BikeRadar reviews Topeak's Shock 'n Roll pump"Great build quality and dual usage but it’s pretty pricy and slightly compromised"
Take two pumps to the trails?! Not us…! The new Shock 'n Roll from Topeak inflates both air-sprung suspension units and tyres in one handy effort. You simply click the shaft round depending on which you’re doing and the valve adjusts between Schrader and Presta fitting by simply unscrewing.
The whole design is pretty solid, resulting in an easy-to-use trailside pump even with gloves firmly in place. When in shock mode, the Topeak can inflate up to 300psi and the easy-to-read gauge allows for simple pressure adjustment via an air release button.
At 270g and with some chunky dimensions, the pump isn’t the smallest but is still lighter and less faff than carrying two separate pumps.The 360-degree rotatable hose makes it easier to inflate even awkwardly positioned valves.
Our first criticism would be that the dual-purpose design means that both tyres and shocks can take slightly longer to inflate than we would expect with a bespoke pump. Also, for £65, you’re going to have to be an obsessive suspension fettler to justify the outlay.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.
- Apr 30, 2013
- Ric McLaughlin
BikeRadar rates the RaceRocket HP mini pump – 4 Stars!"Small enough for your back pocket and has a decently long stroke"
If small really is beautiful then Topeak’s RaceRocket HP is the one for you. But though tiny – even weight weenies can’t argue with 3oz – it’s got a decently long stroke action and a chunky 1cm diameter shaft.
It’s good to use too; the hose with screw-on head means you can get a secure connection on both types of valve, the rubber handle and aluminium barrel enable you to get a good grip.
Without a hose, a pump of this size would be nearly impossible to use. And although the figures seem low (40psi at 150 strokes, with a stroke length of 12.5cm) the pump doesn’t get hot and after 300 strokes we’d hit around 75psi and were still going strong.
It comes with a bracket but it’s small enough for a back pocket and some seatpack bags.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.
BikeRadar rates the JoeBlow Sport II track pump – 4.5 Stars!"Easy to use, tough and reliable, and does the job fast"
The well-priced Joe Blow Sport II floor pump from Topeak has proven to be a robust, reliable addition to the MBUK workshop. It’s also survived a proper battering getting knocked about in the back of the van, thanks to the steel barrel and sturdy hardened steel base.
At the end of the flexible hose sits the TwinHead connector, which is as easy to use as they come, offering a Presta fitting on one side and a Schrader fitting on the other. Connection with the valve is reassuringly solid thanks to the good seal and alloy Thumb-Lock lever, which, unlike plastic valve lock levers, doesn’t feel flimsy or potentially snap-able.
Usefully, the gauge doesn’t sit directly on the base plate but instead is lofted a good 220mm off the floor, making the numbers easier to read although they’re still small.
Inflation is rapid and comfortable thanks to the generous sized T-handle with its moulded, rubberised grip.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.
BikeRadar rates the RaceRocket HPX mini pump – 5 Stars!"Excellent in every respect, from efficiency to grip"
The big brother of the Race Rocket, the HPX offers the same features in a longer package with even more impressive results. It’s not just the barrel, even the hose is longer. This makes for a more efficient stroke – bigger really is better – and the extra hose length makes it more convenient too.
Otherwise it’s the same excellent rubber grip, wide shaft, smooth, true stroke and secure rubber seals each end to keep the muck out of the workings. The screw-on head is secure, and while slower to engage than a push-on chuck, the seal is better and there’s no chance of the chuck being pushed off.
Though 63psi will get you home, at 200 strokes we hit 80psi and it was still going. Stroke length was 19cm.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.
Professional Bike Tools To GoTopeak debuts complete mobile tool kit
Photo: Trays are lined with form-fitting foam, to keep tools organized and prevent them from rattling during transport. (Brad Ford)
The new Topeak PrepStation ($900) is a complete tool solution for the mechanic on the go. The entire unit is fitted with wheels and a padded cover for convenient transport and storage. When open, the stacked trays fan out, offering access to 39 professional-grade tools. With one dedicated tray for small parts and the large base, there is plenty of room for spare parts, cleaning supplies, lube, degreaser, and anything else you may need.
Trays can be fanned out to provide easy access to any tool you need.
Press the trigger in the handle and pull to unlock and expand the stacked trays.
The PrepStation with extended handlebar ready to roll (l), and collapsed and covered (r).
This article was original reviewed on Bicycling website.
