Torque About Tools | From shiny Japanese ratchets to reasonably priced shop-grade chain breakers

It’s time for new tool day 

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Welcome back to Torque About Tools, our semi-regular round-up of the latest workshop tools to land at BikeRadar Towers.


Although new releases were few and far between in the cold depths of winter, there have been a whole host of tools unveiled in recent months.

In fact, we had so much to fit into this edition, we’ll be running a second part next month, so stay tuned.

First, though, let’s take a look at the latest tools (as well as some already established options) to arrive at BikeRadar HQ.

New tools from Feedback

In addition to its Pro Mechanic HD Bike Repair Stand we reviewed recently, Feedback Sports has launched four new tools.

If you’ve been riding the wave of our extensive Sea Otter coverage, you may remember editor-in-chief George Scott took a first look at them. I’ve since had some time to play with the tools and deliver some first impressions.

Feedback Chain Tool 3.0

Could Feedback's Chain Tool 3.0 be the last chain tool you ever need?
Could Feedback’s Chain Tool 3.0 be the last chain tool you ever need?
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  • £39.99/$40/€45

Feedback’s third-generation Chain Tool 3.0 is claimed to be a “one-time purchase, guaranteed”.

Weighing in at 165g, the chain tool features a larger rubber handle with a knurled texture to improve grip. There’s also a larger, more ergonomic rubberised plastic handle for the pin driver.

An adjustable chain support is a nifty feature that makes sure the chain is supported properly in the recesses of the tool before driving the pin through.

The bar-plug style base of the tool hides a spare pin (there’s room for a spare quick link too).

The Chain Tool 3.0 is compatible with Shimano and SRAM chains up to 12-speed and it will work with Campagnolo 13-speed too. However, the tool won’t peen a Campagnolo chain.

I’ve been impressed by this chain breaker. The tool action is very smooth for its asking price and I particularly appreciate the adjustable chain support.

You have to hold some other tools at an angle to make sure the driver pin is being driven straight through the chain pin, which can be quite frustrating.

If you’re after a near-enough shop-quality chain tool to replace your chain at not too great a cost (and you’re not running Campagnolo chains that require peening), this one is hard to overlook.

Feedback Reflex Fixed Torque Ratchet Kit

Feedback Reflex Fixed Torque Ratchet Kit
Feedback is jumping on the portable bit-ratchet bandwagon.
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  • £70/$70/€85

Designed to be taken on rides, the Feedback Reflex Fixed Torque Ratchet Kit is a bit-based ratcheting multi-tool.

It features a modular handle and 10 S2 steel bits (2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6mm hex, T10, 25, 30 torx and a 3mm flat-blade screwdriver).

There’s a 5Nm torque fitting, which snaps audibly once you reach the desired torque. The handle features knurling to improve grip.

Because it’s modular, you can use the tool as an L or T-handle, or you can simply install the bits in-line.

The tools come in an EVA foam case – perfect for a jersey pocket, or for keeping everything together as a travel or car kit. The kit weighs 367g without the case.

The Reflex Ratchet Kit has proven a sound performer so far and there is a loud snap when you reach 5Nm.

One thing to note is Feedback says the torque adaptor needs bedding in before it will read accurately at 5Nm, so make sure you use it on a bolt that requires significantly more torque to avoid breaking a component.

This kit won’t replace my Silca Ti-Torque with T-Ratchet. Silca’s offering feels more ergonomic in the hand, the ratchet is noticeably smoother and it can achieve a range of torques between 2 and 8Nm. Granted though, Feedback’s tool is half the price.

Feedback Rotor Truing Fork 2.0

Feedback Rotor Truing Fork 2.0
The tool can be used on both 2.0 and 2.3mm width rotors.
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  • £16/$15/€18

Feedback has updated its rotor truing tool, with the new version featuring slots for bending both 2.0 and 2.3mm disc brake rotors, as well as a second 2.0mm slot at the tapered end.

The tool’s steel core is combined with a nylon-reinforced grip. This means the tool can also be used as a piston press – if it were metal, you’d risk damaging or scratching the pistons.

The tool weighs 73g on my digital scales.

The tool does what it says on the tin, although I prefer to bend a rotor back by hand with a lint-free rag sandwiched between my hand and the rotor. This is because I find dedicated tools can sometimes put too much force on the rotor.

Feedback Thru-Axle Chain Keeper

Feedback Thru-Axle Chain Keeper
A chain keeper can be useful when cleaning your bike.
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  • £14.99/$10/€12

The Feedback Thru-Axle Chain Keeper is designed to hold your chain when you’re working on or washing a bike with the rear wheel uninstalled.

