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Lezyne Pocket Drive mini pump

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£25.00

VERDICT:

7
10
Super-small, well made, good looking and simple to use, but inflating requires a lot of effort
Incredibly light
Very compact
Threaded connector is easy to use
Looks great
Excellent build quality
Comes with a mount
You need to do a lot of pumping to inflate a tyre
Weight: 
79g

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The Lezyne Pocket Drive is a stylish, superlight and very compact hand pump that is cable of delivering relatively high pressure, though it takes quite a bit of work. It's compatible with both Schrader and Presta and also features a pressure release valve for quick adjustment on the fly for Schrader valves. You also get a frame mount, although the pump is so small you might prefer to keep it tucked away in a saddle pack or back pocket.

Weighing just 79g and measuring 140mm long, the Pocket Drive makes a strong case for being taken on a ride over a CO2 inflator and cartridge.

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For comparison, the Birzman E-Grip 16g CO2 inflator weighs 82g, while Lezyne's own Control Drive CO2 Inflator also weighs a touch more, at 85g. Admittedly, a CO2 inflator is easier to pack in a small bag, but the hand pump scores points because you don't need to remember to take spare cartridges on long rides (and you don't run the risk of getting frozen hands).

If the Pocket Drive doesn't quite fit inside your choice of bike luggage (I couldn't get it in my favourite seat roll, sadly), and you don't want to sacrifice a jersey pocket, it comes with a frame adapter that fits in place of or under a bottle cage. The plastic adapter allows you to attach the pump, while the Velcro strap keeps it held firmly in place.

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The pump is constructed from CNC machined aluminium and looks absolutely delightful. Every part of the pump appears to be constructed to a high standard and from prior experience with Lezyne stuff (my go-to track pump for the last few years is a Lezyne digital drive), it's built to last.

Inside the body of the Pocket Drive lies a removable 12cm flexible hose, with a Schrader valve at one end and a Presta valve at the other. Lezyne has kindly written which is which on the hose – handy for those times when you're too bleary eyed to tell which is which, or you're just in a rush.

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Just unscrew the hose from one end of the pump, remove it and screw it into the opposite end. It's all very neat and simple. When the pump isn't in use, a weather-resistant rubber cap at each end stops any water or debris getting inside.

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Connecting the Pocket Drive is a doddle since the hose uses the tried-and-tested threaded connector, so no matter which type of valve you're attaching it to, just screw it on until it's tight and start pumping. When you want to remove the valve, just unscrew it and away you go.

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Lezyne recommends applying a small amount of thread locker on the valve core, in case you remove it when you're unscrewing, though I never had an issue with this during testing (though I do occasionally check the tightness of the valve core). You can always carry a core removal tool, if it worries you.

The hose is just long enough to curl the pump at a 90 degree angle to the tyre valve, ensuring you don't put any unwanted pressure on it.

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An air bleed system is built into the connector at the Presta end, allowing you to release pressure on the fly, but it only works on the Schrader end – on the Presta side it merely releases a tiny amount of pressure built up inside the connector, to allow you to release the chuck with ease. This makes sense because you can easily drop pressures just by tapping the end of the tyre valve on a Presta, while it's not so easy to do on a Schrader.

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On to the nitty gritty, then – how does the pump perform in use? The knurled handle gives you plenty to grip on to, and although the opposing smooth handle is very dinky, it's easy to hold. The only slight niggle is that the rubber cap on the end that houses the hose can't be fixed down without the Schrader end to clip on to, so it just sort of dangles about and feels like it's getting in the way.

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Lezyne claims the Pocket Drive is capable of pumping tyres up to 160psi – a bold figure for such a diminutive pump. Testing ours on a 700x28mm tyre, from flat to 35psi took 200 strokes, 55psi took 300 strokes, 70psi took 400 strokes, and about 80psi – the sweet spot for most road bike tyres these days – took 500 strokes... and a lot of blood, sweat and tears. So, 160psi might be possible if your name is Hercules.

Considering the pump telescopes to just 23cm, it's hardly surprising it takes such a long time, but I guess that's the trade-off if you want a really compact pump. That said, the similarly sized Birzman Mini Apogee we reviewed last year managed to inflate a 700x23mm tyre from flat to 63psi in 200 pumps. It's hard to say why there's such a difference in the amount of air they can move when they look very similar on paper.

