Topeak Mini Morph

by lostcyclingdude

PSSSH! The tire goes flat and you are either a) 20 miles from home or b)on the backside of some forsaken conservation trail. How are you going to get home?

The Topeak Mini Morph is a powerful little tool for getting those tire reinflated and back on the road. I've even seen some crazy people use them as their main bike pump. And, if nothing else, they make for an insane, upper-arm workout.

As with anything branded Topeak, you have the benefits of a tool that is both repairable, and designed to last for a decade. Pump it up!

The Mini Morph To The Rescue!

Everyone knows to carry a spare tube with you when you go riding.  That way if you get a flat, you can put the new tube in and make it home.   However, you will need an air source to pump up that tube.  Sure, sometimes you can cheat fate and always have flats near a gas station with free air refills. 

But I wouldn't count on it. 

Enter the Topeak Mini Morph

The Topeak has several different Morph models of pump, and the Mini Morph is the smallest. It rides discretely on the frame of your bike, typically somewhere around the water bottle mount, there for you when you need it.

When you need air, you just unclip it from your frame, attach the hose to your tire, and flip out the little foot stand.  You can then stand on the foot stand and keep the Mini Morph steady while you pump. 

Because the Mini Morph is so small, I've seen a lot of riders just stick into their jersey pocket.  Sure, it sticks out, but it seems to ride ok back there.  Typically, though, I would recommend mounting it to the bike. 

The Mini Morph works with Presta, Schrader and Dunlop valves.  You actually have to unscrew the heads and switch out the rubber grommet on the inside to convert it for the different valve types.  I think it is pretty simple to do it, but you might want to practice when you first get the pump, just so you are comfortable. 

Topeak Mini Morph Frame Pump

Topeak Mini Morph Bike Pump
$29.32  $25.53

It Mounts Discretely

Mini Morph Frame Mount
Mini Morph Frame Mount

Besides, once you get the pump set up the right way for your bike, you probably won't need to swap it out very often. 


CO2 Vs. Pumps

When it comes to an emergency air source, I love CO2 cartridges.  Sure they may not fill it up as full, but they are dang fast and get you riding quickly. 

But, I will admit that I -- one time -- I have bummed one of my friend's mini morphs to finish airing up tires and to get them to the full 120 PSI they required. 

The problem with these small pumps like the Mini Morph is that they don't have much room in their air chamber.  So you have to pump and pump and pump and pump and... 

It's a workout, but you get home. 

Updated: 04/25/2012, lostcyclingdude
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