The 12 Best Floor Pumps for Bikes (MTB, Road, Hybrid) 2021

The Best Floor Pumps For MTB, Road, and Hybrid bikes

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I spent more than 5-hours researching floor pumps. After comparing more than 50 different types from various brands, I did a selection of the best floor pumps for bikes on the market.

My favorite floor pump is the Lezyne CNC Drive, it is a bike pump for the most demanding cyclists. Yet, if you look for a more affordable pump, go for Beto Floor Bike Pump. Down below, you will find out why I think these are worth your money.

In this article, you also learn much more about bike pumps – you will be able to decide what type of bike pump is the best for you, and what to be aware of when choosing it.


What Are the Best Floor Pumps for Bikes?

ProductWeightMax PSI 
BV Floor Bike Pump2 lbs / 0.91 kg160 PSICheck Price
Crankbrothers Floor Bike Pump1.75 lbs / 0.8 kg160 PSICheck Price
Topeak Joe Blow Mountain8 lbs / 3.6 kg200 PSICheck Price
Lezyne CNC Drive3.2 lbs / 1.45 kg220 PSICheck Price
Topeak Joe Blow Sport III3.7 lbs / 1.68 kg160 PSICheck Price
Bell Air Glide 5502 lbs / 0.9 kg120 PSICheck Price
Schwinn Air Center Plus2.4 lbs / 1.1 kg120 PSICheck Price
Lezyne Steel Drive3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg220 PSICheck Price
Topeak Joe Blow Booster7.6 lbs / 3.45 kg160 PSICheck Price
Beto Floor Bike Pump2.6 lbs / 1.2 kg160 PSICheck Price
Lezyne Micro Floor Drive0.44 lb / 0.2 kg90 PSICheck Price
Vibrelli Floor Bike Pump2.5 lbs / 1.1 kg160 PSICheck Price

BV Floor Bike Pump (The Most Popular)

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 160 PSI
  • Weight: 2 lbs / 0.91 kg
  • Made of steel
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Sport ball needle and inflatable device included

This BV pump belongs among the most popular floor bike pumps on the market. It offers everything you expect from a floor bike pump.

It can inflate your tires for up to 160 PSI. This is enough even for road bikes. You can measure the pressure with a gauge that is easy to read.

By turning the dial, you can set the arrow to your preferred pressure. This makes inflating even easier. Yet, some users report the gauge is not very accurate. So if you need to inflate tires with one PSI precision, this pump is not for you.

The barrel is made of steel and the whole construction is relatively solid even if it contains a lot of plastic parts. So when inflating high pressures, you will feel the pump is not as sturdy as full metal pumps (for example the Lezyne CNC Drive or Lezine Steel Drive).

Overall, this is a good entry-level pump for the money. It does its job well and you can rely on it.


Crankbrothers Gem Floor Bike Pump

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 160 PSI
  • Weight: 1.75 lbs / 0.8 kg
  • Made of aluminum
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Sport ball needle and inflatable device included
  • Available in 3 colors
  • Easy to read gauge

Crankbrothers is well known for its bike accessories focused on mountain bikers. Yet, they produce products for regular cyclists as well.

Their ‘Gem’ bike pump is made of aluminum and its base from steel. This means the pump feels sturdy and stiff when inflating tires even at high pressures (up to 160 PSI).

The gauge is easy to read also thanks to its higher position. Unfortunately, the flexible hose is not very long so this may be a downside for some people.

On the other hand, you can switch between high volume / high-pressure modes using the lever you can switch with your foot. This makes the inflating more time effective.

In the handle, you can find a hidden sport ball needle and inflatable device. These accessories are handy especially if your kids have sports balls or you need to inflate an inflatable bed.

You can also choose from 3 available colors – red, black, and green.


Topeak Joe Blow Mountain (Best Floor Pump for MTB)

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 60 PSI
  • Weight: 3.84 lbs / 1.74 kg
  • Made of aluminum
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Air release button
  • Sport ball needle and inflatable device included

I chose the Topeak Joe Blow Mountain pump as the best pump for MTB for several reasons:

Mountain bikes have wide tirres that don’t need high pressure but rather a high volume of air. This pump was designed with this fact in mind. Trust me, 60 PSI will be enough for your mountain bike tires.

