The SILCA story begins in 1917 when it was founded by Felice Sacchi just outside of Milan, Italy. From there, the company grew swiftly and became recognized for its innovations: It became the first company to put gauges on pumps, the first company to produce a true ‘high-pressure’ frame pump, and 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, somewhat ironically, was the first to move away from plastics and back to wood handles.
Quality is at the heart of the brand. It is not a coincidence that so many of the SILCA pumps of the 1960s and 1970s are still in use today, nor is it accidental that the company continues to sell replacement parts for those very pumps.
By 2013, SILCA was the oldest company in the bike industry to have been continually owned by the same family. Today, it is, hands down, among the most recognized, iconic global brands in the bike industry. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, which is a hub for the motorsports industry and attracts some of the finest minds and manufacturing capabilities anywhere in the world. It is from those minds and equipment that SILCA products are now born.
Why NOMAD Loves SILCA
At NOMAD, we are fans of SILCA’s commitment to durable materials that are built to last, traditional craftsmanship, and innovation. When we invest in SILCA products, we know that we are getting the finest materials and craftsmanship.
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. SILCA takes pride in upholding its 101-year history – and we’re all for it!