It used to be that a set of Allen keys, a couple screwdrivers, a chain tool, some cone wrenches and a spoke key comprised the majority of a good mechanic’s tool kit. Those days are long gone.
- Sea Otter Gallery – Part I: Long-travel 29ers, SRAM Eagle
- Sea Otter Gallery – Part II: Bells, big wheels & bacon
- Sea Otter Gallery – Part III: Ti hardtails and new wheels
- Sea Otter Gallery – Part IV: New road gear
- Sea Otter Gallery – Part V: Gravel and adventure bikes and gear
Whether you work on your own bike at home, travel with a pro team or man a bike shop’s service department, you need more tools than ever to stay on top of the cycling industry’s proclivity for innovation and diverging specifications.
At Sea Otter several companies showed off clever new tools to keep all manner of mechanics happy.
Some highlights includeTopeak’s Nano Torque Box, which uses a preset torque driver that slips onto your existing 5mm Allen key or multitool and a set of bits to keep your bike components properly tightened, and Enduro’s Pro Edition Universal Bearing Removal Tool, with turned-down grooves in the 1704 stainless shaft.
Check out the gallery above for the latest in mechanical wizardry.
The Pro Edition Bearing Removal tool also breaks down to fit in tool boxes. Assembling the tool is reminiscent of James Bond installing a silencer on his Walther PPK