You will be able to inflate a large volume of air with it thanks to a 44.4mm diameter barrel. Joe Blow Mountain is a sturdy pump made of aluminum that allows easy and fast inflation.

The gauge is very easy to read and if you over-inflate your tires, you can take advantage of the air bleed button on the head.

These features make this pump the best pump for mountain bikes.


Lezyne CNC Drive

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 220 PSI
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs / 1.45 kg
  • Made of aluminum
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Available in 2 colors
  • Long hose (170 cm)

The Lezyne CNC drive bike pump is my personal favorite. I love its super clean look. But, this is just my personal preference. What are its real benefits you can take advantage of?

It is made almost completely of aluminum. This makes it super sturdy and stiff. So you don’t have to be afraid of breaking the pump when inflating high pressures. Speaking of high pressures, you will be able to inflate up to 220 PSI!

What I also find useful, is the very long hose. Thanks to it, you will be able to reach more wheels from one place. Imagine that you prepare for a bunch ride with your friends and you need to double-check the pressures of your tires.

Find a scapegoat that will do the inflating (yes, it can be difficult sometimes) and an assistant that will switch the head from valve to valve. You will be done within a few minutes!

I would like to also point out that the head has no thumb lock-on system. You have to screw it onto the valve. It takes longer than the thumb lock, but there won’t be any air leaks.

Choose from 2 colors – gloss silver or gloss black.


Topeak Joe Blow Sport III (Best Floor Pump for Road Bike)

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 160 PSI
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs / 1.68 kg
  • Made of steel
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Easy to read gauge
  • Sport ball needle and inflatable device included

The Topeak Joe Blow Sport III is the best floor pump for a road bike. Here is why:

You can inflate high pressures (up to 160 PSI) without any problem because the pump is made of hardened steel. This makes it very sturdy and you don’t have to be afraid of putting a lot of power into every push.

The handle of the pump is padded so it is comfortable to hold and press. You won’t feel any hand pain even after pumping several wheels. I admit, your muscles may burn a little because you still have to do the work!

Joe Blow Sport III is of course compatible with Presta & Schrader valves. The thumb lock-on lever is large enough so it is easy to lock onto the valve.

The head is well made so there won’t be any air leaks. Yet, it’s bulky so it is also the main downside of this pump because you may not be able to fit all valves – especially those that are close to spokes. I have never seen a road bike wheel with a valve close to a spoke so this should not be a problem at all for roadies.

Overall, this pump offers an excellent price to performance ratio. Thanks to its high-quality built it will last and you can rely on it.


Bell Air Glide 550

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 120 PSI
  • Weight: 2 lbs / 0.9 kg
  • Made of steel
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Sport ball needle and inflatable device included

The Bell Air Glide 550 is pretty lightweight and compact (its height is 22.9 inches only) floor pump. Together with its narrow barrel that allows easy inflation, it is a perfect pump for shorter people, women, and casual riders that need to get the job done.

The max pressure you can inflate with Air Glide 550 is 120 PSI. Yet, the pump is not as stiff compared to Lezyne CNC Drive, for example. This means that when you try to inflate pressures over 100 PSI, you won’t get the ‘I can push even harder’ feeling.

Although Bell claims the gauge is easy to read, I don’t think so. The dials are pretty small making it hard to read if you don’t have the eyes of an eagle.

The pump also features a sports ball needle and an inflatable device so you can inflate these with it as well.


Schwinn Air Center Plus (Best Budget Floor Pump)

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 120 PSI
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs / 1.1 kg
  • Made of steel
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Sport ball needle and inflatable device included

Although this pump is relatively cheap, it offers a lot of cool features. The first thing I like is the padded handle that makes pumping more pleasant and comfortable.

The second cool feature is the ‘pressure guide’ included in the gauge. You can see the recommended tire pressures for MTB, hybrid, and road bikes according to Schwinn. This is a feature that all less experienced riders will appreciate.

And last, but not least, the head includes 2 colors that change based on the position of the lever – red and green. The red indicates that the head is not properly locked onto the valve. The green means you can start pumping.

Some owners report that inflating pressures above 100 PSI is very difficult so I don’t recommend this pump if you want to inflate your road bike tires.

On the other hand, the above-mentioned details and included sports ball needle & inflatable device make this the best budget floor pump. Period.


