SKS Spaero pump review£40.00

Good-looking and efficient inflator

BikeRadar score4/5

The SKS Spaero pump looks like an oversized alloy cigar tube – it's smooth and sleek with a brushed finish.

It’s 27mm in diameter and 24cm long, extending to a maximum of 53.5cm. A flip-up rubber cover reveals a pull-out 12cm flexible hose with a double-sided screw-on head for Presta and Schraeder valves.

The bracket mounts the pump beneath a bottle cage – the most secure way of housing it on your bike – and it’s well sealed against spray. You can carry the Spaero in a rear pocket, but its length and 160g weight mean there’s a chance it’ll jump free unless it’s placed centrally or held by pump loops.

The handle rotates into a t-shape for easier pumping:
The handle rotates into a t-shape for easier pumping:

The handle rotates into a T-shape for easier pumping

Extend the pump, then slide the aluminium handle cover off the inner handle and rotate it through 90 degrees to create an offset T-shape, which is easy to hold securely, even in large hands or gloves, and makes pumping far more comfortable.

Stroke length is 14cm, it has a generous volume and operates in both directions – increasing resistance but speeding up inflation, 100 strokes taking our 23mm tyre to 78psi fairly quickly.

The hose and independently rotating head attachment prevent the head from being pulled hard from side to side, or unscrewing during use.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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