- Sep 25, 2012
- Brad Ford, Bicycling
BIKERUMOR reviews Topeak's go-to JoeBlow Pro floor pump
When loading up for a recent two week road trip, I eyed the small army of pumps in the workshop- and reached for Topeak’s full-sized JoeBlow Pro. Even among high-volume, tubeless seating pumps, gleaming silver objects d’art, and admirably compact travel models, the unassuming Topeak was an easy choice. That’s what eighteen months of hassle-free service earns. Come into the back to find out why…
Nominally a $100 pump (street prices seem to be closer to $75) and falling into Topeak’s “High Performance” category, one would expect the JoeBlow Pro to be a full-featured pump. And it is. The aluminum barrel is taller than many entry-level pumps and the feet bigger, making it easier for adults to use. The 160 psi/11 bar gauge is located at the top of the barrel, making it easy to read, and benefits from a bleed valve that makes getting tubeless tires to the right pressure after seating and easy process. It is protected against the inevitable fall by a rubber trim band, which must work (seeing as the gauge still does). The padded handle is nice and wide for grownup hands and doesn’t flex like lesser pumps’ can.
Topeak’s dual mode SmartHead is easy to use: just press it on to either Presta or Schrader valves, flip the lever, and pump. It never seems to leak (even at funny angles) and releases easily. Most importantly, it has yet to be fouled by the tire sealant that desert living demands on all bikes. Ball and air mattress adapters are included (and have a nice little home on the hose)- but were quickly lost. The generously long hose’s high attachment at the gauge makes it easy to reach bikes in the workstand as well.
The polished mid-sized barrel strikes a good balance between high pressure road needs and mountain tires’ high volumes. The JoeBlow Pro stands less of a chance at seating tubeless tires than mountain-specific pumps, but I have seated plenty of friendly combinations without reaching for the air compressor.
At the end of the day, the JoeBlow Pro is the easiest to use and most reliable pump that I’ve owned. It’s not inexpensive and may not have the sex appeal of some of its competitors, but when you change tires and check pressures as much as we do, that’s not what counts. What counts is that the Topeak it works, reliably and without complaint- and that’s the reason that I almost always reach for it first. And why it gets to go on road trips.
- Aug 27, 2012
singletracks reviews the PrepStand Pro, JoeBlow Ace and PedalBar
If you’re really into riding (and the fact that you’re reading this tells me you are), you’re already familiar with the Topeak brand. As a techy kinda guy who does all his own bike work (and work for close friends), I decided to test out some of Topeak’s shop/home gear. Although these items aren’t new for 2012, the PrepStand Pro and the JoeBlow Ace both represent top shelf units in their respective product categories.
The PrepStand Pro has some seriously cool features that really make it stand out. For one thing, the Pro has a built-in scale good for both small parts and full bikes (up to 25kg / 55lbs, ±20grams). The scale is accurate enough to get a decent reading on parts like derailleurs and gear, as well as an idea of where your rig weighs in. The 6061 aluminum frame with two stout aluminum clamps lock up the stand and base.
The base opens up to a generous 53″ diameter and adjusts its height from 48-72″. Along with the lower QR there is an air bleed system that will prevent your bike from slamming down when adjusting the height of the stand (I cannot tell you how often that has happened to me). That feature in itself is a big plus, perfect for those times when you just don’t have a good grip on the bike when making adjustments. You’re safe knowing that the bike will at least slow to a stop before bottoming out, saving both stand and bike from possible damage.
Once deployed, the clamp rotates 360°degrees and locks in positive increments so that your bike will not slip from position once set. The clamp itself opens up to 2″, big enough to clamp on frames, seat tubes, or posts. The non-marring, firm rubber jaws fit well, without scratching your equipment. A dial works well at quickly adjusting the jaws, without over-torquing your gear. When you’re done you can neatly fold everything away and pack it up in the PrepStand Pro’s own carrying bag, perfect for those who race or need to bring their work stand with them when they ride (like me!).
So what was my take on the PrepStand Pro? Overall, pretty sweet. There are some truly great things about the stand that I instantly appreciated like the sturdy construction as well as that slick air bleed (remember, I usually work on heavier bikes). Working on DH bikes that weigh anywhere from 32-45lb, I need a stand that won’t topple or bend on me. The air bleed was a blessing especially when I opened the QR to lower a bike (without wheels) and realized I didn’t have a firm grip on the bike. Down it went to a soft stop. Wow, love it!
The actual clamp was decent. I wish it wasn’t as wide as it is, but a little bit of time with a file and I had the width down closer to what I needed ( I use very little seatpost extension on my DH bike). Now one thing that could be added to make this an even better design would be a quick release clamp. That would definitely save time setting up and removing a bike from the stand.
