A quality pump with great features, that’s easy to use and will fulfil all your future pumping needs.
Rock solid build
Steel barrel and base
Slightly difficult to engage the head on presta valves
The new Blackburn Piston 4 track pump does everything you’d want a top notch pump to do. That starts with a large, easy-to-read gauge. Too often pumps’ gauges are small and somewhere down near your feet. But the Piston 4’s is right up there at the top of the barrel, clearly marked in psi and bar and around 7.5cm across. So it’s dead easy to see what pressure you’ve reached.
The Piston 4 stands just under 68cm tall, so its steel barrel is long and there’s plenty of length to the pump stroke, making for easy inflation to high pressure.
The barrel is securely bolted to a large steel baseplate too, so the pump is stable even on uneven ground. You get a wide cylindrical plastic handle, which also makes for comfortable, easy pumping. Blackburn quotes a maximum pressure of 220psi/15 bar if you like a firm ride.
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I like the way that the metre-long long hose loops around a peg at the base of the pump and into a clip at the top, for easy stowage. There’s also a groove in the handle you can use if you want to keep the hose tidy without stowing it away completely. Being top mounted the hose is easy to attach to a valve on a bike in a workstand too.
Blackburn’s pump head is substantial and has a robust metal locking lever. It works with both presta and schrader valves and includes a pressure release button. But I did find that it needed a firm push to get it fully engaged on presta valves, so that it worked effectively.
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Although it’s pricy, the Blackburn Piston 4 feels like a pump that will last forever and that’s backed up by Blackburn’s lifetime warranty.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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