SILCA Tools Make Me Swoon

Words Andrew Major
Photos Fergs
Date Sep 21, 2016

SILCA Tools

SILCA tools are a virgin pacific island in a sea of crap. A glorious tactile experience made oddly bromantic by whipping drool off of each others’ chins so as not to spoil the goods.

I intentionally left out the pricing. If you have to ask…

The SuperPista pump has been covered a million times at this point but it’s a product that every bike nerd should have a chance to touch at some point. The smooth and silent release of the magnetic attachment that keeps the hose firmly in place when not in use. The heft of the thread-in steel Presta adapter. The not enough ‘O’s in smooth action. This is a beautiful tool.

SILCA Tools

SILCA SuperPista Pump. Wood handle. Smooooth action.

SILCA Tools

Removable press-on Presta adapter has the heft of quality. SILCA SuperPista Pump.

SILCA Tools

Pump hose held tightly in place but so easily released by a magnet. SILCA SuperPista Pump.

The SILCA tools T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque kit is a very portable tool that is beautiful to look at and oh-so-nice to use. It was originally financed by a Kickstarter campaign that received 1200% (not a typo) of their original funding goal. It has a 2-8nm adjustable torque measurement, a sweet organizing pouch, and if you want one they’re currently booking orders for delivery in January.

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SILCA T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque kit. Gorgeous. If you look closely you can see where I drooled on it.

SILCA Bag

Speaking of sweet pouches, SILCA has also just released a seat bag. The big ‘story’ is the use of a BOA attachment which will quickly and firmly attach it to the rails of your saddle; however, the amazing organization and awesome construction are the selling features to me. The ‘Seat Roll Premio’ starts shipping in November and if you’re looking for a gift for the cyclist that has everything and hates wearing a pack, this could be it.

SILCA Tools

The SILCA tool roll attached to your saddle via a well proven BOA system. If it works for the stress loads of high performance shoes it’s overkill for a seat bag!

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The REALLY well organized SILCA tool roll.

Lastly from SILCA the HX-ONE tool kit is almost (almost) too pretty to use. I don’t personally go in for ball-end Allen Keys but if you’re not particular this is one of those shop tools that will make your friends jealous.

 

X-FUSION

X-Fusion’s soon to be released update on the Metric fork includes their Roughcut HLR damper and the same build quality I’ve previously mentioned but that’s not why I mention it here. The fork has a very sweet, rough to the touch, hard matte finish on the crowns and lowers that should be significantly more durable vs. unplanned contact than the paint finishes on most forks.

X-Fusion Metric

Awesome textured finish on the crowns and lowers of the new X-Fusion Metric. Now also featuring a Roughcut damper for 2017.

Coupled with the replaceable plastic guards used in lieu of decals, the new Metric should be a fork that is easy to keep looking very fresh for a long time. I’m making it my mission to drop by the X-Fusion booth every day to ask why they aren’t making a 29’er version of this fork. I want one. If you want one too, post a comment below or fire them an e-mail to tell them how many you’ll buy.

X-Fusion Metric

Close up of the textured finish. The fork is currently available in 26″ and 27.5″. I want one in 29″ and if you do too, be sure to let X-Fusion know!

HIRZL

Fritz at Zeitbike told Fergs and I that we absolutely had to go see Maximilian at HIRZL and try on a pair of the Swiss company’s Kangaroo leather gloves. These are absolutely the best gloves that either of us has ever put on. Period. Grip is fantastic even with a wet grip courtesy of Max’s spritzing bottle. The fit is amazing. The feel is amazing. The grip is amazing.

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Close up of the Kangaroo leather palm on the HIRZL gloves.

ib2016d3 hirzl kangaroo leather glove

I could do without the velcro tab but they’re the most luxurious gloves I’ve worn. I’m confident you have not put on a comfier glove either.

I feel secure in saying Kangaroo leather, and not cheap labour for ski hills, is Australia’s greatest gift to the world.

FULL WINDSOR

The Breaker Cycle Multi Tool from Full Windsor immediately caught my eye as a solid tool that combines crank tightening leverage with a full-sized chain breaker and a sweat rubber coated stainless steel tire lever.

ib2016d3 full windsor tool

Full Windsor Tool. Rubber coated stainless steel tire lever for those Schwalbe Muddy Mary Super Grav tires you’re running. Crank tightening leverage. Decent size and function on the chain breaker.

The fit of the bits was a touch sloppy compared to SILCA tools but… SILCA. It’s definitely something I would be interested in trying in my pack.


More tomorrow!

 

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mathew-glen-lovell
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Mathew Glen Lovell  - Sept. 23, 2016, 1:39 a.m.

Hey X-Fusion, I want one of those 29er new versions of the metric fork that doesn't exist yet. No joke either ; I had the 26 model and loved it. Now I own a 29er and want one. Thanks!

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dominicbruysporter
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DominicBruysPorter  - Sept. 22, 2016, 8:32 p.m.

I'm perfectly fine without a 29er version of the fork.

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nat-brown
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Nat Brown  - Sept. 22, 2016, 9:39 a.m.

Did you use an infant to model those gloves? 😉

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drewm
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DrewM  - Sept. 22, 2016, 3:25 p.m.

Hey. Trump and I both wear a size large glove! 😉

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babyzhendo
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babyzhendo  - Sept. 21, 2016, 10:08 p.m.

I want a 29er version of the Metric. Stiff, awesome finish, and built to last. Gimme

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drewm
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DrewM  - Sept. 22, 2016, 7:39 a.m.

Yes. I also really like the clean axle system (also used by Ohlins).

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cooper
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Cooper Quinn  - Sept. 21, 2016, 9:29 p.m.

I ordered this.

I'm very excited. Silica is amazing. I just can't afford their shit.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Sept. 21, 2016, 9:50 p.m.

You just can't spell it either. S-i-l-c-a.

Love you!

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cooper
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Cooper Quinn  - Sept. 22, 2016, 10:20 a.m.

I'll be blaming that one on autocorrect.

On a scale of 1-5, could you please rate your sobriety level when you wrote that comment?

Trying to gauge how seriously I should take the "Love you!"

I'm hoping "Very seriously."

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Sept. 22, 2016, 4:34 p.m.

How sober anyone is at any one time, when that person has spent a week in this place? Especially if that person is me.

Is 1 sober, or 5. Is sober good, or bad? Was 'love you' sardonic or sincere?

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cooper
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Cooper Quinn  - Sept. 22, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

To Interbike, or Outerbike, that is the question:
WHETHER TIS NOBLER IN THE MIND TO SUFFER THE SHOTS AND SLOTS OF OUTRAGEOUS VEGAS,
Or to take arms against a sea of outrageous bib shorts,
And by trying them on without a jersey: to ride, to shame
No more; and by shame, to say we end
The Chafing, and the thousand natural shocks
That Taint is heir to? 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To ride, to shame,
To shame, perchance to [chamois] cream; aye, there's the rub,
For in that shame of death, what creams may come,
When we have shuffled this mortal coil shock,
Must give us pause.

And….. I'm done. I'm not a poet. Clearly.

Love you too, Pete. But only sardonically.

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dominicbruysporter
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DominicBruysPorter  - Sept. 22, 2016, 8:33 p.m.

could be platonic and sincere?

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Sept. 23, 2016, 10:04 a.m.

Could be. I like to treat Cooper mean and keep 'im keen.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Sept. 23, 2016, 10:05 a.m.

I love that poem in every way possible.

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