As far as the scale is concerned, I went out and picked up the small parts tray and hook kit for an additional $20, making the scale better suited to measuring small parts without fear of them rolling of the scale. I also added the tray and tool holder kit for when I need to transport the stand.
Having used other JoeBlow floor pumps in the past I had high expectations for the top-shelf JoeBlow Ace. Using a JoeBlow Mountain with great success, I was keen on giving this very different looking unit a shot. Unlike most floor pumps, this unit utilizes extruded, twin-tube, anodized barrels with a large and small bore. The two tube design allows for a three stage operation.
The upshot: this pump fills a tire t0 60psi 30% faster than a single barrel pump. In stage two, only the main barrel is used, allowing you to pump up to 120 psi. At stage three, the small barrel cranks up the pressure to 240psi with ease.
Most MTB riders don’t need pressures nearly that high but if you do run skinny-tired bikes too, this is a great pump as it handles both high volume and high pressure tires very well.
Another really useful feature is the SmartHead which automatically adjusts for Presta or Schrader valves without the need for an adapter or dissembling the head. Simply place the head over your Schrader or Presta valve (remember to open it first) and then turn the lock lever to automatically seal things up. On the SmartHead, there is a convenient yellow pressure release button which does a good job at releasing pressure evenly. In addition to the three stage operation and SmartHead, the ergonomic handle offers great grip and support when pumping up your tire.
The pressure gauge at the base of the pump includes a high visibility pointer which allows you to quickly see when you’ve reached your target pressure. Along with the gauge, you also get a fairly large cast base with a rubber coating, perfect for those less-than-ideal floor surfaces. Top that all off with a Presta, Dunlop, needle, and beach ball adapter and I am sure you can inflate just about anything.
Using the Ace was pretty straightforward. No more searching for a Presta adapter, no more fumbling around with changing internal bits on the head. Like the PrepStand, the construction on the whole pump is solid. The dial was a bit hard to read as the 240psi scale makes everything pretty tight but that’s the tradeoff for a pump that can go that high.
The only thing I could think that could make this pump any better is a liquid filled, larger diameter gauge, with an easier to read scale. The carbon background on the gauge is cool but a bit distracting. From zero pressure to seating the beads on a 26×2.40 UST tire takes about 8 pumps. Filling to 30psi takes 15 pumps wich is pretty good considering some tires can’t even muster beading the rim that quickly.
This expandable tool comes in its own pouch and everything you need to take care of the most popular pedals on the market. With a twist this 7-inch tool expands to 9.5 inches, adding both additional leverage and revealing a hex wrench for newer hex-only pedal spindles. The conventional 15mm open-end wrench is offset about 15 degrees to keep hands away from the chainline and crank arms. Made from chromoly and impact-resistant plastic, the PedalBar is made to last. Extending the head of the tool requires a twist of the base and then you can extend the open-end wrench. A press tab at the base flips away the cap which holds both bits for easy access.
The PedalBar is advertised as a shop tool but I would say it’s really more of a home tool. For shop use you really want something that can take a sh*t kicking. I could see either the bottom lid or the bar coming apart if tossed around (just visit a shop when things are not going smoothly to really appreciate what I am talking about). The handy hex sockets are easy to use and the open-end wrench really does make this tool useful. The 9.5-inch extension is just about the right length to remove and install pedals without over torquing. Due to the nature of design on the open end I can see how it might not be able to remove certain pedals with very narrow wrench flats.
This article was original reviewed on singletracks website.
COMotion Sports reveiws the BikamperTopeak Bikamper — A Brilliant Idea
I admit, I was a bit skeptical about this tent when I first opened it. But as I began to set it up and see how it all works, I got more and more excited. This tent is light and relatively easy to setup. It packs up really small and even has reflective straps to attach your handlebars. Basically, the tent begs you to take it on a cycle touring adventure. I slept really well in the tent, and was surprised by how much room was in it. Watch out for the death stakes. They are very sharp, but nice when you need to shove them in the ground in a hurry. Overall, I love this tent and can’t wait to cycle tour with it. What a brilliant idea!
This article was originally reviewed on COMotion Sports website.
- Jun 19, 2012
- COMotion Sports
Bikeradar rates the JoeBlow™ Ace – 5 Stars!"A great pump, especially for high-pressure use"
Posh surnames and shotguns aren’t the only things with double barrels – Topeak’s top-of-the-range Joe Blow Ace track pump has them as well.
