Jobsworth Vortex track pump review

We put the Jobsworth Vortex track pump through its paces

jobsworth vortex track pump
jobsworth vortex track pump
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Jobsworth Vortex track pump looks great and performs well, with an alumnium barrel and wooden handle to give it a classy appearance, while it'll get your tyres up to pressure quickly too.

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    Quality construction

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    Looks great

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    Accurate pressure gauge

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    Rattly barrel

It might seem extravagant to spend 50 quid on a track pump, but the Jobsworth Vortex track pump does a decent job of justifying the price.

Perhaps most importantly, it looks and feels great. The barrel is made from aluminium with a classy back logo extending down from the top. The footplate is also made from cast aluminium, and the handle from wood, to make a pump that not only looks amazing, but has the feeling of something that will keep going for years.

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In use, the Jobsworth Vortex track pump is also pretty hard to fault. I found that the piston rattled around a bit in the barrel, and there could have been more soft material on the bottom of the footplate to stop it from sliding around and potentially damaging hard, smooth floors, but other that, there are no issues.

jobsworth vortex track pump handle

The wooden handle give the Jobsworth Vortex track pump a classy look

The clever valve head design on the Jobsworth Vortex track pump is compatible with either Presta or Schrader valves, and shares the same polished look as the rest of the pump. It is also very easy to attach and remove from the valve, and stays securely in place even at high pressures.

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It takes roughly 20 strokes to get up to 100psi, which is pretty decent figure in the track pump market, and the gauge accurate and fairly easy to read. Apparently, the Jobsworth Vortex track pump will keep going all the way up to 240psi, which seems a little much, seeing as Rohan Dennis was only running 224 psi during his successful Hour Record attempt.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.