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MTB Shock pumps - Buy your own?

MTB Shock pumps - Buy your own?

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James1760

Original Poster:

226 posts

84 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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As the title says, I am just wondering if it is worth dishing out around £30 for one of my own, or make a quick stop at the local bike shop to get them to stick some air in and a sag setup for say no more than £10.

Is it something that is used quite alot or is it just a one off setup and ride away.

I do have a lock out on the bike so i am fine for road/off road settings.

MadDad

3,633 posts

169 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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Buy your own, your shock will lose pressure over time and you don't want to have to go back to your LBS every time it goes soft.

Also, I find that I adjust the pressure in mine depending on terrain, conditions etc. I have the GIANT shock pump which has an adapter so you can also use it on the tyres, which is very handy indeed!

pablo

13,989 posts

181 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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i bought a specialised shck pump for £30, its meant to do everything, low pressure tyres, high pressure tyres and shocks but its quite bulky and I already have micro pumps and track pumps so its only really going to be used for the shocks. that said, it does the job.

moustachebandit

659 posts

51 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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Save some money - £10 - 15 on Ebay for the same unit that many other companies rebrand as their own.

Gren

1,328 posts

160 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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moustachebandit said:
Save some money - £10 - 15 on Ebay for the same unit that many other companies rebrand as their own.
Did exactly this. There's really no difference an I use mine once a month or so just to check the pressure.

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BOBTEE

834 posts

72 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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Buy one! I use mine all the time.

syko89

237 posts

66 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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snotrag

11,254 posts

119 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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If you have air springs front or rear, you NEED a shock pump, simple as.

The dirt cheap generic ones on ebay etc are fine.

joema

1,775 posts

87 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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Buy one Forman lbs and get them to set your stuff up?

Your forks and shocks usually have a weight guide

Gren

1,328 posts

160 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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syko89 said:
Nope. Look for shock pumps. This is the one I got it think http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewitem?itemId=3...

James1760

Original Poster:

226 posts

84 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Cool, i was looking at the BETO ones but thought the price may reflect the quality given that some manufactures charge double and tripple that.

Thanks for the advice smile

moustachebandit

659 posts

51 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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The BETO pump is fine - it’s rebranded and sold for double what they are going for under the BETO brand.

BaronVonVaderham

1,579 posts

55 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Pressure guage is important:

Rear shock generaly have 150-300 psi but some forks will only require 10-15 psi. LBS will try and sell you two pumps, a high presssure one and a low pressure one... Only difference is the scale of the guage, cheap guages can be had on ebay i believe.