And it’s no gimmick: both barrels are in play up to 60psi, the main barrel takes over up to 120psi with the smaller barrel alone taking care of pressures up to 260psi – all instantly controlled by a handle-mounted switch.
The figures on the floor-level gauge could be a tad clearer, but the Joe Blow Ace scores top marks for speed and ease of pump action (more shotguns…), excellent marks for construction quality and good marks for stability.
Bikeradar rates the JoeBlow™ Sport II – 5 Stars!"Excellent quality, great value pump"
We’d have preferred a longer hose, but that’s our only real criticism of the Topeak Joe Blow Sport. It's very stable, thanks to its large, wing-shaped metal base, and construction is good quality, too.
While the chunky plastic handle doesn’t have quite the pleasing feel of the best wooden ones, it’s smooth on top with finger shaped moulds underneath and very comfortable to use, with no hard edges. The gauge isn’t that large, but it’s mounted a third of the way up the barrel and is clear to read. Overall, this is a great quality budget pump.
Test Winner: Mini 20 ProWithin the (04/12) edition of "MountainBIKE"-Magazine in Germany the silent companions were tested: Mini tools. The Germans call it "Überragend".
Top companion for touring.
Thank you "MountainBike". The testers were very pleased with the quality of the product.
Road Cycling and Mountain Biking- BikeRadar gave our new RedLite™ Mega 5 starsRoad Cycling and Mountain Biking- BikeRadar gave our new RedLite™ Mega 5 stars
Offering excellent visibility without being distractingly bright, Topeak's new RedLite™ Mega rear light is a well built bit of kit. It survived all of our abusive testing and offers great all-round visibility with a simple to fit but secure mounting system.
There are some flashing modes which are a little on the gimmicky side, but beyond that the fact remains that this is still one of the best rear lights out there for being seen from behind and surviving life in the cold and wet winter months.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus
- Nov 30, 2011
- Cycling Plus
Ratchet Rocket Lite was voted the top 10 MTB Tools by Bicycling MagazineRatchet Rocket Lite was voted the top 10 MTB Tools by Bicycling Magazine
When Topeak came out with the first version of this tool, we were skeptical. How was this micro-ratchet going to hold up to repeated torquing, twisting, ratcheting and general use-and-abuse? Fast forward a couple years and the answer is pretty darn well. The ratcheting action is more Snap-On than Craftsman, with a fine-tooth engagement, an easy-to-use "reverse" lever and a smooth polished finish. No, it won't get a stubborn pedal or carnk-arm bolt unstuck, and yes, you will probably break it if you try. But the leverage is plenty for the torque needed for about everything else on a modern mountain bike. Where previous designs used a plastic case with integrated (and laughably puny) tire levers, Topeak now offers its mini socket wrench in a Nylon carrying case loaded with 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, T25 and Phillips hardened steel bits—or substitute your own. The package is equally comfortable in a jersey pocket or at the bottom of a Camelbak. The whole shebang comes in at a claimed 103 grams, and is worth the weight several times over.
- Nov 18, 2011
- bicycling magazine
RoadBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand in Tools for 2011!In the annual market report from RoadBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted the Best Brand for Tools.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an amazing vote score of 56.8% - more than double the score of the second placed brand.
In the pump category Topeak placed 2nd overall with a high vote score of 48.5%.
This vote result was from 8,030 effected RoadBike readers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We would like to thank all of our road bike customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Tools.
MountainBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand in Tools and Pumps for 2011!In the annual market survey from MountainBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted as the Best Brand for Tools and Pumps.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an astounding vote score of 70.9% - a total percentage of more than double the score of the second placed brand.
In the pump category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an impressive vote score of 55%.
This vote result was from 11,921 effected MountainBike readers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We would like to thank all of our mountain bike customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Tools and Pumps.
Topeak: Best Brand of Mini Tools for the last 10 years!
Every year MountainBIKE magazine – based in Germany – asks their readers what cycling products they like the best and what works the best for them. And for the past 10 years in a row Topeak has come out on top as the Best Brand for Mini Tools!
MountainBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand in Tools and Pumps for 2010!In the annual market survey from MountainBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted as the Best Brand for Tools and Pumps.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an astounding vote score of 70.9% - a total percentage of more than double the score of the second placed brand.
In the pump category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an impressive vote score of 59.8%.
This vote result was from 16,716 effected MountainBike readers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We would like to thank all of our mountain bike customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Tools and pumps.
RoadBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand in Tools for 2010!In the annual market report from RoadBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted the Best Brand for Tools.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an amazing vote score of 58.8% - more than double the score of the second placed brand.
