Pro 16 Piece Toolkit review

Good kit for the latest transmissions

BikeRadar score4/5

This is a decent selection of specialist tools, but not a comprehensive package. It's good if you don't mind filling in a few gaps.

The selection of separate wrench-style tools for bottom brackets, freehubs, pedals and sprockets in this kit covers all the bases of recent gear, while there are a chain tool, cable cutters, a seven-function mini tool and some tyre levers, too.

If you have a three-piece Shimano Octalink chainset on your bike you'll need to buy a crank extractor 'mushroom' adaptor, Shimano part number TL-FC15, to work with the standard crank extractor supplied. But the kit will tackle bottom bracket bearing cup removal on modern two-piece cranks. The cassette lockring removal tool fits Campagnolo and Shimano.

Yo do get rare stuff such as big Torx keys for Shimano and FSA chainring bolts. Unfortunately you don’t get the cleaning stuff and useful box that comes with the same-priced Lifeline tool kit, which is a real shame.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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