About Us | SILCA

About Us

We believe in perfection.  We believe in beauty.  We believe in values as well as value.

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 been continually 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.

Rolling into 2014, SILCA headquarters and manufacturing have been moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.  Here, we are rebuilding a once great icon into a new great icon.  We will use the finest materials and craftsmanship achievable in our products.  Here in Indianapolis, we are surrounded by an amazing thing called the Racecar Industry, which attracts some of the finest minds and manufacturing capabilities anywhere, and 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 100 year history of this brand.

Who we are and what we believe:

We believe in catching the perfect sunset from a high mountain trail.  We believe in the perfect silence of a finely tuned road bike on new pavement.  We believe in the perfect barrier hop, one so clean you could swear you actually landed going faster than when you left the earth.  We believe in the perfect cross wind on a time-trial bike, the one where it feels like you're dreaming as the wind goes silent in your ears and your speed increases as you sail like a racing boat.  We believe in the perfect line, on the perfect berm, with the perfect setup, with the perfect pressures…magic.

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 customer, 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.  Perfection.

 

SILCA Is located in Indianapolis Indiana.  Please contact us at: sales@silca.cc or call us at: 317.964.0592