In the pump category Topeak placed 2nd overall with a high vote score of 47.8%.
This vote result was from 9.869 effected RoadBike readers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We would like to thank all of our road bike customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Tools.
Bicycling Reviews the Mini 9 ProIn the December issue Bicycling Magazine says of the Mini 9 Pro "the functionality is just beautiful"
The Mini 9 Pro wraps Topeak's legendary tool mastery in gorgeous packaging, with neoprene carrying pouch, a streamlined aluminum body – in gold, black or silver – and the clever packaging of the tire levers, which come with one integrated into the body and a freestanding one that tucks away into the tool. And the functionality is just beautiful: The bits are high quality, and the longish body provides plenty of leverage. If you're going to stop and make an adjustment, you might as well look good doing it.
BikeRadar.com reviews the Peak DXII - Verdict:"A solid pump with a great seal to the valve, comfy to use and works efficiently"
The DXII weighs 160g, but that’s a small price to pay for such a solid build. If Topeak could shave some weight off, it’d be even better value for money.
The butted aluminium body is 250mm long, so it’ll ﬁt in most packs. The Kraton T-handle locks ﬁrmly into the body for carrying and opens to give a well-proportioned, stable grip to push against.
The thumb lock produces a good seal on both Presta and Schrader valves via the ‘SmartHead’. Inﬂation is smooth and the pump can handle high volumes.
Urban Velo reviews the ALiEN III CB DX"In the mountain bike community, the Topeak Alien has long been heralded as the veritable Swiss Army Knife of bicycle multi-tools"
In the mountain bike community, the Topeak Alien has long been heralded as the veritable Swiss Army Knife of bicycle multi-tools. And while countless manufacturers produce similar tools, the Alien is so ubiquitous that when someone needs to make a trail side repair, and someone else offers up an Alien, it’s well-understood that they’ll have access to virtually any tool they’ll possibly need. Of course, for the urban rider, especially the fixed gear rider, the one tool the Alien doesn’t have is a 15mm wrench. Aside from that, it’s pretty much got you covered.
The latest version, dubbed the Alien III CB DX, has 25 tools and a carbon fiber casing. Highlights include 2-10mm hex wrenches, a cast chromoly chain tool, flat and Phillips screw drivers, a bottle opener, tire lever and a really sharp stainless steel knife. The knife portion of the tool incorporates a locking mechanism that’s both a convenience and safety feature.
The materials and construction are second to none, and in my experience Topeak products are built to last. I’ve had one of their mini pumps for over 10 years now, and it still works as well as the day I got it.
The Alien III is a fairly substantial little tool, but not so big or heavy that it’s going to make a huge difference in your messenger bag. It measures 3.1” x 1.8” x 1.8” and weighs in at 260 grams (just over half a pound).
BikeRadar.com reviews the new Mini 20 Pro - Verdict:"Expensive but stylish, and offers a comprehensive assortment of tools arranged in a useful configuration"
While Topeak's latest Mini 20 Pro multi-tool is a close cousin of models from CrankBrothers and Lezyne, it has clearly picked up on the pros and cons of its competition and delivers a knockout punch that's chock-full of both substance and style.
First off, the tool arsenal is impressive, especially for such a compact package measuring just 75x42x15mm and weighing 152g. Tucked within the polished alloy side plates are 2, 2-L (handy for brake lever reach adjustments), 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10mm Allen wrenches.
There are also Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, a T25 Torx driver, a metal tyre lever, a chain tool, a variety of spoke wrenches (including for Mavic and Shimano) and, of course, a bottle opener – presumably for when you just can't fix it on the side of the trail and you've decided to wait for help.
It's all buttoned down snugly with no unwanted flopping about, and no extraneous rubber bands are required. The chain tool even includes a handy clip to hold the severed links together, along with a flip-out 4mm Allen wrench to tighten up the pivots on the main body – nice.
More importantly, all of the bits are impressively usable, with decent amounts of leverage available all around, impressively hard and tough materials and surface finishes, and suitably long reaches for most applications (one exception is the 10mm Allen wrench, which won't reach into Campagnolo Ultra-Torque cranks – then again, few things will).
Gripes are nitpicky to say the least. The fixed chain tool prevents you from poking your fingers through the back to unfurl the bits if the pivots are especially tight, and despite the lengthy tool list, some might miss a T30 bit for some chainring bolts or a 1.5mm for tiny set screws.
Topeak include a 12g neoprene pouch for storage, though we found it to be superfluous as it slows down tool access and the Velcro tab tends to snag on your gloves. Aside from that it's a definite win – and the price is even reasonable.