The tool will fit 12mm thru-axle dropouts and the roller is made of a bio-based PA56 plastic. You can even change gears when the chain’s installed, so you can clean the rear derailleur.

Like the Rotor Truing Fork, it’s another tool that does the job it’s designed to do.

CeramicSpeed Tool Kit for Campagnolo UT BB

CeramicSpeed Tool Kit for Campagnolo UT BB
Tooling to remove and install Campagnolo bottom brackets differs from other brands.
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  • £69.95/€110

Known best for its ceramic bearings, CeramicSpeed also makes some cool tools and this Campagnolo bottom bracket kit is one such example.

Campagnolo’s bottom brackets differ from other manufacturers in that the bearings are pressed onto the crankset’s axle and the cups are separate units.

The puller itself is made by German-manufacturer Kukko. It’s readily available as the ‘43-2 Universal 2-jaw puller with self-centering jaw’ on Kukko’s online store.

CeramicSpeed manufactures the two drifts included in the kit. The smaller one covers the axle when you’re removing the bearing so the puller has something to pull against. The larger drift is used to drive the new bearing onto the axle.

A trio of tools from BBB

Although components and accessories may be the first items you associate Dutch brand BBB with, it also has an extensive tool range.

BBB SpindleStand

BBB SpindleStand on the floor
This SpindleStand is as minimalist as workstands come.
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  • £52.50/€59.95

This minimalist stand could be just the ticket as a travelling option or even just for cleaning your bike at home.

You can mount a bike to the stand via the inside of the crank axle and BBB includes 13, 17 and 20mm spacers to ensure wide compatibility. To change between the different spacers, you’ll need a 5mm hex key.

The stand lifts the rear wheel off the ground so you can turn the pedals if you need to adjust and index your gears. Rubber feet stop the stand from slipping, as well as protecting the floor.

The stand folds away for storage or transportation.

BBB Bearing Remover GXP/BB90 BTL-232 and Bearing Remover DUB/BB30 BTL-233

BBB Bearing Remover DUB/BB30 BTL-233
Gone are the days of removers and hammers.
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  • €32.95

BBB’s Bearing Removers are designed to make removing a press-fit bottom bracket an easy job.

Arguably the most common way of removing a press-fit bottom bracket is to use a removal tool that installs through the shell. You then use a hammer to drive them out while bracing the frame. Not only is it wince-inducing to hammer out a bearing, these tools often damage the bearing on the way out.

This is especially annoying when the bottom bracket you’re removing isn’t worn.

Enduro Bearings was one of the first brands to introduce a hammer-free solution to removing press-fit bearings with its BRT-002 and BRT-003 bearing kits. I was lucky enough to use them when I worked at Carbon Bike Repair in the workshop and I decided I would never venture back to the dark side.

Enduro not only makes bearings and fork seals. The company also offers tools such as this one to replace bottom bracket bearings
Enduro Bearings’ offering is my favourite of the bunch so far.
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Other brands have since brought out their own solutions, such as Park Tool’s BBT-RS and BSC Tools’ Pressfit bottom bracket remover set. BBB has now adopted a similar approach.

Made from CNC’d aluminium, the BTL-232 will work on 29 and 30mm bearings (BB30/PF30/SRAM DUB) and the extractor cup has a 42mm diameter with an O-ring to protect your bottom bracket and frame.

BBB Bearing Remover GXP/BB90 BTL-232
The BTL-232 performs the same function for 22 and 24mm bearings.
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You can then use a 5mm allen key or a 17mm spanner to drive the bearing out, while holding the cup by hand.

The BTL-233 does exactly the same job but for 22 and 24mm bearings (BB86/BB90/SRAM GXP), with the extractor cup sporting a 37mm diameter.

At €32.95, this is significantly cheaper than its rivals and it will be interesting to see how its performance stacks up.

BBB Hydraulic Hose Cutter BTL-161

BBB Hose Cutter against a wooden background
Another tool that lives up to its name.
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  • £19.95/€21.95/AU$39.99

This cutter is claimed to cut smooth and clean lines in hydraulic hoses. You should avoid using a cable cutter on hydraulic hoses because it will likely deform the hose, which tends to be made from teflon or nylon. This could lead to future brake failure.

BBB says the long grip makes for easy leverage and the blade is safely hidden when in the locked position. I weighed the tool in at 59g (4g less than claimed).

Nepros tools

I’ve shown reasonable restraint so far, so let’s end on some silver show stoppers.

Nepros Tools are the premium range of KTC, a Kyoto-based company most revered for its automotive tools. The tools are sold directly on the brand’s website and can be shipped worldwide.

Nepros 3/8 Sq. Flex-Head Ratchet Handle (90-tooth)