Truflo's Digitrack Track Pump is very well manufactured and does the business of getting air into your tyres in a fast and solid manner. You'll have to decide whether it's worth the extra price to have a digital display, though.
Ergonomics is something Truflo has concentrated on with its track pump. This shows with things like the slightly upwards swoop of the handles and the extra couple of inches (over competitors) of barrel length, which means you can stand a little more upright when pumping up your tyres. It all helps if you suffer from lower back pain.
It's a sturdy item to use as well, certainly having some weight without being overly heavy. The housing for the LCD protrudes out quite far, so when it's paired with the outer feet you get a solid three-pronged base to push against. And it needs to be as the Truflo is rated to 240psi/16.5 bar – not that we tested it that far, though I did manage to get 180psi into a pair of tubs without too much hassle.
The head is a beautiful piece of machined alloy with a thumb clamp to hold it on the valve. It takes a fair bit of pressure to use but does guarantee a leak-free fit – you just have to be careful that you don't bend the valve when tightening it.
Both Presta and Schrader valves are catered for thanks to a switchable head, which only takes a couple of seconds to swap over.
The LCD screen is colour and backlit so it's easy to see in most lights, in fact pretty much everything except direct sunlight. By tapping the buttons you can set the pressure limit you want to reach in psi, bar or kg/cm3, and the numbers flash red when you reach that figure. All pretty snazzy, but for this type of money I'd like to see, or hear even, an audible warning.
On the screen there's also a battery indicator to show how much life you've got left in the two CR2032 coin style batteries. I've had the Truflo two months now, using it five or six times a week, and the battery indicator has yet to drop.
Performance-wise, the Truflo reached 100psi/6.9 bar in 22 strokes; that's nothing exactly out of the ordinary compared to its competitors, but certainly quick enough.
The big question then, what about value?
Truflo says the Digitrack has the quality of its mechanical Airess pump with the added bonus of an LCD screen. The Airess is £59.99, so does having digital numbers instead of a needle and gauge warrant an extra £40? Not for me, I have to say.
And that's my overall conclusion really: the Digitrack is a really good pump in the way it works and feels, but I can't really see why it needs to be so expensive. Okay, you can be a little more precise with the digital display, but to my mind it's not a deal clincher.
Brilliantly performing high-pressure track pump, but the LCD screen pushes the price too high
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Truflo Digitrack track pump
Size tested: Silver
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?
Truflo says: "Taking the quality of our renowned Airess track pump, with the added bonus of a LCD display gauge"
The Digitrack pump is capable of the mega high pressures of track tubulars and everything below.
It's a very solid and well built pump that is easy to use.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Polished alloy body with laser etched graphics
Ultra stiff die cast base
2 tone handle
Easy to use base mounted LCD gauge
Rated to 240psi/16.5 Bar
Screw on clever head fits Presta and Schrader valves
Optimal 800mm height
A solid seal on the valve and a quick 22 strokes from 0 to 100psi.
The key components are certainly well manufactured.
Enough weight to feel solid and sturdy.
The overall height and soft handle make it comfortable to use.
Truflo's similar Airess track pump uses a manual gauge and is priced at £59.99, and while the digital display here is great I don't think it warrants an extra 40 quid.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
You can't really fault it for the way it does its job, but you do need to go easy with the thumb lever as it takes quite a bit of pressure, making it easy to bend the valve.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Secure, non-leak fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? I'd recommend it for its pumping ability, it'd be up to them if they wanted to pay the premium for the LCD.
Use this box to explain your score
The Digitrack is a really good pump, the valve fit and build quality are top notch, and I do really like the LCD screen. It's a gadget though and you'd have to decide whether it's worth the £40 premium over very similar quality manual-gauged pumps. I don't think it is, which brings the overall score down a bit.
About the tester
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Mason Definition
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.