Shock pumps are specific items for mountain bikers with air spring-equipped suspension. Suspension is best set up using externally measured sag but an accurate pump can make tuning and re-adjustments far easier.
Most pumps on the market use rather simple dial gauges, which typically work just fine. However, these can lead to some level of human error in reading and so for absolute accuracy a digital gauge is hard to beat.
Finishing second in our recent shock pump grouptest, this digital pump is sure to lead to greater inflation accuracy. While branded RockShox, this same pump can be found with Fox or even Truflo branding too. As a result, we’d recommend simply picking the one at the best price.
The digital gauge proved to be equal in accuracy to the test winning Syncros SP1.0, but an otherwise simpler and more generic construction brings the price down. This exact accuracy does allow for extremely precise suspension adjustment, something that can make a noticeable difference on the latest generation of high-volume, long-travel forks and shocks.
The generic valve head is basic but effective and we’re yet to see it leak air on release. It’s connected to a long hose that makes it far easier to thread into awkward gaps on some frame designs.
A pressure release button sits conveniently below the gauge face
The build quality is similar to that of generic pumps supplied with suspension products. It’s perhaps not at a level you’d expect for the price, but the metal pump body is likely to outlast the gauge’s service life as oil, vibration and general age can all degrade accuracy.
Using replaceable coin cell batteries, we’ve had good life out of ours so far. It’s a pump best left safe in the toolbox, especially given its 289mm length isn’t exactly pack friendly.
Be sure to read how this digital shock pump fared against its competitors.