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by Shane Stokes
August 23, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage one of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes; De Buyst sprints to victory in GP Stad Zottegem; Majka loses more time, Vuelta GC challenge is over; Valverde returns to road training, aiming to compete again before end of season; Quick-Step Floors signs Michael Morkov, extends with Devenyns; Gary Sutton takes up key track role with USA Cycling; Silca Tattico Bluetooth pump measures tire pressure with your smartphone; Seven Cycles introduces MATADOR gravel fork; Video: Chris Froome press conference after Vuelta a España stage 4
Silca has upgraded its Tattico mini-pump with a new solid-state, Bluetooth-enabled pressure sensor that works with your smartphone. According to Silca, other mini-pumps with built-in pressure gauges suffer from poor accuracy given the inherent challenges of fitting the mechanical hardware in such a confined space. With the Tattico Bluetooth, however, you supposedly get far better accuracy and a more compact pump — but you’ll need to make sure to bring your phone with you, and that it’s running Silca’s iGauge app.
Silca claims the electronic pressure is more durable than a mechanical one, too, not only in terms of long-term stability, but also vibration, weather resistance, and impact. Power for the pressure sensor and wireless transmitter is provided by a common CR2032 battery. Claimed battery life is still to be confirmed by Silca, but given how briefly it will be used in practice, it’s not expected to be a major issue.
Otherwise, the new Tattico Bluetooth pump shares the same design features as the standard Tattico: a cup-style plunger seal that automatically adjusts to changes in pump temperature, a twin-tube 6061 aluminum body construction that keeps the exterior cool, a hidden heat sink that minimizes heat built-up to begin with, and a hidden hose that eases strain on tire valves.
Retail price is US$120 with expected availability to being August 31.
For more information, visit www.silca.cc.