Lezyne Steel Drive

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 220 PSI
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg
  • Made of steel
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Available in 5 colors
  • Long hose (170 cm)

Do you remember the Lezyne CNC Drive? If so, this pump is almost the same. Yet, there are 3 main differences.

The first difference is the wooden handle. It creates more ‘retro’ look especially when you choose the black color.

The second difference is the material. The CNC Drive is made of aluminum. The Steel Drive is made out of steel. Both these pumps are very sturdy and stiff making inflating high pressures very easy.

The last difference is the color availability. Steel Drive is available in black, red, silver, and yellow.

If you look for a pump that is well made, reliable, and will last long, this one is the way to go.


Topeak Joe Blow Booster (Best Floor Pump for Tubeless Tires)

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 160 PSI
  • Weight: 7.6 lbs / 3.45 kg
  • Made of aluminum
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Quick air burst mode for inflating tubeless tires

The Topeak Joe Blow Booster differs significantly from other pumps in this overview. It has 2 barrels. You can either inflate the tire directly or you can ‘charge’ the barrel and then release the air at once.

Charging the second baller is especially useful if you want to inflate tubeless tires, where you need a quick air burst to seat them properly. This pump will allow you to do that. It works similarly to an air compressor. However, it is powered manually.

Of course, you can use it also for inflating hybrid, MTB, and road bikes in a classic way. The maximum pressure is up to 160 PSI, which is enough for all types of bike tires.

Its main disadvantage is the pumping time of a high volume of air. It is slightly higher compared to other pumps with a larger barrel.


Beto Floor Bike Pump

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 160 PSI
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs / 1.2 kg
  • Made of aluminum
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Sport ball needle and inflatable device included
  • Easy to read gauge on the top
  • Air bleed button

This floor pump by Beto is an affordable pump suitable for various types of bikes. Whether you need to inflate your hybrid, mountain, or road bike, this pump can take care of it.

You can inflate pressures of up to 160 PSI that will be shown on the easy to read gauge located on the top of the pump.

The handle is ergonomic and allows you a good grip. It also includes storage space to store the sports ball needle and inflatable device.

This Beto Pump is also the only pump in this selection that features the so-called ‘air bleed’ button. You can use it for releasing excess tire pressure if you manage to over inflate it.


Lezyne Micro Floor Drive (Best Mini Floor Pump)

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 90 PSI
  • Weight: 0.44 lb / 0.2 kg
  • Made of aluminum
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Fold-out foot peg
  • Gauge integrated into the flexible hose

I have also added one mini floor pump to this selection of floor pumps. The Lezyne Micro Floor Drive is very compact. It is suitable not only for regular bike maintenance but also for storing in the trunk of your car if you plan to go on a cycling trip or if you need to inflate your car tires.

Unlike other pumps, this pump has a pressure gauge integrated into the flexible hose to save even more space. Also, the T shape handle ensures that it won’t dig into your hands and cause pain.

Pumping stability is provided by a fold-out foot peg, which you can step on with one foot to make the inflating easier.

The pump is made of aluminum, which ensures low weight and high rigidity. You can rely on it at any time.

Its main disadvantage is the limited maximum pressure (90 PSI), so it is not suitable for inflating road bikes.


Vibrelli Floor Bike Pump

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 160 PSI
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs / 1.1 kg
  • Made of steel
  • Compatible with Presta & Schrader valves
  • Puncture kit included
  • Sport ball needle and inflatable device included

This pump from Vibrelli offers ‘all in one’. In addition to being able to inflate tires to pressures up to 160 PSI, the package also includes a puncture kit. Thanks to it, you will be able to repair a punctured inner tube and use it again.

A wide base providing stability is also useful, so you can put more energy into every push without worries. The barrel made of steel will also handle it.

A special holder for a sports ball needle and an inflatable device is attached to the flexible hose. So you can inflate these as well.

The main disadvantage of this pump is the head. Once you finish inflating tires and turn the lever to unlock the head, some of the air you inflate leaks. The longer it takes you to unlock the head, the more air will escape. So be quick.

Leaving aside this little thing, this Vibreli pump is affordable and offers more than you would expect at first glance.


My Verdict

My personal favorite floor bike pump is the Lezyne CNC Drive. Yet, I don’t think it is the best overall for most of you. It is pretty expensive and only the most demanding cyclist would be able to take full advantage of it.

