Blackburn Air Tower 4 Pump

2.57/5 (28 Reviews)
Weight : 1.9 kg MSRP : $70.00


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Product Description

The *New* Air Tower 4 blends heavy duty performance with reliability.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by colin1

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2013

Strengths:    Provides plenty of pre-ride frustration
Helps user develop problem-solving skills


Weaknesses:    Pump head
Gauge
Seals


Bottom Line:   
I'm on my third, warrantied Air Tower 4. The first one was never able to pump up new presta tubes from full deflation, so I'd have to start them with a hand pump. Eventually, the seals stopped working in this one, so I got a new on on warranty.
My second pump worked well for about a week until one of the pieces in the head broke, so it could not seal, and if clamped on a tube, would allow all the air in the tube to rush out.
My third pump can't derpess all schrader valves, so on some of them, I have to partially engaged the clamp lever and then push the head down on the valve for it to depress the valve. It's also pretty finicky about some presta valves.
The other day I realized that I could warranty this pump again, but why would I want to get another one that would probably, based on my ownership history, just cause more pre-ride frustration?
I've started checking chainlove for a different manufacturer in hopes of less frustration.
On a side note, why did the designer angle the gauge face so that a user has to be standing well behind the pump in order to have a perpendicular line of sight to the gauge face? If the user stands directly above the pump, which is the normal position for pushing down on the handle, the line of sight is not perpendicular, so gauge readings are slightly inaccurate.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by sam adams

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2012

Strengths:    works well when it works

Weaknesses:    doesn't work at all when not working well

Bottom Line:   
had this pump for a couple of years. maybe used it 25 - 30 times and then complete failure in the pump chamber itself. all connections tight but air blows out before the hose somewhere.... appears to blow back past the plunger ball. would have been cheaper to feed quarters to the pump at the gas station. Would not recommend.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hawkdriver a All Mountain Rider from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2012

Strengths:    Dual head, large volume, easy to see guage, sturdy design, GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE from BELL-Easton!!

Weaknesses:    Inside the valve head, there is a ball that sometimes sticks to the side opposite where you need it. A gentle tap releases it and you're back to pumping up a tire.

Bottom Line:   
Been using this pump for years and been very pleased. I had a leak appear recently and contacted Bell about replacement gaskets. They immediately sent me a new gauge and o-ring kit. Unfortunately, the o-ring kit didn't arrive (out of stock) and when I checked into it, the service rep decided to send me a whole new pump! I never asked for anything but information about how to PURCHASE repair parts. Instead, they were all offered free of charge immediately. Bottom line: I think the pump fits me needs perfectly and now see I also get awesome customer service with it! 5 chilli's for value because of cost, customer service, and performance. 4 chilli's for overall because the little issue with the valve has been there for a little while and was frustrating at first.

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Favorite Trail:   Cougar MTN, Washington

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Online


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by olegbabich a Weekend Warrior from nj

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2011

Strengths:    used about 2 dozen times, now it's dead

Weaknesses:    everything

Bottom Line:   
Stay away.

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Favorite Trail:   up and down

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   joe blow


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dirtyjack a Racer from Marshfield, Ma USA

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2011

Strengths:    Its was a free replacement for a previously failed blackburn pump

Weaknesses:    This one failed too. Started blowing air out of the top of the pump, then the handle broke off.

Bottom Line:   
Blackburn makes crappy products that don't last

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael L a Cross Country Rider from Pasadena, Ca. USA

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2011

Strengths:    This pump was a warranty replacement for my 12 year old TP4 that went bad. One phone call,immediate live knowledgeable English speaker, no hassle replacement shipped out asap.I called them back today with a technical question and again great fast service.This pump works great and after a few trys you will get used to how things work unless you are a moron.The bit of air that escapes from the valve head after you release comes from reserve within the pump not from your tube otherwise your tube would empty out.So pump it up to the regular lbs and pull it.Maybe 1 or 2 of the previous reviewers got a lemon but the rest of the whiners wouldn't understand how to operate a paper clip!

Weaknesses:    Release handle after inflation can bust a knuckle if done wrong but you can learn.

Bottom Line:   
Great pump and extraordinarily excellant warranty and customer service.

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Favorite Trail:   Schultz creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Warranty replacement

Similar Products Used:   TP4

Bike Setup:   Yeti ASR SL tricked out

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by David Strachan a Weekend Warrior from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2011

Strengths:    Good volume. Works well on older style valves.

