SKS Matrix Zoom Mini Pump

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 28, 2009]
able
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Looks nice.

Weakness:

Didn't work.

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.

[Jun 29, 2003]
divad nilar
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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

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.

[Mar 11, 2002]
Jeff
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

awesome design, plus metal parts
very strong, AVACS design, no switching parts to compensate different valves

Weakness:

none yet, except if you have an irregular frame, its harder to mount on the frame itself
just mount on handlebars, or under your seat, or near the bb

very nice pump for its price
like most sks products, very reliable
heck, pros use the sks air co2 air gun, so this german brand can't be too bad
nice construction and design and color
nice looking, and very short
GET IT!!!!!

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blackburne mini mtn air pump

[Feb 12, 2003]
Al
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Small and solid construction
Nice looking

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used:

Zefal hp x4
Blackburn mtn air

[Feb 04, 2002]
Gary Gao
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

the AVACS, the aluminum inner parts and the body, the versatile mounting rack...and the sexy colour match my bike very well

Weakness:

wait and see...i think none

the pump roles...i don't need to reverse the inner parts of the pump to fit Schrader or presta valve any more. all needed is just to flick the lock lever from 45 to 90, incredibly easy!!!and its mounting rack makes u able to place it anywhere on the bike, even on the handlebar. and its aluminum inner parts and body enable the pump to last. anything else u need from a pump?none for me. highly recommanded to every one who needs a excellent pump

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zefal switch alloy

[Nov 07, 2002]
Philip
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Looks kinda cool. Nice rubber accents and a fat grip to hold on to. Very short and compact overall size. No head changes necessary to switch between presta and shrader valves.

Weakness:

Absolutely worthless for moving air. Head does not seal well on either presta or shrader. The first half of the telescoping barrel is a tiny diameter and does not contribute at all to the pumping. The action is very strange with the telescoping stages clacking loudly together on each stroke. This thing is HEAVY! All fashion and no function.

This thing is worthless. It weighs twice as much as any other minipump I have used, moves far less air so it takes a milliion strokes to get the tire inflated, the head doesn't seal worth [email protected] on either type of valve stem, and while pumping it sounds like a piece of heavy equipment throwing a track.

I bought it from REI based partially on the reviews here. Normally I get good advice on these pages and can usually concur with my fellow two-wheelers on the merits (or demerits) of a product, but this thing is just awful. I got it in the mail, unpacked it, tried it out on a few wheels in the garage, marvelled at what a POS it is, and will return it immediately.

The Blackburn Mammoth Mountain in the metal barrel style is the unit to beat. Light, moves air, works great.

One burning turd for value and overall. A total dud.

Similar Products Used:

Mount Zephals, Blackburn Mammoth Mtn, Avenir AirMax, Silcas, lots of others.

[Feb 20, 2003]
Ryan
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Small, compact design.

Weakness:

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.

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

[Apr 01, 2003]
Jim
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Overall german quality

Weakness:

ONLY the head

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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blackburn,ect

[Sep 22, 2003]
Roland Werth
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Cool looking, almost undestructable Aluminium alloy body

Weakness:

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

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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Topeak Master Blaster

[Mar 31, 2003]
Steve Yan

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Absolutely useless as an airpump

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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Crank Bros Alloy Pump
Some Zefal pieces of sh*t

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