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As well as the 28mm road tyre, I tested the Pocket Drive on a larger 35mm gravel tyre and a chunky 2in Schwalbe Big Ben on my commuter bike. Both Presta and Schrader valves worked equally well, with no problems at any point. The Pocket Drive pump just needs more, erm, pump.

Though there are loads of mini pumps out there on the market, the Pocket Drive clearly carves out a distinct niche for itself, thanks to its size and weight. The Birzman Mini Apogee mentioned above is probably the closest competitor – it weighs exactly the same and is roughly the same length. Mike raved about the design of the head, and, as already mentioned – it took a lot less effort to inflate a tyre. It's also £3 cheaper.

Verdict

Super-small, well made, good looking and simple to use, but inflating requires a lot of effort

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lezyne Pocket Drive mini pump

Size tested: n/a

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?

Lezyne says, "The Pocket Drive is an amazingly compact and lightweight bicycle hand pump featuring plenty of pumping efficiency. It's constructed from durable CNC machined aluminum and has a handle that's lightly knurled for slip resistant operation. With its overlapping handle and integrated ABS Flex Hose, the Pocket Drive offers performance unmatched for its size. The pump is Presta and Schrader valve compatible, and it's completely rebuildable for continued use at a high level."

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

Lezyne lists:

MAX: 160psi | 11 bar

WEIGHT: 79g

DIMENSIONS: 140 mm

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

The build quality is superb.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Easy to use and nice to hold. The small size does mean you need to do a lot of pumping to inflate a tyre.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

No problems so far with limited use, but other Lezyne products have always lasted well.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
10/10

Ultra lightweight – it might make you leave that CO2 inflator at home.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

About the same as other similar mini pumps, and in some cases cheaper, but the Lezyne has them beat on size and weight. The Birzman Mini Apogee is better value though.

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

It's really simple to use, but you do need to spend a lot of time pumping to inflate a tyre.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It's so small and light.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Inflating a tyre from flat takes a lot of time and effort. I would say that this is acceptable if you're only using the pump to top up tyre pressures on longer rides, which wouldn't require much pumping.

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

It's cheaper than several larger mini pumps, such as the Fabric Nanobar and Topeak Race Rocket HP, though it's on a par with the Pro Bike Tool Mini and more expensive than its closest (and better performing) competitor, the Birzman Mini Apogee.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

If you can live with the slightly sluggish pumping performance, the Lezyne Pocket Drive is otherwise a great piece of kit: superlight, very compact and simple to use.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 39  Height: 6'4  Weight: 175lbs

I usually ride: Steel audax bike  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, sportives,

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16 comments

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Amaca | 2 years ago
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Your pump-test v Birzman - A 28mm tyre holds a lot more air than a 23mm, so will take more pumps to inflate

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Chris Hayes | 3 years ago
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...but FFS, 500 strokes to 80psi?  I suspect that the valves would fail trying to inflate a tyre to 160psi - that or the cheap allloy components would overheat and expand... just saying.

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Chris Hayes | 3 years ago
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Every piece of Lezyne equipment I have owned has failed, either the hose or the monkey metal threads on pumps, or the tips of their ill fitting tools.  I'm not sure what has happened to their quality control, but do yourself a favour and buy a Silca Tattico. Okay, it's twice the price at GBP 50.00 but it is a precision engineered product that easily delivers 80psi into your tyres. 

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Simon E replied to Chris Hayes | 3 years ago
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Chris Hayes wrote:

Every piece of Lezyne equipment I have owned has failed

That is disappointing but my experience is different. 2 mini pumps, a stainless multitool and at least 4 front lights and 1 rear have all worked perfectly.

The only item I've had fail was the original Mini Drive light due to bent contacts in the mini-USB charging port (replaced under warranty with a Mini Drive XL that is still fine 7 years later).

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Truffl3Shuffl3 replied to Simon E | 3 years ago
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My digital drive pump is still going perfectly after a couple of years, and I use it all the time. Tried a few other floor pumps but this is by far the best I've come across. It's very solid and I can't see anything falling.

