NAHBS 2015: Custom Silca Pumps are the Perfect Match for your Handmade Bike

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Silca pumps are already known for being timeless works of art, so how could you make them even more exclusive? Handing them off to some of the best custom bike builders on the planet would be a good way to start. It’s one thing to own one of the new Silca Super Pista Ultimate floor pumps, but it’s another thing entirely to own one that perfectly matches the custom bike that’s built for you.

According to Silca’s owner Josh Poertner, the lifetime nature of the Super Pista design means that the pump will live on – sometimes long after a custom bike has gone away for one reason or another. Much of the success of Silca stems from the personal connection customers have had with their surviving pumps, and Josh sees the custom aspect as just one more level of nostalgia layered on in beautiful paint and metal flake.

Along with the builder’s own take on custom pumps, Silca will be offering a limited edition version that you do not want to miss…

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One of the best parts about the builder’s custom pumps is that Silca provides the canvas, but the frame builders themselves provide the finish. Sold as a barrel or dry assembled pump without any grease, the frame builders can put their own spin on the pump after it leaves Silca’s hands. Silca is providing custom options like matching ring colors, charcoal, clear, or red hoses, and a yellow or red gauge dial, but any other details are left up to the builder.

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Silca had a number of custom pumps on display from Rob English, Breadwinner, IF, and others including these stunning works by Noah Rosen at VeloColour.

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On the Silca side, any fan of motorsports racing should know what this one is all about. Inspired by the classic colors and lines of Martini Racing, this amazing paint was put down by Corby Concepts – a legend in the Indy Car helmet painting world. Each pump will be individually hand signed and numbered by Michael Corby so you know it’s legit.

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Part of a series of just 20 pumps, the custom Silca Super Pista Ultimates will sell for an eye watering $750. But hey, people pay more for art that’s confined to a picture frame that won’t even inflate your tires. Certainly not for the average consumer, Silca has already sold half of the total production meaning there are just 10 left. Trust us, if you see this pump in person you will definitely want it – dropping the coin though? That’s up to you.

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Gordon
Gordon
7 years ago

That is so cool, Michael Corby is still painting custom helmets. He did a bicycle helmet for me over 20 years ago. Gordon Ong

Pette
Pette
7 years ago

Love it!! Can’t wait to get one to match my Cinelli Xcr.