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Topeak Road Morph G

topeak roadmorph gI 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. topeak roadmorph gSince 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.

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  1. ChadSeptember 17, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I use the mini morph on my commuter and touring bike. It is great as well. It does not pump as easily as this version, but it is more compact.

  2. Andrew CenciniSeptember 17, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I have one of these and it is incredible. The gauge is excellent, the pump is easy to use and very well-designed. Huge fan.

  3. christopherSeptember 17, 2009 at 11:44 am

    i grabbed one of these last summer after borrowing one from someone at CritMass to change a buddy’s tire. best trail pump i’ve ever used or seen used, especially for high pressure tires. i can get my tires up to 110 even with minimal effort.

  4. PaulSeptember 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Amazing pump. I’ve been using these for two years and it was actually my only pump for the first year or so. If you’re an all weather rider keep it in your bag; I killed my first one having it strapped my frame while I commuted through a Seattle winter.

  5. MikeSeptember 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I used them for years – they are convenient for carrying in your bag. My only complaint is that the rubber washer in the pump which attaches to the valve stem eventually wears out. Every time after you pump up a tire, the washer will come out of the pump when you pull the pump off of the valve stem. I’ve replaced them several times, but they always seem to wear out after a while. Since then I’ve used a frame pump for the past couple of years without problems.

  6. GilSeptember 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I picked up one of these after helping a friend pump up a road tire with a Crankbros minipump. So much nicer. I also have a Mini Morph;it doesn’t have the gauge and takes a little longer,but is shorter and more compact.

  7. SallySeptember 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    If you don’t get a lot of flats, the Topeak Mini-Morph is smaller, lighter, and cheaper than the Topeak Road Morph, but works almost as well.

  8. AaronSeptember 17, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I have had this pump for over three years now and I must say it has been the best portable pump I have come by (I have seen and used many many pumps in the past). The ability to use it like a normal floor pump is invaluable with higher pressure tires, the gauge is pretty nifty too. My only gripes have been; the piece that keeps the handle locked into the pump while not using it broke off one time while pumping up a tire and the pin that holds the flip lever for attaching the pump to the tube stem has come loose. Niether of these have affected the core functionality of the pump, as the pin was fixed by putting a bit of tape on it. I would highly suggest this pump to anyone, at times I have been using it as my only pump.

  9. don't dump yer pumpSeptember 17, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Excellent pump.
    Check with your local bike shop for replacement rubber washers and other small parts which are available through QBP and other industry suppliers.

  10. Mike JohnsonSeptember 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    This is an amazing pump. It’s actually easier to get to 120psi than my floor pump. (My floor pump is a POS, but still… this pump is dope)

    Also, it fits wonderfully into almost any bag.

    The only thing I am not fully satisfied with is the twist-close handle. It easily rotates and slides open. (Like my sister in law)

  11. DocDSeptember 17, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Great pump

  12. Shiny FluSeptember 18, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Not trying to be sexist at all, but this pump is great for those who may not have super upper body strength in particular female riders. Since it ‘morphs’ into a mini floor pump. And as mentioned- great for higher pressures.

    Back when I was a bike shop monkey had many good reviews from all types of riders.

  13. GussySeptember 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I just used one of these on the weekend, and have to agree that they are awesome little pumps. FOr now though, im just going to steal everyone elses, and use the big floor pump at home.

  14. blue_serottaOctober 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I have bought 4 of these in the last 2 years and recommended it over and over again. I would not dream of any other pump. I know it lacks the aesthetic coolness of a “real” frame pump, but in the cold, windy rain of No. California, this is the one. No complaints at all, just keep the rain and ca-ca out of it once in a while.

  15. CarterOctober 16, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Hey guys I just bought this pump and actually had an issue with mine.

    While using my pump I realized it wouldnt lock on to the valve be it a schrader or presta. Upon further inspection it turns out that my pump is actually missing an integral part that allows it to lock onto the valve.

    So I have 2 bikes and 3 flat tires and 1 bent valve from trying to get it to work before I took it apart to find the problem. On the internet I read that this was a common problem in a recent batch that went out. I spoke with topeak and they are shipping a replacement part asap.

    I have no doubt this pump will work and work well. But I am dissapointed that im now left with flat tires and no pump waiting on a part.

  16. OzFebruary 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I have happily kept mine in my camelbak for 2 years and used it a dozen times when I discovered emptying my bag, it had sheared off at the base at the start of the screw thread in the aluminum. I’ve contacted the local dealer and look forward to hearing from them

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