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Topeak Einstein Mini Pump Pump

4.25/5 (20 Reviews)
MSRP : $42.47


Product Description

Seriously Smart Pumping The first multi-tasking mini-pump with SmartHead, MagicLever, high or low pressure selection, padded handle and glueless patch kit.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fcaw11 a Weekend Warrior from SGV, CA

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2009

Strengths:    Review for 1st generation Einstein mini pump. I've had this pump for over 8 years. Of course I use my floor pump most of the time. It still holds pressure. Integrated tire lever, Smarthead presta/schrader combo.

Weaknesses:    Bulky compared to todays smaller mini pumps.

Bottom Line:   
Good value,

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Favorite Trail:   El Prieto

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Mt. Zefal, Mt. Zefal II Double shot. Zefal HP

Bike Setup:   Trek carbon Y bike, FS XC mountain mix, Fox F80 & Fox Float RC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex Karacsonyi a Cross Country Rider from North Haven, CT

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2007

Strengths:    Best pump, lasted about 8 years.

Weaknesses:    Finally has worn out.

Bottom Line:   
I told Topeak the pump was getting weak. They told me they were no longer making it and couldn't get me parts. So they sent me a brand new Harpoon, no questions asked! Great company that stands behind their name and product.

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Favorite Trail:   Tyler Mill

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   L.L. Bean

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Super Light

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Salvador Salcido a Weekend Warrior from Fresno, Ca, USA

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2004

Strengths:    It removes the tire with incorporated removal tool, it patches it with contained patches and it telescopes to inflate the tube fast.

Weaknesses:    Part of the tire removal tool broke off- making it impossible to use (I don't know if this is really a weakness after over 4 years of road AND home use.)

Bottom Line:   
Kicks Ass! After several years of household and emergency use, my Einstein finally leaked more than it pumped. Anyone who has pneumatic tires should consider this pump (if they can find it). You don't even need to carry a saddle bag 'cause everything you need to fix a flat is contained within the pump - what's not to like?

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Favorite Trail:   pavement

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   too long ago to remember

Similar Products Used:   Zefal, Blackburn

Bike Setup:   Merlin Road (that's right, road) C- Record, Chris King and a bunch of other cool stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mikey Likes It a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2002

Strengths:    It Blows Air. It Removes Tires. It Carries Patches. It has Telescoping Action. It Still Works after being on a frame-mount for 3 years.

Weaknesses:    Weight? Get a life, pedal harder you wimps.

Bottom Line:   
Still works. Have used it endlessly for 3 years, and it still works. It sill works damgummit. It still works. It has been through the clay of riverbeds, to the top of 11,000 foot trails, down to the purgatory river, and all over Colorado.

Fixed numerous flats. Have exhausted supplies from probably 10 to 15 patch kits.

Finally took this thing apart and cleaned out the air valve. My god, it was so simple to clean. It now looks new in there.

I cannot say how anybody could make a better pump. I started thinking about it, and went on this stupid search for some new super gadget, maybe with a built in gauge, etc. What a waste of time.

There is nothing better. You don't need to be an Einstein to figure that out. Just get one. Do they even make them anymore?

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Favorite Trail:   Dinosaur Ridge, White Ranch

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Ahhhh.. Hard to remember using another pump.. is there really another pump out there?

Bike Setup:   Klein. Expensive. Dangerous. Beautiful. Built in Ejection Seat action at no extra cost...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GS a Weekend Warrior from Chicago IL

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2001

Strengths:    Patches in compartment, tire removal system, and the ability to switch from volume to high pressure inflation

Weaknesses:    Haven't found one yet

Bottom Line:   
Great pump! I usually carry a couple of CO2's and a pump as a backup. Will get the new tube started with the pump, get it on the bike, shoot a CO2 into it, and finish with a pump if I need more in the tire. I suppose if you were going to frame mount this, it ought to have some type of cover over the valve, but since I throw it in my Camelback, it doesn't make any difference to me. Buy it....it's worth it!

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Favorite Trail:   Palos, Kettle Moraine

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $21.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn Mountain Air

Bike Setup:   2002 Giant xtc se2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pablo a Cross Country Rider from Boulder

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2001

Strengths:    Compact, very versatile, tire lever included, smart head, solid construction, nice appearance, patch kit in handle

Weaknesses:    does not stay closed, so I have to mount it upside down...the rubber strap on the frame mount has stretched and now is almost ineffective

Bottom Line:   
This is a very good pump. Not too many people have shown me their pumps and impressed me since I bought this one. It was not cheap at $40, but it's well worth the price. I don't even worry about getting stuck with this baby on my frame. The only downside is now that the strap has stretched, I'm afraid I'll lose it. I don't want to hide it in my Camelbak though...it looks too sweet. 5 chilied flamers.

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Favorite Trail:   Flat Pass

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Full Cycle, Boulder

Similar Products Used:   Something by wrench force

Bike Setup:   '01 Fisher Marlin, Psylo SL, all XT, Panny Fire XCs, stock Bonti stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by james a Weekend Warrior from edinburgh

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2001

Strengths:    Small, light, Brilliant snap-to-axel rotary tyre lever malarkey.

Weaknesses:    Spare patches can be stored in cap -bloody difficult to get off (especially with cold hands). If you mount the pump on your bike the crud gets in -result: Tyre-patch soup! i.e. wrecked patches.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent wee pump if you don't mount it on your frame.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   edinburgh bike co-op

Bike Setup:   Claude Butler Alu frame, Hope Closed 2 front, Shimano Xt discs rear, Suntour MG90 forks.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bryan a Cross Country Rider from Gilbert, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2000

Strengths:    Compact, light, low & high pressure capabilities, built in tire lever, and seals well to presta valve.

