Topeak Race Rocket HP mini pump review

The Topeak Race Rocket HP mini pump is a very small, compact pump that packs an impressive punch

Topeak Race Rocket HP
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A well priced pump that is far cheaper than a lot of other leading designs. At just 82g and 18cm long, the Topeak Race Rocket HP is very compact and light and can impressively achieve 100psi on the roadside. Just be aware that the small size means you need to do a lot of pumping.

Reasons to buy
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    Well made

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    Can achieve 100psi

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    Low weight

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    Small – easily fits in jersey pocket

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    Well priced against competition

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Reasons to avoid
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    Hose could be longer

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    Be aware – small size means lots of pumping required!

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At just 18cm, the Topeak Race Rocket HP is shorter than the standard Race Rocket making it even more packable, but it still packs a punch being capable of pressures over 100psi and it's so small I had no issue keeping in my pocket. However, on rainy group rides it doesn't stay there for long: my friends keep asking to borrow it because it's so good.

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It’s very well made too and I was impressively able to achieve 90-100psi by the roadside. I bench-tested the Topeak Race Rocket HP and then measured the pressure achieved with a digital gauge. With enough perseverance 100psi can be achieved on a consistent basis. The downside to the small size is that achieving a pressure of 100psi is going to take a lot of pumping.

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I lost count/gave up counting, but it was over 300 strokes! This is of course, a trade off against low weight and small size.

I love the compact size of this pump and have found it to be more robust than the Lezyne Carbon Drive Lite I replaced it with. My only real criticisms are you that have to take care when unscrewing it from the valve, as if it is not properly in line you can inadvertently remove your valve core. Another slight criticism is the hose, which I feel would benefit from being slightly longer. Considering the overall performance and quality, it is very well priced against competing products from the likes of Lezyne.

Also included is a frame mount if you don't want to store the Topeak Race Rocket HP in a jersey pocket.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.