Park Tool EK-1 tool kit review

Ultimate home workshop package

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£550.00 RRP
Park Tool EK-1 tool kit

Our review

The complete home workshop package
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Park Tool is a brand that’s synonymous with bike workshops and with that sort of heritage it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that this kit has all the tools you could need to carry out most common home maintenance tasks.

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Just opening the box is impressive – it has a clear layout and easy-access design, and there are spaces for you to add extra tools, meaning you really can pack your entire workshop in. It even comes with a Park Tool catalogue tucked into the lid pocket. This is heavenly bike geek reading and browsing its pages is almost certain to throw up a tool that you didn’t know even existed.

The standout items are a good pedal Allen key that has a long handle that’s both contoured and helpfully grippy, a set of master link pliers and a firmly effective cleaning brush to seek out the hardened dirt that lurks in small places even after washing.

There are other extras in the form of a hammer, tape measure, and super-practical knife. How often do you find yourself searching for something to cut zip ties or even just get into packaging? 

The Allen keys are our second-favourite Y-shaped ones so our first upgrade to this kit would be to add some T-shaped sizes as well. The quality of the tools at point of bike contact is good. It’s a small detail, but some of the handles are flat, which makes them less pleasing to use.

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This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name EK-1 Tool Kit (12)
Brand Park Tool

Description • AWS-1 4, 5, 6mm Hex Wrench Set • AWS-3 2, 2.5, 3mm Hex Wrench Set • AWS-10 Folding Hex Set, 1.5 to 6mm • BBT-5/FR-11 Bottom Bracket/Cassette lockring tool for Campagnolo • BBT-9 Bottom bracket tool • BBT-22 Bottom bracket tool • BO-2 Bottle Opener • CC-3.2 Chain wear indicator • CCW-5 Crank Wrench • CNW-2 Chainring nut wrench • CN-10 Cable cutter • CWP-7 Crank puller • CT-4.2 Folding chain tool • FR-5 Cassette lockring tool • GSG-1 GearClean brush • HCW-15 32 and 36mm laser cut headset wrench • HT-8 8mm Hex wrench • HT-10 10mm Hex wrench • HMR-4 Double sided hammer • MLP-1 Master link pliers • MW-8 8mm combination wrench • MW-9 9mm combination wrench • MW-10 10mm combination wrench • PAW-12 Adjustable wrench • RR-12 Tape measure • SCW-SET Shop cone wrench set • SD-0 #0 Phillips screwdriver • SD-2 #2 Phillips screwdriver • SD-3 3mm flat blade screwdriver • SD-6 6mm flat blade screwdriver • SR-2 Sprocket removal tool • SW-0 Professional spoke wrench • SW-1 Professional spoke wrench • SW-2 Professional spoke wrench • TL-4 Tire levers • TWS-2 Fold up star driver, 12 point, T7 to T40 • UK-1 Utility Knife
Features Kit dimensions: 470x380x210mm
No. of Tools Included 45