The Topeak Mini 20 Pro multi-tool folds up to a compact size and offers a useful amount of leverage for most applications. The chain tool blocks access to some tools, though, if the pivots are tight
Topeak has sweated the details on its Mini 20 Pro with useful inclusions such as a short hook to hold the ends of a chain together and a built-in tire lever
The gold and polished chrome finish looks great but also makes for good durability, too, with hardened bits that have shown almost no wear after several months of regular use
Few other mini-tools we've tried have included a 10mm Allen wrench - essential for some crankarm end caps
The included chain tool works well in a pinch and also includes an additional fold-out 4mm bit for tightening up its own hinges - clever
Bikeradar rates the Panoram V10X cycling computer – 4 Stars!The cheapest model in Topeak’s range of Panoram cycle computers covers the basics in a user-friendly format. "A Wired computer that’s easy to use and very good value".
You get 10 functions including your current, average and maximum speeds alongside your ride time and distance.
It’s all simple to access with just one wide button on the front taking care of everything. The auto start/stop feature is handy and a low battery indicator saves you losing any information.
The bulky mount seems like overkill to us but setting up the wired sensor is straightforward, the display is clear enough, and it’s waterproof too. A wireless version is available for £42.99.
- Apr 30, 2010
BikeRadar.com reviews the Hexus II"An easy to use, practical tool that’s excellent value for money"
The Hexus II does everything you need it to, and does it well. Usually we’re less enthusiastic about plastic chassis because they tend to twist and rattle; however this design, with its solid central bridge, makes a secure base.
The Allen keys are a good length and are easy to use in all those hard-to-reach places – the only downside is a touch more ﬂex, so you have to be light of touch when using the smaller sizes to prevent breakage. The ﬂat head screwdriver is shorter than the other tools, and we’d prefer that to be that the same size (so we could use it as a disc pad separator too).
The tyre levers snap off the sides, with one housing the spoke keys and the other acting as a handle for the chain tool. Despite the chain tool itself being attached to the main body, having the separate handle – rather than having to twist the whole body round – makes it much easier to use.
Add to that deep plates that hold the chain really securely for pin removal, and we found this the best of its type. At £20 you may not consider this tool cheap, but the quality of tools and ease of use make it good value.
- Apr 15, 2010
BikeRadar reviews Panoram V16 – 3.5 Stars!This distinctive cycle computer measures 66mm x 35mm and gives you four clear readings on the display at any time – ﬁve if you count the pace indicator.
The wireless speed and cadence sensors attach easily while the head unit sits on a mount above the bar, freeing up valuable space. Apart from setting it up, you only ever have to use one button and that’s so long that you can barely miss it, so operation is about as straightforward as it comes.
You don’t get a vast number of functions but all the essentials are here along with a few extras, including a stopwatch, average and maximum cadence, and temperature, while the low battery indicator is handy too.
There’s also a second bike setting – an extra sensor kit will cost you £34.99. The only interference we had was a couple of seconds here and there from trafﬁc light sensors – nothing overly serious.
- Apr 03, 2010
BikeRadar reviews the Turbo Morph – 4 Stars!The Turbo Morph is the closest you’ll get to taking a full track pump with you on rides, and for those wet and/or freezing days when you want to effect speedy changes you’ll be glad you brought it along.
The valve switches between Presta and Schrader, and once locked in place it stays there while you ﬂip the foot out to anchor the whole thing while you pump.
The handle is comfy with good grip and together with the aluminium barrel it has the least tiring action of any pump we've tested.
Now we know there’s a pressure gauge, but we’re not fans – the thumb test is good enough trailside and it just adds weight and expense.
Overall though, this is very well made with well considered details like the rubberised grip and locking handle. This is a long-term favourite of ours and when you’re loading up the pack for a long day, the Turbo Morph offers you an element of reassurance.
- Mar 16, 2010
Road.cc Reviews the MTX Trunk DryBag4 Stars! Impressive bag with excellent detailing, you do need a dedicated Topeak rack.
Topeak’s MTX waterproof trunk bag is brilliantly designed and a delight to use when paired with the brand’s range of compatible carriers thanks to solid construction and the clever patented quick track mounting system, combining limpet like security and effortless release. Extensive internal padding gives perishables a sporting chance of surviving rutted roads and bridle path alike but I’d stop short of risking cameras and other sensitive electrical equipment. The LED tab could also be improved and incompatibility with other brands of carrier might also be a turn off.