So, the best bike floor pump in this selection is the Vibrelli floor pump, in my opinion. It is an affordable bike pump that includes a puncture repair kit, does its job well, and will be your reliable pump for several years.

Yet, if you need to inflate tubeless tires, you should consider buying the Topeak Joe Blow Booster. It allows you to pressurize one of its barrels for a quick air burst that simplifies inflating tubeless tires.


What Types of Bike Pumps Are There?

It is easy to get lost among a large number of types of bike pumps. Let me help you sort them out and find the best for your needs.

Floor Bike Pumps

Floor bike pumps make it easy to inflate your bike. They are the largest of all bike pump types. Thanks to their size, they can inflate a large amount of air per push. This makes them the fastest way to inflate your tires. Yes, I hear you. There are also CO2 inflators that are much quicker, but more about them later.

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Floor pump parts | Product picture credit: schwinnbikes.com

They are often equipped with a gauge so you can see the pressure you inflate. I explain the types of gauges more in detail below.

With this type of pump, you can also inflate the highest pressures (easily 120+ PSI). However, there are also pumps on the market that can inflate pressures around 250 PSI. You can use such high pressures in the suspension forks of MTB bikes.

There are also mini floor bike pumps (Lezyne Micro Floor Drive), which are more compact and are suitable, for example, if you go on vacation and take a lot of things with you. They don’t take up as much space as standard floor pumps.

If you don’t have a floor pump yet, I recommend you buy one. Your bike maintenance will be much easier. Check the selection of the best floor pumps above.

Mini Bike Pumps

Mini bike pumps, also known as portable bike pumps, exist in 3 types.

  1. Mini bike pumps that fit into your saddle bag, jersey pocket, or you can attach them to the frame mount under a bottle cage. They are suitable for most cyclists, thanks to their compactness and ability to inflate the tire after you get a puncture.
  2. Mini bike pumps called frame bike pumps are very similar to the previous type. However, they are slightly longer and the best place to store them is under the top tube. Frame bike pumps are more suitable for riders who do not mind having a larger pump attached to the frame and want to inflate the bike quickly.
  3. The third type are shock bike pumps. These are used to adjust the pressure in the shock suspension of mountain bikes. They should be part of every mountain biker’s equipment so that you can adjust the shock pressure to suit your weight and riding style.

READ MORE: The selection of The Best Mini Bike Pumps including comparisons with CO2 inflators, and much more.

A mini bike pump (or CO2 inflator) should be part of every cyclist’s equipment together with the floor pump. This combination will allow you to inflate your tires at home and also during your bike trips if you get a puncture.

CO2 Inflators

CO2 inflators form a special category. They are not a ‘pump’ but they are used to quickly inflate tires. You can inflate tires with them within seconds.

This makes them very convenient for cyclists that need to quickly get back on their bicycle after they get a puncture and replace the inner tube.

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Yet, they have a few downsides too. You can use the cartridge only once. This means inflating your bike with CO2 inflators can get costly in a long term. And, this option is also not very eco-friendly because CO2 cartridges are often not reusable.

READ MORE: The selection of The Best CO2 Inflators & Cartridges to quickly inflate your tires after a puncture.


How to Choose the Best Bike Pump for Your Needs?

I have already outlined this in the previous section, I recommend every cyclist to buy 2 pumps – a floor pump and a mini bike pump. You can use the floor pump at any time during regular bike maintenance.

The mini bike pump will save you from calling help when you get a puncture 20 miles away from your home.

All types of bike pumps come in various shapes, sizes, types, compatibilities, etc. Below, I explain what you should be aware of when choosing your next bike pump.

Inflator Head

The design of the inflator head belongs among the most fundamental differences of bike pumps. They differ in the lock-on system and valve compatibility.

