SILCA was founded in 1917 by Felice Sacchi just outside of Milan, Italy. The company innovated and grew quickly by innovating as the first company to put gauges on pumps, the first company to produce a true 'high-pressure' frame pump, the first to work with the revolutionary lightweight material plastic after the end of WWII. More recently, the company was first with a valve controlled CO2 inflator, and with some irony, the first to move away from plastics and back to wood handles. Along the way, the company ideals became deeply rooted in a combination of durable materials, traditional craftsmanship, and innovation. It is no accident that so many of the SILCA pumps of the 1960's and 70's are still in use today, nor is it accidental that we continue to sell replacement parts for those very pumps.
By 2013, SILCA was the oldest company in the bicycle industry to have beencontinually owned by the same family. In August of 2013, Claudio Sacchi, grandson of Felice, sold the company to me, Joshua Poertner. For 14 years previously I was Technical Director at Zipp Speed Weaponry and have been a lifelong SILCA fan since buying my SILCA pump in 1990, a pump still in daily use today. Sadly, Claudio lost his battle with cancer shortly after selling the company, and while we miss him greatly, we are inspired to rebuild this iconic brand to be the industry leader in this category.
In 2014, SILCA headquarters and manufacturing moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, USA where we still are today. Here, we are rebuilding a once great icon into a new great icon. We use the finest materials and craftsmanship achievable in our products. Here in Indianapolis, we are surrounded by an amazing thing called the motorsports industry, which attracts some of the finest minds and manufacturing capabilities anywhere in the world. It is from those minds and often times that same equipment that SILCA parts are now born. Each and every SILCA component is designed for beauty, function, strength, durability, and longevity before it is carefully produced by hand to the highest standards. We take great pride in upholding the 101-year history of this brand.
Who we are and what we believe:
At SILCA we’re cyclists at heart. Regardless of what we ride and why we ride, we’ve all experienced those brief moments of perfection that happen while out on a ride. We’ve heard the perfect silence of a finely tuned road bike. We’ve taken that difficult corner just perfectly during the local cross race. We’ve been inspired by the sports greats over the years. And we’re always searching for more of those little moments that make this sport of our so beautiful.
Ultimately, we believe that perfection can be found (and sometimes created) in the details of everything that any of us do. Our commitment to you, our fellow cyclist, that we will continually strive to design and build the most perfect products possible. We will study and share the most up to date data and science that can help create your next perfect ride. We will seek out the finest materials sourced in the most ethically and environmentally responsible ways possible. We will support our products
with spares and replacement parts for as long as possible, because we know that the perfect pump, is yours. The one you've had as long as you can remember. The one that's never let you down, the one that's dirty and battered, the one that appears on so many of your great stories, from so many great trips, and so many great rides with so many great friends.
Thanks for following along with us and we’re excited for what lies ahead.
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