Review: Silca Hiro v.2 Pump Head
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The new inverted diamond knurls on the Hiro v.2 - still grippy, but easier on the hands.
The new inverted diamond knurls on the Hiro v.2 - still grippy, but easier on the hands.

Silca Hiro v.2 » I have been a huge fan of the vintage Hirame pump head for its ease of use and unrivaled reliability. Silca attempted to modernize the design of the Hirame with its Hiro pump head. The new Hiro v.2 takes the crown - it's my new favorite pump head.

One of my favorite bits of tech this year is the new Silca Hiro v.2, which represents perhaps the pinnacle of inflation tech. The original Hiro was a great step towards modernizing the legendary Hirame head, but I had some critiques with that version that kept it from being my go-to favorite. With the new revision, Silca has finally taken the crown. The Hiro v.2 is easily my favorite pump head, and perhaps the finest one ever made. See the article for all the details.


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Silca Hiro v.2 

I have been a huge fan of the vintage Hirame pump head for its ease of use and unrivaled reliability. Silca attempted to modernize the design of the Hirame with its Hiro pump head. The new Hiro v.2 takes the crown - it's my new favorite pump head.

  • The lovely Silce Hiro v.2
  • I can just hear this thing saying 'Hello, Dave' in creepy computer-speak.
  • That red dot is meant to be a distinctive Silca feature, though it may remind you of a certain component brand.
  • The new wavy spring washer acts to eliminate slop from the system without introducing any additional force to the lever throw.
  • The new inverted diamond knurls on the Hiro v.2 - still grippy, but easier on the hands.
  • Silca Hiro v.2
  • Silca Hiro v.2
  • Silca Hiro v.2
  • Silca Hiro v.2

Comparison Shots 

Here are some comparison shots with the original Hiro, the Hiro v.2, and the original Hirame (I've modified my Hirame with a Schraeder threaded end, to be compatible with Schraeder chucks like the one on the Silca SuperPista Ultimate pump.

  • From left to right: the original Hiro, the Hirame, and the Hiro v.2
  • From left to right: the original Hiro, the Hirame, and the Hiro v.2
  • From left to right: the original Hiro, the Hirame, and the Hiro v.2
  • From left to right: the original Hiro, the Hirame, and the Hiro v.2
  • From left to right: the Hiro v.2, the Hirame, and the original Hiro
  • Here you can see the taller head of the original Hiro (left), as well as the difference in knurling patterns. The new Hiro v.2 (right) has a very lovely inverted diamond pattern that's easy on the hands but still nice and grippy.

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