Inflator Head Lock-On System

There are 3 basic head lock-on systems used on bike pumps:

  1. The first type of inflator head is attached directly to the valve. This is the simplest system and it is used on mini bike pumps. The pump head is not bulky and is lightweight. However, it may be difficult to inflate tires for pressures above 100 PSI. The connection between the valve and the pump head is not sealed and the air can escape. And, you can also damage the valve if you are not careful enough.
  2. The second system is the so-called thumb lock. It is often used with floor pumps (in combination with a flexible hose) but some portable and mini pumps have it as well. It ensures that the head will hold well on the valve and there will be no air leaks. Therefore, it is easy to inflate tires for pressures above 100 PSI.
  3. The third type of inflator head is the extendable hose. You can screw the head on the valve. This ensures a perfect seal and allows you to easily pump pressures above 100 PSI. It is also the safest system to prevent damage to the valve because the flexible hose absorbs the energy you put into every push.
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Flexible hose

Inflator Head Valve Compatibility

Most of the bike pumps available on the market are compatible with Schrader and Presta valves. These valves are among the most used on the road, mountain, and hybrid bikes.

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Inner tube with Schrader vs Presta valve

Schrader valve

The Schrader valve was patented as early as 1893. It was named after the founder of The Schrader company, August Schrader. It is also called the American valve.

Compared to Presta valves, they are slightly wider and do not require as many steps when inflating. Just unscrew the plastic cover and start inflating. In addition, they are more durable than Presta valves.

Nowadays, they are used mainly in cars, motorcycles, and bicycles with wider rims.

Presta valve

Presta valves are frequently used on inner tubes for road and MTB bikes. However, some cyclists don’t like them very much because they require more steps when pumping than Schrader valves, and they are also fragile.

Before you can inflate the Presta valve at all, you must release the valve and press it to make sure the air will go through. Once you inflate your tire, you have to tighten the valve.

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Presta valve (ilustration)

Inflator Head CO2 Cartridge Compatibility

Some inflator heads are compatible with CO2 cartridges. You can find this feature on mini bike pumps because it doesn’t make any sense to make a floor pump compatible with a CO2 cartridge.

To learn more about mini bike pumps, read The Best Mini Pumps And How To Choose Them article.

Material and Pump Build Quality

I had the opportunity to pump my bike with several different pumps. And I can tell you that you notice if the floor pump is well-made or not.

Cheaper, plastic pumps or pumps with plastic parts tend to be ‘softer’. You will feel they are not as stiff as pumps made from aluminum or steel. This means that you have to be more careful with intensive inflating to avoid pump damage.

Yet, plastic floor pumps are light and suitable, for example, to be stored in the trunk of your car when you go to a race or on vacation with your family.

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Higher quality pumps are made of materials such as aluminum or steel. Thanks to these materials, they are much stiffer and more durable.

You will appreciate these features when pumping higher pressures (100+ PSI). My first pump was made of plastic and pumping with it was not a good experience. I was afraid I will break it.

Remember, pumps made of metals are more expensive than their plastic alternatives. On the other hand, they will last longer than a plastic pump.

Gauge

Most floor pumps are equipped with a gauge. If the floor pump does not have a gauge, I recommend avoiding it.

Thanks to the gauge, you can inflate exactly the pressure you want in your tires. There are 2 basic types of gauges – analog and digital. Personally, I prefer analog because they are more reliable.

A digital gauge can look attractive, but it offers no advantages over analog gauges. And, if the battery runs out of power, you won’t be able to see what pressure you’re inflating.

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Silca bike pump with a digital gauge

Tire pressure is given in 2 basic units.

  1. PSI is a unit of pressure expressed in pounds of force per square inch of area. It stands for Pounds per Square Inch.
  2. Bar is a metric unit of pressure. It is defined as exactly equal to 100,000 Pa (100 kPa).

1 bar = 14.50377 PSI

The table below shows indicative tire pressure values for different types of tires. Keep in mind that it is important to adjust the tire pressure to your weight, riding style, and surface.

TiresPSIBar
Road bike tires80 to 1305.5 to 9
Mountain bike tires25 to 351.7 to 2.4
Hybrid bike tires40 to 702.8 to 4.8
Indicative tire pressure for different types of tires | Source bicycling.com

Quick Air Burst Pumps for Tubeless Tires

There are pumps on the market that have 2 barrels (cylinders, air canisters, etc.). You can switch the inflating modes of these pumps. The first mode works like a classic pump. You just inflate the tire directly.

If you activate the second mode, you first pump air into the air canister. Once you inflate the required pressure, you can burst the air at once directly into the tubeless tire.

Pumps like Topeak Joe Blow Booster will save you a lot of work thanks to this feature.

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Tubeless tires can also be inflated with a regular pump.


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