SKS Rennkompressor track pump review

The original SKS Rennkompressor track pump is probably one of the most iconic pieces of cycling kit – but can the reality of using one live up to the expectation?

SKS Rennkompressor Track Pump
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Rennkompressor is a beautiful and timeless object, an icon without a doubt, but there are more practical more modern ones out there if you're after function and don't care about form.

Reasons to buy
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    Easy push/pull at high pressures

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    Capable of over 230psi

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    Beautifully handmade

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    Four valve connector options

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    Four hose lengths

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    Spare part availability.

Reasons to avoid
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    Narrow floor plate makes for wobbles

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    Small pressure gauge

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This is not my first dabble with the SKS Rennkompressor track pump. It was known as just 'the track pump' in our house for many years, as it was all we needed, and before that, as my other half reminds me, 'his track pump'.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.