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SKS Matrix Zoom Mini Pump Pump

2.32/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $29.00


Product Description

This handy pump featuring AVACS (All Valves Automatic Connecting System), automatically adapts to any valve.. Telescopic tube offers effecient pumping. Mounts to side of water bottle cage for easy access.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by able a Weekend Warrior from austin, texas, usa

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2009

Strengths:    Looks nice.

Weaknesses:    Didn't work.

Bottom Line:   
Bought this pump and hooked it to my bike and never used it until last Saturday, after one year. I hooped it to the valve and the air just escaped. The pump is defunct.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jonowee a Weekend Warrior from Perth, WA, Australia

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2007

Strengths:    Review for replacement after initially purchased pump had a DOA leaky pump head.

- Solid feel, holding onto the fat aluminium outer body, sweet
- Comfortable to hold
- AVACS head works well if it works
- Pump head seems to be the most leak-free one I've used on a hand pump, that's of cause for the working one


Weaknesses:    - After 10-20psi, it just feels like I'm compressing air in the pump instead of delivering it into the tube. Which defeats the main job of what a pump is suppose to do.
- Even on Pressure mode, it feels like I'm still squeezing air
- A plastic internal shaft!, what the hell! Bound to be one of the first parts to let go.
- SKS's Frame attachment is too showy, just useless. A rubber clip that hooks barely onto the attachment and easily lose-sable. What's wrong with the old, simple and functional ABS frame clip and a hook & loops wrapping belt.
- The solid feel of the outer tube might mean a thick wall, which to me is just overbuilding and adding unneccessary weight, especially when my Blackburn Airstik can feel thin walled-ish and still pump high pressure.
-AVACS head's rubber ring seal is bound to wear out soon with continued use.


Bottom Line:   
When you're not pumping tyres, it feels great in your hand; sticky rubber, solid aluminium, nice balance.

But when it gets down to doing the job its meant to do, it just disappoints.
Forget about road tyres, this has been demoted to pumping up sport balls, hmm... Swiss ball has gone a bit limp, time for the Matrix pump.


*1 Value Chilli cos if it don't work even to a modest degree, it's money wasted no matter how cheap it is.

*1 Overall Chilli cos it didn't work, if it actually could pump tyres without you winning a Strongman competition, I'd forgive it for it's horrible method of frame attachment and maybe even the dumb-butch thick outer walls.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Hup Leong Bicycle Company, Singapore

Similar Products Used:   - Blackburn Airstik
- BBB WindGun
- another one I dropped somewhere on the trail


Bike Setup:   -Schrader valves for all bikes.
1X Functioning rigid MTB
1X Functioning 700c All-Rounder
1X Non-functioning hardtail MTB
1X classic rigid MTB frame & fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dean a Weekend Warrior from europe

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2005

Strengths:    all good pumping light small not so expensive,NOT made from plastic

Weaknesses:    no

Bottom Line:   
Dont read about bad reviews about this pump its great small pump BUT read owner manual before pumnping to see how you must use this product- you must put pump close to the valve. Because of this(they didnt read manual) wers some bad rewievs about this pump.
FOR THAT PRICE HIGHLY RECOMENDED

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Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Conrad Seaman a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2005

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    A pump is supposed to move air. This doesn't work at all. I had 3 bike experts, 4 pumps, 4 tires and 45 minutes at the local MEC and we couldn't get one tire to pump up. We did succeed in causing them to loose air though.

Bottom Line:   
This product shouldn't even be on the market. I've never seen such a poor excuse for a pump. I suggest that anyone who has purchased this pump should write SKS like I have and complain. This has been a waste of my time and money. Maybe they'll take their 'best brand' stickers off after this screw up.

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Favorite Trail:   N/A

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   MEC (like REI in Canada)

Similar Products Used:   Any pump that works.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Joe Smith a Weekend Warrior from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2004

Strengths:    Small, lightweight.

Weaknesses:    It can't do the one job it's supposed to. It's nearly useless on presta type valves and can't fully inflate tires. Does not get a good seal on the valve.

