Blackburn TP 5 Pump

3.2/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $99.99

Product Description

Simply the world's fastest, most powerful bicycle pump. A mere 10 strokes inflates a road tire to 100 psi or a mountain tire to 45 psi. Equipped with Blackburn Dual Stage technology, the Team Pump's High Volume mode begins inflation by sending massive volumes of air into the tube with each stroke. When pumping resistance goes up--after four or five strokes--a push of the red mode button switches over to the High-Pressure mode for less air volume per stroke and less pumping effort as the tire is topped-off. Dual Stage technology makes it possible to pump a road tire to 100 psi in just 10 strokes---four in High Volume and six in High Pressure. The same number of strokes in the High Volume mode will take a mountain tire to 45 psi. The TP-5 features heavy-duty construction, an ergonomic padded handle, easy-to-read adjustable top-mounted gauge and TwistGrip head that fits both Schrader and Presta valves. - Maximum Pressure: 11 bar/160 psi - Weight: 3.5 kg/7.8 lbs - Lifetime Warranty

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Kurt K. from Miami, Florida USA

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2007

Strengths:    Sturdy & solid, dual air chambers make pumping up tires a delight - for a change.

Weaknesses:    Air chamber selector does not pop back when on high pressure mode, if in the process of filling a tire. Dual-ended valve on this TP-5 model is a royal pain to work with and leaks air when released. Occasionally would shoot its handle straight back up into my face. TP-5 Lasted two years before beginning to leak through the chambers. Warranty replacement slow as mollasses and occasionally incompetent.

Bottom Line:   
This pump is a godsend for anyone sick and tired of pumping hard feather-light pumping strokes, however, the pitiful pump head design is enough to discourage anyone from spending $100 for this thing - get the new Air Tower 5 instead if you intend to spend this much on a pump.

After this one failed, I sent it to Blackburn for warranty replacement. Took them about a week before they sent out the replacement, with the excuse that the stocking department was closed for some sort of inventory check. Hooey.

After another week of waiting, I recieved the replacement pump - they sent an Air Tower 4 by mistake. Sent it back to them with a UPS label that a very kind and helpful associate provided me via email. Sent the AT-4 back to them. Two weeks later, no pump - called them up. Said it should be here on the 5th of Feb. (called on the 1st).

Slow, slow, slow. Would be more effecient if they sent you to the local dealer to pick up a replacement, and had the dealer worry about shipping the pump back.

After all, when one plunks down $100 for a pump, one shouldn't have to wait a month and a half for a replacement.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Bell "Steel OS Barrel"/Beto "Cycling Nessesity," model unk.

Bike Setup:   Six '84-86 Raleigh USA machines: '84 Team, '84 Competition, '84 Super Course,
'84 Alyeska, '85 Super Course, '86 Grand Prix; '87 Basso; 1961 Schwinn Paramount

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jim a Weekend Warrior from Boise, ID, USA

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2006

Strengths:    Cool looking, fast pumping, mostly metal and well made, best warranty and service around, an absolute joy to use in "high pressure" mode (over 40 psi)

Weaknesses:    Heavy (but that comes from being well-made and built to last), usually expensive (but look for bargains)

Bottom Line:   
I think this pump has gotten a bad rap here. That may be why Gart Bros. Sports sold me another one from their clearance stock for less than half list price recently. The truth is, this is one great track pump. It fills all sorts of tires - even cars and motorcycles - fast, up to around 40 psi, and then it lets you push a button and *easily* continue pumping on up to 100 psi and beyond if that's what you need. Yes, the air chuck pops alarmingly and vents a puff of compressed air when you remove it from a filled tire, but in my experience that air's almost entirely from the air hose and the pump itself - not the tire. If you are loosing tire pressure, check your valves! And if you do have slow closing tire valves, just compensate with a few extra psi when you're filling up. Duh.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   Gart Bros.

Similar Products Used:   Silca's, little frame pumps, service stations' air

Bike Setup:   1 GT mountain hardtail, 1 old Raleigh hybrid beater for commuting, 1 fab Masi racer for weekend rolls

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by IronMac a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, ON, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2005

Strengths:    Easy to use.
Pumps up to >80 PSI very quickly.
Works as advertised.

Weaknesses:    Heavy.

Bottom Line:   
Purchased this pump because my g/f and I needed a stand pump that was stable and kept its head/nozzle on while pumping. The Zefal that I had purchased over 10 years ago simply was not doing the job..when the pressure got high enough it would literally shoot off the valve.
The TP-5 does NOT do push the nozzle down...flick the locking mechanism over...pump to the desired PSI (has a pretty good analog/dial readout at the top of the stem) and, then, you flick the locking mechanism off the valve and take the nozzle off. Simple and does the job.
Yes, you do seem to lose some air, probably not up to 20 PSI, maybe between 5 to 10 PSI? Of course, if you're pumping up road tires to over 100 PSI then it may be different but we're pumping up to around 80 PSI so that may explain it.
So far, we're very happy with it.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Sporting Life Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Various frame pumps and a lousy Zefal stand pump which this replaces.

Bike Setup:   Touring setup.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Alain from Montreal, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2005

Strengths:    Very easy to go up to 120 psi. Sturdy construction. Very stable while being operated.

Weaknesses:    The head is poorly designed and leaks at least 20 psi when you take it off the valve. Useless for road bikes, IMOHO. Better suited for lower pressures (~50 psi).

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy this pump if you need >100psi. The store where I bought it were nice enough to refund my money after testing it and seeing that it does indeed leak a lot of air when you remove the head after you're done pumping.
I'm waiting for the 2005 "Air Tower 5" which has a lever instead of a twist-off head (should be out in May 2005), or maybe some other brand. Anybody have suggestions? Zefal, Specialized, Crank Bros., etc.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   ABC Cycles

Bike Setup:   Spec. Allez Elite 2005

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Sandy Scott from Lake Mary, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2005

Strengths:    Built like a tank.

Weaknesses:    The most difficult pump to use I have ever tried. I purchased this pump because my girlfriend (100 lbs) does not have the strength to pump her tires up to 120 psi with a standard pump. It is impossible to take the ill designed pump head off of a Presta valve without letting at least 20 pounds of air escape. If you push the head fully on the valve, it will simply let the air out of your tires through the Schrader side of this two valve design. The trick seems to be to attempt to put the head on the valve pushing it just barely on the valve. You will still lose about 10 psi when you unlock the awkward locking mechanism. I have tried it on 4 kinds of tubes with the same result. I even put a new hose/pump head on it thinking that perhaps my new one was malfunctioning. Same result.

Bottom Line:   
Save $70 and buy a pump that works. This would probably be a great pump with a "normal" pump head that come on most bicycle pumps. This was a case of over engineering - or to put it another way, lousy engineering.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   My two Specialized bicycle pumps which work flawlessly, and were about $70 less than the Blackburn.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Roubaix Pro, FSA-Kwing handlebars, Speedplay TI pedals, Cateye CD300 computer.

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