A great pump at an exceptional price
Clever valve connector
Some sharp edges
Slightly fiddly to connect
Wiggle’s LifeLine Performance CNC mini pump has a solid, quality feel to it. The hose extends from the handle, which has a plastic extension built into it to shield the connector. The connector itself has Presta and Schrader adaptors on either side of the head at right angles to the hose. The blue Presta adaptor is screwed onto the valve by rotating the red Schrader adaptor — a neat trick.
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Having the connector at right angles to the tube works well, making it easier to screw the pump onto and off the valve than a straight-through design, as you can hold the tube firmly while screwing down the connector. Detachment is still a slightly fiddly operation though, with the risk of some air bleed by disturbing the valve core. The pump was quite comfortable to use, but the shields for the tube at the end of the handle could become uncomfortable when trying to reach higher pressures.
Pocketability is OK, although with its length and shiny finish we would be slightly concerned that it could slip from a pocket. The pump’s barrel has a rubber sleeve that holds the handle in place firmly when not being used to keep water and muck out. There’s also a sturdy bottle cage mount with a Velcro strap.
Although not the best on test, this is a great pump at an exceptional price and there’s no doubting its ability to get you home.
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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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