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same thing, only cheaper

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Recently bought a used full suspension bike, and when I took it to the local bike shop for a little advice on the shocks setup and fitting, they recommended a shock pump. It was $40, and they gave me a quick tune up for free, so I figured I'd go ahead and support them. Turns out it's this same shock pump, just without the Cutter branding. Everything looks exactly the same, only it's $15 cheaper here. Mine was "Eleven81" brand.

That being said, I'm really happy with the pump. All metal parts, nothing plastic here, smooth action, no leaks, and got the job done right the first time. No complaints, recommended. Just buy it here from Backcountry and save yourself the few bucks.

Shock pumps...why?

    If you're thinking about trying to use a normal pump on your air shock like I was...don't be. Technically they do have the same interface, and I know that can be tempting. I thought to myself, "why buy a 'shock pump' when I could just use a pump I already have?" Don't make the same mistake I did. You know that little "psst" that escapes when you take your pump off the tire valve? It's enough to let every air molecule out of your fork. Your shocks need wayy more precision than your tires need, and that precision is just what "shock pumps" are made for. You screw it on, add or remove psi as needed, and take it off without any air leaking out. It's the only shock pump I've used, but I don't see what more you could want from one.

    Does what it's supposed to... after some maintenance

      Does what it's supposed to: 4 stars

      But straight out of the box, it leaked at the gauge/microadjust threads. A little locktite solved the problem, but that's not what I expect from a brand spankin' new item: -1 star

      But if you can get it on Chainlove, why not?

      How do you switch the valve to presta?

      How do you switch the valve to presta?

      does it work SAFELY at the low end for...

      does it work SAFELY at the low end for tires?

      Uuhhh...I dunno if that's the direction I'd go. You could walk to an air compressor from the moon faster than pumping a tire up with this. It will thread on to Schrader valves, but you'd need an adapter for presta valves. Remember, after you fix a flat, take the extra time to put the correct pressure in the tire or you'll probably be fixing another flat. Slow down to speed up.....