What ever happened to the pump peg? Whenever we look at mini-pumps, and the Blackburn AirStik SL is no different, we find ourselves longing for a way to mount a full-size frame pump under the top tube of our bike. They were so easy. Even the plastic Silca pumps were better than most of the mini-pumps of today. Mini-pumps have a problem; the ones that are small enough and light enough to qualify as "mini" don't pump well, and the ones that pump well are too big and cumbersome to qualify as "mini."
Despite all our whining, this AirStik SL is the first mini-pump to catch our attention in a long time. It's light, but still made of aluminum, rather than plastic. It has a solid-feeling head that we don't think we'll break the first time we pump a tire up. And it is small enough to fit in a pocket and gives us little reason to fear it will flop out over bumps.
When we looked more closely, we liked it even more. It is only 157mm long when closed. The pump stroke is 93mm, delivering 1.8 cubic inches of air per stroke. It's not exactly frame pump volume, but it does outshine the SKS Sub 40 (1.6) and Topeak Micro Rocket (1.2). Yes, it's going to take a long time to get the tire up to 110psi, but it will be rideable long before that. And, with the small volume, there will never be that much resistance per stroke.
We wonder if one of the things we like about this pump is that Blackburn hired a suspension fork engineer to work on their pump line. The result is mini-pumps that use the shaft space as an air chamber, which makes the pump action more stable and delivers more air per stroke.
The Blackburn AirStik SL comes with a mount that fits under a bottle cage. The head is designed for Presta valves only. Maximum pressure possible with the pump is 160psi. While this may not be important to you, Blackburn has made the pump so it can be rebuilt rather than tossed when a part breaks. There is a lifetime warranty on the pump. The pump comes in three colors: Black, Carbon, and White. Claimed weight for the AirStik SL is 58g.
Solid aluminum construction won’t break after being run over by your buddy’s SUV
Can be rebuilt so you have something to do in the offseason
Bottle-cage mount included
Black/Black, One Size: 81g
road biking, mountain biking
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This has been my favorite pump when not carrying a hydration pack for years. It's the smallest pump I have found that can actually pump some air and last a long time. For it's size, it does a damn good job of filling up fat MTB tires so you can keep blasting turns. For those saying it takes awhile, this thing is like the size of a Highlighter, it's a pump, not magical. You may have to push post ride beers back 5 minutes, but it beats walking out. Oh yeah it's got a lifetime warranty.
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
We still carry a CO2 cartridges and use this to top off or as a back up incase. This doesn't deliver a ton of volume per pump but it fits in a saddle bag, is light and is one of few pumps this size that are rated to 160psi.
Okay anyone wanting to rock hard tires with a little pump needs a reality check. The pump is great in a pinch. It'll get you home on "softish: tires. If you rest the pump against your leg while pumping it helps. I've just carried an adapter to get high psi at a gas station.
This is the smallest & lightest emergency pump i could find, it fits easily in a camelpac and weighs next to nothing, u could also attach it to your bike or put it in a cargo pocket, hell, it is so small you could maybe even store it behind you're ear like a cigarette or pencil.
Thought it was a pretty good pump when I bought it, but when it came time to come through when we needed it most on a flat, this pump just didn't get the job done. The small size made it difficult to hold in place when pumping. Very difficult to get pressure over 60. With no gauge, your pretty much guessing how much the pressure is. I wouldn't recommend this pump.
Good for something not too serious, although it should perform even way out there beyond city limits. I give it three stars because I haven't really needed it quite yet. It should depend on the size of your tires whether you choose a tinier pump or something more $$$.
I will disclose that I was skeptical of this little pump. Could I really get a tire up to 90-100 psi? Answer is yes. You may build up your forearm in the process, but at least it works. Compact, light, and it actually works. Good stuff.
This pump is the smallest, easiest to pump, bombproof pump you can buy. I have used a ton of different mini pumps, and this one is the best. It's super light, and doesn't get impossible to pump when you hit 60 psi. Blackburn also says they will warranty it for life. I would recommend it to anyone.
This pump was alot smaller than I thought it was going to be. I was really suprised, but I love it's tiny size. If you want your tire pumped up to a high pressure, you really have to work to get it there. On average, this pump will pump to 50 pounds pretty good, but it's tough to go beyond that. I figured that's enough to get you out of a jam when needed. All and all, I wish it would pump to higher pressures, but I am really happy with it due to it's small size