Heavy-duty 300/600-denier sonic welded polyester construction is built to last, offering excellent water repellence-even directing a jet of water from a garden hose over the bag for several minutes hasn’t revealed any weaknesses, so it came as no surprise to find the contents bone dry after several hours riding in torrential rain. 12.1litre capacity is certainly generous (although Carradice offers a 13 litre cotton duck model), the main compartment swallowing tubes, lunch, lightweight waterproof, energy bars, multi tools and pretty much anything else you’d want close to hand on day/training rides. However, some long shackle U locks proved a tight fit.
Two side pockets with reflective strips make convenient stash points for keys, cash/coins/ mobile phones/passports etc while the zippers are easily operated wearing winter-weight full-finger winter gloves. Now to the quick track system, this is basically a bracket at the bag’s base, which slides into the carrier’s top-plate guttering while the large yellow clamp locks securely around the looped top rail. Come time for removal simply squeeze the bracket and slide off. Padded shoulder straps mean it’s both comfortable and convenient off the bike too.
Verdict: Impressive bag with excellent detailing, albeit requiring a dedicated Topeak Rack.
Road.cc Reviews the Topeak Super Tourist DX rack4 Stars! Well designed rack for everything bar expedition use.
Topeak’s Super Tourist DX rack is something of a design classic, continuing Topeak’s tradition for keenly priced and innovative products. The super-tourist certainly manages to be most things to most riders. A 25Kg maximum payload should be enough for all but kitchen sink tourists, let alone commuters and weighing a reassuring 700g, it should satisfy all but the most particular of Audax competitors. Stick with steel for expedition touring though as aluminium is much harder to repair by the roadside.
Sturdy 10.2mm 6061 aluminium rods are neatly TIG welded to provide a strong and moreover rigid platform. Dedicated pannier rails positioned beneath the top frame overcomes compatibility woes with trunk bags and make the whole un/loading process a lot simpler, while still offering adequate heel clearance on smaller framesets.
Elsewhere, the splashguard/top plate incorporates clever guttering designed for use with the firm’s integrated quick track retention system, meaning dedicated trunk bags slot into the guttering and lock firmly around the looped top-rail. However, it accommodates more conventional Velcro types just as securely. The comprehensive stainless steel fitting kit makes for corrosion free, almost universal compatibility with framesets ranging from 14 to 25 inches, although mounting to wishbone seat-stays can still present a few challenges. Resin LED mounts provide surprisingly secure tenure for both dynamo and battery lamps but a little thread lock is good insurance.
My own has seen 18 months continuous, trouble free service with no obvious signs of fatigue. Even the glossy powder coat finish hasn’t tired despite constant attachment and removal of Klick fix luggage, the beefy tubes being just the right diameter for most brands to date. Binding electrical tape around the main contact points is an inexpensive means of extending the racks’ life further but crucially aluminium doesn’t have nearly the same fatigue life as steel so avoid habitually laying a heavily laden bike on the pannier frame at rest stops.
Verdict: Well designed rack for everything bar expedition use
MountainBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand for 2009!In the annual market report from MountainBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted the Best Brand for Pumps and Tools.
In the Pump category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an impressive vote score of 57%.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an astounding vote score of 70.8% – a total percentage of almost double the score of the second placed brand!
We would like to thank all of our mountain biking customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Pumps and Tools!
RoadBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand in Tools for 2009!In the annual market report from RoadBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted the Best Brand for Tools.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an amazing vote score of 59.8% – almost double the score of the second placed brand!
We would like to thank all of our road biking customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Tools!
BikeRadar reviews the AlienLux rear red light – 3.5 Stars!What's not to like about an illuminated alien head? Press its forehead and two LEDs shine out of the eyes and skin; press again and they ﬂash.
Visibility isn’t as good as more prosaic LED lights and it’s not BS6102/3 approved so legally it’s an auxiliary light, but it looks cool.
It runs for 60 hours steady or 100 ﬂashing on two CR2032 batteries (supplied). A Velcro strap ﬁxes it to your seatpost, but it ﬁts better on a seatpack or saddlebag tab. Also available in black, green, pink and white, but not grey…
Bike Geek reviews the TrunkBag DXPBike Geek Blog has been using our TrunkBag DXP for some time now. The following is a full report about what the "Geek" liked about this versatile bag.
Product: Topeak Trunkbag DXP
Rating: * * * * * (5 out of 5 stars) : Outstanding!
I've used Topeak's Trunkbag DXP bicycle bag now for six months and everytime I fill this bag to the gills with groceries or work clothes for commuting, I'm impressed.
