Yes it is expensive and heavy - but simply amazing, won't leave home without it! I've been using Silca frame pumps since 1974 - this iteration is beyond such versions. Using this pump in the Breaking Away sequence, Dave wouldn't have been able to ride home. Can't wait to use it on anything (dogs and sketchy neighborhoods in DC where I've been punched in the face) chasing me.
Yeah, these pumps are obviously insanely expensive. Most of us will never own a Mercedes, a Maserati, or a Monet, but we can own a small handful of truly nice things. This is one of mine.
The build is beautiful, it works flawlessly, and though it's not a floor pump, it does fill up tires without a lot of effort. It fits easily in the frame of both of my bikes, and does not budge when I fly down steep gravel roads.
I am not sure if I'm using this pump right. But finally got to use it after purchased it a year later. First of, my spare presta tube does not even stay inserted. It keeps coming off, which makes it hard to pump in any air. Then I thought it must have been my spare tube. So I came home and tried to pump another spare tube with the same result. Now, it's just a pump on my frame for decoration and maybe use it to defend myself against aggressive drivers here in Florida. So, if anyone has any pointers on how to use this pump, please let me know. I've tried youtube but doesn't seem to show any.
Had the original silca frame pump eons ago that had the campy metal head w two prongs coated in rubber as well as a pump w plastic head. The current version is like the latter and my top tube was sized for a large pump.
I found the head of the pump slid down the head tube no matter the orientation of the pump. This was within a minute of install....no riding required. I called Silca support. No suggestion other than go one size up but...the new pump may not compress enough to fit the top tube. Of course that is what happened.
I don't think such an expensive product ought to have this issue. Bike is classic geometry.
I stuck on some handlebar gel at the junctions and the issue is fixed. I would have sourced an old campy head but pictures didn't show it would fit the pump.
Have not tried the pump but expect it to be good like in the olden days.
I have had issues inflating my tubes when I had a flat. I ended up using my CO2 in order for me to get home. At first, I thought it was my valve, but when I got home I tried it on other valves. It was the same issue. I'm not sure if it is the pump itself because I can't exchange it locally to test out this theory. But, will likely contact silca customer support after the holidays to see what kind of support I can get for my pump, since it's still new.
Had issues inflating my tube after getting a flat. It would not inflate my presta valve, so I had to use my CO2. Thought it was my valve so I tested it with my other tubes when I got home, and the same issue occurred. It would not inflate.
I don't have to sit here and tell anyone that Silca makes extremely well designed, highly engineered and flawlessly executed products. This cyclist has used a Silca Impero plastic pump, since the 1970s, on many bikes, the new Impero Ultimate pumps better (which is saying a lot), looks to be indestructible, and weighs more. Unfair perhaps to compare it to it's predecessor, which was for decades by far the lightest pump with real capabilities. Fact is, it weighs in a bit heavier than the aluminum competition, too, but not by much. This mechanic has disassembled the new Impero Ultimate completely (for a baked-on paint job) and found, at 10X magnification, no flaws anywhere. It stays on the bike on rough rides. The five sizes will satisfy all but a very few. It is clearly capable of decades of service with it's replaceable wearing parts, so the price, which is higher than any other frame-fit pump that I have seen, seems reasonable to me. Couldn't find a reason not to give it five stars.
The best frame pump on the market for good reason- Well-constructed, and after figuring out the 'no lever required' system to affix to a valve stem, inflates like a champ.. I also really dig the matte black, which looks good on the top tube!