These spangly spanners will tweak your bolts of desire

You want these coloured Draper spanners in your life

These colourful spanners from Draper recently landed at BikeRadar HQ and I almost instantly forgot about the 15mm Runwell spanner that I fell in love with only mere weeks ago.

The spanners cover sizes 6–19mm
The spanners cover sizes 6–19mm

The memorably named ‘Draper Expert Hi-torq Metric coloured combination spanner set (23017)’ covers sizes 6-through-19mm and forms part of Draper’s ‘Expert’ range — these are tools that are “Made For The Trade, with the quality and features to meet and exceed the expectations of the most demanding professional user.” In other words, they’re more than suitable for the occasional bike-workshop fettlers of this world.  

The spanners have a 12-point ring end
The spanners have a 12-point ring end

The coloured spanners have a lovely smooth finish and feel very high quality in the hand — while that might sound ridiculous, if you’ve fondled cheap and nasty spanners before, you’ll know what I mean.

The 19mm spanner is goth approved
The 19mm spanner is goth approved

The acrylic resin 'plating' feels pretty hardy and the spanners are yet to show a mark — despite plenty of handling and clanking about by the BikeRadar team.

Sizes are engraved onto either end of each spanner, making identification easy. If you’re one who thinks more visually, you may also find that in time you begin to remember the sizes by colour — our video producer Ben Healy has certainly found this to be the case with his similarly technicolour Wera hex keys.

All else aside, the spanners are just lovely things to behold — I now want for nothing more than a shadow board or a tool roll that I can pridefully display them on.

The turquoise 10mm is lovely
The turquoise 10mm is lovely

I know you’re all dying to know, but no, I’m not sure what my favourite colour is — I’m torn between the goth-black 19mm and the handsome turquoise 10mm, but I promise I’ll love all of them equally.

The spanners are priced at a very reasonable £49.92 / $73 and are available from

If you’re looking for a gift for the workshop-savvy cyclist in your life, I reckon this will be a very well received option.

Other colourful Draper tools

Draper also sent us through some hex keys to match the spanners
Draper also sent us through some hex keys to match the spanners

Draper also produces a range of sockets, torx keys and screwdriver bits to match the spanners and oh god we want all of it.

Sating my new found lust for colourful tools for the time being, Draper also sent through a set of hex keys to match the spanners. These are going to be part of an upcoming update to our legendary Allen keys test in the new year, so keep your eyes peeled!

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

Related Articles

Back to top