Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11.00am
By Jon Woodhouse
Most riders build a toolkit over time, but investing in a pre-ﬁlled set makes a lot of sense. Superstar’s offering lends itself especially well to roadtrips/shed survival, with a tough plastic case that clips ﬁrmly shut. It’s survived living in the back of our technical editor Jon’s collosal land-yacht of a van with bikes and kit piled on top, which is impressive.
It comes with pretty much everything – a set of ball-ended Allen keys, a Y-shaped trio of the most common Torx keys, ﬂathead and Phillips screwdrivers, keys for normal spokes plus Mavic nipples, multi-size cone spanners, tyre levers, a chain breaker and chainring bolt tool. Possibly the neatest tools are the two ‘Proline’ spanners, made from extruded aluminium with rubber handles and interchangeable heads that lock in place on special pins.
Despite the small overall size, Superstar have managed to pack in old-style and Hollowtech II bottom bracket wrenches, a pedal spanner, crank puller, chain whip and cassette tool too. The ﬁnish is functional but durable. The only thing we’d like to see is a set of cable cutters, but for this money that’s splitting hairs.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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