Review: Birzman Floor Pump + Tools
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Apr 10, 2014  hits 56,106

Top to bottom, the Zacoo Maha III is a brilliant, high-quality piece of equipment.
Top to bottom, the Zacoo Maha III is a brilliant, high-quality piece of equipment.

The relative mouthful of a product name that is Birzman's 'Zacoo Maha III Floor Pump' doesn't do much to tell you about the awesome innovations that Birzman is doing in the world of bike tools. What caught my attention was their Snap-It pump head, which generally eliminates the frustrating experience of forcing a rubber pump head onto a tiny presta valve. I contacted Birzman and asked if I could review their gear, and they happily obliged. Along with the Zacoo pump, they sent along a couple of their hand tools, which they manufacture for both the shop and road. Enjoy the gallery below, along with the captions.

The world of bicycle tools is a LARGE one, and we couldn't possible hope to completely represent any brand in just one article. Still, from everything I've seen of Birzman, they take great pride in the quality of their equipment. Everything they make is meticulously designed and manufactured. For this article, however, all I wanted to look at was their unique Snap-It pump head, and one of the floor pumps that uses it, the Zacoo Maha III. In addition, I'll take a look at their Velocity Road Pump (which also features a Snap-It head), the Damselfly chain tool, and the Freexman Cicada 10 multi tool. As you click through the images, be sure to read the captions for a full description of these VERY high-quality tools. Birzman is doing great things for the cyclist and triathlete alike.



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Zacoo Maha III, Floor Pump 

  • Top to bottom, the Zacoo Maha III is a brilliant, high-quality piece of equipment.
  • Birzman's Snap-It head is one of the cooler pieces of tech here - instead of just jamming rubber against your Presta valve, you seat it gently, then pull forward the gold-colored end of the barrel, and twist to lock. It's also totally user-rebuildable, which I love.
  • Birzman claims the locking Snap-It head will save you from the occasional broken Presta valve caused by standard pump heads. Having broken several valves myself, I find it easy to believe the claim.
  • Another full shot of the Zacoo Maha III
  • A polished aluminum base looks great, and functions well.
  • The varnished wood twin handle is very posh, and includes a little groove to hang the pump hose.
  • The Zacoo Maha III floor pump.
  • The base of the pump has a couple slots for pump head accessories. Nice.
  • This bad boy will go up to 220psi, thanks to the premium construction and Snap-It valve. Those higher pressures are for you Track athletes only. Triathletes, please don't go much higher than the 100-120 range highlighted in green. Most of you don't even need anywhere need the top of that range. I weigh about 155, and I ride at about 100psi most of the time.

Velocity, Road Pump 

  • Another snazzy entry in the Birzman line, the Velocity road pump. It can mount to your frame and still leave room for a bottle cage.
  • Velocity also has the Snap-It valve. Very nice.
  • The Velocity Road Pump
  • The Velocity Road Pump

Hand tools: Freexman Cicada 10, Damselfly 

  • The Freexman Cicada 10 is a 10-function multi tool with carbon fiber end pieces, custom bolts inscribed with the Birzman logo, and polished steel tools.
  • The Freexman Cicada 10 is a 10-function multi tool with carbon fiber end pieces, custom bolts inscribed with the Birzman logo, and polished steel tools.
  • The larger wrenches on the Freexman Cicada 10 are hollowed out to save weight. Nice!
  • That big paddle isn't a money clip - it's a mobile chain tool! Not something seen in your everyday road tool.
  • My one complaint about the Cicada 10 is that the 2mm wrench is bent into an L shape. For things like adjusting a Speed Concept's brake stance (and certainly other functions I'm not thinking of), you need a straight tool.
  • This is the Damselfly chain tool. It's tough, robust, and has a very solid feel.
  • The Damselfly's pin punch is replaceable, a very nice feature. It comes with a spare, in case yours ever wears out or breaks.
  • The Damselfly chain tool.

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