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Small in stature, big in performance.
Convenient and compact, the Blackburn Airstik SL Pump is the perfect pump to grab and go for any bike ride. Despite its compact 6-inch size, it is capable of pushing air quickly and with enough force to achieve ridiculously high PSI for the most elite road cyclists. One of the gripe we hear the most often regarding new mini pumps is their lack of ability to be easily mounted and tucked away on our bike frame. Blackburn solves this problem with the Airstik SL by including a bottle cage mount that keeps the pump mounted out of the way, but within an arm's reach when you need it, though it's compact enough to fit in most saddle bags, or even pockets, should a frame mount not be ideal for your ride.
The Airstik SL is made from lightweight aluminum, coming in at only 58-grams, despite being much more durable than its plastic counterparts. It has a solid head that holds up to abuse on the trail, but it's important to keep in mind that the head only takes Presta valves, so if you use a Schrader you'll be out of luck. To pump efficiently, the Airstik SL uses a dual-chamber design that uses the inner shaft of the pump to double as an air chamber and increase air volume per stroke massively — claiming a 37% increase over competitor's pumps of the same size. Because of the dual chamber system and small size, this mini pump is capable of achieving pressures as high as 160-PSI. The pump is made to be rebuilt, instead of tossed out, so you don't have to worry about a short lifespan in the event of a small part breaking.
- A mini pump with a big personality
- Capable of achieving pressures up to 160 PSI
- Lightweight aluminum construction outlasts plastic pumps
- Rebuild-able in the event of a small part failure
- Light weight and small at just 6in and 58g
- Bottle cage mount included for easy storage
- Item #BLB004T
- Q & A
Safe backup plan
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have not had to use it on a trail yet but it is good to have just in case.
Pack-able, Reliable, & Cheaper than CO2s
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After having a brief stint with CO2's and either only needing a bit of air or not having enough, I decided to go back to the trusty pump. This thing is quite small and easy to clip on your frame, in a tube strapped to your frame, or even in a short or jersey pocket. Yes, you'll have to pump a bit and it won't be super quick like a CO2, but it will be cheaper in the long run and less likely of leaving you stranded. I've only used it for MTB, so I can't comment on how easily it is to get a road tire up to pressure.