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Clearly, Silca has been busy. Typically, we’re used to seeing one, maybe two of their new products launch at once. Now, they’re launching five new products, though the bottle cages have been teased since Eurobike.

Silca adds customizeable Y-Wrench, Digital floor plump, Pista Plus, more

It’s hard to know where to begin, so we’ll start with the smallest items first. The Ypsilon is an interesting new take on the traditional three way or Y-wrench with Silca’s typical precision. While you’ll find the typical fixed 4mm and 5mm allen wrenches on two sides, the third side features a customizeable 1/4″ bit collet to run whatever you want.

Silca adds customizeable Y-Wrench, Digital floor plump, Pista Plus, more

Once the bit is installed, it works as a normal Y-wrench. The collet is also magnetic for easy bit installation.

Silca adds customizeable Y-Wrench, Digital floor plump, Pista Plus, more

You’ll have three options when it comes to purchasing the Ypsilon, starting at just the tool for $36. The Home Kit shown above is $108 and includes 14 extra precision bits and an extra long 6mm bit. The Travel kit includes everything above except the box for $74.

Silca adds customizeable Y-Wrench, Digital floor plump, Pista Plus, more

Silca has been teasing their Sicuro titanium bottle cages for a while, but they’re also adding a Sicuro in carbon as well.

The titanium cage is hand made in Silca’s Indianapolis headquarters with a “state of the art laser welder” which Silca claims is “the first of its kind in the bicycle industry.” The mounting holes are ovalized to allow for vertical adjustment . Normally, this would mean the bolts would have to be pretty tight to prevent slipping – though Silca’s included 6-4 titanium mounting bolts have a wider, low profile head for more grip. Made from 3-2.5 titanium tubing, the cages have a claimed weight of 29g without bolts, and include a 25 year warranty for $70 each. Silca adds customizeable Y-Wrench, Digital floor plump, Pista Plus, more

The carbon cage builds upon Silca’s bottle cage testing which includes what they consider the world’s first 3-stage bottle testing protocols. Lab tests included high speed video of how bottles behave in a cage in various situations including while on their multi-axis shake rig, and were followed up by more than a year of real world testing. Why so much effort for a bottle cage? Your bottle is no good to you if it ejects, especially during a race. And while you can prevent ejections by giving the cage more grip, that also makes it harder to grab the bottle quickly and wears out your bottles.

The end result of a lot of testing and development was a carbon cage with unique forward lip geometry and wings on the sides, plus a layer of viscoelastic polymer in the carbon layup to absorb vibrations. All of these are said to prevent ejections while keeping the cage easy to use.

Like the titanium cages, the Carbon Sicuro includes ovalized mounting slots which provide 12mm of vertical adjustment to be used in conjunction with the included titanium bolts. Silca also briefly mentions that the bottom of the cages will be compatible with a “unique accessory mounting platform,” and that they will be expanding on this in the near future.

Weighing in at 26g without bolts, the cages sell for the same $70 per cage as the titanium version.

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On the pump side of things, Silca is going fully modern with the SuperPista Digital. For the third generation SuperPista, the pump gains a digital gauge up top along with a top mount magnetic dock for the included HIRO chuck.

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The backlit gauge can be set to PSI or Bar, includes a battery indicator, looks like it will be pretty accurate – though no info is available yet on the accuracy of the gauge.

The pump itself features an oversized aluminum base, lathe turned Ash wood handle with leather carrying snap, and an internal design with a metal shock piston that runs their Italian leather plunger and Igus linear bearings for smooth, durable operation. Fully serviceable and rebuildable, the pump sells for $275.

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Silca adds customizeable Y-Wrench, Digital floor plump, Pista Plus, more Silca adds customizeable Y-Wrench, Digital floor plump, Pista Plus, more

Finally, the Silca Pista Plus gets a modern update to help keep its title as their best selling floor pump since 1962. Built with a 2.5″ steel barrel, 3mm thick leather plunger washer, and Igus linear bearings, the pump should outlast your bikes. The ‘Plus Stability’ is a reference to the three footed aluminum base which provides more stability than the classic Pista which was meant for travel.

