Zefal is the contraction of Zéphyr (personification of the wind in Greek mythology) and duralumin (aluminum alloy) used in the first pump manufactured by this French brand.
The Zefal company:
The Zefal facility is located in Saint Fargeau in Loiret, France. This brand created more than 140 years ago specializes in the design and manufacture of components, accessories and equipment for bicycles.
History of Zefal:
It was in 1880 that the E. Sclaverand establishments in Paris began with the invention of the presta valve by this metal turning workshop. In 1887, E. Sclaverand filed the first patent for a "pneumatic stamp", the first patch. 1892 saw the creation of the Afa company in Paris by the brothers Alcide, Félix and Alfred Rousseau. In 1893, the silver medal at the Universal Exhibition in Chicago was awarded to Etienne Sclaverand 1899, the AFA company files a patent for toe clips In 1900 the E.Sclaverand establishments were bought by Edouard-Charles Morin 1919, AFA is acquired by Louis Poutrait 1922, the Poutrait establishments acquired the footrest developed by Eugène Christophe 1923, the Tornade and Rafale brands are created by the Morin company 1934, the first Zefal pump is offered on the market, it is made of very light duralumin 1935, the Poutrait and Morin establishments merge to become Poutrait - Morin 1938, creation of a factory in Jargeau 1949, creation of the first bottomless pump, the Solibloc 1972, the HP pump is proposed, it is assembled in the frame, it is the first high pressure version 1989, creation of the mini double shot telescopic MTB pump 1993, Zefal puts its first canisters on the market 1998, Poutrait - Morin is renamed Zefal, the group's most popular brand In the early 2000s Zefal diversified by acquiring manufacturers of luggage racks, mudguards, rim tape lubricants) 2001: acquisition of Stronglight In 2008, Zefal received a gold award at the Eurobike show for an innovative anti-theft system. A range will then be developed and offered to complete the offer of safety components such as mirrors, bells, etc. 2009, Stronglight is sold 2017: Zefal offers equipment for long-distance cycling such as panniers and accessories.
Zefal designs and manufactures more than 60% of its products in France. Each new component undergoes a series of qualification tests in endurance, sealing and mechanical resistance by internal test benches in order to confirm their performance and their durability. Zefal accessories fit on a large majority of bikes to offer new features and improve comfort of use.