Judging by all the fat bike specific product popping up, you might think you would need all new everything to get your fat bike fix. While not totally true, there are a few things that would definitely make life easier – like pumps that are more accurate at low pressures. We caught wind of the new Topeak JoeBlow Fat at Eurobike, but it seems the company has made a critical change to the pump since we laid eyes on the prototype. Instead of making the pump just for fat bikers, why not build a low pressure pump that will fit the needs of most mountain bikers and cyclocrossers while they’re at it?
Thanks to a small tweak, anyone running pressures under 30 PSI should be a fan of the new JoeBlow family member…
Originally, the prototype JoeBlow Fat had a gauge that topped out at just 15 psi. While that would provide excellent readout to really dial in those low pressures, it excluded just about everyone but fat bikers from the new pump. By bumping up the maximum PSI to 30, the Fat should still provide plenty of accuracy at the lower ranges but it opens up the pump to use for most mountain bikers and cyclocross riders who are running low pressures and looking for more accuracy at the pump.
According to Topeak, the pump is built so that one stroke of the massive barrel equals one PSI. Combine that with a gauge that is supposedly accurate to +/- 1 PSI and you should have an awesome low pressure pump.
Equipped with a dual sided TwinHead, the JoeBlow Fat adds a bleeder valve right at the tee for easy adjustment of pressure. Riders looking for more than 30 PSI but still lower than road pressures may also want to check out the JoeBlow Mountain which tops out at 70 PSI. Available in about 3 weeks, the JoeBlow Fat will sell for $54.95.