Blackburn AirStik CF

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£39.99
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One of the most expensive mini-pumps around, Blackburn’s AirStik CF is also the easiest to use and the pimpiest.

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In practical terms, however, there’s nothing that this does that the standard alloy barrelled AirStik (half the price at £19.99 and only 5g more) doesn’t. And at 160g, it’s heavy, too. I was also worried about back pocket security – at 29cm, the frame clip is an essential.

The long stroke and PowerGrip pivoting handle make it by far the most comfortable pump to use, with an Ivor the Engine-style “pshhhhhtyclunk” to spur you on. It’s fine for getting you up to pressure (265 strokes to 100psi) and I cruised through without stopping.

Sadly, tightening the valve collar to form a reliable seal sliced the ring that holds the dust valve cover off. But then it is covered by a ‘no quibble’ lifetime warranty.

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