Silca is aiming to solidify their place in the lust-worthy tool department with a new set of sliding hex wrenches and to expand on their premium floor and frame pumps with a surprisingly affordable mini alternative. The T-Handle Folio sits pretty firmly in the professional tool kit category with a wide range of hex & torx bits and a premium pricetag, but no doubt there are plenty of home mechanics out their who would love to have this setup on their wish list. At the same time, while Silca’s track pumps have hit such crazy levels that offering one at $235 became affordable, they’ve gone the other way now with the new aluminum body Tattico mini-pump that puts quality into a classic style of pump that can get tossed in a pocket or clipped next to a bottle cage…
The sliding T-Handle Folio is designed to make-up the everyday core of a professional mechanic’s toolkit. The hex & torx wrenches use a one-piece forged main body and a sliding T cross member with built-in stops. The T head has three positions defined by detents at each that make it easy to go from fast spinning to more leverage depending on the task and reach at hand.
The complete kit includes 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 & 10mm hexes and T25 & T30 torxes. The length and layout of the tools were optimized for their varying tasks, with the 8mm designed to provide good bite for pedals, and the 10mm getting the perfect crossbar length to work with the deep inset Campagnolo Ultra-Torque bottom bracket bolt.
The $185 kit includes the tools stored in a folding waxed canvas pouch that doubles as organization and storage, but is also designed to be draped over the head of a repair stand, pump head, or other horizontal edge for quick access to the tools. Of course to go with the premium quality (and price) the pouch that will keep track of your wrenches even gets fancy reflective thread detailing, nylon reinforcing and a few accessory pockets and sleeves.
On a tool side note, apparently Silca started shipping out their T-ratchet and Ti-torque wrenches as part of those successful Kickstarter campaigns just yesterday. So if you were a backer on those, keep an eye out.
While still a premium functioning pump, the small Tattico goes the opposite direction in pricing. At just $55, the all-aluminum bodied pump offers a lot of value. Designed to be small enough to fit in a pocket or clip onto bottle bosses, but still large enough to work quickly and effectively, the 9.5″ telescoping Tattico adds a short hose to get you up to 100psi out on the road or trail.
That hose neatly slides inside the inner barrel of the pump, and with a unique design does not need to be removed or threaded in place to air up. Just pop the end cap, slide it out, and pump away. On the end of the hose, a locking alloy chuck provides Presta & Schrader functionality.
The Tattico gets knurled grips on each end for a solid grip as you pump away, even with wet or muddy hands (or gloves.) The pump comes with a bracket to slide under a bottle cage, or can be tossed in a pocket.
Both the new wrenches and new pump are now available for purchase to maybe round out some of your holiday shopping.