The Pista Plus includes a long hose with a push-on alloy presta chuck with a built in bleeder valve and an integrated schrader chuck as well. Rated to 220psi like its big brothers, the Pista Plus will sell for $145.

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Robin
Robin
5 years ago

The price on the Super Pista Digital would cause my wallet to wince, but it is a cool looking piece of equipment. If I had the dosh and pressure gauge was accurate, I’d have it.

Joshua Poertner
Joshua Poertner
5 years ago
Reply to  Robin

Pressure gauge is +/-0.5psi below 100 psi drifting to 2% accuracy at 200psi.

Con G
Con G
5 years ago

They need to release a pump with a charge chamber for tubeless tyres. Until then I’m happy with my current Super Pista 🙂

mudrock
mudrock
5 years ago

The Budnitz of tools

AngryBikeWrench
5 years ago
Reply to  mudrock

Oof, that’s harsh, and I think unfair. Budnitz pretty blatantly ripped off someone else’s design and doesn’t seem to have done any real innovating since. Poertner bought a brand with a mythical reputation, respected that brand while bringing it into the modern world, and is innovating and bringing to market new products of his own design. You may think they’re overpriced, but value is an opinion. If you think they’re too expensive, don’t buy them. But don’t deny the actual innovating that’s represented in these products.

mud+rock
mud+rock
5 years ago
Reply to  mudrock

I admit the Ypsilon is a clever tool: all bikes need a 4 and a 5 and then, what? 6mm fittings are now rare, so how about a 3, or a T25? This answers that question.

If Silca is moving into the boutique tool market, they need to grab the attention of bike shops, like Abbey Tools did with the Crombie. The Y tool is getting there, but I don’t see many shops going for a premium floor pump.

scott g.
scott g.
5 years ago
Reply to  mud+rock

Abbey offer a Jis #2 crosspoint on their 4 way wrenchette, for those annoying Shimano limit screws.

Joshua Poertner
Joshua Poertner
5 years ago
Reply to  scott g.

Scott, all SILCA crosspoint bits are JIS, however, since JIS was rolled into ISO some 14 years ago, you aren’t supposed to say JIS anymore when selling into Europe and we sell a lot into Europe.

MaraudingWalrus
MaraudingWalrus
5 years ago

That’s an interesting little nugget of information, Josh. Thanks for that.

I had noticed that my hx-ones bits and the ones on my ti-torque seemed to do the trick on derailleur limits and nicely. Guess that explains why.

AngryBikeWrench
5 years ago
Reply to  mud+rock

I’m not sure that Silca’s target market is the professional wrench. That said, as a former pro wrench myself, their floor pump is one of their products I could see the most value in – fast, reliable, rebuildable.

MaraudingWalrus
MaraudingWalrus
5 years ago

I personally have a couple silca tools on my bench at the shop – the hex keys were a gift a few years ago, and I bought the Ti-Torque/T Ratchet when it was being kickstarted and got the apron which I wear many days. Will be grabbing likely just the Ypsilon by itself, as I think I have the majority of these bits twice over between the hex keys in the fancy box and the Ti-torque.

I absolutely wish we had one of the silca pumps as the go-to pump in the workshop. We go through other pumps fairly often between running them into the ground or selling them off to someone discounted. Our market doesn’t justify having a Silca pump on the sales floor, but having one for someone to touch and see that the mechanics use would definitely sell a few a year.

Dave
Dave
5 years ago

Love all the Silca products. They work great and they make some of the coolest stuff in cycling. Cannot wait to get the new Ypsilon kit.

Beijingmtb
Beijingmtb
5 years ago

Someone please contact my wife and suggest the Ypsilon home kit with the wooden box as my Christmas gift. I want one!

