Serfas FMP-969 Floor Pump

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Manufacturer Description

Brand new for 2013, the FMP-969 is the pinnacle of pumps featuring a beautifully crafted CNC Design along with a rubber coated stainless steel braided hose.

Features

  • CNC Design
  • Rubber coated stainless steel braided hose
  • Simple Valve Screw on for easy application and maximum retention at high pressure fits both Presta and Schrader
  • CNC Hose Clamp keeps handle secure in transit and storage
  • Aluminum handle and plunger allows leverage for high PSI
  • Oversize gauge for easy visibility
  • Equipped with ball and accessory attachments
  • PSI capacity – 260 PSI
  • Retail – $120

YMMV Review

I generally would not consider a floor pump as one of those things I would like to review for the site. When I was first contacted about it, I said I would take a look. Well, this is not your ordinary floor pump. This is the type of pump you don’t mind leaving out as it has a bit of panache. Of course, it also has to do the job, and we will get to that.

Pumping Close Up - Click to See Larger
Pumping Close Up – Click to See Larger

Testing

I used this pump on plenty of occasions. Most importantly I took it with me for Ironman Coeur d’Alene.

Design ★★★★☆

Appearance (20%) ★★★★★

Construction (40%) ★★★★☆

Features (30%) ★★★★☆

Sustainability (10%) ☆☆☆☆☆

The Serfas FMP-969 Pump might have a poor name, but it looks pretty cool. It is not your ordinary plastic floor pump. This one is CNC Designed with Aluminum. It has an aluminum handle and plunger that gives it more strength and leverage for a higher PSI. It also looks pretty good as well. The pump is able to handle 260 PSI, which is far and above anything I have ever needed. The pump has a large handle hat is both wide and easy to grab onto. The base is also fairly substantial for better stability.

Wide Base - Click to See Larger
Wide Base – Click to See Larger

The pump has a long rubber house that has a stainless steel braid for appearance and strength. The hose exits from the bottom and loops over the top before securing at the bottom of the other side. This nice long length is for easier usage. The pump has a head that works both for Schrader and Presta valves with just a twist. The head screws onto the valve to create an airtight seal. The gauge is nice and large for easy reading. The only drawback I have noticed about the construction has been the lack of sustainable materials used to make it. Even so, the pump looks pretty solid.

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Secured Head – Click to See Larger

Performance ★★★★☆

Adjustability (25%) ★★★★★

Durability (25%) ★★★★☆

Ease of Use (50%) ★★★½☆

Now the pump looks cool but most importantly it has to perform. One thing a floor pump has to be able to do is work for both Schrader and Presta valves. I have several bikes, and nearly all of them are Presta valves but our old cruisers are Schrader, so I need both. I swear the cruisers need air more than the others combined. They are from the 70s. Using the pump was fairly easy once I figured it out. The pump head screws onto the valve which took me a minute to figure it out. What it does is creates a tight seal and allows you to pump up your tires easier as you do not lose any air along the way. I have found that it is not as smooth as some other pumps I have used but worked plenty well. I never did take it up to 260 PSI as my tires are generally around 110. The pump easily handled that pressure. With the wide base and handle it was very stable. When you are finished pumping you just unscrew the head off the valve, and it pops off from the pressure. Pretty sweet once you get the hang of it.

For Schrader & Presta - Click to See Larger
For Schrader & Presta – Click to See Larger

I do really like how the tube is nice and long so it can reach your tires no matter how they are positioned. The tube and head also secure very well. This keeps it nice and clean looking making not only functional but a show piece if you want to leave it out. While I have not had the pump too long, it has been durable thus far and even on travels to Idaho and back, it has not scratched or had any issues.

Overall ★★★★☆

Overall, I would not normally get excited about a floor pump, but the Serfas FMP-969 is pretty cool. It is solid, works, well, and also looks cool. If you are the type of person that generally has a pump out around the house, at least have a good looking one like this. I did find that the pump might not be quite as smooth as some others, but it does handle pressures higher than any other I have seen. This pump might not be for everyone as it retails for $119 but some people like the bling and this pump has it. As always, your mileage may vary.

Pros [field name=iFrame]

  • Looks cool
  • Handles high pressure
  • Long hose
  • Wide base and handle

Cons

  • Not quite as smooth as others
  • Expensive

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Adventures

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About the Author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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