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Specialized Airforce Floor

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Aluminum-barreled 160 psi capacity and massive textured aluminum base for solid footing, even on bumpy terrain. Larger 32 mm bore is great for quick fills on MTB tires. Same long, no-kink hose and double Schraeder/Presta head. All the features of the … see full wiki

1 review about Specialized Airforce Floor

Bullet-Proof Exterior with Fragile Interior

  • Aug 14, 2003
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Pros: Easy to use. Stable base.

Cons: Weak hose head.

The Bottom Line: An excellent floor pump for the weekend warrior to use. For the daily warrior, be prepared to replace the hose head every couple of years.

I have owned this floor pump for several years now and would like to share my experiences with this pump.

Air Volume:
Similar to other floor pumps that I have used such as Topeak and Silca. With each stroke, MTB tires inflate about .5-1.0psi, while road tires inflate 3-5psi per stroke.

Air Gauge:
The gauge on this pump seems to be more accurate than my Silca pump. I checked the pressure with a digital gauge and the Specialized pump gauge always read within 3psi of the digital gauge. In comparison, my Silca Super Pista is off by at least 10-15psi.

Pump Base:
Unlike some of its competitors, this pump uses a solid metal base that does not fold. Not having it fold helps to stabilize the pump better on the ground vs. pumps with folding bases in my opinion. The only downside with a non-folding base is that it is not as compact. Not a problem for me.

Hose and Hose Head:
The length of the hose is great. You can easily pump bicycle tires with this even if your bike is on a bike repair stand. The hose head uses a two piece plastic and rubber unit that flips to take both the Schrader and Presta valves. It is a one minute job to switch the head for the two different valves. The only weakness to this pump is the plastic support located inside the head of the hose. Over time the four plastic support piece break. I have had to replace my hose head twice in the four years I have owned this pump. Luckily, it is easily ordered through the Specialized web site for $14.00. I usually use my pump at least 2-3 times a week between my mountain and road bike. The release and lock switch works extremely smoothly and effortlessly on the hose head.

Pump Materials:
The body is constructed of steel, the hose and hose head are plastic as well as the pump handle. The hose head release switch is chromed steel. The hose head is the weakest part of this pump. All else will last a lifetime.

Ease of Pumping to High Pressure:
This pump can easily pump to its rating of 160psi. The effort is slightly more than a Silca Super Pista but that pump is rated for 230psi and has a slightly narrower tube. The height of this pump and with the handle fully extended can easily be used with individuals from 5 ft to 6ft tall with ease.

Pump Handle Ergonomics:
Fits my hands very well. Even under high pressure pumping, the handle does not hurt my hands. Also, the plastic yields somewhat for additional cushioning as well as the handle is textured for a better grip.

In general, this pump works extremely well. Replacement parts can be found on the Specialized web site. The only downside to this pump is the relatively weak plastic hose head components. I would highly recommend this pump for weekend warriors but for the more active individual, I would recommend it with some reservations due to the fragile hose head supports. There are other floor pumps out there with more durable metal components (Silca Super Pista comes to mind) that may last longer.


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