Joshua Poertner
Joshua Poertner
5 years ago
Reply to  Beijingmtb

We have a little ‘Drop a Hint’ button on our website that allows you to send gift ideas to people! Works great!!

ronshev
ronshev
5 years ago

Love Silca products, but for the cages, I’ll stick with King Cages made in Colorado for years and years and years…available in stainless steel, and Ti and same design too.

plump it up.
plump it up.
5 years ago

floor plump

bill barnes
bill barnes
5 years ago

I’d buy the new Silca Pista plus, but my 1978 Pista pump is still going strong.

js
js
5 years ago

Love my Silca stuff and have zero complaints about the function of their, but WTF is the point of having a super-accurate pump if the gauge goes to 220psi and leaves you struggling to read it in 5psi increments. Silca’s blogs have some of the best writing on the losses from overinflated tires… so why?

Yes, “PIsta” refers to the pumps track heritage, but that dial needs an update!!

DB
DB
5 years ago

Agree with JS. There’s not much point to a really accurate gauge when the smallest increments it shows are tiny 5 psi steps. Plus the markings look pretty close together.

Also, I don’t see the point, with all of the tire pressure knowledge we have now (including Silca’s own posts), of a pump & gauge that goes to 220 psi. Suppose it’s like knowing your car goes 180 mph. Cool to know, but not really useful.

All that aside, it is a nice pump. I’m in the market for a new one. If it wasn’t for that gauge, it’d be a no-brainer for me personally.

Joshua Poertner
Joshua Poertner
5 years ago
Reply to  DB

In a gauge R&R study people can read the Pista Plus gauge within 2psi repeatably. The challenge with mechanical gauges is that to get to 160psi which is a still common track pressure, the gauge has to go to around 220 to handle the overpressure spike that occurs on each stroke at those high pressures. This is why a 160psi gauge can really only be used up to around 120 and why low pressure pumps still go to 60 when you only ever might go into the 40’s. Getting closer than this to the max psi can and will damage the gauge over time and will cause it to begin losing calibration with each inflation to the max..

If you really want super accurate/precise pressures, then the SuperPista digital is what you want: +/- 0.5psi accuracy below 100psi drifting to 2% accuracy at 200psi. Digital pressure sensors are non-linear, so we’ve worked on a unique curve fit for maximum accuracy 10-100psi rather than fit the middle of the range as is the norm for most digital gauges.

comrad
5 years ago

I know you probably just have gauge on the mind but it’s gage r&r 😉

Joshua Poertner
Joshua Poertner
5 years ago
Reply to  comrad

comrad – yes, that’s why we mention R&R in the post above regarding the analog gauge. For the digital gauge we talk purely in accuracy as precision of the sensor/gauge setup is better than 0.1psi with accuracy of +/-0.5psi, and the gauge reads out in increments of 0.5psi.. so no operator to operator variance in readability.

tarzaninspo
5 years ago

I think Josh is doing a fine job with the direction of Silca. All these improvements don’t just create themselves. Kudos!

Pei-Hua
Pei-Hua
5 years ago

Just so close to the ZIPP bottle cage

A.
A.
5 years ago

I don’t understand how Silca can expect its dealers to stock their products and pitch them as premium stuff if they keep discounting stuff on their website to the consumer directly.

Joshua Poertner
Joshua Poertner
5 years ago
Reply to  A.

I think you are conflating e-commerce with discounting. A scan of the SILCA website shows exactly 3 items on discount currently, 2 summer t-shirts and a water bottle. We almost never discount current product on the website. Now if you join our mailing list, you will get occasional special offers for scratch and dent, show samples, cosmetic seconds, damaged packaging, etc. We’ve also had 2 sales of product returned from bankrupt retailers which wasn’t resealable in the channel due to having the retailer’s stickers on the packaging. We aren’t Burberry, so we can’t just burn that stuff, and bike shops won’t take it if it isn’t perfect.. but compare us to any other accessory brand and you will see that we we offer far better price stability, price clarity and margins to the retailer than anybody out there.

MS
MS
5 years ago

I bought a couple of their floor pumps a few years ago to put in our shop and they are still going strong without a single issue. We used to burn through at least one pump a year from other manufacturers, so the investment in these pumps is paying off. All of our mechanics use their shop aprons every day as well. They certainly make quality stuff and I’m excited to see some of the new innovative things they are coming out with.

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