A well sized shock pump for taking on the trail, but details let it down badly
Apr 17 2019
Tools - portable
Small enough to shove in a pack but retains a gauge
Smart valve head allows you to set sag easily
Flimsy handle is an often painful faff
Badly positioned bleed valve can let air out when you're trying to get it in
You need a mid sized pump with a gauge and don't plan on using it regularly
Topeak's Pocketshock DXG is a mid-sized shock pump that should be great for chucking in your pack for on-trail adjustment, but a flimsy handle and poorly placed bleed valve go against an otherwise well made and featured pump.
Weighing just 178g, the Pocketshock DXG splits the difference between full-sized shock pumps that are often a pain to fit in a pack and minimalist units such as Topeak's own Microshock that don't offer a gauge. While the gauge on the Pocketshock goes up to 375psi/25bar, it'd be quite the struggle to get there, but at more normal pressures it's just fine, though it's noticeably slower to inflate than a full-size item.
More of an issue is the slightly flimsy handle that had a habit of both unscrewing itself and also wobbling if you used it with gusto, either jamming against the pump body or pinching your skin with painful consequences. It also doesn't help that the bleed valve for adjusting pressure is just where you'd naturally want to put your hand while pumping, so you can find yourself pissing out pressure when you're trying to put it in.
These flaws are a bit of a shame as otherwise it's a well-made pump that's been happy getting beaten about in a riding bag and I'm a big fan of the valve head that allows you to disconnect the air spring from the pump while leaving it attached. That allows you to set sag up without having to take the pump off every time - if left fully connected the volume of the pump added to the volume of the shock will mess with your settings.
All in all, it's hard to recommend this unit as despite the positives, it's ultimately an annoyance to use and at £40 it's not as cheap as a basic, larger pump. There's now also a newer version of the Pocketshock DXG which should hopefully address some of our issues.
Jon is the editor here at off.road.cc. Whether it's big days out on the gravel bike or hurtling down technical singletracks, if it's got two wheels and can be ridden on dirt, then he's into it. He's previously been technical editor at BikeRadar.com, editor at What Mountain Bike Magazine and also web editor at Singletrackworld.co.uk. Yes, he's been around the houses.