Birzman's Grand Maha Push & Twist V is a very capable track pump that delivers a good amount of air per stroke. The Push & Twist head is one of the best systems that I've used and there's plenty of hose length too.
- Pros: Quick inflation; high pressures are easy; managed tubeless; great head system
- Cons: Too tall for some; plastic handle isn't the most comfortable
Inflating tyres is one of the most common bits of bike maintenance that we do, but I'm probably not alone when I admit that I can be rather lazy about tyre pressures, especially when heading out for a casual road ride.
I'm also not that keen on investing a huge amount of money into a pump. Durability, an easy to use head and an accurate, clear gauge are key features that I want. Birzman's Grand Maha ticks all of these boxes for me, with the Push & Twist system a real highlight, and at a reasonable price.
High pressures are easy to reach, with the length of the CNC machined aluminium barrel getting a 25mm road tyre up to my usual 75psi in 17 strokes. The pump is rated up to 220psi, though I don't have any tubulars to test that on. What I can say for those of you who like high pressures is that 100psi is easy to achieve. Down at the low pressure that I use for cyclo-cross I still prefer a digital gauge for the most accurate pressure readings.
During testing I had the joyous task of setting up some tubeless tyres. Without a compressor, it's not a job that I relish. Thankfully, the Maha's air volume per stroke is good enough to get a 25mm tubeless tyre seated, though you'll need some vigorous pumping.
The Push & Twist head system locks on to Presta and Schrader valves with no need to faff about changing bits around inside the head. Engaging the head is genuinely as easy as the Birzman video suggests, and I find this pump easier to use than my Lezyne with its ABS head.
The gauge is good but this is one area where I still prefer my digital Lezyne pump. It's easier to set precise pressures, which I find especially important when racing in the rain. That said, you can get accurate-enough pressures for most road and gravel riding conditions.
One slight issue that you'll face (literally) if, like me, you're slightly vertically challenged, is that with the handle fully drawn up, my chin was in danger of taking a knock. (Birzman describes it as a longer version of the Maha Push & Twist V, so shorter folk might be better off with that.)
I'm also not the biggest fan of the plastic handle. I don't mind plastic handles generally, but the underside of this one isn't that comfortable on the fingers. You can get a varnished wooden handle with the Maha Grand III if you're bothered, though that also comes with a price hike to £69.99.
At £44.99, this is on a par price-wise with other good options. The Lezyne that I mentioned above is £49.99, though I picked it up on a discount. The pump that everything has to beat at this price, though, is the Topeak Joe Blow Sport III. In its latest form, it scored a 9/10 from us.
Value is always slightly subjective, but I'd say that you're getting a good deal with this pump. It seems to be well made with a great head, long hose and a good gauge. For my particular needs, I'd still pick a digital pump for the accuracy of the gauge, but many road and gravel riders will be very happy with this pump.
If you need a pump that easily reaches high pressures with a head that is quick to use then this is a very good option.
Easy to get high pressures with a great head system
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Birzman Maha Grand Push & Twist V Floor Pump
Size tested: 757mm High
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?
Compatible with both Presta and Schrader under the same simple steps
Insert, PUSH the collar down and TWIST it by one turn to secure engagement; simply pull back the collar to disengage.
Pressure bleed button ( CAD ) for ultimate accuracy.
A taller version of Birzman's Maha Push & Twist V with a height of 757mm.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Specification list from Birzman:
Head: Push & Twist (Presta / Schrader).
Handle: High polymer.
Barrel: CNC machined aluminium.
Base: High polymer.
Capacity: 220 PSI / 15 Bar.
Height: 757 mm.
Plastic handle could be more comfortable underneath.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Perfectly. Very easy to use.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The head system is brilliant and very easy to use.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The underside of the plastic handle isn't the comfiest.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Around the expected price. The Topeak Joe Blow is the biggest competition – it's really good and a bit cheaper.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? No, I prefer a digital display.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Easy inflation with a great head and a decent gauge, but cheaper alternatives are really good too.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. Liam spends his time plodding his way through cyclocross races, very busy not winning. As an advocate for perfectly clean chains, he can be found cleaning his bike instead of training. A shop mechanic, Liam has many helpful skills, such as being able to identify 'cross tubs by the tread pattern alone. If you bump into him, he'll probably be eating.