Weaknesses:    Pain in the a** to use with a schrader valve. And has recently become very difficult to switch from high pres. to low pres.

Bottom Line:   
Light and compact but forget helping someone with schrader valves.

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Favorite Trail:   Mtn Pass

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   A-1 Bike Center

Bike Setup:   99 GT Ricochet with a few upgrades

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by næstep a Cross Country Rider from SF Bay Area, California

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2000

Strengths:    Adjustable to high pressure pumping.
Axel centered tire lever design a la Cook Brothers lever.
Hidden tire patch compartment in handle.
Dual use schraeder/presta head (no disassembly req'd).


Weaknesses:    No pump 'T' handle.
Patch compartment difficult to open.
Patchs don't fit flat in compartment, come out "tacoed".


Bottom Line:   
I didn't really need this pump, as my Blackburn was more compact and had a nice handle, and Blackburn's customer service can't be beat, but I digress...

The Einstein has too many goodies to pass up for the price. The lack of a 'T' handle is inconvient, but so is a flat tire. In return, I got rid of 2 tire levers and a small nylon tool pouch that otherwise held my patches and multi-tool. Even trade? Hmmm... maybe.

It gets the tires up to pressure easily. The Schreaeder/Presta head works as advertised. So does the tire lever funtion. It fits in my Camelbak pump compartment. What more can I ask?

Loose one chili for lack of a 'T' handle and overall girth.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $23.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn MP1/MP3
Zefal Mountain Pump



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan Lombardi a Weekend Warrior from Wilton, CT, USA

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2000

Strengths:    Small, light, looks cool, fits with same bolts as botter holder.

Weaknesses:    Doesnt come with longer bolts to mount with bottle holder (big deal!) A bit hard to get off the valve when your done using it.. but since it worked for me and got air in my tire, I didnt care.

Bottom Line:   
Came in handy already, dont even notice its there... Maybe i'll paint it light blue and make people think its Nitrous-Oxide or something.

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Favorite Trail:   Cranbury Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   Altrec.com

Bike Setup:   '98 Stumpjumper M2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from British Columbia, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2000

Strengths:    -Light
-Good Lookin'
-Effective
-Smart Design (tire removal system, and smart head)


Weaknesses:    -no cap to keep mud out of opening

Bottom Line:   
This is a great pump and I recommend it to anyone. It has saved me more than once. Gotta love those patches!! But it needs a cap to keep mud out of the valve opening. Other than that, it's all good!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marko a Cross Country Rider from England

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2000

Strengths:    solid, pumps both road and mtb tires fast, little top cap holds patches.

Weaknesses:    the handle seems a little flimsy... though in fairness it hasn't broken and i don't really expect it to.

Bottom Line:   
i commute every day a good pump is a kinda vital security blanket for me. this is a good pump. i bought it without checking the reviews, and was kinda surprised by how low a rating it had... the locking lever is solid and easy to use, the pump inflates tires fast and having those glueless patches hidden in the pump has saved me. just once, mind, but that was enough. top quality mini pump. if you're in a store, use their floor pump, otherwise, you'll be happy you have this.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   some wrench force mini (good, but i lost it) and a specialized pump which broke after 3 days, got replaced and was never that good. i lost that too.

Bike Setup:   1994 kona explosif, singleator 2001, 1997 bomber z2, tires are either continental grand prix atb (commuting) or bontrager jones (weekend off road). i change my chainring to suit the ride. wheels are mavic 517's on XT(front) and DX(rear).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Weber a Cross Country Rider from Northern Virginia, USA

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2000

Strengths:    Great Construction, "Smart Head", Save your ass Patch Kit

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
Good stuff for the price. The pump is worth the price. Get It because it can save your ride if you get a flat. Also it does presta and shrader valves, so you can help out a buddy on the trail. Also this pump does high and low pressure very well, Compared to the other pumps I have used this is the best one I have used yet and I hope Topeak comes out with an even better one.

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Favorite Trail:   Fountainhead

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Mini Pump(SUCKS A BIG ONE), Zefal frame Pump, Various Floor Pumps

Bike Setup:   99 Gt Backwoods Frame with M636 caged pedals, Rockshoxs indy c, STX shifters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesse a Cross Country Rider from Chicagoland

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2000

Bottom Line:   
First of all, if the cap to the patch compartment came of more easily, I'm thinking there's a good chance the cap AND the patch kit would be gone when I needed it (i.e. it would fall off on the trail). I don't like mounting stuff on my bike so like everything alse I lug around the pump resides in my Blowfish on my back, therefore no comment on the frame mount, although it seemed a little loose. I have used it without difficulty on both presta and schraeder valves, and the tire levers combined with the axel clip is pretty efficient. Doesn't seem heavy considering what it can do and how well it has performed for me so far.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Wade a Cross Country Rider from Virginia, US

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2000

Strengths:    compact, telescoping barrel. high pressure and low pressure capabilities.

Weaknesses:    smarthead. the smarthead doesn't work too well with the schraeder valve, you really have to jam the valve in there. but it works great with presta.

Bottom Line:   
the einstein is alright, but i think they tried to put too much stuff into one item. the bracket didnt' fit the threading on my bike frame, i have one wheel that is presta and one that is schraeder, but the pump only really worked for the presta. so in a jam, i would not be a happy biker.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   blackburn mmp-2 mammoth
performance brand hp pump
wrench force, advent


Bike Setup:   crmo frame, manitou pro, lx rd, xt brakes, time atac alium

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