If you want something tiny that'll blow up your tyres, get a CO2 inflator

A pump that fits in the palm of your hand? Capable of 130psi? Excuse my cynicism but we've been here before, on many occasions, and the outcome is more often that not the same: pump doesn't deliver. That's the case here, sadly.

The nicely-constructed Airik has a smooth barrel and is genuinely tiny, at just 12cm long. It's Presta only and the first problem is that it screws onto the second, wider thread on the valve: fine if you have a second thread, a major problem if you don't. The pump simply didn't function at all on 8 out of the 10 presta wheels in the office.

Assuming you've got the right inner tube then the pump screws on nice and snug and it's time to start pumping. You can forget about cramming 130psi into your tyres though. That might be possible on the blackboard or with some kind of beefy robot arm in the lab, but by the side of the road, in the rain, 90 miles in? I limited myself to 250 strokes which is more than you'd be prepared to throw at the problem on a ride, and the result was a just-about-get-you-home 65psi. We carried on for a bit and managed to squeak 80psi before our arm muscles gave out and there was a small crater in my palm from the end of the pump.


Not much to recommend this one I'm afraid. If it was any good then it would be great that it's so small, but that's the reason it isn't any good. Hey ho. If you want something tiny that'll blow up your tyres, get a CO2 inflator.

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Xtreme Airik mini pump

Size tested: Black

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Did you enjoy using the product? No

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Would you recommend the product to a friend? No

Overall rating: 3/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 190cm  Weight: 96kg

I usually ride: whatever I\\\'m testing...  My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with Ultegra 6700

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.


handlebarcam [1043 posts] 9 years ago

I get it, it is called the Airik because it pumps air and is the size of a lipstik. Pity it sounds like in actuality it is a load of shiss.