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TIPS FOR SELECTING BICYCLE SHOCK PUMPS
Ensuring that you have the right shock pump is equivalent to making sure your tires are at the right pressure. When you have a low suspension, it would create a travel in the mechanical parts and can result in damage in cases of high pressure. If it is too low, you might not get the required absorption and it could spoil the pump.
Here are some things you should consider if you are on the lookout for the best shock pump.
Shock pumps are usually specialised equipment that require high pressures to function. Some need pressures as high as 250 – 300 PSI to guarantee effectiveness. As a result you need one that can easily fit the suspension and would deliver the required pressure in good time.
Nozzles and Valves
You need to check the nozzles to determine if it would fit a variety of pumps. The valves of some suspensions are either long or short. This has an effect on whether the pump would be able to make seals and pump air to the suspension. A lot of good pumps are equipped with anti-leak chucks because you can easily lose pressure when using them.
Mounting and Sizing
If you are the type that wants to carry his air shock pump around, then you need to be on the lookout for size. It doesn’t just have to be compact enough, it also has to be able to give you the range of PSI you need. As a result, you also need to consider how easy it would be for you to mount it. This is because, you can decide to mount the shock pump to your frame.
The Pressure Gauge
A lot of bicycle pumps would not register a pressure that is lower than 10 PSI because this is a low PSI rating. They were actually manufactured for creating high pressures, and that is what you should use them for. You can decide to use them for other things but with PSI ratings ranging from 300 to 400, they wouldn’t work well for other roles.
Bike pumps are specialized equipment made for use at a high PSI. They are made for use on suspension systems, but you can decide to use them for other applications. However, since the pumps are not made for other uses, you would notice a variation in performance for different applications.
Ease of Use
Suspension valves have lesser uniformity compared to tire valves. In essence, make sure the pump you are considering is compatible with your suspension valves. You won’t really find much information about this in the product descriptions. Alternatively, check out a lot of reviews or ask the manufacturers.
SThere shouldn’t be a steep learning curve when it comes to dealing with shock pumps. You should be able to just connect your pump and get the PSI to the level you require. Be on the lookout for the location of pressure release valves. Sometimes they are not ideal, and can make you lose a lot of pressure very quickly.