A few weeks back, Audew reached out to see if I was interested in reviewing their new line of small bike pumps. I agreed to review the pump in exchange for being able to keep or give the product away. They agreed.
I am a fan of mini pumps and really like my Lezyne mini, so I decided to give their mini pump a shot. My initial reaction upon opening the package which came via Amazon was that it had quite a few things inside. Not only did the pump come with a frame mount, but it also included tire levers and a bunch of glueless tire patches.
The pump is compact which is a good and a bad thing. It is easy to take with you on a ride, but it also means that the chamber is small and inflation will take a lot of work. Let's look at how the whole thing works.
A short removable hose is attached to the main cylinder. The hose has interchangeable tips for Presta and Schrader valves. You can switch the style of valve receptor by simply flipping the tip around and screwing it back in to the end of the hose. The tip is clearly marked with S and P for reference. This is a nice touch. The tip also rotates so that it is easy to thread on and off of a valve stem. I found the tip to be a little slippery in hand, but worked fine with gloves. I lost almost no air taking it off the valve stem during use.
The compact design means it takes a little while to pump up the tires, but it is almost as good as the $50 Lezyne mini pump that I have. I used the Audew mini pump to top off both of my tubeless GP5000 28mm tires, and it worked admirably for such a tiny pump. It took a lot of strokes to go from 70 psi to 80 psi, but that is to be expected. No one would see it as a replacement for a floor pump.
The top mounted gauge really helps get you in the ballpark without constantly stopping to squeeze the tire. I found it to be rather accurate, testing it against my floor pump gauge and my Schwalbe digital pressure gauge. It seemed to be +/- 3 psi based on my eyes and the tiny readings on the Audew. The gauge could really benefit from a few more dashes, but you can clearly see where 60 and 90 psi are with a dash in between at every 10 psi. Most of the gauge markings are outside the usable range for most road tires. A 0-120 psi gauge dial would be a lot more useful.
Having a gauge on the road is a nice bonus. You really only need to get close when you are on the road, and if you utilize this pump for emergency use only, you can easily get by with the accuracy of the gauge. I have wondered countless times if I put enough air back in after flatting. I have stopped many a time after starting up to put some more air in after feeling a little soft on the road. The Audew gauge would have helped me out on those days, and that is exactly why I now have the little Schwalbe digital tire pressure gauge I mentioned above. It is small and fits in my saddle bag with no problem.
The only thing I found to be troublesome with this pump was the separate hose. Many designs (like the Lezyne) allow you to store the hose inside the chamber, and I would be a little worried about losing the hose if I kept it in a pocket or not in the frame mount. The velcro equipped mount (which was included with bolts) sits beneath a bottle cages on your bike. The hose is not that flexible (due to it being high pressure), so you cannot just keep it attached and folded down into a jersey pocket.
I like the Audew Mini Pump and for $18, it seems like a good budget pump option. It has many of the same features of pumps costing much more and it works well at getting air in tires which is its main purpose.
They also sell through Amazon. The patches and levers seem fine, even if I likely won't be trying them anytime soon. I have no problem giving this surprisingly decent item a 4 star review, although I will monitor its long term performance after the giveaway and report back anything interesting. The giveaway is taking place tonight at the Campus Tuesday Night Ride.