-Compact 500mm air chamber provides ample volume and includes a plastic handle with integrated hose storage clips -High pressure, metal-construction (shaft, barrel, gauge, gauge interface) -Alloy base and a 210psi gauge -Includes a (#30.0) Presta/Schrader rotating head and 36" hose -Fully serviceable pump design with readily available service parts
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2010
Strengths: The chuck is the best there is if you use presta tubes
Weaknesses: none noted
This is the pump. Most of the lever lock chucks can cause problems with the presta cap causing it to bend and eventually break off. This never happens with the Silca chuck.
I, for the life of me, cannot understand how anyone could have an issue with this. If you use a squirt of silicon, it's fine. You can loosen or tighten the chuck head that holds in the washer. Use your thumbs. It's simple and it is way better than anything else that is out there. In fact, I've put these chucks on my other pumps because they work better.
You can also find these parts for these all over the web. You have a pump problem, you fix it. Simple. Most of the parts are cheap - a dollar or two max. Just not a big deal.
I had one that lasted for 20 years until I lost it during a move. Hardly ever replaced washers. I have used the chucks for my other pumps too. NO issues. I finally bought a new pump to replace my lost one after my other non Silca died.
Bike Setup: road bike is 2005 LeMond Versaille, all Ultegra. Mountain bike is custom Klein.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 20, 2009
Strengths: Easy to repair. Stands up to abuse.
Weaknesses: Difficult chuck.
My father taught me how to overhaul a Silca in 1983, and they haven't changed since then. I was a bicycle mechanic from 1986 to 2005, and sold and serviced almost every pump on the market at that time, and the Silca was always my favorite. Here's my advice: the best pump for you is the one you find easiest to use -- for most people, that isn't the Silca, because of the chuck. But if you want to cultivate a life-long relationship with your equipment, real intimacy, that sort of thing, this is the pump you need. You don't like the chuck? Cut it off and put a different one on -- personally, I have a Topeak chuck on mine. Also: try to find an old one, like prior to 2000. It's kind of like Linux vs. Windows -- it goes right to the quality of your soul, whether or not this is the pump for you.
Weaknesses: Leaks Plastic handle Once you get it on so it doesn't leak difficult to remove. Gauge is small hard to read and at the bottom of the pump. Cord doesn't wrap easily around the handle like every other pump.
I wouldn't get this pump it obviously isn't what it used to be.
Buy this pump if you only use this type of valve, or enjoy having multiple pumps around find it fun to try to get the thing not to leak and have excellent eye site. Also buy this if you enjoy using antique technology.
Don't get this pump if you enjoy ease of use, the ability to use multiple heads for different valves. A gauge you can read without super-vision or supervision.
Let's hope this review gets on this site this time.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Diego
Date Reviewed: August 2, 2006
Strengths: Simple to use, versitle, does what it's designed to do, replacement parts are readily available, exceptionally durable, very cool Colombus tubing air chamber on old model.
If you want a pump that is high quality, will last for many years,is so so simple to use, and replacement parts are readily available, this is the pump for you. I've used one of these things since the mid 1980's and they're GREAT!
Similar Products Used: Many that weren't nearly as good.
Bike Setup: Litespeed Pisgah Ogle Single Speed
a Cross Country Rider
from Austin, TX, USA
Date Reviewed: January 1, 2006
Strengths: easy on, easy off head; No thumb switches, no hassle; Just press it firmly on a presta head and start cranking; REasonable number of pumps to fully inflate (120psi);
Weaknesses: would be nice to have the gauge mounted at the top of the barrel, instead of near the floor; Older eyes struggle to see those little numbers; but it's a small problem;
Fantastic pump; simple, very servieable parts; easy on, easy off head; Also great for kiddie bikes with shrader valves...easy to convert from presta to shrader...just unscrew the head...voila. Sturdy design...seems bulletproof;
Bike Setup: Road bike: Leader 785r alum/carbon; MTB: Klein Pulse Comp;
a Weekend Warrior
from Minneapolis, MN
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2005
Strengths: Endlessly reliable, perfectly stylish.
Weaknesses: Slow to pump compared to newer designs
The Silca Pista is one of cycling's most perfect designs. The pump shaft is, IIRC, a Columbus SLX downtube, and like the rest of the design, it is far more robust (and elegant) than the overwhelming majority of pumps. In the 12 years I've owned my Pista, I have replaced the chuck gasket twice, and that's it. I have pumped thousands of tires with my pump. What's not to like?
Similar Products Used: Blackburn, Pedro's, Park floor pumps
Bike Setup: 2000 Moots VaMoots w/10-speed Chorus early 1990s Woodrup 531 w/8-speed Chorus 1995 Serotta ATi w/XT, XTR
from Mill Valley
Date Reviewed: February 1, 2005
Strengths: This is the most reliable pump I've ever had. I just threw away a Topeak Master Blaster (frame fit) last nite after completely freezing up, again, when I stopped to help someone. I'll look this up to see if this was my fault for riding in the rain and fog but I would think a frame-fitting pump should be built to withstand being outside all of the time. Had it about 1.5 yrs.
