Blackburn TP-3 Trak Pump Max Older Pumps

3/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $40.00


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Blackburn TP-3 Trak Pump Max


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Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill Johnson

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2014

Strengths:    Great pump, easy to switch between schraeder and presto, company stands behind its products!!

Weaknesses:    none, had this pump over ten years, and with a little TLC, it still works great!

Bottom Line:   
This pump is fantastic, any time I've had an issue (such as when I destroyed the two way head accidentally), Blackburn stood behind their product completely, and sent a replacement head. I've had this pump over ten years now, with no issues, it just works!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe a Racer from Topeka,Kansas, USA

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2010

Strengths:    I have had this pump tp-3, for well over 6 years. I didn't like the fact that you could only hold it with one foot but it has worked great with the exception of trying to "screw" the pump onto the stem. It would pop off when I would pump up the road bike tire over 130psi. So, it would only hold if you had two people air the tire up. After not using the pump for over two years I called Blackburn (now BELL) and after the first sentence she is sending me a new replacement head and should get it in about two weeks. How awesome. I was willing to pay since it was done due to normal wear but for them to replace it for free is really a great sign of a company willing to stand behind their product even if I bought this prior to BELL owning the company.

Weaknesses:    Head on pump you have to screw on to the stem and sometimes the spokes get in the way of tightening it down.

Bottom Line:   
see above on strengths. Have had it over 6 years and still going strong.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Bike Setup:   Have a mtn bike and a road bike.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from Saratoga

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2002

Strengths:    Great customer support

Weaknesses:    Need the customer support

Bottom Line:   
I flamed this pump and its company yesterday, and in fact the pump should not have failed the way it did. However, I tried emailing Bell, the new owner at the following address: Answer_Desk@bellsport.com
They responded the next morning and a new part set is on its way, no hassle, no charge. Great! I have to say that this changes my opinion of the company a lot. Too bad that they need to be fast fixers. So, below is my revised rating, 3x better than before.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Pacific Bicycle

Bike Setup:   Family bikes of several descriptions. Mountain, kids 20", road bikes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from Saratoga, CA

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2002

Strengths:    When it works, it has enough air volume to take on the kids balloon tires. It can output enough pressure to take care of the road bike.

Weaknesses:    Hard to attach the nozzle, especially if the tires are low. Impossible for my kids to use. Biggest issue is the non-reliability of it.

Bottom Line:   
This is the most disappointing tool I have bought. Unusable by the kids, 6 and 9 years old, and barely usable by adults. Most difficult feature is the double nozzle for both presta and schraeder. The scraeder nozzle just decided to disintegrate one day. It just blew its guts and now it blows air out the presta side when we are using it. We bought it highly recommended from a local chain, Pacific Bicycle, which has now gone out of business, and it suits them justly for having had the non-conscience to push this thing on my wife. We had had so much trouble with all of our pumps in the past that she decided to buy the "pump to end all pumps" and she was hoodwinked. Do not buy anything that has the dual sided blackburn nozzle. In fact, reading the other reviews, I would say we have all been "Black-Burned!"

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Pacific Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   $10 "made in China" no name.

Bike Setup:   Kids 16" , million year old "10-speed" road bike, two semi-mountain bikes.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Joe Smith a Cross Country Rider from Lansing, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2002

Strengths:    Worked okay for a little while.

Weaknesses:    Now that it's broken, I find that a lifetime warranty means nothing if a company won't back it up

Bottom Line:   
This pump is a bad choice. While it has a comfy handle, and the pump head works okay, mine only lasted awhile before the threading where the shaft goes into the base of the pump stripped due to the air pressure. I'm ekeing by on it (it leaks air like a sieve), but I have found that the "lifetime warranty" is useless. Blackburn is now owned by Bell Sports, my bike shop ordered me a replacement pump over a month ago, and I still don't have it. My next pump will NOT be a Blackburn.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Bike Setup:   `01 Specialized Allez Sport, 105 9spd-STI, Ultegra cranks, Thomson Setback seatpost, Flite TransAm saddle, Mavic OP rims

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tom a Weekend Warrior from Georgia

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2001

Strengths:    Looks nice, gauge on mine is accurate and easy to read.

Weaknesses:    Unstable base, very hard to pump beyond 60 psi if you don't get it exactly right on the valve, hard to get on the stem correctly because of the odd fit of the reversible bushing inside the end of the hose. The material used on this bushing is not very pliable so is hard to get on a schrader valve, especially if the tube has almost no air in it.

Bottom Line:   
As was said before by another reviewer, this pump is a piece of crap. I'm on the way back to the store tomorrow to take it back and get my money back. I'm real disappointed that the Blackburn name is being put on this pump. It doesn't live up to what I thought, until now, were Blackburn's high standards.

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Favorite Trail:   Silver Comet

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   Sports Autority


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gilbert a Racer from N.Cal.

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2001

Strengths:    It at least gets up to pressure.

Weaknesses:    Unstable base. Poor seal at valve stem.

