PDW Kickstarter for the Fat Stevens Pump

This is what Eric Parsons from Revelate Designs said about the new PDW Fat Stevens on Facebook today.

Our Friends at PDW are kickstarting their new massive fatbike pump. Check it out. Finally a practical fat bike accessory that will encourage riders to air down / air up for changing conditions instead of slogging it out because their pump sucks. I’ve been wanting something like this for years for local riding.

That hit home with me. We just did a trail pump shootout, but maybe the Fat Stevens will raise the bar for fat-bike trail pumps from here forward. The following was released from PDW Today.


May 19, 2015, Portland, OR – Portland Design Works (PDW) – recognized innovators of

cycling inflation tools – has launched its newest leading-edge pump, the Fat StevensTM,

on Kickstarter Tuesday May 19, 2015. The handy Fat StevensTM pump expands the riding

landscapes accessible on fat bikes by offering an efficient and dependable high-volume

pump in a portable size.

“Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Dave’s Mud ShovelTM fat bike fenders, we

hear from fat bike riders all over the world. The one piece of gear they kept asking us to

make was a fat bike specific mini pump. It took us a long time to develop, but we’re

confident that the Fat StevensTM is going to set the standard for portable fat bike pumps,”

said PDW co-founder Erik Olson.


The ultimate inflation tool for fat tire riders, the Fat StevensTM weighs less than a pound

and is only 14” long, allowing it to easily fit in a backpack or frame bag. The Fat

StevensTM barrel is 39mm in diameter, larger than most floor pump barrels, and fills fat

bike tires in half the strokes it takes using a standard mountain bike mini pump. The Fat

StevensTM also offers users a sturdy flip-down steel foot peg which keeps the pump

stable, even when wearing bulky winter boots.

Designed with additional smart features including a composite pommel handle and

oversized knurled nozzle, the Fat StevensTM pump is comfortable to use in any

conditions. Like every PDW product, the fully rebuildable Fat StevensTM pump is

covered by a lifetime warranty against any defects in workmanship or materials.

Portland Design Works is seeking market confirmation and funding of $30,000 through

this Kickstarter campaign to defray the high-volume tooling costs for the Fat StevensTM

pump by half. Backers of the campaign will have access to purchase the pump at pre-
production prices and exclusive Kickstarter edition carry-cases made by local Portland

manufacturers BlaqPaks, among other rewards.

Click this link to go to the Kickstarter Page and see more photos –

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4 Responses to PDW Kickstarter for the Fat Stevens Pump

  1. Tony Karakashian May 20, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Maybe you can convince them to give you a prototype to subject to the same test? As we saw with the last shootout: real world usage trumps marketing material. Granted, the Spaero was not specifically designed as a fat-tire pump, but they seemed convinced it would be up to the challenge.

    I’d totally back this one, and would even kick in at the $90 level to get that sweet poster, but $90 could also get me two Topeaks or Lezynes.

    • Jocelyn Gaudi May 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      Hey Tony,

      We don’t have any fully-functioning samples to send out at this time otherwise Fat-Bike would have been the first we sent out. However, we intend to put our prototype Fat Stevens pump against the Mountain Morph and determine stroke count to 7 psi on a 4″ tire. We know our product is a bit more heavy than the other options, but we’re betting the it will take many fewer strokes to hit the pressure target. We believe that there’s a bunch of folks out there willing to take the slight weight “penalty” for the significant time savings. We’ll post up about it tomorrow on the Kickstarter page.

      That being said, I had the opportunity to test out the pump in a variety of landscapes (as displayed in the video) and am confident in this pump’s ability to perform efficiently and dependably. It will be great to get some data to prove this.

      Thanks for your interest and support!

      • Tony Karakashian May 28, 2015 at 11:07 am #

        Well, it looks like I didn’t click to be updated of replies. 🙂 Thanks for the quick response, looking forward to the update on the Kickstarter page. Weight isn’t an issue since I’m already riding a heavy fat bike. It’s more about getting those tires up to pressure quickly, so if you can test against the others and post results, that would be REALLY helpful!

  2. RobB May 23, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Hey Jocelyn,

    Looks like you guys have come up with a really nice Fat Bike Pump. Sure it is a little bigger but so are fat bikes and the weight really isn’t a big deal. Very interested to see how this compares to the Lezyne and Topeak offerings which get the job done but are SMALL! Bigger is Better! 😉

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