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The Best Mountain Bike Shock Pumps

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This is a selection of the best mountain bike shock pumps you can get. It is based on my friends’ and my experiences, customer reviews, discussions on MTB forums and websites, and extensive market research.

The best mountain bike shock pump for the most demanding riders or workshop owners is the RockShox High Pressure.

If you look for a portable shock pump that is affordable, go for the Pro Bike Tool Shock Pump.

Below I explain why I think these are the best options.

You will also learn how to choose a shock pump, whether it is better to get a pump with a digital or analog gauge, and much more!


What Are the Best Shock Pumps?

ProductWeightGaugeMax Pressure 
Lezyne Shock Drive Pump0.37 lb
170 g
Analog400 PSICheck Price
Fox Shox High Pressure Shock Pump0.45 lb
205 g
Analog300 PSICheck Price
Rockshox High Volume Shock Pump0.8 lb
360 g
Analog300 PSICheck Price
Beto Bike Shock Pump 0.58 lb
264 g
Analog300 PSICheck Price
Pro Bike Tool Shock Pump0.54 lb
240 g
Analog300 PSICheck Price
Rockshox High Pressure Shock Pump0.64 lb
290 g
Analog600 PSICheck Price
Fox High Pressure Shock Pump0.48 lb
216 g
Digital300 PSICheck Price

Note: All shock pumps in this selection feature threaded heads compatible with Schrader valve and also a pressure release button.


Lezyne Shock Drive Pump

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 400 PSI
  • Weight: 0.37 lb / 170 g
  • Length: 10.16 inches / 258 mm
  • Ergonomic handle

If I voted for the best-looking shock pumps, this one would be my favorite. However, shock pumps are not about their design rather about their functionality.

Unlike most shock pumps, this one can inflate pressures of up to 400 PSI. You can check the pressure using the analog gauge. However, Lezyne also offers a very similar shock pump with a digital gauge so if you are a fan of digital gauges, feel free to go for it.

The Shock Drive features T shape ergonomic handle to ease the pressure put on your palms when inflating high pressures.


Fox Shox High Pressure Shock Pump

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 300 PSI
  • Weight: 0.45 lb / 205 g
  • 360Β° rotating hose

During my research, I did not find many technical specifications about this pump. However, they are often not even needed when you know that the pump will do its job well – and this one does.

You will be able to inflate your shock or fork to pressures of up to 300 PSI. Thanks to the ergonomic handle, it will not cut into your hands even at higher pressures when resistance increases.

The advantage is also the flexible hose that can rotate 360Β°. This makes this shock pump easy to use. If you look for a reliable pump that combines a good price-value ratio, this one is for you.


RockShox High Volume Shock Pump

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 300 PSI
  • Weight: 0.8 lb / 360 g (0.52 lb / 235 g without a gauge)
  • Frame mount included
  • Folding ‘T’ shape handle
  • Compatible with Schrader and Presta valves
  • High-volume and high-pressure mode

This shock pump differs from the others, thanks to several cool features. The first is the ‘T’ shaped folding handle. You will appreciate it if you want to use this pump for your bike trips. It makes the pump portable and compact.

Furthermore, you can detach the analog gauge at any time, so you can use the included frame mount and take the pump with you. And, once you get back home, attach it back to find out what the pressure is in your tires or shock.

It can also switch between high-volume and high-pressure modes. The head is compatible with both Presta and Schrader valves. Thanks to this, you can use this pump to inflate the tires using the high-volume mode. However, don’t expect it will be as effective as a mini bike pump.


Don’t you have a mini pump yet? Check my selection of the Best Mini Pumps for Inflating Your Tires.


Beto Bike Shock Pump

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 300 PSI
  • Weight: 0.58 lb / 264 g
  • Length: 9.65 inches / 245 mm
  • Frame mount included
  • Compatible with Schrader and Presta valves
  • High-volume and high-pressure mode

Beto shock pump offers similar features as the previous pump from RockShox. It is compatible with both Schrader and Presta valves. Thanks to this, you can also use it to inflate your bike tires.

However, it was designed mainly for inflating forks and shocks. This means inflating tires isn’t very effective and takes a lot of effort even when switching to high-volume mode.

Speaking of pressure, this shock pump features an integrated, analog gauge that is very easy to read.

The package includes a frame mount, which makes this pump ideal for mounting directly to your bike. However, its small size makes it also perfect for your backpack.

Its main disadvantage is the ‘I’ shaped handle, which is not ergonomic and can slip when inflating high pressures, especially if you have sweaty hands.