Bottom Line:   
Basically a piece of crap. Too wobbly and the pump head will pop off the stem at pressure. I wish I bought something else. Surprising since some of the other Blackburn products work well.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Specialized; Silca


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by aj a Weekend Warrior from san juan, pr

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2001

Strengths:    nice metals

Weaknesses:    when i first open the box the poor thing did no work at all.
everything was unglued, something that even though i could exchange for another one, i think it could happen in a while.
lifetime warranty, get a life, since day one, should i say first second i try it was all fallinf apart. by the way i have a blackburn mini pump and is great, just in case. i exchange it for an innovations al and the thing is great


Bottom Line:   
i though i was buying one of the best pumps in the market and it failed me since day one. maybe i just have bad luck.
i did not trust it to exchange it for the same one.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Bike Setup:   2001 voodoo al

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dennis a Racer from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2001

Strengths:    This is for the TP-4 Trak Pump Pro. Seems well constructed; lifetime warranty.

Weaknesses:    Requires two hands to lock/unlock the head on the valve. The locking mechanism is stiff, so you have to struggle four separate times every time you pump up both tires. When disengaging the head from a Presta valve, after you turn the locking collar you musty instantly remove the head, otherwise all the tire's air runs out through the Schraeder side! Finally, the little wire collar intended to hold the air hose out of the way when stored is incredibly fiddly to use, even with two hands -- you'll never use it.

Would be a good pump with a decent head. I have a Beto pump (made by Norco)-- it's incredibly easy to attach/detach head with one hand.


Bottom Line:   
I'm willing to pay for a good pump, but not this one.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Many


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill a Weekend Warrior from Cleveland, Ohio,USA

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2000

Strengths:    Durable. Does what it is supposed to do.

Weaknesses:    None thus far

Bottom Line:   
This is a double review. Bought the TrakPump sport with the "Magic Gripper" Head. The head bent and broke my Presta valves and I could never get it to work with Schrader valves. I emailed Bell and they replied that they did not have a fix for the problem. Apparently I was not the only one. Months went by and I used uGetHeard to complain again. Well, Bell contacted me immediately and sent me a new TP3 Pump. Now that is customer service. Bell will be eliminating the Magic Gripper head from their product line until they can perfect it. Bell rocks in my book and I will continue to buy Bell, Blackburn and Rhode Gear products. With customer service like this, you can't go wrong. 1 Chile for the Sport pump, 5 Chiles for the new pump and 5 Chiles plus for Bell Sports.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Direct From bell

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn TPS2 Trakpump Sport


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bill from New England

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2000

Strengths:    solid, well built and gets the job done

Weaknesses:    Release is like discharging a firearm

Bottom Line:   
This review is really for the "TP-4". This is a great pump that seals well to both presta and schrader valves. The pump nozzle requires more than what i would think is necessary force to clamp on to the valve, but it results in a great seal. It forces alot of air with each stroke and makes inflation quick. I like how the gauge is mounted at the toip for easy reading. It is also very accurate. this is a great pump for the shop or to pack in the car. At $53 with discount, it is more than i expected to pay, but if it holds up and does the job with no fuss, I'm happy!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   zefal pumps

Bike Setup:   Klein Mantra Race

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hans a Cross Country Rider from Waterford, MI

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2000

Strengths:    This is for the TP-4----
Built sturdy, gage location on top is easy to read.


Weaknesses:    This thing will just about break your finger when you release the nozzle.

Bottom Line:   
What can you say about a pump? It would be great if the nozzle release was better...

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Lake

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Various


Overall Rating:4
Submitted by lcunnion a Weekend Warrior from usa

Date Reviewed: December 11, 1999

Strengths:    
body is constructed well.
has a sturdy guage.
fully servicable.
lifetime warranty (can't beat that!).


Weaknesses:    
i'm scared about the hose.
i'm scared about the nozzle.
only one foot platform :(


Bottom Line:   
decent pump.
the hose and the nozzle do nothing for my peace of mind. but it is backed by a lifetime gaurantee.
which is why i bought it.
inflates like it should though - rather quickly and painlessly.
having one platform for stablizing really is a downer but hey - the things worked so far

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
any generic pump?


Bike Setup:   
just inflating regular old mountain bike tubes (specialized) into a 2.1 tire (bontragers) to anywhere between 50-60 psi

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Mark Peskin a Cross-Country Rider from Austin TX

Date Reviewed: November 19, 1999

Strengths:    
Works well for both road & mountain tires. High quality aluminum cylinder & gage


Weaknesses:    
Cheap plastic nozzle


Bottom Line:   
I like everything about this pump but the Twistgip nozzle. I've only been using the pump a short time and the nozzle no longer functions: it recently started blowing air out of both the schraeder & presta sides regardless of which side is engaged. Result: no pressure. Personally, I'd rather have a simpler, more robust presta-only nozzle (How many people who spend this much on a floor pump have schraeder valves, anyway? Are you listening Blackburn?). The rest of the pump is built like a tank, and works very well, so consider this a mixed review.

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Favorite Trail:   
Rocky Hill Ranch/City Park

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Old specialized floor pump


Bike Setup:   
Litespeed Obed w/ XTR, Judy SL, Englund

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Matthew Nielson a Cross-Country Rider from Mount Sterling, KY

Date Reviewed: June 27, 1999

Strengths:    
Everything about this pump is great. I just bought the pump about 2 months ago, and the Twistgrip Dual Head Nozzle works great. Just twist and pump. The barrel pumps quick and the built-in gauge works great too.


Weaknesses:    
None Yet.


Bottom Line:   
5 chili's for this one, it works great so far. Buy it if you need a good floor pump

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
cheap walmart crap pump


Bike Setup:   
fisher w/judy

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