Bike Setup: full ultegra, columbus airplane tubing
from Tinley Park, Illinois, USA
Date Reviewed: September 24, 2004
Strengths: Durable, Accurate, Will deliver a very high pressure, Easy to replace parts, Will last a lifetime
Do yourself a favor and buy this pump. I have had mine for 19 years and it has performed flawlessly. After almost 20 years of constant use I just replaced the guage, leather plunger gasket, and hose & chuck. The rubber gasket in the chuck has been replaced a few times but that is a $1.00 part available anywhere. I keep my road tires at 135 PSI and the pump gets it that high easily with minimal strokes. This is one of the best values in cycling and one of the only pieces of equipment that I've had since the start of my bike racing career of almost 20 years. Good luck and see you on the trail or road.
Favorite Trail: Kettle Moraine State Park, Wisconsin
Duration Product Used: More than 3 years
Purchased At: Byron's Bike & Ski
Similar Products Used: Park, Avocet
Bike Setup: 1999 Specialized Stumpjumper M2 with XT, Mavic on the trail. 2003 Litespeed Ultimate with Record 10, Mavic on the Road. 1989 Schwinn Paramount with Super Record, Mavic.
Dirty Big Bjelke
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2004
Strengths: Simple Design, Most if not all parts user servicable, Not plastic (cept handle). Just flat out does the job and has done for at least 7 years.
Weaknesses: Chuck needs a little encouragement to stay on. Gauge is hard to read if you are Anal about exact PSI. Car Valve inflation sucks if you are that way inclined.
If I ever saw an aftermarket Chuck for this in the LBS I would buy it. As it is I've been meaning to get a new rubber insert for the chuck for about three years. Having said that It has pumped air into my tyres without fail in that time even if you have to jiggle it just a little bit for it to stay on.
I have mounted it onto a big piece of wood for stability and anti-theft, not that I think a thief would go for something this low key. Think about this before you buy, will my pump manufacturer still have parts available next year? The year after? next decade? I'll bet you can repair a Silca in 2010 and use it for another 10 years.
Alfredo J Alfaro
a Weekend Warrior
from Sarchi Norte, Costa Rica
Date Reviewed: August 11, 2004
Strengths: After 14 years of use I overhauled my Silca Super Pista. Since is not representative in Costa Rica I contacted Silca directly and received the needed spares parts quite fast
Weaknesses: None than I know! In fact in the spares parts than I received come the improvements/upgrades for corect any weakness than my pump had
Excellent everlast product and a customer oriented service makes this pump stay away of others. With appropiate care and storage may overpass the 100 years of service. Although being made in high production factory, is made with a lot of care and attention to details, only the best materials are used.
Similar Products Used: If I already have the best, why I should use other pump!
Bike Setup: Raleigh 753 Pro Super Road, Raleigh 753 Pro Super Track Pursuit, both with Campagnolo Record parts, the Road has Campagnolo Record Delta Brakeset. Mavic Rims, Cinelli Bars and stems, Selle Italia Flite saddles Tuffo tubeless clinchers and tubulars. Raleigh RSP 250 MTB whith Shimano XTR (Campagnolo does not make MTB stuff!)8 speed.
Date Reviewed: February 1, 2004
Strengths: I've previously put in a review about this pump where I stated that it had been reliable for the past 10 years and that I couldn't understand the problems that some people were having with the chuck leaking and blowing off.
Today I put new continental tubes and tires on my road bike and sure enough the chuck leaked and had to be held on with one hand.
On my stems of my Vittoria tubes I had to prise the chuck off the inflated tire with two thumbs, so there is a big difference.
The conclusion I have drawn from this is that the culprit is the presta valve stems, if they are short and have threads all the way down the pump may leak, if the stems are unthreaded and longer the pump works great.
This pump is fussy about valve stems, but otherwise is still the best track pump made.
a Weekend Warrior
from Miami, FLorida, USA
Date Reviewed: January 23, 2004
Strengths: nice comfortable big wood handle, feels sturdy, smooth stroke
Weaknesses: hose clamp at base blew off at 80 lbs the *first* time I used it (similar complaints below). Astonishing for what's supposed to be a better pump.
as under "weaknesses": one doesn't expect a good, brand-new pump to deconstruct at 80 lbs. on first use. Fortunately I inherited a nice set of *real* hose clamps from my mechanic father and quickly substituted one.
Got a trusty 12-yr old Silca Pista/track pump, which recently blew the leather gasket.
Picked up a new Silca Pista leather gasket at the LBS, installed with grease and all the parts in same order and orientation, and immediately blew the new gasket out.
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I posted recently that the cast base on my roughly 15 year old Silca Pista cracked, leaving the base and the pump as separate bits. I have contacted the manufacturer and Bikesportz, the Australian distributor, but unfortunately neither have responded.
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Had the opportunity to check out the 3rd stop on the Costa Rica Cup at Pista El Caño in Escazú last week. Muchas gracias goes to Sata, Coghi, and all the crew at the [url]http://crfreeridedownhill.com/[/url] forums, those guys are awesome. It was a gnarly course, steep, dry, loose, with huge bould ... Read More »
I've got a new (to me) Silca Super Pista and I'd like to grease the plunger, but I'm not sure how it disassembles. The pump cylinder has two screws near the top which I removed, but I'm not sure what comes apart next. And I'm afraid of starting to force things apart.
Can someone give me a quick o ... Read More »