Topeak Einstein Mini Pump

DESCRIPTION

Seriously Smart Pumping The first multi-tasking mini-pump with SmartHead, MagicLever, high or low pressure selection, padded handle and glueless patch kit.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 20, 2009]
fcaw11
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Review for 1st generation Einstein mini pump. I've had this pump for over 8 years. Of course I use my floor pump most of the time. It still holds pressure. Integrated tire lever, Smarthead presta/schrader combo.

Weakness:

Bulky compared to todays smaller mini pumps.

Good value,

Similar Products Used:

Mt. Zefal, Mt. Zefal II Double shot. Zefal HP

[Apr 24, 2007]
Alex Karacsonyi
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Best pump, lasted about 8 years.

Weakness:

Finally has worn out.

I told Topeak the pump was getting weak. They told me they were no longer making it and couldn't get me parts. So they sent me a brand new Harpoon, no questions asked! Great company that stands behind their name and product.

[Nov 09, 2001]
GS
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Patches in compartment, tire removal system, and the ability to switch from volume to high pressure inflation

Weakness:

Haven't found one yet

Great pump! I usually carry a couple of CO2's and a pump as a backup. Will get the new tube started with the pump, get it on the bike, shoot a CO2 into it, and finish with a pump if I need more in the tire. I suppose if you were going to frame mount this, it ought to have some type of cover over the valve, but since I throw it in my Camelback, it doesn't make any difference to me. Buy it....it's worth it!

Similar Products Used:

Blackburn Mountain Air

[May 21, 2000]
Jesse
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5

First of all, if the cap to the patch compartment came of more easily, I'm thinking there's a good chance the cap AND the patch kit would be gone when I needed it (i.e. it would fall off on the trail). I don't like mounting stuff on my bike so like everything alse I lug around the pump resides in my Blowfish on my back, therefore no comment on the frame mount, although it seemed a little loose. I have used it without difficulty on both presta and schraeder valves, and the tire levers combined with the axel clip is pretty efficient. Doesn't seem heavy considering what it can do and how well it has performed for me so far.

[Jan 12, 2000]
gabe
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

cool-looking
patch compartment
not too slow

Weakness:

hard to get at patches
heavy
wont stay closed

this is a pretty good pump. its easy to figure out how to get at the patches, but pulling the cap off might take over a minute. it is heavier than most pumps, but certainly not as heavy as it looks. it looks very good, with a lot a rubber and less plastic. the mount is good, its more flexible than my cyclone's with cracked, so it hasnt broken yet. the biggest problem is that there is no mechanism that keeps the telescoping pump in a closed position, so you have to mount it in a way that one end is against a tube. the pump is very easy to use, and took my much less time to inflate to 50 psi than with my schwinn cyclone

Similar Products Used:

schwinn cyclone

[Mar 05, 2001]
Pablo
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Compact, very versatile, tire lever included, smart head, solid construction, nice appearance, patch kit in handle

Weakness:

does not stay closed, so I have to mount it upside down...the rubber strap on the frame mount has stretched and now is almost ineffective

This is a very good pump. Not too many people have shown me their pumps and impressed me since I bought this one. It was not cheap at $40, but it's well worth the price. I don't even worry about getting stuck with this baby on my frame. The only downside is now that the strap has stretched, I'm afraid I'll lose it. I don't want to hide it in my Camelbak though...it looks too sweet. 5 chilied flamers.

Similar Products Used:

Something by wrench force

[Nov 24, 2000]
Bryan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Compact, light, low & high pressure capabilities, built in tire lever, and seals well to presta valve.

Weakness:

Pain in the a** to use with a schrader valve. And has recently become very difficult to switch from high pres. to low pres.

Light and compact but forget helping someone with schrader valves.

[Oct 29, 2000]
næstep
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Adjustable to high pressure pumping.
Axel centered tire lever design a la Cook Brothers lever.
Hidden tire patch compartment in handle.
Dual use schraeder/presta head (no disassembly req'd).

Weakness:

No pump 'T' handle.
Patch compartment difficult to open.
Patchs don't fit flat in compartment, come out "tacoed".

I didn't really need this pump, as my Blackburn was more compact and had a nice handle, and Blackburn's customer service can't be beat, but I digress...

The Einstein has too many goodies to pass up for the price. The lack of a 'T' handle is inconvient, but so is a flat tire. In return, I got rid of 2 tire levers and a small nylon tool pouch that otherwise held my patches and multi-tool. Even trade? Hmmm... maybe.

It gets the tires up to pressure easily. The Schreaeder/Presta head works as advertised. So does the tire lever funtion. It fits in my Camelbak pump compartment. What more can I ask?

Loose one chili for lack of a 'T' handle and overall girth.

Similar Products Used:

Blackburn MP1/MP3
Zefal Mountain Pump

[Aug 08, 2000]
Chris
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

-Light
-Good Lookin'
-Effective
-Smart Design (tire removal system, and smart head)

Weakness:

-no cap to keep mud out of opening

This is a great pump and I recommend it to anyone. It has saved me more than once. Gotta love those patches!! But it needs a cap to keep mud out of the valve opening. Other than that, it's all good!!!

[Jul 02, 2000]
Marko
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

solid, pumps both road and mtb tires fast, little top cap holds patches.

Weakness:

the handle seems a little flimsy... though in fairness it hasn't broken and i don't really expect it to.

i commute every day a good pump is a kinda vital security blanket for me. this is a good pump. i bought it without checking the reviews, and was kinda surprised by how low a rating it had... the locking lever is solid and easy to use, the pump inflates tires fast and having those glueless patches hidden in the pump has saved me. just once, mind, but that was enough. top quality mini pump. if you're in a store, use their floor pump, otherwise, you'll be happy you have this.

Similar Products Used:

some wrench force mini (good, but i lost it) and a specialized pump which broke after 3 days, got replaced and was never that good. i lost that too.

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