In a big announcement today, SILCA, the manufacturer of premium bicycle pumps and accessories, has acquired Hirobel Cycling Solutions. Hirobel is best known for a unique clamping system that’s safe for carbon fiber frames. Rather than produce a redundant competitor to an existing successful product, SILCA opted to buy the company – and even move production alongside other SILCA products in Indianapolis, IN.

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You can find our past introduction of Hirobel’s high-tech clamp system, or their product updates since then. For full details on the SILCA acquisition, check out the press release below.

PRESS RELEASE: (February 28, 2019) – SILCA announces today that it has acquired Hirobel Cycling Solutions and moved production to SILCA HQ in Indianapolis. Hirobel’s primary product is the Hirobel Frame Clamp, an innovative solution to the problems presented in mounting modern bikes to repair stands.

SILCA found the Hirobel Frame Clamp when their engineers began researching how to create a better solution to mounting a bike in a repair stand. Most shops and amateurs use clamps designed 40+ years ago for the steel frames of the time; while Pro Tour mechanics use fork-mount stands which are increasingly unwieldy when working on modern disc-equipped bikes. In their investigations, SILCA soon learned of another company, founded by a pro mechanic, which had already developed a solution they quickly grew to love.

Unique in the cycling industry, the Hirobel is a specially designed repair stand clamp developed for greater compatibility with the needs of today’s frames and components. The Hirobel distributes stresses and loads through the bicycle frame rather than just clamping the seatpost or *gasp* a frame tube, improving stability while eliminating possible crushing forces.

The Hirobel clamp features highly adjustable, specially shaped, paint-friendly cones to hug the frame at tube junctions, providing maximum support and stability with minimal clamping force. This is in stark contrast to the standard “jaw-style” clamp used by the vast majority of shops and home mechanics.

Not only is this a great solution to the problems presented by lightweight aero carbon frames, but it also allows the frame to remain in the stand with the seatpost out, perfect for internal Di2 batteries and dropper posts. The Hirobel is also superior to ProTour-style fork/axle mount clamps in that the wheels can remain mounted for quicker adjustment of brakes and drivetrains. The Hirobel also clamps the frame lower than seatpost-clamping jaws, closer to a bike’s center of gravity. This improves stability while keeping the drivetrain higher for improved visibility and reduced back strain.

SILCA’s acquisition of Hirobel gives them the opportunity to provide a better bike-repair stand solution to more riders, taking advantage of SILCA’s distribution network and Indianapolis production facility to make more Hirobel Frame Clamps while lowering the retail price.

Hirobel Frame Clamp Highlights:

  • Easily adjustable
  • Adaptable to all frame designs- road, mountain, tri, children’s
  • Compatible with all “clamp-style” bike repair stands
  • Improved weight distribution
  • MSRP $ 185

SILCA.cc

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Dude on a bike
Dude on a bike
3 years ago

I didn’t know that this was really a thing.

Collin S
Collin S
3 years ago
Reply to  Dude on a bike

It’s not. Your carbon fiber seat post gets clamped ridiculously tight with the binder, why can’t a parktool clamp work on it?

Hexsense
Hexsense
3 years ago
Reply to  Collin S

Hence, all the recommendations to clamp bike by seat post and not on top tube.
Question: What to do on a bike with integrated seatpost (like Giant TCR Advanced SL)? Those bike don’t really have clampable seatpost. Should we just use bike stand that mount by removing front wheels?

BRAWN
BRAWN
3 years ago
Reply to  Hexsense

Giant makes a clamp to go around the ISP post and this then gets clamped in the workstand: GIANT CARBON SEAT POST CLAMP ADAPTOR

Dude on a bike
Dude on a bike
3 years ago
Reply to  Collin S

I know, right? So why is this a thing?

Silca must see some value to this or other ideas the company was going to use at a later date maybe.

SJC
SJC
3 years ago
Reply to  Dude on a bike

Not every bike has a clamp-able seatpost. In reality though, this is more of a shop tool – it allows mechanics to mount a bike in the stand safely without moving the seatpost when it’s inserted too far to clamp. It’s also useful for oddly-shaped TT/Triathlon bikes with massive seatmasts that don’t really fit in a clamp or for tandems that weigh too much to be supported by a single seatpost.

virgil
virgil
3 years ago
Reply to  SJC

Park makes an extreme range clamp that opens wide enough to accommodate aero posts. ISPs are usually fine too, as long as there’s enough post to clamp onto.

Fluent In Campagnolo (@RoadBikeSnob)
Reply to  Dude on a bike

Just classic bike industry trying to convince people they make rocket ships again

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
3 years ago

so sad most are effluent in campag, campy, campa

WILLIAM R BARNES
WILLIAM R BARNES
3 years ago

These things are great. Fast to adjust and use, fit every weird ass tri-bike and modern aero-road frame on the market. All the people complaining haven’t had to clamp a 5K bike with an awkward seatpost and frame shape before.

J-DOG
J-DOG
3 years ago

This is a great tool that many high end shops use daily. Most bike don’t need it, but on those that do it is a lifesaver.

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

Silca is carving out that niche premium bike tool-and-accessory space. This thing moves them into the high end shop tool market, kinda like Abbey tools.

Dave
Dave
3 years ago

very very cool. If you are going to invest in bikes that are thousands and thousands of dollars not to mentions frames with very different shapes this tool makes tons of sense. Much more stable than clamping to the seat post. Plus not having to raise the seat post when working on your bike or a customers bike make this tool fantastic.

Base
Base
3 years ago

right… most pro bikeshops I know and worked in use a system with elevator, just two hooks to hang the bike on. no need for these kinda work arounds.

We had one stationairy prepstand, made a device like this with a alu-rod and two hooks which can be adjusted, worked like a charm.

Bas

RightSadFred
RightSadFred
3 years ago

Seems they dropped the price. Used to be $240 from Hirobel. At 185 its eh maybe vs lol no.

Daveridesbikes
Daveridesbikes
3 years ago

What about for MTBs with dropper posts? All of the dropper post manufacturers show no clamping of the post by the inner tube… How is everyone else mounting their carbon MTB’s in the stand?? I like this idea.

Brian Simon
3 years ago

Looks rather similar to the yakima rack on the back of my car.

Jethro Jones
Jethro Jones
2 years ago

This is a good product but the company is particularly difficult to deal with and their customer service is terrible. I bought one of these direct from the manufacturer, tried it out and it worked ok but the bike I got it for didn’t so that ended my need for it. Fast forward a few months later and when I asked to return it I got stonewalled and was told that it was used and they would not accept the return because it was used. I told them I used it once and still have the box it came in, that it was in like new condition. They basically said, too bad, we don’t return used product which was a BS answer. Had they told me you are past our time window for returns, I might have been more receptive to their response, but the person I traded emails with was a real jerk. I work in sales and customers service, and these guys are awful to deal with. Last time I will ever do business with this company.