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Chris Hayes replied to Simon E | 3 years ago
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..that reminds me of the Lezyne lights I've had that have failed...two rear, one front - bought from and returned to the Velo House in Tunbridge Wells before it's sad demise.  I now use exposure and have been using the same lights for 5 years - pretty much daily in all weathers.

But why did you need two mini pumps if the first was okay - or is this a first world question ?  1  

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ktache replied to Chris Hayes | 3 years ago
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The CNC bottle cage is fairly indestructable, very little to go wrong, so good 2 now  adorns 2 of my bicycles, very practical and both commuters.

My HV micro floor pump (with gauge) has been alright, the chuck needed replacing, it was plastic when I purchased it, now metal.  All Lezyne stuff is shiny, this was no exception.  I haven't had it remove the core yet, it might.  It hurts my hand to pump it.  Don't use it much, got it to take to my better halfs to keep the getting to hospital bikes tyres pumped up, now lives at work, and gets taken on my bigger rides (just in case, you know the ones you take 2 tubes on, or at least did before tubeless..)

There does seem to theme of people having complaints about their products on here...

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Chris Hayes replied to ktache | 3 years ago
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I have to fess up, I'd forgotten, but I do have a Lezyne digital floor pump that's still working - though I am very careful threading the monkey metal valve connector when I use it. 

That saiid, at GBP 100,  it is no better than the zefal pump I bought from Decathlon, Vannes whilst on holiday 5-6 years ago (EUR19.00) .... bought because I'd forgotten the Lezyne one.  Infact, the Zefal pump is easier to use! 

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ktache replied to Chris Hayes | 3 years ago
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I kind of wish I'd gone for the less flashy Topeak version, Topeak make great pump products.

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KoenM replied to Chris Hayes | 3 years ago
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Same here, they look good but they underperform!

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Podc | 3 years ago
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I've got a Lezyne floor pump and am on the third or fourth thread chuck and the newest one has been an absolute pig for unscrewing valve cores. Never had a problem before unless the core was loose but this one will unscrew anything not tightened up very tight.

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mike the bike replied to Podc | 3 years ago
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I've always loved the look and the feel of Lezyne's stuff and it is, as they say, reassuringly expensive.  But my experience of their lights, one of which cost £100, fails to match my expectations.  Flimsy mini-USB connectors and intermittent switches have rather put me off the brand.  

 

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KoenM | 3 years ago
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"Lezyne recommends applying a small amount of thread locker on the valve core, in case you remove it when you're unscrewing" 

This is 1 of the reasons I stopped using Lezyne pumps, it happened so many times that I pumped up my tire just to loose all the air again after unscrewing the hose and seeing the valvecore on the wrong side of the pump! 
Sorry Lezyne buy I shouldn't have to use loctite on a pump, design your pumps better!! The other reason I stopped using Lezyne pumps is that the rubbers rings in the pump became brittle and hard after a year on the bike so u have to replace them! 
From now on I use Topeak pumps without a hose!

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Truffl3Shuffl3 replied to KoenM | 3 years ago
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It was never a problem with this pump, though I do check the valve cores now and again so maybe that helps. 

Funnily enough it was an issue with an old Topeak rocket pump that used the same type of connector, but that was a distant past when I didn't even know what a valve core was, let alone check it's tightness.

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KoenM replied to Truffl3Shuffl3 | 3 years ago
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That's the thing I shouldn't need to check my valve core before a ride, that's just stupid!
I've had 3!!! Lezyne pumps and all of them had this problem!
Also I was talking about the Topeaks without a hose, because I've had the same problem with that one (although it happened less), I now choose Topeak DA pumps (Mountain and Roadie versions) they have a locking pumphead and they work MUCH better and faster!
 

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kil0ran | 3 years ago
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I second the threadlock on valve cores tip for this pump (and indeed all Lezyne screw-on pumps). Alternatively, run tubes without removable cores (Michelin tubes usually). The big problem isn't so much the removal of the core as the fact that the valve then ends up stuck in the end of the pump and will need to be turned out with pliers, which you probably won't be carrying. Unfortunately I learnt all these things on a wet Tuesday night in Stoke*

*actually a wet Thursday in the New Forest

and had a 4 mile walk home which in turn trashed the sidewalls of the tyre

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