Ohuhu Mini Pump Review

Ohuhu Mini Pump Review

 

Ohuhu Mini Pump Review

 

Paul Horta-Hopkins

 

A review of the Ohuhu Mini Pump.

 

Pumps are one of those items that every cyclist has, but never wants to use. Despite the existence of sealant filled tubeless tyres, making punctures almost a thing of the past – almost – road cyclists have been slow to take to them. Which means every ride brings with it the possibility of a puncture spoiling your day. Traditional frame pumps with their larger volume barrels made inflating a tyre back up to pressure, if not easy at least bearable. With the advent of modern tube shapes and frame designs it has become difficult to mount a full size pump, which has led to the introduction of the mini pump. Our offering is the Ohuhu Mini Pump

 

Say hello to my little friend, the Ohuhu Mini Pump
Say hello to my little friend, the Ohuhu Mini Pump

 

The Ohuhu Mini Pump is a diminutive little beast, at a touch under 190mm when closed, it’s only another 100mm bigger once extended. Weighing in at 89g the Ohuhu fits easily into a rear pocket and won’t be stretching it out of shape. It has a pleasant, solid feel in the hand, due to it’s all metal construction, something that would please my dad, who said a metal pump was always best because they were better for beating off stray dogs in Australia! I’m not sure that is something the Ohuhu Mini Pump would excel at, but if you ever find yourself facing a wild dog in the Australian outback, let us know how you get on.

 

Antipodean adventures aside, how did the Ohuhu Mini Pump perform? Pumping a 23mm tyre back up to 100psi would seem a pretty realistic test, although I must admit I wasn’t looking forward to what is never an enjoyable experience. Setting the timer going, I was impressed to get to 80psi after only three minutes and up to 100psi in five. Despite it’s short, 100mm stroke, it was only the final 20psi that were uncomfortable. The head of the pump has a smooth profile which you can use for a more comfortable grip, hooking a finger round the end helps hold the pump in place.

 

89g of miniature pumping power, it's amazing that something so small can get you back on the road
89g of miniature pumping power, it’s amazing that something so small can get you back on the road

 

The handle however is not so comfortable, it’s just a flat cylinder head, so it’s just as well it doesn’t take too long to pump your tyre. The head has a couple of little lugs on the inside that when you push the handle down and twist, engage with a couple of slots in the body and keep the head from moving or rattling.

 

The head has a small metal lever for clamping the pump onto the inner tube valve, this again is metal and has a nice, firm feel to it’s action. The head can be disassembled and the internals swapped around to accept a Schrader valve.

 

The head comes apart allowing you to swap the internals around
The head comes apart allowing you to swap the internals around

 

The Ohuhu Mini Pump comes with a holder that attaches to your bottle cage mounts. This is fitted with a velcro strap, so once you’ve clipped the pump in place you can strap it down, safe in the knowledge is isn’t going anywhere. I must admit I didn’t bother with this and preferred to keep it in my back pocket. There is also a small cover for the valve, to keep muck out when attached to the bike, however this was too attractive an accessory for my toddler, who removed it. As the pump spends all it’s time in my rear pocket this isn’t a problem.

 

Retailing for around £11, the Ohuhu Mini Pump is a great little pump, it’ll never be as easy to use as a full size frame pump, but it does work and will get you back on the road if the puncture fairies strike.

 

 

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