We actually offered a first glimpse of the new for 2019 Syncros Vernon 2.0 floor pump just before the holidays in Tyler’s Editor’s Choice picks. The new Vernon floor pump definitely piqued our interest with its dual mode gauge offering the ability to set high-pressure road & low-pressure off-road tires up with the same pump…
Syncros Vernon 2.0 dual-gauge high & low pressure pump
It seems like a basic requirement, but very few pumps actually offer the ability to output precise adjustment for both the low-pressure range that cyclocross & mountain bikers need AND the high-pressure range for traditional road setups. That typically means that any cyclist riding both on & off-road must either sacrifice accuracy on one bike or end up with more than one floor pump.
So the new $100 Syncros Vernon 2.0 solves the conundrum with dual modes offering variable pump volume with two internal pump chambers, all activated by simply flipping the gauge around to display two different pressure ranges.
In road mode the pump uses just the pump’s one smaller internal chamber to deliver 327 cubic centimeters of air per stroke to easily get skinny road tires up to pressure. With the pump in road mode, you also get a graduated gauge up to 160psi/11bar.
In mountain mode the Vernon adds a second larger air chamber to push out 799cc per stroke, making it quicker to pump up large volume tires but also claiming to be enough to seat tubeless tire setups. Flipping the gauge into MTB mode engages the lower pressure gauge, with a scale up to just 40psi/2.8bar for gravel, cyclocross, fatbike & traditional mountain bike setups.
Besides the flippable gauge located at the top of the pump body that controls the pressure mode, the Vernon features a steel pump shaft and stable three-legged metal base for stability. The pump also features a traditional two-position pump head where you flip the internals to pump Presta or Schrader valves, plus the addition of a small bleed port on the head to fine tune pressure.
Tyler’s mini review
I’ve been using this pump for the past few months, and it’s excellent. The pressure release valve on the pump head is handy and well placed such that you don’t accidentally hit it while trying to remove it from the valve stem. When in MTB mode, the pumping effort is a good bit harder, but not too bad. About the only thing I would improve is making the pump head universal rather than having to flip the insert to go between Presta and Schrader. Worth a look if you want one pump to handle most. Now, if they could make it with a booster tank to inflate tubeless…