A Design Proven Over The Course Of Seven Decades


"I love things that age well - things that don't date, that stand the 
test of time and that become living examples of the absolute best." - Giorgio Armani
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Armani wasn't talking about the Pista Floor Pump specifically, but his words capture the essence of why a floor pump of all things, is widely regarded as one of the most iconic cycling products of the last century: it just continues to work. 

The key to the unrivaled longevity of the Pista is a combination of quality materials and a design that features easily serviceable and replaceable components. 

Some Things Simply Can't Be Improved Upon...

The soul of the Pista, what makes it work, what makes all SILCA pumps for that matter, is a 3mm thick leather piston washer and a solid brass internal valve assembly. We've used the same vendor for both of these internals since 1947. Why? There's nothing else out there that creates a better seal or lasts longer. Nothing. You can learn more about our leather piston washer by clicking 'Learn More' below. 
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Re-engineered For the Modern Performance Cyclist

When we decided to re-launch the Pista in 2017 for our centennial anniversary, we kept the original design but made a few key upgrades. 

The Handle

The original Celluloid handle has been upgraded to a lathe-turned Ash-wood handle. We kept the same handle profile and hose guides but made it slightly larger overall for improved feel when pumping with both hands.

The Chuck

The modern chuck assembly is Schrader and Presta Compatible and includes a hose-bleed button to make chuck removal easier. The chuck is also secured with a chuck dock that helps keep the assembly and hose secure when not in use. 

Gauge and Base

The gauge is rated to 220psi and is accurate to within 3%. An aluminum gauge housing holds the gauge in place. The profile of the base is true to the original design which allows the pump to lay flat in the trunk of a car or a travel bag. 

July 12, 2018 7 Comments


7 Responses

John W Savio
John W Savio

September 21, 2018

I have a white Pista with black and yellow decals, and a white face guage that is still going strong after 30 faithful years and a rebuild 10 years ago. Thank you Silca for still building quality in a throw away world.

Ron Larson
Ron Larson

August 16, 2018

I would love to buy one of these new Pista floor pumps but my 23 year old Silca still works so well and has proven to be fully maintainable with replacement parts I just cannot justify abandoning it for a new pump. I replaced the gauge recently and regularly replace the gasket in the chuck and leather plunger.

I see from other comments my Silca is one of the youngsters. I do expect it will last a lifetime.

gary wisemiller
gary wisemiller

July 17, 2018

This year is my 40th anniversary of my first century ride. I’m still riding. The Silca that pumped my tires for that ride 40 years ago is still with me. It works fine. I’ll continue to use it. It’s nice to know this pump will be with me for a lifetime. Keep up the good work.

Bern
Bern

July 16, 2018

Mine’s about 44 years old, bolted to a big plank that has a second (cheap) floor pump at the other end, with a Schrader valve chuck. The plank makes it so easy to use – no strain keeping it upright while pumping away. That said, I need the presta chuck washers replaced, and the gage faceplate is gone (I do not know how accurate the gage is anymore, but it still pumps fine, and I trust my finger-squeeze gage…

James Radke
James Radke

July 12, 2018

My orange Silca has been with me for 37 years.

John Pesackis
John Pesackis

July 12, 2018

My “old” Pista is about 30 years old and pumps just like it did when I first got it. I am really impressed with the way you have continued the Silca tradition.

Everett Fruehling
Everett Fruehling

July 12, 2018

Thank you for continuing to support the “old” Pista and Super Pista pumps. I have two Pistas and one Super Pista that have given me DECADES of service. In this “throw away” culture it’s nice to keep up good tools and good bikes with replacement parts rather than just buying a new “better” one. With a garage full of bikes it’s nice to have one set up for Schraeder and one set up for Presta. Nice to know spare parts will continue to be available (and improved)!

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