Topeak Road Morph G
I remember the first time I saw one of Topeak’s Morph pumps. Not only did I think it looked foolishly complicated, I assumed that with all those moving parts it had to be easy to break. So instead of the Morph, I bought a Topeak Mini DX. That was more than eight years ago, and that little pump has been halfway around the world with me, never failing. Unfortunately, it’s more of a high-volume pump and not really strong enough for high-pressure applications like road tires. For the past few years I’ve been relying on a full-size frame pump, which is super powerful but not as convenient as a mini pump.
One day at bike polo I flatted and realized I forgot to bring a pump. I borrowed a friend’s Road Morph G, and decided within minutes that I had to have one. Not only was I easily able to get 90psi in my 700×35 tires, the little gauge on the pump let me know exactly how much pressure I had. Since acquiring my own a few months ago, I’ve been lucky enough to only get a handful of flats. On the other hand, I’ve let just about anyone and everyone try the Road Morph for themselves. Everyone at polo has been impressed with the Road Morph, and as it turns out, a number of my messenger friends carry the Road Morph in their bag for work.
The barrel is butted aluminum, and most of the rest of the parts are plastic. Don’t let that dissuade you, though, the handle and foot are standing up to some serious abuse. Should anything break, my local bike shop tells me Topeak has absolutely awesome customer service. The Road Morph G measures 13.8” x 2.2” x 1.1” and weighs 220 grams (about half a pound). It retails for about $40. Visit www.topeak.com for more info.