Shimano’s components brand PRO has launched a range of flashy new tools, with an emphasis on digital measurements. It says that the new Team tool range is for those who hate guesswork when setting up their bike, while there are also new tools in the brand’s Performance tool range as well as new pumps.
According to Mark Kikkert, head of product development at PRO: “our product developers at PRO look to serve all different types of riders, from the amateur who just wants a quality and long-lasting product, to the professional who knows every last measurement and setting on his or her bike”.
PRO says that its new tools will be on sale from December 2020.
PRO Team Digital Torque Wrench
With pretty much everything bolted to your bike now specifying a precise torque value, the digital torque wrench could be the ideal tool to get your bike set up just right.
You can set it to torque values between 1Nm and 25Nm, and you’ll get a beep once you hit that number. If you’re not into SI units, you can also measure torque in ft/lb, in/lb or kg/cm.
With its own case, the digital torque wrench comes with six hex bits and two Torx heads, as well as a quarter-inch adaptor.
PRO Team Suspension Pump
More digital accuracy comes from PRO’s shock pump. The gauge reads down to 1psi or 0.1 bar with a claimed accuracy of 2 per cent.
Weighing 167g, it can handle pressures of up to 300psi and includes a pressure release valve for fine-tuning your shock pressure.
PRO Team Floor Pump
PRO’s new range-topping pump may not be digital, but it has a large gauge designed for both high-pressure use for road tyres and high volume for everything else.
The high-pressure range extends up to 10 bar/140psi and the high volume range is up to 2.8 bar/40psi.
There’s a head that automatically handles both Presta and Schrader valves, a pressure release valve and all-alloy build.
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Other new PRO tools
There’s a raft of other PRO tools also launched, including a chain tool and tubeless tyre levers, which are extra-long to handle the tighter fit of tubeless tyres. There are also a couple of new mini-pumps.
The Mini Pump Performance XS is PRO’s smallest. It weighs 99g, is 16cm long and has a dual-sided screw-on Presta/Schrader head. The body telescopes out to give a longer stroke and higher volume.
Or, for more grunt, there’s the new Mini Pump Performance XL. Weighing 215g, it has a pop-out footpad and gauge and a flip-out T-handle. PRO says it will get your tyres up to 8 bar/120psi double-quick thanks to its 2.5-times greater volume than most mini pumps.
Here’s a run-down of other new tools in the line-up.
PRO Team Delta Wrench
If you’re after a single tool to do it all, the Delta Wrench might be for you.
The triangular body gives plenty of grip and you get 13 different interchangeable heads, including seven hex bits, three Torx heads and three screwdriver heads.
PRO Mini Torque Wrench
The Mini Torque Wrench is designed to be compact enough to take with you on a ride.
It offers pre-set 4Nm, 5Nm and 6Nm options, along with four hex heads, a T25 Torx head and a flat-head screwdriver bit, all enclosed in the handle.
PRO Cassette Wrench
The Cassette Wrench is designed to replace a chain whip, the dual-sided design fitting over 10-tooth or 11-tooth smallest sprockets, with a long shaft and non-slip grip to give you the leverage to hold the cassette steady while you shift the cassette lockring.