Bottom Line:   
Don't bother with this pump. It may be small and look good but if you need to get air into your tires and the tires have presta valves, you'll be out out of luck. I really wish I would have used this before I threw away my receipt so I could take this back and get a pump that works. I'm going to tell the shop they should stop carrying this product and start selling something that works.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $19.00


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bob a Weekend Warrior from Corte Madera

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2004

Strengths:    Small and attached well

Weaknesses:    doesn't work

Bottom Line:   
This product didn't work when I REALLY needed it. What a waste of money. I couldbn't get it to push air through the presta valve. I tried and tried but ended up walking
:(

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Tam

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Jamis Durango SX

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Paul Hessels a Cross Country Rider from Jakarta, Indonesia

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2004

Strengths:    it's ability to look like a quality product at the time of purchase.

Weaknesses:    I haven't had a chance to find out it's weaknesses. The pump has been sitting in my bag for months. At the first (or was it second?) opportunity to use it it failed due a worn out (?) thread in the plastic part at the head ...

Bottom Line:   
buy something that doesn't look cool but works.

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Favorite Trail:   all over west java

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   somewhere in Holland

Similar Products Used:   specialized, zefal

Bike Setup:   scalpel 2000

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by T. J. a Weekend Warrior from Birmingham, MI, US

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2003

Strengths:    Cool looking. Good features.

Weaknesses:    Extreemly weak design for the frame mounting. If you lose that retaining bra, you might as well throw out the pump. And what is that strap attachment junk?

Bottom Line:   
A lot of people complain about it being useless when trying to pump with a presta set-up. I thought the same thing at first until I realized that you just shouldn't unscrew the presta valve all the way. About half way would do it and it pumps fine. It's a little hard to pump past about 30 psi, but I don't think that it is any more than usual. It is a wide diameter pump, after all, so it moves higher volumes but it also needs higher forces.

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Favorite Trail:   Maybury

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Topeak

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper, all XT.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andrew Crook a Weekend Warrior from Palo Alto, CA USA

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2003

Strengths:    None to think of. Does look nice though

Weaknesses:    Lots. Doesn't seal on presta. Pumping becomes hard above 35psi. Can't see it getting to 115psi without being Arnie. Rubber seal for handle tends to roll-up when pumping. Handle flimsy. Overall poor quality and would not recommend. Unfortunately I through out the box (Doh!) so I can't return it to REI (I may try though).

Bottom Line:   
Tried adding some grease. Will try the drilling trick, but before I do will take the whole thing to pieces. Bottom line is don't buy and to SKS: sort it out!! Maybe I will add some chilis if the drilling, greasing and re-construction of the pump improves its performance.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   REI-outlet

Similar Products Used:   $10 red see through mini-pump from Wal-mart. Pumps great upto 90psi. Minimal air loss on either presta or schrader (fits both).

Bike Setup:   NRS3

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Roland Werth a Weekend Warrior from Darmstadt

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2003

Strengths:    Cool looking, almost undestructable Aluminium alloy body

Weaknesses:    Cheap plastics,cheap rubber parts,lousy function,lousy frame mounting

Bottom Line:   
Ok, normally German parts are a lot better than US parts or parts from Taiwan - it's the engineering and the quality. So after a short experience with a really lousy Topeak pump I tried this one. But what's this ? I should say : Shame on you, SKS ! The plastics are cheap type, no fibre-reinforcement, the rubber parts are not bonded and not fixed in anyway.The handling is also lousy,the valve-head is even critisized by professional engineers! Broke apart after 5-7 flats I had.
This thing has to be over-engineered, newly designed and those guys should work the whole thing over.
Better working than Topeak, better than cheap Italieri pumps, so not the worst rating. But guys, take something else, I say you ! (I'm German, but I'm not proud of this piece of s*** called mini-pump)

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Favorite Trail:   Frankenstein

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   citybike24

Similar Products Used:   Topeak Master Blaster

Bike Setup:   Bergwerk Mercury w/ tune parts - all made in GE

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by divad nilar a Cross Country Rider from pasadena

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2003

Strengths:    Purely cosmetic, rubber armor looks great, not hard on the eyes or hands. Consistency.

Weaknesses:    Consistency. German do-it-all engineering provides precise, equally lousy performance on schrader or presta, not much air movement at any pressure and tends to work off once every dozen strokes when over 35 psi. Mounting bracket laughable. Marginally functional in every way.

