $80.00GBP £30.00USD $36.00
Brand Park tool

Features

Max pressure 160psi / 11 bar
Pressure gauge Analogue
Pump type Track/floor pump