Following its award winning HX-One Home Essentials tool kit of 2015 and recently launched SuperPista track pump, SILCA has expanded its line of biking tools into the portable and travel tool category with a 5 position multi-ratchet called T-Ratchet and a 30g torque measuring extender called Ti-Torque.
SILCA has spent more than 10 months in development and has worked with ‘numerous ProTour mechanics, fit studios, adventure athletes and others to refine the design and achieve ideal ergonomics.’
“We started this project with great excitement, but the response from our test athletes and mechanics in the field has been truly overwhelming. We’ve literally had product testers refuse to send them back for evaluation as they felt the tools were too critical to their daily lives,” said SILCA President Josh Poertner.
“Stories of fixing bicycles at the Dauphine and Giro, on the Tour Divide route, adjusting ski bindings in a helicopter on the way up a mountain and so many more. We are thrilled that we can finally bring accurate torque and along with superior ergonomics and function to this category.”
T-Ratchet is a 100mm long, 60g tool that magnetically converts between T-Handle tool, thumb stabilized ratchet tool, and flag handled screwdriver. The tool uses a SILCA developed 72 tooth ratchet mechanism.
Ti-Torque is a 30g, 100mm long extender for the T-Ratchet capable of measuring 0-8Nm torque readings. Ti-Torque is based on a 6Al/4V Titanium Torsion beam – and displays torque on the side of the extender during use.
To support the new product launch, SILICA took to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter in order to raise funds quickly to cover tooling costs and machining. The company reached its goal in a matter days; and, at the time of writing, it had 859 backers pledging US$84,140 and exceeding the funding goal of US$25,000, with 26 days still to run on the Kickstarter campaign.
SILCA was founded in 1917 by Felice Sacchi outside of Milan, Italy. SILCA adds that it was the first company to put gauges on pumps, the first to produce a true ‘high-pressure’ frame pump and the first to work with lightweight material plastic after the end of WWII, and later the first to bring CO2 to roadside inflation.
Today SILCA is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, where it ‘continues to build iconic products that utilize the finest materials and craftsmanship available.’