So impressed that I feel compelled to take a photograph of the latest bunch of things I've managed to fit in this bag.
Here is what makes Topeak's DXP bicycle bag a winner. As you're about to see, it's not a short list of kudos!
• Topeak's QuickTrack system rules! The bottom of this bag slides into a track on my Topeak Explorer bicycle rack and snaps securely to the rack. This bag isn't going anywhere and it becomes ONE with the bicycle rack. No velcro straps (although it has those too for folks that don't have the Explorer rack) and no stability issues with the bag in the event you decide to attack that hill on the way home and jump out of your saddle.
• The saddlebags or panniers fold up and zip close so that they're out of the way when you don't need them. That adds some nice versatility since there are times the cavernous center storage area provides plenty of carrying capacity.
• Reflective striping keeps you visible in low light. The bag has reflective striping all around it and has a nice long vertical stripe when the panniers are down and expanded.
• The cup holder on the end of the bag can store a few extra items or that huge 32 oz drink you just have to grab when you're almost done with your commute and you're parched!
• The cup holder on the rear of the bag provides an attachment point for a rear light.
• Just when you think you've run out of room, a zipper around the top of the bag opens the "two-stage" top that expands the height of the center section by at least two inches.
• The denier nylon construction continues to hold up well despite what the elements have thrown at it.
On a recent grocery store trip I carried the following items and had room to spare: 2 boxes of cereal, 2 boxes of heat packs, bag of bagels, 4 bananas, six-pack of Jello, bag of coffee, box of cream cheese and a couple of boxes of medicine.
Small grocery store runs are very possible with this bag and the 1,220 cubic inches of storage can be a blessing to bicycle commuters.
But enough talk! Check out these photos so you'll see for yourself how the Topeak DXP Trunkbag expertly handles your storage needs and dramatically increases the utility of your bicycle.
- Aug 17, 2009
- Bike Geek
Bikeradar reviews the Topeak Ratchet Rocket. 4 1/2 Stars!If you prefer the idea of ﬁtting a multi-tool to your bike instead of keeping it in your back pocket then the Ratchet Rocket is the answer. It comes with mounting brackets that ﬁt onto any tube, or it can be attached to a pair of bottle cage bosses.
The top peels back to reveal a line of Allen key sockets, though the omission of an 8mm key means that you will have to rely on your home toolkit for ﬁxing pedals, and the 6mm Allen key isn’t deep enough for Shimano Dura-Ace top bolts. There’s also no spoke key. Otherwise, the Ratchet Rocket handled the 10-speed chain test superbly, although you have to be careful not to overtighten small Allen key screws as there’s far more leverage on offer here than with the other tools on test. You also get a pair of aluminium tyre levers into the bargain.
The top peels back to reveal a line of Allen key sockets, though the omission of an 8mm key means that you will have to rely on your home toolkit for ﬁxing pedals, and the 6mm Allen key isn’t deep enough for Shimano Dura-Ace top bolts.
There’s also no spoke key. Otherwise, the Ratchet Rocket handled the 10-speed chain test superbly, although you have to be careful not to overtighten small Allen key screws as there’s far more leverage on offer here than with the other tools on test. You also get a pair of aluminium tyre levers into the bargain.
- Jun 04, 2009
Test Winner: ALiEN DXWithin the (4/08) edition of "Aktiv Radfahren"-Magazine in Germany, eleven multitools with chain-riveters were tested and compared.
Topeak shows with ALiEN DX, the most fully featured Minitool with chain-riveter. Nearly everything can be repaired with this multifunctional tool.
The ALiEN DX is very sophisticated and receives the very popular "Premium-Klasse-Tipp" of "Aktiv Radfahren"-Magazine.
Test Winner: The Mini 6Within the (3/08) edition of "MountainBIKE"-Magazine in Germany the silent companions were tested: Mini tools and Mini pumps. The Germans call it "sehr gut"
Thankfully they only come into play not too often, when you got a technical problem. But then they need to be reliable. The test was on the lightweight models and the powertools in pocket format.
The Mini 6 from Topeak convinced the tester for good ergonomics and rock solid quality of the product. Forces up to 15 Nm could be handled easily by the little helper.The tool could claim a "sehr gut" (engl.: "very good") and the test winner badge.
Editors choice: The Mt. Rocket ALAnother "Sehr gut" (engl.: "very good") and a buying recommendation (German: "Kauftipp" ) for the Mt. Rocket AL. What more can you seek for?
Top companion for racing and touring.
Thank you "MountainBike". The Tester were very pleased with the quality of the product.