Years ago I got my first floor pump. I hadn't gone into the store looking for one. But it was one of those things that I had been thinking about, but hadn't pulled the trigger on yet.
It sat in my garage, squirrelled away in the corner cabinet, used occasionally, but more forgotten than used. In the age of tubeless tires, i had found it was way easier to seat the bead using a compressor and just blasting it with air.<
A couple weeks ago i managed to knock the old girl over and she cracked into several pieces. Broken beyond repairable, I was disappointed, more angry with myself over being in a rush and being clumsy than the actual loss of the pump.
I had no plans to replace the pump, I had a compressor, why would I need a floor pump again? But then I slowly noticed that the pump might have been used more than I thought. Kids bikes, neighbour coming by with a roadie wheel needing a repair, a soccer ball.
So off to the store I was, in search of a new floor pump. I'm not really up to speed on pumps in the marketplace, but when I cam across the Annihilateair from Axiom i was stuck with it's features:
Wide aluminum base with pins mounted like bike pedals for super traction.
Aluminium handlebar, lock-on grips & stem that is swappable if you want to put on some different bars / grips etc.
A dual valve that takes either Presta or Schrader tubes
A huge 200psi gauge
A long hose & bleed valve
One of the things that I noticed right away was the difference in size of the Annihilateair compared to my previous pump. The spec sheet says that it is 630mm long, designed so that can produce similar volume per stroke compared to other brands pumps, while being easier to push due to less internal friction.
In action, I did find it easy to pump with and it made short work of getting tires back up to pressure. While pumping up my 650B tires (2.3") it was pushing about 1psi per stroke. 5 pumps to change from 30-35psi. With the ease of use, I found myself going through all the bikes in the garage and topping them off. And with a mixture of setups & valve types it was easy to move between each of them. One side or another, the Headrush dual valve stayed tight on all of wheels but I did find it was initially stiff to lock on, but it is slowly wearing in nicely.
Opinion: A great pump that is easy to use, quite quick to fill up tires and customizable with different bars & grips if you want.
MSRP: $134.95 CDN.
Competitors: Lezyne, Topeak, Serfas.