Pro Bike Tool Shock Pump

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 300 PSI
  • Weight: 0.54 lb / 240 g
  • Folding ‘T’ shape handle
  • Good price-value ratio

This is the most popular shock pump from Pro Bike Tool. It gained its popularity thanks to its good price-value ratio, compactness, and easy-to-read analog gauge.

The pump has a folding ‘T’ shape handle to save space in your backpack, so it is good for your mountain bike trips as well. Thanks to its low weight, you will forget you have it in your backpack.

There are a few downsides too. The pump’s bulky head may not be compatible with shocks that have limited access to the valve. Some owners also don’t like the air bleed button position because it may be accidentally pressed when pumping.


RockShox High Pressure Shock Pump

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 600 PSI
  • Weight: 0.64 lb / 290 g
  • Length: 13.39 inches / 340 mm
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Lower resistance at high pressures compared to other pumps

The RockShox High Pressure (600 PSI) shock pump is a pump designed for the most demanding users. If you are a workshop owner, you should consider buying it for your mechanics. You will save them a lot of time.

Yes, you can use it at home as well, but it probably won’t be the best pump for your ride because of its dimensions. It is pretty long, so it is not as portable as other, more compact shock pumps.

This means that it has lower resistance when inflating high pressures compared to other shock pumps. You can easily read the precise pressure thanks to the analog gauge.

The pump is easy to use thanks to the ergonomic handle so it won’t cut into your hand.

And by the way, did you know this pump was also selected as the best shock pump by the Enduro MTB Magazine?


Fox High Pressure Shock Pump with a Digital Gauge

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Main Features

  • Max pressure: 300 PSI
  • Weight: 0.48 lb / 216 g
  • Length: 11.38 inches / 289 mm
  • 360Β° rotating hose
  • Integrated release button

This digital shock pump by Fox is pretty popular. Several brands make this type of pump. The pump itself is completely the same, but the logo may change. So it is possible that you saw the same pump from RockShox as well.

However, this does not change the fact that it is one of the most popular pumps with a digital gauge that is precise and easy to read.

The pump is easy to use thanks to the ergonomic handle, which won’t cut into the palm of your hand even when inflating high pressures.

Its main weaknesses are the battery and larger dimensions. It is therefore not very suitable for carrying in a backpack during your trip. I recommend getting it to expand your bike tool kit so you can do simple fork & shock maintenance at home.


My Verdict

The best mountain bike shock pump for the most demanding bikers and mechanics is, without a doubt, the RockShox High Pressure. It is easy to use, you quickly inflate the required pressure (up to 600 PSI), and you can rely on it at any time.

If you are looking for a portable shock pump that will fit your backpack or frame mount, reach for the Pro Bike Tool Shock Pump. It is very compact, so it doesn’t take up much space. It is very reliable and one of the most popular shock pumps out there.


How to Choose the Best Shock Pump?

Finally, we are getting into the more exciting part. How to choose the best shock pump for your needs? Let’s find out!

Shock Pump Built-Quality & Size

If you have ever used a low-quality pump in your hands, you know that its use is not a pleasant experience. You feel like the pump can break at any moment.

Due to the high pressures used in forks and shock suspensions, the shock pumps have to be made of durable materials such as aluminum. Aluminum ensures lightweight, reliability, and durability. All shock pumps in the selection above are well-built so that you can buy any of them.

Also, make sure you consider choosing the correct size for your needs. For example, the RockShox High Pressure pump may inflate up to 600 PSI, but it is not very portable and may be too large for your backpack.

On the other hand, it is more suitable for mechanics in a workshop because it requires fewer strokes to inflate the pressure you want. If you want a portable shock pump, buy one without a gauge. There are also pumps like the RockShox High Volume that feature a removable gauge.

Ease of Use

Another important feature of shock pumps is their ease of use. The handle has to be ergonomic, so it won’t cut into your hands when inflating high pressures.

Shock pumps use ‘T,’ ‘I,’ and ‘inverted 0’ type of handles. From my experience and discussions with mechanics, ‘T’ and ‘inverted 0’ types of handles are the best. On the other hand, the larger the handle, the less portable the pump is.

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A shock pump with a ‘T’ type of handle
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A shock pump with a ‘I’ type of handle
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A shock pump with an ‘inverted 0’ type of handle

The vast majority of shock pumps have a threaded head to ensure a good seal and prevent air from leaking from the fork or shock. If the mini pump has a non-threaded head, don’t buy it. It will be useless.

