Quick inflation for a range of tyre sizes; does the job, though pump action isn't as refined as some

The Bontrager Dual Charger Floor Pump offers both high volume inflation and high pressure, all at the flick of a switch. It gets your tyres, whatever their size, pumped up quickly, but it does feel a little bit flimsy in use.

  • Pros: Quick inflation for tyres wide and skinny
  • Cons: Vague feeling to the handle operation

If you have a fleet of bikes with different tyre sizes, a dual floor pump like the Bontrager certainly makes life easier.

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At the flick of a switch you can swap between high pressure and high volume pumping. For larger volume tyres like those found on a mountain bike or a gravel/adventure bike, all you'll need is the high volume setting.

Getting a 38mm (700C) gravel tyre up to 50psi took 13 strokes in high volume mode, and I could even get a 25mm road tyre up to 80psi in the same number of strokes.

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The massive 4in dial gauge face is colour coded and the sweetspot for switching over to high pressure is around 70psi, which is where it starts to get hard to push the handle down. I managed the 80psi above without switching, but the more I used it I learnt that it's more efficient to do it at a lower pressure.

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Taking the 25mm tyre up to 100psi took another nine strokes after switching to high pressure mode via the toggle switch on the base, bringing it up to 22 in total.

Compare this with using the high pressure mode on the same tyre from flat and it'd take 34 strokes to 80psi and 43 to 100psi. Quite a difference.

> How to choose your tyre pressure

Because of the large dial, the base of the Bontrager has three feet which makes for a very secure stance, and they are covered in sandpaper for your feet to grip to.

At the end of the hose is a smart head connection which accepts both Presta and Schrader valves without having to change anything. Just like the Giant Control Tower 0 I was also testing alongside it, the head doesn't feel the most secure on the valve but it doesn't leak and stays attached throughout when pumping a tyre up from flat right up to 100psi.

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The only thing I would criticise about the Bontrager is the feel of the actual pumping action. The handle feels almost loose and a bit flimsy; it isn't – I can't pull it apart or anything – it just feels a bit vague to me, for what is otherwise a very good pump.

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When it comes to the money, the Bontrager's RRP of £49.99 looks a little pricey against some. Our sister site off-road.cc has just tested the Crankbrothers Gem Floor Pump which has twin modes and Rachael rated it highly. It comes in at £40, so a bit of competition for the Bontrager.

Overall, the Bontrager performs well, although the sloppy feel to the pumping action takes the shine off of a 50 quid pump for me.


Quick inflation for a range of tyre sizes; does the job, though pump action isn't as refined as some

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Bontrager Dual Charger Floor Pump

Size tested: One

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

It's ideal for those riders who have many different tyre types in their collection.

Bontrager says, "The Dual Charger Pump is versatile floor pump with multiple pressure settings that let you easily inflate high-pressure road tires and larger volume hybrid and MTB tires. A quick flip of the switch moves between settings, making it perfect for riders who own both a road and mountain bike."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Bontrager lists these features:

Steel construction and replaceable internals provide long-term durability

Auto-select head instantly fits both Presta and Schrader valves

Large, stable base minimizes tipping

Easy to read 4in base-mounted gauge

Base-mounted switch allows for easy transition between high volume and high pressure settings

High volume setting allows for quick inflation

High pressure setting allows for easy inflation as PSI increases

Max pressure 160 psi (11bar)

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Rate the product for performance:
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Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)

The handle is hard, with little grooves underneath to dig into your fingers.

Rate the product for value:

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

For getting the air in it can't really be faulted.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Minimal strokes needed.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The feeling of the pump action.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

The likes of the Crankbrothers mentioned in the review is a fair bit cheaper.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, it cuts down on your pumping time.

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

Really good in many ways, but there are more refined feeling pumps out there – if that is important to you.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.