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How to Use a Zefal Bike Pump? – Zefal Bike Pump Tutorial

Written by Gary Johnson / Fact checked by Henry Speciale

How to Use a Zefal Bike Pump

Have you ever found yourself with a flat tire, a flat ball, and stuck with an unremarkable air pump all at the same time? I think we’ve all been there. Switching to Zefal was easy as they have a wide range of fit and are reliable for any occasion.

Using an air pump can is pretty straigtforward, but whether you’re a budding cyclist or an experienced triathlete, you can never be too prepared.

In this article, we’ll go over the basics of how to use a Zefal Bike Pump, both floor and mini ones.

Steps to Use Zefal Floor Bike Pump

Step 1: Setting Up Your Bike Tire


Set your tire in an upright position. Turn the wheel until the tire valve is at an accessible angle. Remove the valve cap and place it in a secure location, like on a table or in your pocket.

Step 2: Check Your Valve Stem Type


There are two main types of tire valves: a Schrader valve and a Presta valve.

  • Visually, Schrader valves are wider, with a pin in the center to allow airflow.
  • The Presta valves are slim and long, with a locking nut holding the pin in place.

You may proceed to the next step if your tire has a Schrader valve.

If your tire has a Presta valve, gently unscrew the locking nut until there is enough room for the pin to move.

Step 3: Setting Up Your Zefal Pump

Now that you’ve identified your stem type set up your Zefal Smart pump with the appropriate adapter port according to your Zefal pump manual.

While some pumps have an internal adapter system, some won’t and will require you to use a Presta adaptor or rearrange the internal parts depending on the valve. Here are a few examples:


Internal parts rearrangement for Zefal ZENX Pumpmaster


Z-Switch System included with the Zefal Airmax Floor Pump

Once you’ve adjusted your adapter accordingly, we can proceed to the final step.

Step 4: Pumping Your Tire


Attach the head of your pump to the open end of the valve. Assure that the pump head makes contact with the valve pin, then pull the thumb lever to secure the pump head in place like so:


Thumb lever included with Zefal

Pull out the pump to its maximum length and compress the barrel to inflate the bike tire with your Zefal Pump to your desired pressure.

Step 5: Disengage the Pump


When your tire is properly inflated, disengage the thumb lever to safely remove the pump head. Place the pump tube in its designated lock and stow away for safekeeping.

For Presta valves, lock the nut until it is secured at the base then screw the valve cap on until secured. For Schrader valves, just screw in the cap.

How to Use a Zefal Mini Pump


Step 1: Take the Pump Off Your Bike and Open It

As this mini pump is often attached to your bike frame when you are on the road, gently take it off the mounting clip.

Then, you need a slight force to pull the telescopic pump out, revealing the pump’s full length.

Step 2: Pull Out the Connection


  • Zefal Z cross mini-pump

For the Zefal Z cross mini-pump, you can rotate and take off the cover of the connector and directly pump the bike tire with it.

The unique thing about this connector is that you can take it out and reverse its positioning to switch between Presta and Schrader.

  • Zéfal Air Profil mini-pump for MTB

For this model, you can take off the mud cover and pull out the conenction at the end of the pump.

You can then twist off the connection’s cap and reverse it to either use it for the Presta or Schrader valve; it works both ways as two-in-one design.

If you are stil unsure about how to use a Zefal hand bike pump, check out the video below for instruction:

Helpful Tips


  • If your tire does not inflate after some time, check again if the head is locked properly. If it still doesn’t inflate, there may be a puncture in your tire tube, and it will need to be replaced.
  • Periodically lubricate your Zefal pumps with a few drops of oil for maintenance.


With that, we’ve shown you all you need to know on how to use a Zefal Bike Pump. While this instruction guide may be applicable to any and every bike pump you see fit, we recommend using a Zefal bicycle pump to maximize its use for you and your bike.

Hopefully, you’ll be keeping these steps in mind the next time you get a flat. And remember, to always ride safely!

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