Crank Brothers Power Pump Ultra Pump

3.1/5 (10 Reviews)
Weight : 118 grams MSRP : $11.99


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Product Description

-Dual piston high volume/pressure alloy pump -Air Switch changes pump to high or low volume -Twin head fits both Presta and Schrader valves


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by burcak a Cross Country Rider from Turkey

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2010

Strengths:    Small, Light, Good performance wrt size, ease of use

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
I first hesitated to buy this pump by the reviews here, but after I saw it in the shop, I was convinced it is not just a downscaled version of a regular hand pump. It has a genuine design, with respectible innovation! And after I tried it I found out that it was working in practice too. It's a breeze to seal any of my valves (I have to mention I only use Presta, cannot say anything for Schrader) The keypoint is to press the head of the pump firmly and engage it COMPLETELY onto the valve BEFORE locking the head. (Otherwise you get slight leaks) Getting to high pressures may be a problem, but so it is with any other hand pump..

I did not read or watch any instructions and was able to inflate to 20 psi in half a minute or so in my first attempt on my mtb (with a bruised rib!). After that I had to switch to high pressure mode and went up to 30psi before my rib started aching. And I am a really small person!

I cannot see how this can be the same product that is mentioned in the negative reviews?! It is really brilliant!

And how does someone justify writing a review for a product that is "found on the trail" :D ?!?

I think this pump rightfully deserves 5 chilis!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Bike Setup:   Marin Pine Mtn. HT
Relevant to a pump; ZTR Race rims w/sealent and Crow/Raven Tires

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Santacruzer a Cross Country Rider from Bend Oregon

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2009

Strengths:    compact size

Weaknesses:    Simply will not seal for the entire fill. Internal seal leaks back into the plastic chamber. After letting me down for the third time this POS is in the trash.

Bottom Line:   
Do not throw your money away on this pump, you can just about match the performance of this pump with your mouth!

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Favorite Trail:   Umpqua river trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Online


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtbiker13 a Weekend Warrior from Brampton

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2009

Strengths:    Small,light and compact

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This pump is great. I've never had a problem with it. I think people don't know how to use. I can get my tire pumped up on the trail in less than 5 minutes.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   lots

Bike Setup:   2008 Opus Artemis

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bob erickson a Cross Country Rider from Metro area MN

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2009

Strengths:    Construction, small size, both valve types on the head and a a switch to change from high volume to high pressure.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I agree with the reviewers questioning those that have dissed this pump. What do they want, the pump to attach itself and pump up the tire? It is clear to me that if you are having problems, it is most likely operator error.
I have pumped up both mountain and road bike tires and find this pump to work better than any other compact tire pump that I have owned.
The KEY is to lay the bike/wheel down with the valve stem closest to the surface that you are pumping on. Set the pump to the setting you want before attaching it to the valve stem.
Then put something, wood, rag, whatever between the head of the pump and the surface you are pumping on. You will still need to hold the head on the valve but at least you do not have to counter the pump stroke.
Frankly, I am amazed how quickly the tires pumped up. I did put 100+ pounds in the road bike tire in less time than I have ever with any small pump. This will definitely get you back to your lbs or garage pump to top it off.
I'm dumbfounded by some of these negative reviews.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Bell, Topeak

Bike Setup:   Giant ocr a1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marquism1 a Cross Country Rider from Costa Mesa, CA

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2008

Strengths:    Small, light, and cheap. Also works well if you follow the instructions.

Weaknesses:    It doesn't pump up the tire all by itself?

Bottom Line:   
I currently use this version and the plastic, non-ultra version. These pumps work fine if you take the 30 seconds or so required to understand how they work. I've done many trailside repairs with the pumps with no problems at all. The negative reviewers below almost certainly did not know how to use the pump. The hi-volume setting easily pumps up a mountain bike tire without too much effort. They are ultraportable and fit into the smallest of seat bags, which is key for me. They're about the size of a CO2 inflator, but they can actually be used multiple times without any waste. For portable emergency repair use, these pumps can't be beat for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   If I told you, you'd ride there and we can't have that...

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Many other frame pumps and CO2 inflators

Bike Setup:   Yes, it's set up.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jeremy a Cross Country Rider from Rochester, Mi, USA

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2008

Strengths:    Small-ish, seems very well made, easy to use, fits both types of valves, durable, light weight.

Weaknesses:    No mounting bracket.

Bottom Line:   
Good little pump for the price (if you can find a deal on it). Small enough where you don't NEED a mounting bracket, but it is just barely small enough to fit in my seat bag. Unlike some of the other reviewers I have had no problem filling my tires with it. Plenty of air volume for a hand pump when setup for high volume as opposed to high pressure.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $14.00


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Antonio from Portugal

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2007

Strengths:    Size

Weaknesses:    Difficulty to pump a tire

Bottom Line:   
Don't pump well

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $28.00

Similar Products Used:   Blacburn


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cameron a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2007

Strengths:    Small and light, Easy to use, seems well built

Weaknesses:    Tough to get a seal on Presta Valves

Bottom Line:   
I used this pump with ease to fix two flats on my road bike, ran over two pieces of glass on two consecutive road rides! I had to fight a little to get a good seal on the presta valve, but, once I did, it was very easy to pump up, I used the High Volume setting for most of the pumping and then switched to High Pressure to finish it off, and, I was able to pump up the tubes quickly and with not too much effort, so, I am happy with it! My Blackburn pump I've had for over 5 years gave up on me finally, I still have a great Topeak one, but, that stays with my mountain bike. Not sure why this pump gets such crappy reviews in its different variations. It is a good pump for as cheap as it is!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Sports Pacific

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn, Topeak

Bike Setup:   One Trek 1500 Road Bike, and a Bianchi Lynx Mountain Bike

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Marty a Cross Country Rider from Michigan

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2007

Strengths:    Light weight, compact

Weaknesses:    Pump will not seal on any valve. There is no way you can get a road or mtb tube to any where near capacity. I pumped my tire up three times, and the pump leaked all the air out as I reached a rideable volume every time. This is total junk.

Bottom Line:   
Small carryable pumps are for emergency use only. This one won't get you out of emergency. You'll be walking. Get a better pump, or a cell phone.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   Topeak

Bike Setup:   Trek hardtail, Kinley full suspension, LeMond road

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dan0 a Cross Country Rider from Nashua, NH USA

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2007

Strengths:    small

Weaknesses:    too sloooooooow

Bottom Line:   
total waste of money, this pump has too little air no matter the setting, takes about half an hour to get your tire to 20lbs. threw mine away

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Favorite Trail:   little bear

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   einstein, mtn. morph

Bike Setup:   GF procaliber, spec. sworks enduro

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