Bottom Line:   
You get what you pay for. Some deals aren't.

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Favorite Trail:   durty ones

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $9.00

Purchased At:   rei-outlet

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn minis, one worn out in 5 yrs, the replacement misplaced bringing this disappointment my way. Glad it turned up after six months hating the SKS.

Bike Setup:   A Roast, a Mono Cog.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jim a Weekend Warrior from Malden, Mass

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2003

Strengths:    Overall german quality

Weaknesses:    ONLY the head

Bottom Line:   
Look I know everyone is having a problem with this pump,,,and I know why,,you say"No Flow" or "Lousy seal" well after buying the Zoom and Airbase on the same day based solely on appearance of quality I was dissapointed with similar troubles when I got home and tried it out.
This is the problem or defect if you will, the pin that drops down to open the stem vavle is too long, it shoves down far enough to place the air passage in the stem down to where the seal sqeezes and it inturn reduces to compleatly close off any air passage. take a small drill bit and drill it down slowly, lil at a time, dont rush it or its shot, its alloy so it will not take much drilling to achieve desired effect, the pump "both" are now thebest I ever owned 10-15

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Favorite Trail:   any without glass or trash

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   blackburn,ect

Bike Setup:   Yes, it is!

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Steve Yan from Singapore

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2003

Strengths:    Looks cool
Can use as a weapon to whack robbers on the head


Weaknesses:    Absolutely useless as an airpump

Bottom Line:   
Am writing this primarily to lower the overall rating to reflect it's true nature and value. Absolutely hopeless at doing what it's supposed to do. Doesn't fit onto either S or P valves. Moves no air. Heavy mother. Looks really nice though, and if you always ride with friends who will happily change your flats for you using their equipment while you stand around shooting the breeze, and you're a fan of German engineering (or in this case, the lack of it) and you have a gray anodized frame with orange trimming, go for it! Otherwise, save your money and buy yourself a real pump.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere without traffic

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Crank Bros Alloy Pump
Some Zefal pieces of sh*t


Bike Setup:   Which one?

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ryan a Racer from Golden, CO

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2003

Strengths:    Small, compact design.

Weaknesses:    I've used many small pumps and this one just doesn't do it for me. First of all, the pump head wouldn't even attach to the presta valve stem. I tried everything, even dismantling the pump and checking it out. (I think the design of the head is good, but this pump didn't work at all for me) I could not get one pound of pressure into the tire. Secondly, the handle sucks...period. It's handle is plastic with soft-grip stuff on it and when you are sweating in the summer-time, you will still have a hard time keeping a solid grip. My hands kept sliding off. It needs to have a Tee handle so you can get some real leverage and apply some pressure. Thirdly, the ribbed, rubber surround that is supposed to hold the handle inwards for travel doesn't last long. After you pump about 10 strokes this stuff rolls up and gets in the way. Mine even started to tear. I don't think that rubber would last long. It would be much better to have a mechanical lock, not a rubber friction hold securing the handle. And last but not least, the short stroke. IF....I could get any air into it, it wouldn't have been much volume per stroke.

Bottom Line:   
I figured being a German company, it would be a superior product. I was not impressed. I own an SKS floor pump and it DEFINITELY ROCKS!! The mini pump sucks though. Back to the drawing board guys.

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Favorite Trail:   All of 'em

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn Mammoth Dual Stage, Crank Bros., Silca, Topeak Master Blaster, CO2 cartridges, Zefal, yadda, yadda, yadda.........

Bike Setup:   Who cares...we're talking bike pumps.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Al a Cross Country Rider from Redmond, Wa. USA

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2003

Strengths:    Small and solid construction
Nice looking


Weaknesses:    Will only pump to about 55 psig (OK for Mtn bikes)
Will not pump to 115 psig (not good for road bike)
Difficult to get a seal with presta valves (did not try schrader valves). Also on the heavy side


Bottom Line:   
Do to the inability to get a good seal and to pump to road tire pressures I will return the pump.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $11.00

Purchased At:   REI Outlet

Similar Products Used:   Zefal hp x4
Blackburn mtn air


Bike Setup:   GT 2001 I-drive 3.0 dual suspension Mtn Bike
Raleigh R700 Road

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