Weaknesses:    Unusable for pumping up 700 series racing tires. It doesn't grip the valve

Bottom Line:   
The product cannot be used on the bike I bought it for.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Pet

Bike Setup:   Racing bike with 700x28C tires.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by amfast a Cross Country Rider from Alexandria, VA

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2011

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Cheap. Failed twice in a year.

Bottom Line:   
I'll never buy a Backburn product again. Was broken within a week. Got a replacement head after waiting for weeks and now a year later (light use) it doens't pump at all.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, Topeak Joe Blow

Bike Setup:   Various

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jonasneeser a Cross Country Rider from Pocatello, Idaho USA

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2010

Strengths:    Easy to read, accurate gauge. Valve head connects easily.

Weaknesses:    Does not produce enough volume to easily seat tubeless tires. Valve head hard to figure out how to connect to shrader versus presta valves (the lever has three positions).

Bottom Line:   
I haven't had any problems with my pump. I would buy it again. I bought it five years ago and the head never connected to the valve very well. Blackburn has a lifetime warranty so last year I sent it back. They sent me this new one that works great so I am very happy with Blackburn.

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Favorite Trail:   Katsilometes

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   JensenUSA

Similar Products Used:   Earlier version of the Air Tower 4.

Bike Setup:   Presta valves usually.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by greenmtn a Racer from USA

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2010

Strengths:    Lifetime warranty, you'll need it

Weaknesses:    Total junk, head leaks, plunger wears quick, but the head is the worst, most frustrating piece of crap out there!

Bottom Line:   
total waste of $ unless you enjoy returning things

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Point

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Guppie58 a Racer from Hudsonville, MI

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2010

Strengths:    gauge is raised so you don't need to bend over.

Weaknesses:    Garbage valve. Seriously, pure garbage. Also, the cord doesn't wrap over the handle during storage so that constantly goes up when you transport it. No biggie if you keep it in the garage, but I travel for races and trails so much, it gets annoying. Also, you have to measure PSI after you pump it up because so much air leaves the pump when you unhook it. Don't buy this product.

Bottom Line:   
Complete waste of money.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   LBS


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Leopold Vander Smoot a Racer from Tucson, AZ

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2010

Strengths:    N/A

Weaknesses:    This was a replacement for two Air Tower 5 CFs that failed. The internals on this failed within 2 weeks. Horrible product, and the third Blackburn pump that failed trying to do what pumps are supposed to do -- pump. If you rearrange the letters in "Blackburn Pump," you get "DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT EVER OR BUY ANY BLACKBURN PUMPS BECAUSE THEY ARE HORRIBLE, ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE." Okay, maybe you can't rearrange the letters in "Blackburn Pump" to spell that, but you get the idea.

Bottom Line:   
Run away, run far, far away from this product.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   C02 innovations cheapy that's still going strong


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by aldujaparov a Weekend Warrior from Longmeadow, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2009

Strengths:    Shrader connection works o.k.

Weaknesses:    Presta connection useless

Bottom Line:   
garbage; received as warranty replacement for TP-4 (handle broke, Blackburn had no replacement part); once I saw this I asked Blackburn to return TP-4, said they couldn't.

Presta connection useless: in order to seal, requires pressing down to the point that Presta stem is depressed, releasing air in the tire. As mentioned in other reviews, air is also released when the head is released, so you have no idea how much air is left in the tire after you've pumped! Why have a gauge at all! TP-4 was a great pump; can't believe they'd replace it with this junk.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   warranty

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn TP-4, Silca


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by yellowmtb a Cross Country Rider from MI

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2009

Strengths:    Crap. Slow to connect to presta valves. Slow inflation.

Weaknesses:    Sticky pump. Cheap handle. Unstable base

Bottom Line:   
They are great about warranty replacement. I have paid $12 three times to return a defective pump to them and receive a new one. Customer service is A-1 if you want the same piece of crap back.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Custer

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $79.00

Purchased At:   PRICEPOINT

Similar Products Used:   Performance 20 house pump.

Bike Setup:   X.0 ellwsworth, scott road bike dura ace, and others.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by drewmcg a Cross Country Rider from Ann Arbor, MI

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2009

Strengths:    Accurate gauge
Works
Smooth, efficient pumping
head works fine (old style--black with flip down to lock)


Weaknesses:    thumb lock backwards (they evidently changed this on the new, grey head)
the exposive release of air when you remove the head after inflation can be disconcerting (really loud)


Bottom Line:   
Very good, very reliable floor pump. Probably best lifetime warrantee in the business.

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Favorite Trail:   Potto

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   nashbar pumps, others

Bike Setup:   mostly a roadie; Cannondale hardtail mtb

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