Some bikers do even consider the hose length. The longer it is, the easier the use. But remember, it becomes less portable. Yes, you probably won’t notice if the hose is 0.4 inches (1 cm) longer or shorter. Buy a shock pump that provides the best balance.

Type of Gauge & the Maximum Pressure

Shock pumps feature an analog or a digital gauge. I prefer analog because they are lighter, more reliable, and you don’t have to think about recharging or replacing batteries.

On the other hand, my friend that does the maintenance of mountain bikes prefers digital pumps. They are more precise, in his opinion, and better readable. So it is up to your personal preference which type of gauge you choose.

The 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

Most of the shock pumps achieve a maximum pressure of 300 PSI which is enough for most mountain bikers. Yet, there are pumps like the RockShox High Pressure pump that can go as high as 600 PSI.

How Much Pressure Should You Inflate To Your Fork and Shock Suspension?

The fork and shock pressure depend mainly on your weight. The heavier you are, the higher the pressure. Remember to adjust the pressure if you gain weight due to bike packing, for example. You usually need to inflate the shock before your first ride.

If you have to inflate your fork every month, there is probably something wrong with it, and you should visit your local bike shop. Under normal circumstances, you pressurize the fork & shock once when you buy the bike or tune the suspension.

Also, keep in mind that the pressure may change due to the outside temperature. This phenomenon is described as Charles’s law. It means that if you want to ride in winter, you should inflate the suspension slightly because the pressure decreases due to cold temperatures and vice versa.

The pressures in the mountain bike fork and shock differ. Fortunately, the manufacturers made it relatively easy for us. You should be able to find a label on the fork with recommended pressures.

To find recommended pressures for the shock, visit the manufacturer’s website or check the manual you get with a new bike.

Always follow the recommended air pressures set by the manufacturer of the fork & shock.

Learn more about MTB suspensions in the following guide on How to set up mountain bike suspension.


What Types of Bike Pumps Are There?

Before I dive into the mountain bike shock pumps, let me summarize what bike pumps are there and what pumps you may need if you ride a mountain bike. There are a lot of types of bike pumps so it is easy to get lost among them.

Floor Bike Pumps

Floor bike pumps are the biggest type of bike pumps. They are the best option if you want to inflate your bike tires quickly. Thanks to their large cylinder, they allow you to inflate a large amount of air per push. This makes them one of the best options to inflate tires when you do bike maintenance at home.

Most of the floor bike pumps are compatible with Presta and Schrader valves and can inflate pressures of around 120 PSI. There are also floor pumps that can inflate pressures above 250 PSI. You can check the inflated tire pressure thanks to an analog or digital gauge.

TIP: Check my selection of the Best Floor Bike Pumps to inflate your bike tires at home.

Mini Bike Pumps

Mini bike pumps include 3 types of pumps:

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. 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.

DON’T MISS: The Best Mini Bike Pumps selectin, including comparisons with CO2 inflators and much more.

3. Shock bike pumps 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. If you don’t have a shock bike pump yet, make sure you get one.

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Shock pump parts | Product picture credit: Lezyne

What’s the Difference Between a Shock Pump and Tire Pump?

The main difference is that tire pumps like floor pumps are designed to inflate a large air volume. The shock pumps can inflate a small volume of air but high pressures that go above 200 PSI.

Mountain bike forks and shocks use a Schrader valve. This means that you could theoretically inflate them with a floor pump compatible with this type of valve. But I don’t recommend it for several reasons:

  • There are air leaks when removing the thumb-lock head of a floor pump from the valve. This influences the resulting sag of the fork or shock. Yet, if you use a floor pump with a threaded head (Lezyne Steel Drive), there won’t be any air leaks. The sound of the leaking air you hear once you remove the head comes from the pump itself, not from the fork or shock, as Andreas Maschke from enduro-mtb.com explained.
  • Most of the floor pumps usually cannot inflate high pressures (above 200 PSI).
  • You could damage the fork or the suspension using a floor pump.

A shock pump is a must for every mountain biker who wants to maintain their bike at home. So, how to choose them?

CO2 Inflators

You have probably heard about CO2 inflators already. They form a special category. They are not a ‘pump,’ yet they are used for inflating tires. With a CO2 inflator, you will be able to inflate tires within seconds. This makes them very convenient for riders who need to get back on their bike after fixing a puncture quickly.

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I explain CO2 inflators more in detail in the Best CO2 Inflators & Cartridges article. Feel free to find out more about their benefits and disadvantages.


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