Silca SuperPista Ultimate Floor Pump - Review

Mar 28, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
Silca's history dates all the way back to 1917, when the company was founded in Italy by Felice Sacchi. After 96 years of operation by the same family, a period that saw the name SILCA become synonymous with high quality pumps, the company was sold to an American, Joshua Poertner, in 2013, and the manufacturing was moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. The SuperPista Ultimate is the company's flagship floor pump, designed to put the company back in the spotlight with its elegant design and no-expenses-spared construction.

The body is constructed from stainless steel, and the PTFE impregnated piston (similar to what's used for suspension forks) runs through an IGUS bushing to ensure years of smooth performance. A cast zinc base with three elastomer feet gives the pump its stability, as well as to prevent it from scratching wood floors.

The SuperPista Ultimate Plus comes with two gauges, one with a 0-160 psi range, and the other with a range of 0-60 psi. Silca says their gauge accuracy is within 1%, and the 0-60 psi gauge is claimed to deliver precise readings to within .5 psi. To top it all off, the SuperPista comes with a 25-year warranty on all hard parts, including the hose. MSRP: $475 USD. www.silca.cc
Silca SuperPista floor pump review
The SuperPista is one good-looking pump, from the rosewood handle to the magnetized chuck holder.

Silca SuperPista floor pump review
The SuperPista's air chuck is simple, but very effective.
Silca SuperPista floor pump review
The gauge's markings are clear, but it'd be nice if it were mounted at the top of the pump's body.

Performance

What makes a good floor pump? Well, other than the obvious fact that it needs to move air into a tire or tube quickly and efficiently, ergonomics are an important factor to consider, and on that front the SuperPista absolutely delivers. Its wood-handled plunger has an extremely satisfying feel to it, one that you simply don't get with a plastic or aluminum handle. It's like the difference between a wood and an aluminum baseball bat – they both perform the same task, but a wooden bat just feels better, especially once it's seen some use.

The SuperPista doesn't have a smart-head style air chuck, but it only takes a second or two to unscrew the Presta valve head to expose the Shrader compatible fitting. Both heads work well, with a very secure fit, and more than once I found myself reaching for the SuperPista over another pump when faced with a short valve stem – the chuck's design means that there doesn't need to be as much valve exposed in order for it to have enough purchase for inflation.

The Superpista's action is smooth, although the amount of air it moves during each stroke isn't quite as much as a mountain bike specific pump would. For the sake of comparison, I pitted it against Bontrager's Turbocharger MTB floor pump to see how many strokes it took to inflate a 29x2.35” tire from 0 to 30 psi. With the SuperPista it took 54 strokes, and with the Turbocharger it took 38. The SuperPista's inflation speed is reasonable, but not extraordinary, and it can take a little extra effort to move air quickly enough to seat a tubeless tire. There's also the fact that the gauge is located at the base of the pump rather than the top – I like to think I have decent eyesight, and I still found myself bending over to look at the numbers.

I've been using the Superpista regularly for the last six months, and although that's a far cry from approaching its 25-year warranty, there haven't been any durability issues, or reasons to anticipate any in the future. The base is rock solid, and the pumping action is as consistent as the day it arrived, a testament to the level of attention to detail that went into its construction.



Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesWhen it comes down to it, the SuperPista is beautifully crafted, an heirloom quality tool that could be passed down from generation to generation, and wouldn't look out of place sitting next to your gleaming Alfa Romeo. What's that? You don't have a luxury sports car, or $475 to drop on a floor pump? Me neither, but luckily there are plenty of other options out there that move air just as well. They might not be as pretty, or last quite as long, but they'll do the trick just fine for those of us without trust funds. - Mike Kazimer



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154 Comments

  • + 251
 "...heirloom quality tool that could be passed down from generation to generation..."
Nope, $475 for a floorpump, you'd better bury me with this thing.
  • + 17
 I lol'd
  • - 15
flag siderealwall2 (Mar 28, 2016 at 21:29) (Below Threshold)
 Funny how this is "heirloom" when everyone just starts to ride tubeless.
  • + 377
 the high price is due to inflation
  • + 7
 versacchi
  • + 48
 “You never actually own a Silca SuperPista Ultimate Floor Pump, you merely look after it for the next generation.”
  • + 8
 if i crash, i'd ask my pump OK or not ...
  • + 7
 You should get your head checked for bringing this heirloom on your ride with you. This pump isn't simply for filling up your tires. It's meant to be on your wall for when friends come over so you have something to talk about.
  • + 9
 @Jack-T-Media - take a bow
  • + 6
 Wow, you need new friends then. Beer's cheap, gives us lots to talk about.
  • + 10
 I'll stick with my Lezyne Dirt Floor Drive.
  • + 4
 @Jack-T-Media - chapeau!
  • + 3
 guys go to their website they sell a 1200 dollars pump
  • + 5
 Wow! A pump that actually has a useful gauge, I love how 99% of pumps, even ones "for mtb", have a gauge that goes from 0-7000psi.
  • + 4
 yes that is definitely a feature that makes it worth 10 times more than any other pump.
  • + 0
 I had to check the date... nope, it is NOT April 1
  • + 72
 $450 and I still have to manually pump my tire..
  • + 16
 I feel like there's a Jackie Treehorn joke in here somewhere...
  • + 25
 Once again. Wtf. You're meant to be positive. How many times do people have to keep saying this to you?
  • + 1
 Do worry@Jack-T-Media he's about one fanny hair away from a ban i reckon.super trolling.
  • + 1
 Sorry my mistake,he's crashed and burned ha ha.
  • + 58
 It'd better blow professionally for $475.
  • + 1
 ^^^this
  • + 44
 Wow..... This is amazing and only 475 bucks. Fk my money, take it! Also take my money for the 25 dollar tube and 100 air flask as well. I'll be the best equipped DB on the trail all the while rocking the new eagle 1x12 drive train in GOLD to match my grill! FTW!
  • + 43
 Perfect pump for filling the $90 air bottle they reviewed last week.

I'll stick with my $475 compressor for both tasks, have yet to find a tire I can't seat with 80 gallons of air on tap, and it will run a whole slew of air tools too.
  • + 20
 Cleaning a muddy bike with compressed air is a new level of freedom...
  • + 14
 All you need for bikes is the $150.00 Dewalt 1 gallon compressor, and a Prestaflator.
Can also run 2 nailguns or other tools.
  • + 2
 how are you going to bring your compressor with you to the car park?
  • + 42
 Well I'm not taking a $475 pump to the car park either...
  • + 38
 I'm just here for the comments
  • + 29
 Well, scratch that 11 speed XT groupset I was going to buy, I think ill buy a foot pump instead. Said nobody ever.
  • - 7
flag Cam86 (Mar 29, 2016 at 2:03) (Below Threshold)
 Lol: paying $475USD for an XT Groupo. #notsrameagle
  • + 30
 Early April fools?
  • + 20
 But I just spent 450 on a cassette because it's gold and I like eagles...
  • + 15
 Why would anyone in their right minds pay $475 for a floor pump???
  • + 1
 I dunno. Because it's accurate?
  • + 9
 But its made in Indianapolis, and its not even the most expensive pump they sell. Too bad its not a higher volume pump. It is really nice though, Silca does make great pumps, I had one years ago when I still wore lycra.
  • + 5
 what you mean a few years ago??? did it broke cause this entire article assured me they will last forever and then some more?
  • + 3
 No it did not break,I gave it to a very good friend. And it was like 125 bucks in like 1986 or something. You were just a Baby! They were made in Italy. Silca has always made excellent pumps, its one of the oldest bike companies. Pumps made in the 1960's and 70's are still going strong. And they still make parts for them.
  • + 6
 Hey I was made in the 70's.do they make parts for me cause I'm f@cked?
  • + 11
 Or just buy an air compressor with a 10 gallon tank for 100 bucks. And it'll pump your tires in 10 seconds.
  • + 8
 so out of curiosity I checked out the silca website, seems this pump base is designed specifically for only the finest roadie cleated soles. also a LOT of talk about this 'magnetic docking'... not sure its really my thing.
Lastly apparently according to Silca '#SILCACustomersDontBendOver'. I'm pretty certain they do...
  • + 6
 they do...for the right price!
  • + 7
 A floor pump is not an heirloom product to pass on to two generations, I fore see them going extinct in the next 10 years maximum. This product is the definition of a "veblen good" : Veblen goods are types of luxury goods, such as expensive wines, jewelry, fashion-designer handbags, and luxury cars, which are in demand because of the high prices asked for them. The high price makes the goods desirable as symbols of the buyer's high social status, by way of conspicuous consumption and conspicuous leisure; conversely, a decrease of the prices of Veblen goods would decrease demand for the products.
  • + 4
 Price when up when the review went up on PB
  • + 1
 @messmyth They have been around for a solid 99 years at this point. They're not exactly a flash-in-the-pan kind of company.

Regarding the veblen good reference, I was initially skeptical about the pump for the same reasons. After I priced it out component-by-component for equal quality components to build my own, it ended up being about the same cost. Yes, one-off part costs are going to be greater than production level costs but that was not including labor and doing all the machining myself. So while it may be a very expensive product with a certain amount of luxury appeal, it is still a high-quality product that is not easy to make and is priced accordingly.
  • + 0
 Don't forget iPhone's, messmyth
  • + 9
 $475USD for a lifetime of blowjobs don't seem so bad...
  • + 5
 That's a lot for a, admittedly very pretty and well made, floor pump! My Lezyne one is similar in design (all metal with wooden handles) and cost £35. It has replaceable parts that are standard fitting so should last me decades.

As for everyone moaning about the cost of some of the items recently reviewed?
The Airshot is a handy thing to have, I'd buy one for camping trips etc if I didn't already have a converted fire extinguisher.
The Schwalbe tube would be handy for weekend racers wanting to carry the minimum amount of kit when racing. You wouldn't but loads of then either, one to carry as a backup and replace it probably once a year.
The Eagle drivetrain tech will filter down the levels at some point, wait for that to happen and you'll have that elusive range on a 1x that everyone wants. Either that or it'll die off as pushing an idea too far.

Marvel at the choice we have people, you'd struggle to buy anything truely crap right now!!
  • + 8
 Win win for Pinkbike - get to test a sweet pump and get an article sure to rile up the commenthaters
  • + 4
 I think its great that there are companies still manufacturing products in North America. Everyone wants the cheapest everything, and all that does is force the companies to move production overseas. Buying a north American product buys a north American job.
  • + 25
 Please do not attach that logic to a $500 hand pump.
  • + 3
 Applying that logic to this pump only justifies outsourcing so you're pretty much contradicting yourself, I say.
  • + 1
 I wonder how many chinese jobs you would buy for the same price on a chinese product
  • + 2
 It's not just a US-made pump, it's a US-made pump made from US-made parts. How much would a Pike cost if it were US made?
  • + 0
 @dockboy: except it's not: "Every pump is hand assembled... in the USA using... components from the USA, Italy and Taiwan." silca.cc/products/silca-superpista-ultimate-floor-pump?variant=902502277
  • + 4
 i bought the head of that pump for $35 and installed in my old topeak pump. it is amazing. you don't need to move any levers or screw in anything. it just goes in and out. look for Silca Presta Chuck 17-4 Stainless Steel in amazon
  • + 6
 Does no-one realize it has a rosewood handle?? You uncultured, bastards!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 8
 seriously! instant buy for me. cant wait to wax up my mustache, pump up the tires on my fixie and ride to my local vegan fair trade coffee shop!
  • + 1
 I've got some rose wood for you. I'll sell it to you... $500 takes it all. I'll even toss in a block of stainless steel to make you feel better.
  • + 4
 I have a 20 dollar floorpump, it has a gauge and it pumps up tires with air. Now, if a 20 dollar pump does that, at 475 dollars a pump should do my taxes and my dirty laundry while pumping up my tires.
  • + 6
 That is a great looking pump...then I saw the price....totally deflated me.
  • + 5
 I definitely need to inflate my rear tire to precisely 29.5 psi or I'm not biking. This product is exactly what I'm looking for.
  • + 6
 I got 7 € Floor Pump in Lidl --> Tyres get the pressure Smile
  • + 0
 That's okay for low pressure, but they will blow off the valves around 5 or 6 bars. My road bike tyres need minimum 8 to maximum 10 bars, so that won't work for people with road / track bikes.

But even to pump my tyres to 10 bars, with a great looking pump that works super smoothly and has all kinds of fancy extras, it is enough to spend €40 on a Lezyne pump.
  • + 5
 and after you spend $500, you can also buy another pump for any tires over 60 psi lol
  • + 0
 I was about to say this. I bought a $100 pump which has worked for years and goes up to 300psi so I can use it for everything!

$500 for this thing is laughable.
  • + 0
 $500 for a pump is a lot of dough, but it does go to 160 psi...just saying...
  • + 1
 still not enough for shocks @santoman
  • + 2
 Sure thing, I didn't think about it, but I prefer a dedicated shock pump for that.
  • + 6
 Whoever buys this deserves it
  • + 5
 Pinkbike reviewed this for their own amusement. Sit back and watch the comments section catch on fire..
  • + 5
 This is aimed at the oil dealers market in dubai. It is not for us. :-)
  • + 1
 OK, definitely not buying this due to the price, but this is the first pump I have seen to get my personal sweetspot for tire pressure. Between all my bikes, I don't go over 60 psi, and most pumps are hard to read at those pressures, or max out at something like 30. I would like a $50-100 pump with a gauge like this.
  • + 2
 $475!!! pffff yeah right, I bought a 650cfm pump at Walmart for $20, been using it for my DH tubeless tires and its been fantastic, I then use a $10 accurate tire gauge to finish up,
3 strokes and she's filled up!
  • + 12
 You use a carburetor to full your tires?
  • + 3
 @Thook- gold! tup
  • + 1
 @fifty50 grip 3 strokes and she's filled up......... oh well never mind mate
  • + 5
 You've gotta be kidding me..
  • + 2
 I have an old Silica pump that I bought back in +/- 1987ish... the little protective cover for the PSI dial needed to be taped into place but, it still pumps better than most new pumps I sell in other brands.
  • + 2
 I have a $40 pump I bought nearly 20 years ago. Still pumps just fine and doesn't need any tape.
  • + 4
 With that price tag I hope it's enduro specific
  • + 0
 What a dumb product. Sorry... it's dumb. Is it cool looking... yes. But there are other companies pulling that look off for far less and making a better pump....


My issues.
1. Price
2. Price
3. Pump head
4. Gauge is too small to be at the base and the lines are very faint... aka not super accurate.
5. 60 psi max. So this is no good for road tires. And it's too fancy a pump to be tossing in and out of your car for mtb rides. So it has one use... too look pretty so you can brag... in your shop.


This is a media tool. That's it. They're not planning on making any money with this. It's called a brand driver.



If you want a much much better MTB specific pump buy Blackburn's new Chamber HV pump. Retails at $80. Goes to 50psi and it's way way more accurate than this. HUGE gauge. Huge handle... that you can swap out for an old set of MTB bars if you choose. Bottle opener. It's got an air bleeder on the head so you can bleed air while it's still connected to the gauge... killer for those plus guys and tubeless guys running wide rims and low pressures.... And it'll push WAY more air per stroke than this one. And you won't feel like an idiot when you pull it out of your truck at the trail head.

If all you want is a fancy looking aluminum and wood pump to brag about... I still wouldn't buy this one. Lezyne has a few for under $75. Birzman sells some baller ones for under $100-120.

Silca makes a quality product but no way in the hell am I dropping that kind of dough for a pump. No way. I'd rather buy a dope looking vintage one if I wanted brag factor.
  • + 4
 wasnt it supposed to be 47,5 $ ??
  • + 5
 I'll take 3
  • + 4
 Does it even blow?
  • + 2
 I'd rather buy a seat post. Wait! a seat post that dubbles as a pump....hmmmmmm
  • + 3
 That buys me a 1x drivetrain...
  • + 3
 Relax, their mini pump is a much more reasonable £100 . . . . . !
  • + 2
 I need a larger air volume pump, you know some of us run tubeless now, not a fancier floor pump!
  • + 0
 Check out the Bontrager Flashcharger. Seats tubeless tyres easily. I love mine. Its dial is not accurate but I use a digital gauge anyway.
  • + 1
 The idea of a floor pump is a cheap alternative to a compressor, this item literally has no purpose other than for Drs and rich hipsters to buy
  • + 2
 First I thought, "that looks like quite a good pump", then I realized it's actually too good of a pump.
  • - 3
 Do you want a compressor with awesome tools to dismantle, and assemble your entire bike, or to fill your tires in seconds. APPARENTLY NOT.
  • + 1
 step 1) buy $40 floor pump (like 8 years ago?)
step 2) buy $400 plane ticket to shred in WA state
step 3) laugh at elitist bike bros
  • + 2
 And it is stainless steed, I always thought it was titanium. What the world has come to.
  • + 1
 Im a Republican, im all about me, capitalism and greed. that being said....people are freakin starving and someone owns this pump. no one needs a $475 floor pump.
  • + 2
 I felt like I spent way too much on the SKS Airmenius and I paid $105.... This is absolutely nuts!
  • + 2
 If I left that to my kids as an heirloom they'd be well within their rights to take a shit on my grave.
  • + 3
 It may be $475, but 25 year warranty?! Thats crazy talk for a floor pump
  • + 9
 Ild rather buy a $19 dollar pump every year for 25 years!
  • + 1
 Lets see how long they stay in business, hope its more than 25yrs, ha!
  • + 2
 I have a pump made by Giant that I bought about 25 years ago. Superseded by my Flashcharger but I don't have the heart to get rid of it.
  • + 2
 #Tr011 Blackburn floor pumps have lifetime warranty plus they're only a 1/4 of the cost Smile
  • + 2
 @Fifty50Grip Silca has been in business since 1917.
  • + 2
 25 year warranty? For $500 anything less than lifetime is ridiculous. Especially for a company with a long history.
  • + 1
 Legally, most lifetime warranty's cover products for the natural life of the product (not your life) or until its discontinued; very few for as long as you own the product. So 25 years is basically the same thing. But it really doesn't matter because its too low volume.
I like the Lenzyme dirt pump, meters to 70 psi and has enough volume to easily set a tubeless bead, I've seen them as low as 40 bucks.
  • + 1
 Do they make a mount for stumpjumper? Possibly a bash guard for the pumps downtube? *I would leave the price tag facing out of course
  • + 2
 Lol $475 and it doesn't even have a lifetime warranty, what a load of shit.
  • + 2
 i'm splurging if i go for goat milk yogurt on my tortillas and beans. but quality tools that last forever? hmmn. no doubt.
  • + 1
 I have a Silva pump going on 20 years and it's still flawless. Only Complaint is its bad for threaded presta valves.
  • + 2
 I have a Joe Blow that's 17 years old. Cost me $40. Still works like a champ and I have zero issues with presta valves.
  • + 1
 lol only 60 psi at that price it should go to 400 psi so i can do my rear shock as well.
  • + 1
 Is it made out of Californium or maybe Palladium or Rhenium.
Where is consumer protection when you need it. 475 $ from Canada i can go to Cuba for 2 weeks all inclusive and having a Chikita blowing me Smile
  • + 1
 Bout the same price as an XX1 Cassette.. comparatively, not all that expensive.
  • + 0
 I have used that pump and the valve thing is frustrating to use. It's $475 and it dose not even come with their nicest valve.
  • + 2
 This is one very expensive blow job without a happy ending!
  • + 1
 wait wait!!! no body tell you guys??? there is gold inside this thing!!!!ahahah welcome to the #eaglepump ;D
  • + 1
 That pump better have an air filter, vibrator, and a full-time race mech at that price.
  • + 0
 Be cheaper to employ someone to pop round and pump them up! Oh and while your here can you check the car tires as well because I can never be bothered!
  • + 0
 Yes its expensive, but this is the kind of thing you pump up your Ferrari tires with and your bike tires with all in the same day ... Totally worth it in that sense
  • + 3
 I have an air compressor for my car... Most ferrari owners have mechanics...
  • + 1
 My Lezyne Ali MTB floor pump looks almost as good, does tubeless well and cost, what, $90?
  • + 1
 $475 wow it better pump by itself while i drink my beer.
  • + 2
 hum this or a BBQ
  • + 2
 Never mind a BBQ at that price you can hire a Chef Wink
  • + 2
 i really want to get one of those wood smokers, dam turkey is best in those.
  • + 1
 It should be called Silca Super-ripoff
  • + 0
 Dang, my Silca gauge crapped out on me after hardly any use and I almost had a stroke that it was $65.
  • + 1
 laughable But hey, there's stupid people everywhere
  • + 0
 For this price I hope they have an app as well for my phone so I can analyze my pumping performances.
  • + 1
 practicality still wins over
  • + 1
 This article really convinced me to buy... the Bontrager's Turbocharger.
  • + 1
 These comments are great!
  • + 1
 $475? That's a bit of a let down.. Frown
  • + 1
 pb trolling again with a 500$ bike pump Smile
  • - 1
 Careful. PB will delete your comment if you dare to criticise.
  • + 2
 Pinkbike is trolling us.
  • + 1
 ???? $ 475 for a floorpump. They must be mad.
  • + 1
 Anyone else see this $475 pump and think it was an early April fools joke?
  • + 1
 For that much I'd pay someone to air blow my tires to get the purest air!!
  • + 1
 You mean blow job?
  • + 1
 Wow, that's a lot of money for a floor pump!
  • + 2
 Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
  • - 1
 Only 60 psi No good for bmx then
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