So far, we have reviewed a CO2 pump and a frame pump. This week we’ll check out a pump that is a combination of the two.
The Bontrager Air Rush Road is what’s commonly known as a ‘dual pump’. It’s a small frame pump mated to a CO2 pump. It combines the best of both into a small, lightweight package. Upon first glance, this pump looks and works like a miniature frame pump. Even though it is rather small, the telescoping pump body enables you to fill your tire enough to get home.
Don’t want to spend the time or effort manually inflating your tire? No problem here, because the Air Rush Road allows you to attach a CO2 cartridge and fill your tire quickly. The obvious beauty of this pump is that it gives you options. If you get multiple flats out on the road, you won’t have to worry if you’ve used your last CO2 cartridge. In contrast, if you’re in a hurry to get rolling again, the CO2 feature is easy and efficient.
While this pump may seem perfect, it does have a few drawbacks. For one, it is strictly a road-only pump. Due to the low-volume nature of this pump, it would seemingly take forever to inflate a big mountain bike tire. Also, the pump head only works on presta valves, so it may not be compatible with some mountain bikes. Another drawback (that is common among many pumps) is that this one doesn’t have a pressure gauge. While not an absolute necessity, it’s still an important feature.
GBL Last Word: For the road cyclist who likes options, the Bontrager Air Rush Road is the way to go. At $35 it’s not the cheapest of pumps, but it’s compact, lightweight, and it won’t let you down.
By Katie Arehart-Rose – Boulder, CO