A Suite of Slick Biking Tools from Silca


It’s been a century since Silca biking tools got their start outside Milan, Italy.  Today the company is based in Indianapolis, but still makes finely crafted tools likely to be found in bike stores almost anywhere not to mention in the garages where many of us maintain our bikes.  To celebrate its centennial, Silca is introducing two anniversary products.  SILCA re-introduces the PISTA track pump. Considered to be one of the most successful and iconic cycling products in history, SILCA brings back a classic to their line of precision tools and bicycle inflation. The SILCA team went through great lengths to preserve the aesthetics and form of the original Pista while improving function and durability, using the finest materials paired with modern engineering and assembly. Each PISTA pump comes with an optional anniversary travel bag made from 600D Nylon and Canvas with multiple storage pockets.  Price is $199.

Anniversary HX-ONE Tool Kit:

To celebrate a century of refined tool-making for performance cycling, SILCA has released a limited edition set of Anniversary HX-ONE hex keys. The fully forged S2 steel keys are encased in a beautiful and limited edition box made from the heartwood of American Walnut trees. Each HX-ONE box is adorned with SILCA’s centennial emblem, hand-painted on 304 stainless steel. SILCA continues to push the envelope, using the finest materials and craftsmanship available.

The HX-ONE has quickly become an icon of the SILCA brand. Made of S-2 Steel, which yields stronger tools with much harder surfaces for prolonged tool life, the keys are then coated with thin-dense Chrome, a process generally reserved for molded tool components or optical grade surfaces. This coating provides the hardest, most dimensionally stable finish possible on each hex key. Finally, each tool is spray coated with a textured polymer finish for maximum grip and control.  Price is $185.

Over the past few months we’ve had an opportunity to try a handful of Silca products each and every one well-crafted, well designed, and sturdy.

Italian Army Knife  The Italian Army Knife, a very SILCA take on the traditional multi-tool.  The IAK combines fully forged mid-length tools with forged aluminum side plates and full stainless steel hardware.  The mid-length tool design is long enough to provide access to recessed fasteners but short enough not to experience twist or damage under moderate torque as experienced on longer tools.  All tools are forged rather than bent from hex stock, this method of construction is more expensive, but worth it on the side of the road. Mid length tools also allow us to position the tools within the same plane, this reduces the thickness of the overall package by half.  Double chromed tools and fully stainless steel hardware and bushings guarantee a long life without corrosion (the number 2 killer of multi-tools is corrosion, number 1 is loss) Forged aluminum sidebars contain rare-earth magnets for holding a spare chain connector.  Price $36.

T-Ratchet + TI Torque Kit – T-Ratchet and T-Torque combine to form a powerful force for good.  Roughly 70% of damage to high-end carbon components such as seatposts, handlebars, and stems comes when making adjustments without using torque.  The majority of adjustments made without torque occur on the roadside or trailside.  This makes sense, as you might set up your new ride or component at home using your shop torque tool, or a pre-set torque tool, but need to raise/lower your saddle, or adjust the tilt of your bars out on the road.  Too low of a torque and the component will slip which is both unsafe and can cause damage, too high a torque and you can permanently crush the component.

T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque solve this by providing a highly ergonomic tool with a torque measuring extender that provides real time feedback to the torque you are tightening to.  Simply begin tightening the fastener while watching the scale on the Ti-Torque, it will show you in real time the Torque being applied.  The T-Ratchet uses interchangeable magnetic components to convert from a screwdriver to ratchet, to ratcheting T-Handle in Seconds, and the Ti-Torque is made from Titanium and Aluminum with Hard Steel contact surfaces allowing it to weigh only 30 grams. Price $98.

Tattico Portable Mini Pump –  Tattico, is a ‘Tactical’ mini-pump designed to be large enough to work well while being small enough in a footprint that it can nearly disappear alongside a bottle cage on your high-end bike. The Tattico is also the first SILCA portable pump since the 1950’s to use a hose.  The hose is cleverly positioned inside the inner barrel where it is able to slide in and out of the end of the pump without being removed or having to thread in place.  The hose attaches with a compression gasket activated by a small aluminum lever.  In classic SILCA fashion, the compression gasket is reversible for Presta or Schrader.sulating air gap to keep hands cool.  This results in better grip and control without risk to hands even when inflating multiple tires to high pressures.  Price $55.

EOLO III – C02 Regulator and cartridges.  If you are looking for an inflation option that’s even smaller than one of Silca’s mini-pumps, you might want to opt for the EOLO III C02 regulator.  It’s small enough to fit anywhere, including inside the Premio Seat Roll. The EOLO will thread onto either Presta or Schrader valve stems.  Price is $26 for the regulator alone, $30 for the regulator and two cartridges.

Premio Seat Roll –  Seat Roll Premio is the world’s first on-bike storage solution powered by the Boa® Closure System.  The foundation of the Premio Seat Roll is a waxed canvas of SILCA’s own creation.  Heavyweight cotton canvas is first hot-melt waxed for waterproofing, and then computer quilted with reflective thread for improved visibility.  Seat Roll Premio attaches effortlessly to your seat rails using the beautiful Boa® Closure System allowing for a lighter weight, more durable, more powerful and more adjustable attachment to the seat rails than traditional designs.   Seat Roll Premio has 3 pockets sized to hold 2 CO2 cartridges with a regulator, an inner-tube up to 700×45, and a multitool or other accessories.  Price $48.

HX-One Home Essential Kit Wrench Set– Few tools are used as frequently, and can cause as much heartache or wasted time as the seemingly simple hex key. It’s one of the first things you notice at the top levels of motorsport tools, or in the toolboxes of Pro-Tour mechanics: extremely high-quality hex keys. The reasoning is simple, better tool fit leads to better feel and confidence for the mechanic as well as a significant reduction in the likelihood of damaging exotic fasteners made from Titanium or Aluminum. HX-One includes:

  • fully CNC machined Beechwood box
  • S2 steel hex keys 2mm-10mm
  • Red polymer coating for superior grip on hex keys
  • Custom S2 steel bit adaptor to standard 1/4″ bit
  • 10 S2 steel bits found in every cycling workshop

Price is $125.

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