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Merida Telescope MTB mini-pump review

Merida Telescope MTB mini-pump is an affordable pocketable bike pump for mountain bike and gravel riding

Merida Telescopic MTB mini-pump
(Image: © Graham Cottingham)

Bike Perfect Verdict

Reasonably sturdy mini-pump with decent performance which is easily stashed away for mountain bike and gravel riding

Pros

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    Aluminum construction

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    Small size and lightweight

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    Decent price

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    Works well across mountain and gravel tires

Cons

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    Not the fastest inflation

Merida may not be the first brand that comes to mind when shopping for a mountain bike pump but its pocketable Telescopic mini pump has a sturdy-yet-simple design that makes it worthy of consideration.

Merida's Telescopic MTB mini-pump has an almost complete aluminum construction with just the head of the pump, which the Schrader, Presta and Dunlop compatible chuck screws into, being made from plastic. This gives the pump a durable feel in the hand while still managing to weigh in at a respectable 112g (despite Merida quoting 162g). As the pump is only 18cm long, it can be easily stashed away in a jersey pocket, handlebar bag or using the included frame mount for under a bottle cage. A small rubber cap covers the pump hole and a rubber seal keeps the pump securely shut and reducing water ingress. 

High-volume mountain bike pumps prioritize pushing a larger quantity of air rather than achieving high pressures. The claimed max pressure of 80psi is very high for a mountain bike pump considering mountain bikes generally don't need more than 30psi. We haven't tried to reach max pressure but found it capable of inflating gravel tires, which require more pressure than mountain bike tires do, without issue.

Merida Telescopic MTB mini-pump

The flippable chuck will inflate Schrader, Presta and Dunlop valves (Image credit: Graham Cottingham)

Performance

Pumps that use push-on heads can be a mixed bag however the Merida pump slides over the valve with ease and the silver locking lever securely clicks into place, sealing the pump in place and stopping any air leaking out when in use. Despite a fair bit of service, the rubber seal doesn't appear to show any signs of wear which can be a weak point on other pumps.

The pump isn't the fastest performer as it doesn't have a dual-action stroke, however the telescopic design does give a long stroke which pushes a decent amount of air into the tire. The slower performance is less noticeable when pumping up gravel tires which don't need as much air to achieve the desired riding pressures. The pump is quite noisy as the telescopic sections make a very audible clicking noise in use, although it's more likely to annoy your riding friends as they wait for you to fix your puncture.

Merida Telescopic MTB mini-pump

A telescopic shaft gives the pump more stroke than its compact size would suggest (Image credit: Graham Cottingham)

Verdict

Merida's Telescopic MTB pump (opens in new tab) is small and light making it easily stashable on mountain and gravel bike rides. It might not be the fastest tire inflator but the aluminium construction feels well made and the price is very fair. 

Merida Telescope MTB mini-pump specs

  • Price: £22.99 
  • Weight: 112g 
  • Length: 18cm
  • Max pressure: 80 psi

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro and, most recently, gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotlands wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect and the muckier side of Cyclingnews 


Rides: Canyon Strive, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg