The SILCA SuperPista has long set the standard of what a bicycle floor pump could and should be. As an object used before almost every ride, a floor pump has the ability to optimize the comfort and handling of your bicycle, to allow you to adjust the way a bicycle feels before a particular ride. They can bring great pleasure of use, or pain, suffering and frustration. A great floor pump must feel good in your hands, operate smoothly and consistently, and be stable under foot, regardless of what shoes you are wearing. It must also last the test of time and not let you down in a race parking lot or hotel room far from home.
High tech manufacturing methods and materials have been combined with old world materials and ideals to create an heirloom quality product which you will be proud to hand down to the next generation.
Vacuum cast from high performance zinc, the Ultimate's base weighs as much as most entire floor pumps and contacts the ground using 3 red feet made from an elastomer designed for high-end furniture feet. Safe against sliding on wood, marble, slate, you name it.
The Ultimate's base is very thin and usable with both casual footwear and cycling cleats.
Ultimate gauges have more in common with automatic timepieces than with pump gauges. 1% accuracy (rather than the +/-5% industry standard) allows for 1 psi precision on the 0-160 psi gauge and 0.5 psi precision on the 0-60 psi gauge. The face mount design allows the gauges to be swapped quickly in about 2 minutes.
Magnetic chuck docking allows the 17-4 stainless steel Presta chuck to be docked and removed using only the hose with no bending or reaching. A very high strength neodymium magnet holds the chuck in the dock with enough force that the pump can be picked up by the handle for transport without undocking, yet a firm pull of the hose quickly frees the chuck.
Both Presta and Schrader chucks are connected to the SILCA exclusive 12,000 psi hose. Originally designed for use in race car and aircraft brake line, the Ultimate hose is just that, the ultimate. Smooth bore PTFE liner, over-braided in stainless steel, then over-extruded in protective and beautiful red urethane. Unlimited rotational fittings are used on both ends of the hose, allowing it to flex and rotate from both ends even when pressurized. Ultimate breaks the mold again by including the hose in the 25 year warranty of the pump and not treating it as a wear item.
Borrowing from top level mountain bike, motorcycle and racecar suspension, the Ultimate uses a PTFE impregnated, hard anodized piston rod running inside an IGUS linear bearing in the top cap for minimal play with maximum smoothness.
The final contact point is possibly the most complex: the handle. Inspired both by classic frame lugs and the finest Japanese kitchen knives, the Ultimate handle blends investment cast stainless steel lugs with hand turned rosewood to create a shape that is both secure and comfortable in the hand; wider, larger in diameter, and more ergonomically refined than many other pump handles, the Ultimate handle is the result of countless concepts and prototypes over the years.
Of course the SuperPista Ultimate is covered by SILCA's 25 year hard parts warranty(see SILCA's website for further details)