Crank Brothers is known for their cutting-edge designs. Their unique pedals and wheels demonstrate what their approach can do for our components, and they’ve gotten just as innovative with their new line of floor pumps.
The Sterling and Gem offerings come in at $50 and $70 respectively. They’re relatively traditional, but each features a high-volume / high-pressure setting we’re used to seeing on Crank Brothers’ hand pumps. It allows them to use a quicker-inflating, larger volume air chamber than the pumps we’re used to, but also offer an easy high-pressure setting in case you’ve got any skinny tires in your garage. They’re on par with other refined floor pumps we’re used to seeing. Both have aluminum air chambers and large, easy to read gauges. The Gem uses a plastic base and a dual-valve head while the Sterling has an aluminum base and a smart head.
But the Klic pumps are what got us excited. More so than a floor pump probably should. The standalone Klic pump stashes its hose and gauge in the handle when not in use for clean and easy storage and transport. It clicks (or, rather, Klics) into a port midway up the pump with magnets strong enough to handle its 160 PSI capacity. But what blew us away was a couple other magnets hidden inside the pump’s base. They gently lock down the handle so you can pick it up without leaning down to the base or clumsily wrapping the hose over the top to keep it from extending. Like all good design, it’ll have you asking why you didn’t think of it yourself.
The other Klic floor pump packs some extra artillery, in the form of the attached Burst Tank. It clips into the Klic port and at the base, and shares the 160 PSI capacity of the pump itself. You have to thread the hose onto it to charge it, but once it’s full, it can be easily removed if all you need is the compressed air. The pump itself still features the nifty magnetic lock-down, but it’s not quite strong enough to lift it when the Burst Tank is attached.
Both Klic floor pumps are available with either an analog gauge for traditionalists, or a digital gauge for those counting half-pounds-per-square-inch or running low pressures. The premium pumps go for $100 without the Burst Tank or $200 with, and in each case, the digital version goes for an extra $30.