Firefox is an Indian performance bicycle brand with a wide range of bicycles and accessories for the bicycle and the rider. The majority of their bicycles and accessories are urban specific and are built for comfort. We got an opportunity to review the Mini Pump Alloy bicycle pump from Firefox and here’s what we think.
The Mini Pump Alloy Road is one of Firefox’s newly launched products, and it is an im-provement from its previous version, both aesthetically and functionally. Built from a sturdy Al-loy, the body of the pump is strong and durable. The handle and the barrel of the pump has also been built out of Alloy, giving it a neat and posh look, and also increasing the durability and protection from breaking against falls and drops.
The mouth of the pump has a reversible Presta /Schrader valve and is fixed to the top of an extendable rubber hose that can retract fully into the body of the pump. The pump’s mouth also has a rubber disc cap to keep dust, water and other foreign particles out. The maximum pumping capacity of the pump is claimed to be 120 PSI. However, when we tried using it, it was quite tough to pump beyond 100 PSI, but we still feel that even 100 PSI is quite a good capacity for a mini hand pump.
The Mini Pump Alloy Road has a sleek Alloy body that is painted in a glossy white colour, which gives the pump a very sophisticated look. The branding on the body is also very mini-mal, which looks very aesthetically pleasing. The pump has a small sized thumb tab to lock the mouth into place on the valve. The thumb tab is a lot easier to use and also makes one-handed operations easier than before. The thumb tab comes in a matching white colour to complement the look of the pump.
The retractable hose is one of the highlights of the pump. Coiled neatly inside the barrel, it can be extended to fix the pump’s mouth on the valve at any angle. This helps make pumping air easier. However, the lack of a pressure gauge means that the rider will have to pump in air into the tire only based on an approximation. So this wouldn’t be of much help if you want to pump an exact amount of air into the pump. But then again, mini hand pumps are mostly made to be used in emergencies to fix flats in the middle of a ride, and hence a pressure gauge would really not be needed to pump air in emergency purposes.
An improved Mini floor pump from Firefox that is more durable, more aesthetic and defi-nitely more functional. Priced at Rs.1,500 (as on 29th May 2019), the pump’s price has not gone up a lot from its previous model, and is still lesser priced than most of its competitors, but pro-vides the same quality and functionality as its more expensive peers.
Prices and Specifications/Components are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.