AN ENTRY-LEVEL FLOORPUMP WITH ALL THE EXEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE, QUALITY AND FEATURES YOU EXPECT FROM BLACKBURN, LIKE A STEEL BARREL, ACCURATE PRESSURE GAUGE, REPLACEABLE HOSE AND A PRESTA/SCHRADER COMPATIBLE HEAD. A STURDY RUBBER COATED FOOT PROVIDES A SECURE BASE ON SLIPPERY GARAGE AND SHOP FLOORS.
a Weekend Warrior
from Fairfield, CT, US
Date Reviewed: October 22, 2008
Strengths: Pumps tires OK
Weaknesses: Normal depreciation
Bought for 70th birthday in 1994. Stays in garage year round. Used maybe 20 times per year. Satisfied with 65 lb. Other day, couldn't depress the handle. Found similar complaint in some blog but no sensible suggestions. Took it apart. Inner aluminum tube had corroded and detritus had blocked air paths (and jammed check valve?) in radial plug at bottom of tube. Cleaned everything (dental pick, emery cloth, W2-D40, 3-in-one oil) and reassembled (note: be sure check valve is back in place in radial plug). Works fine.
Favorite Trail: There are trails? I like drafting... cars.
Duration Product Used: More than 3 years
Purchased At: Erik's in Richfield, MN
Similar Products Used: Craftsman Compressor (Doesn't fit under my bike seat) Cheap crappy pumps.
Bike Setup: Klein Quantum II Criterium Racer - Specialized Toupe seat, Ultegra hubs/Brakes, Campy rims, Dura-Ace gears/Deraileurs, and don't forget the Nightsun!!! 40W of
from Boulder CO
Date Reviewed: May 31, 2007
Strengths: Satisfying to smash.
Weaknesses: Rips presta valves off, then stops working.
Worst Pump Ever. Pump destroyed Presta valves before it stopped working entirely. Blackburn sent me a new one free of charge. The new one never worked, not once. I smashed it on the concrete floor of my garage, which was pretty cool.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Marino, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2006
Strengths: This product was sold to us to replace an earlier version of the TP1. The earlier version included a removable part which allowed the pump to be used on either type of tire valve. This one has it built in which in theory is more convenient as we lost the little part on the old one (which recently Blackburn replaced for us free of charge).
Weaknesses: This pump does not hold its seal. When it gets up to about 30-40 pbi, it blows and you have to start over. In addition, it is so tight on the valve that you are afraid you're going to ruin the tire in pulling it off. And many times when it does come off, it comes off with such force that your hand is scraped on the spokes.
We called Blackburn and they have agreed to replace the pump free of charge and, since postage was more than the cost of replacement, they did so without requiring us to mail the pump in. Both reps I spoke to claimed they haven't heard of this problem before but given that the pump is at the lower end of the spectrum I wonder if many customers just don't bother to call the company. We'll see how the replacement works.