The SKS Spaero Sport Deep Black Pump is a recent addition to the German company's range and uses a retractable hose with an easy-to-use screw-on head. The pump action is smooth and solid feeling, and it'll inflate up to 70 psi relatively easily making it a good pump to get you home.
It's good looking as pumps go with a sleek black construction. You get to the short rubber hose via a rubber flap, the hose is only compatible with Presta or Dunlop valves. As I said up top it screws into place easily and once in place it stays put during inflation.
The small pump manages to offer a 13cm stroke and with the rubber hose attached to the valve, you can firmly grasp the pump in both hands and pump vigorously to quickly inflate the tyre. The beauty of the hose arrangement is you don't have to also hold the pump onto the valve with one hand, so you're free to concentrate on pumping.
The ergonomics are the noticeable compromise of such small pumps, but you can clasp this one firmly in the hands and with gloves on it's no trouble. It takes up very little space in a jersey pocket, or you could attach it to the frame with the supplied water bottle mount. As you'd expect it's very light at just 97g.
As with most mini pumps of this size, it does take a while to reach a satisfactory tyre pressure, but persist and you will eventually get to a decent level. You can get to about 70 psi, happily enough to continue your ride without cutting your route short. I only ride with 90-100 psi in my tyres anyway.
I'm not the biggest fan of mini pumps but I have been happily using this one for several months, and a few punctures have proven that it's up to the task. Its decent pumping performance makes it a top choice if you're in the market for a new mini pump. A good alternative to Lezyne's mini pumps
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Make and model: SKS Spaero Sport Deep Black Pump
Size tested: One size
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?
Classy design combined with sophisticated technology and high pressure power distinguish the SPAERO SPORT minipump. Under the dust cap there is an extendable hose with a screw-on head that guarantees a tight fit to SV and DV valves.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Elegant, cutting edge pump design with integrated extendable hose for easy use
Alloy internals for strength and long life
Extendable hose is hidden neatly within the body when not in use and screws securely onto valve heads
Narrow barrel version, perfect for high pressure road tyres
Weighs only 110 grams
Max pressure 115 psi
Fits Presta valves
Made in Germany
Despite its lack of weight it proved strong and solid during earnest pumping
Very impressive for such a small pump, the screw-on valve head is the best feature, making it much easier overall to use
Yes, it is durable
You won't notice it in your jersey pocket that's for sure
Most mini pumps struggle in the ergonomics department and this one is no different, but it's not too bad really
It's on a par with most other pumps, but there are some cheaper mini pumps available
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It worked very well, certainly reliable enough for more than just getting you home, you can be safe in the knowledge it won't let you down
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The screw-on head is very secure and the bendy hose makes it easy to use
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
As with most mini pumps, you work up a sweat and get a good bicep workout inflating to high pressures
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.