The Ypsilon was the first of four Silca releases today. The Pista Plus Floor Pump makes number two. We first reviewed the Pista Floor Pump back in January and said “When it comes to everyday use, we found that, while the Pista is a perfect companion for race or training days far from home, it may not have the same ease of use as other options out there for your everyday pump. The issue isn’t the mechanicals – those have been fantastic from day one. It’s just that this pump is designed for easy transport and race day use, and there are a few compromises because of that.” Well it turns out that Josh and the team at Silca must read AeroGeeks because the Plus takes what makes the Pista great on race day, and wraps it in an easy to use every day package.
The Silca Pista Plus Floor Pump
The ‘Plus’ in Pista Plus stands for ‘Plus stability.’ Whereas the classic Pista has a flat profile and other design features that make it an ideal travel pump, the Pista Plus is made for those who prefer to leave the pump at home, in the shop, or at the velodrome. With a three-footed aluminum base and an enlarged lathe-turned Ash handle, the Pista Plus shares some of the ergonomics and superior stability of the SuperPista Ultimate platform.
As with its predecessors, the Pista Plus is built to outlast the rest of your cycling equipment. The durable steel barrel, 3mm-thick leather plunger piston design proprietary brass check-valve assembly ensure longevity, not just in material strength but rebuild-ability as well.
The small-diameter barrel combined with the Italian leather plunger washer and German Igus linear bearings also mean that Pista Plus is capable of reaching pressures of up to 220 PSI.
Pista Plus has a long filler hose with an integrated Schrader chuck and Silca’s push-on alloy Presta chuck with a bleeder valve. The chuck dock is a design enhancement over the previous design, now securing the Schrader portion, meaning that the rider can choose to swap the standard Presta chuck for the HIRO chuck, Disc Wheel Adapter, (or any other thread on-chuck for that matter) and still secure the hose. The gauge has also been upgraded to a slightly larger 64mm gauge for improved readability and accuracy.
The Pista Plus will retail for $145.
Where the Pista is an exceptional race day pump we are excited to see if the Pista Plus is just as good a home pump. The SuperPista and SuperPista Ultimate are fantastic pumps but at $235 on the low end were not an easy pill to swallow for any home mechanic. The Pista Plus while still pricey at $145 is more in line from top end pumps from Leyzne and Bontrager. We are going to hold off on any final conclusions until we get the pump in hand. But as a team that appreciates a good floor pump – especially one we don’t have to replace every season we are looking forward to getting some quality time with one. And as to Silca-day; two down – two to go. Stay tuned for the third release from Silca today!