by Marc Basiliere
August 25, 2014
Wait – how much?
Anyone who has ever fondled a Campagnolo tool set will likely concede that tools can be considered every bit the functional art that bicycles have long been. Even so, the recently reborn Silca’s SuperPista Ultimate takes the prestige pump purchase to new levels. Going some way to account for the $450 (£270) retail price, the Ultimate has a combination of clever and plain impressive features: magnetic chuck docking, a super-thin but super-heavy base, a 12,000psi hose, and even a laboratory-grade gage.
Of course none of these are the point: the point is to get us looking at and talking about Silca pumps again. In that respect, the SuperPista Ultimate performs exactly as intended. From Silca:
Functional Work of Art
The SILCA SuperPista has long set the standard of what a bicycle floor pump could and should be. As an object used before almost every ride, a floor pump has the ability to optimize the comfort and handling of your bicycle, to allow you to adjust the way a bicycle feels before a particular ride. They can bring great pleasure of use, or pain, suffering and frustration. A great floor pump must feel good in your hands, operate smoothly and consistently, and be stable under foot, regardless of what shoes you are wearing.
For 2014, SILCA has moved SuperPista production to Indianapolis and taken the historic SILCA ideals and reimagined them with new technologies, manufacturing methods and processes. High tech manufacturing methods and materials have been combined with old world materials and ideals to create an heirloom quality product which you will be proud to hand down to the next generation.
At 7 pounds (3.2kg) the Ultimate is easily the heaviest and most stable floor pump ever made. Though only 5mm thick, and optimized for standing on in every type of cycling shoe imaginable, the SuperPista Ultimate base weighs more than most entire floor pumps and provides the largest, most stable platform available. Seeking precision and accuracy, SILCA has eschewed the traditional +/-5% industrial gauge for a +/-1% laboratory grade gauge, reading 0-160 psi.
Magnetic chuck docking allows the 17-4 Stainless Steel presta chuck to be docked and removed using only the hose with no bending or reaching. A very high strength neodymium magnet holds the chuck in the dock with enough force that the pump can be picked up by the handle for transport without undocking, yet a quick pull of the hose quickly frees the chuck.
Both Presta and Schrader chucks are connected to the SILCA exclusive 12,000 psi hose. Originally designed for use in race car and aircraft brake line, the Ultimate hose is just that, the Ultimate. Smooth bore PTFE liner, over-braided in stainless steel, then over-extruded in protective and beautiful red urethane. Unlimited rotational fittings are used on both ends of the hose, allowing it to flex and rotate from both ends even when pressurized.
The classic SILCA 741 Leather Washer moves the air inside the 2.5mm wall thickness main barrel. Borrowing from top level mountain bike suspension, the PTFE impregnated, hard anodized piston rod runs in a high precision IGUS busing in the top cap for minimal play with maximum smoothness.
Finally, hand turned rosewood handle has been optimized for ergonomics as well as beauty. Mated to 3 investment cast stainless steel lugs, the Ultimate’s handle was the result of studying both the ergonomics and manufacturing techniques of the finest Japanese culinary knife makers.
Every detail has been scrutinized and refined in the design and manufacture of the SuperPista Ultimate. We are so proud of it that we are providing a 25 year hard parts warranty.