The Silca SuperPista is Back in Black May 17, 2016

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Not only is the latest floor pump from Silca coated in a stealthy black paint, it’s not going to break the bank. The new and improved Silca SuperPista is in stock now for $235. Read more at Silca.

  • David Spiva

    Considering it’s in the top 5% of pricey floor pumps…..
    I’ve bought a complete stock stugged lumpy for about half of that.

    • Made in the USA for that pricepoint is a great price…

      • David Spiva

        I can’t disagree considering, I think, they’re the only company doing that? and especially considering my bike was made in Japan!

      • Spencer Olinek

        Isn’t this one made in Taiwan?

        • No, only the gauge internals are. Just like their other pump. Everything else is made in the USA or Germany.

          • Spencer Olinek

            If so, then Bicycling needs to update their write up. “Unlike the American-made Ultimate, the new SuperPista is manufactured in Taiwan.”

          • Well, damn. Just re-read this “Each SuperPista is hand assembled from more than 40 high precision components sourced from the USA, Taiwan, Italy and Germany. ” and was confused. I retract!

          • Spencer Olinek

            Still looks damn good!

  • Derek

    So what is the roughly $200 difference between this an the SuperPista Ultimate? I can tell the base is different on the Ultimate, plus the gauge is a bit more accurate, but what else accounts for the difference?

  • Joshua Poertner

    Everything that is Stainless Steel or Nickel-Zinc on the Ultimate is 7075 Aluminum on the SuperPista, with some of the more complex CNC parts of the Ultimate combined into single cast then forged parts on the SuperPista. In all, the Ultimate contains over 70 components and weighs 7 lbs while the SuperPista contains just under 50 components and weighs 4 lbs.

    Gauge is 2% accuracy rather than the 1% of the Ultimate, handle is a single piece of 5 axis machined Beech rather than the Knife Handle construction of 3 investment cast stainless lugs and 2 rosewood inserts on the Ultimate.

    So the Ultimate is Made in the USA from components sourced from Taiwan (gauge) Italy (brass and leather parts), Germany (IGUS bushings and Furniture feet), and USA (Hose, Zinc parts, seals and Stainless Parts) while the SuperPista is assembled in Taiwan from USA, Taiwan, Italian, and German components, a dozen of those parts are shared between them, and all of the parts come from the same 20 or so vendors globally regardless of model. This allows us to consolidate pallets of these pumps (which ship larger than Ultimates due to the base not being detachable) with bikes and components that are already being shipped to our global distributors in containers..this allows for dramatically reduced shipping costs for the rest of the world. Hope that helps.

    • Matt O’Donnell

      That’s some awesome transparency right there.

    • 2% accuracy? is that 2% of the max pressure or 2% of the current pressure? is that in either way? so 2% above and 2% below?

  • David Watts

    I like how “it’s not going yo break the bank” is followed by “$235.” For a floor pump.

    • Joshua Poertner

      The other way of looking at it would be that it’s more than 20 high precision 7075-T6 CNC aluminum parts, many manufactured in the same factory, using the same materials, processes, coatings as one of the major suspension fork brands. A base made in a factory right alongside some of the highest end aluminum cranksets and progressively forged chainrings in the market today, using an die set that costs as much as a small car.. plus 30 other high end components from around the world such as IGUS bushings from Germany, Parker seals from Ohio, Leather cup seal and 4000psi brass check valve assembly from Italy…all brought together and assembled feet from $1000+ dollar suspension forks for bicycles and motorcycles. All backed up by a Lifetime warranty. And then compare that to say, a similarly priced pair of sunglasses or a $220 jersey.. and not to say those things are worth that money, but from a materials, workmanship, tooling, and logistics standpoint I think we’ve accomplished something rather spectacular in that context. The problem is that it’s a pump and the market has been taught to not care about stuff like that.

      • Smithhammer

        …The problem is that it’s a pump and the market has been taught to not care about stuff like that.

        Because there actually is no need to care about “stuff like that.” At the end of the day, a bike pump is a mechanism for putting air in tires, not a hispter fetish icon/fashion accessory to be put on the mantle next to your “artisanal axe” that you never actually use because you live in San Francisco.

        • D A N.

          I, too, have deep resentments for all people and am equally as disgusted as you about everything.

          • Smithhammer

            I don’t ‘resent’ much at all actually, but I’m definitely humored by it.

        • Vegilasagna

          Guess someone doesn’t ride that often if artisanal axes are a point of comparison.

          • Smithhammer

            Yeah, I don’t ride much. You’re right. ; )

          • Vegilasagna

            If you ride every day, the minutes spent on getting a shitty pump to cooperate add up! So sometimes something like this is quite worth it. I’ve probably wasted a week of my life on crap pumps in my 20 years of riding.

          • Smithhammer

            I ride just about every day, year-round. Gravel, mountain and snow. I know the value of a good bike pump. I’m still going to say that there is no need to spend that kind of money to reliably put air in tires. But then again, as much as I enjoy a fair bit of the content on this site, I do have to shake my head from time to time at what some people are apparently spending on bikey fashion accessories.

          • Disagree, I ride 100+ miles a week (this week is at 170) and the cheapo Zefal pump my parents got me for christmas four years ago has never failed. I bet they paid $15. I figured I would replace it when it died, and it won’t.

            I understand paying a lot for something nice. It is not the world’s fault that people don’t appreciate pumps. Most people have NO need to appreciate their pump in the same fashion as their suspension fork, or their bicycle. It just pumps air.

      • Alex

        I don’t think anyone thinks that it isn’t good value for the level of workmanship etc. it’s clearly a beautiful thing. But it’s a strange world when you can claim that spending $235 on a pump won’t break the bank, some people are clearly blessed with a rather sturdier piggy bank than me sadly.. :(

  • ABW

    Once again, ya’ll are conflating “price” and “value.” Price is a number, a fact, inarguable and indisputable. Value is a judgement, personal, based on your own experiences, and forever arguable because it’s basically an opinion. You take the price of something, compare it to the other goods or services that the same dollar amount might purchase, and decide which you’d rather have. If what you value is getting air into your tires quickly and easily, there are other pump options out there for less money. If what you value is getting air into your tires, as well as a good brand story, impeccable craftsmanship, warranty, etc, then a Silca is a good value. But to argue that anything, including this pump, is “too much” is the same as arguing that blue is a better color than green.