X-Tools 18-piece tool kit review

Top value kit

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £59.99 RRP | USD $100.00
X-Tools 18-piece tool kit

Our review

Well-priced kit for aspiring mechanics to start off with, or a good one to keep in the boot for car park fettling
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The 18-piece kit from X-Tools includes most of the tools that you’ll need when tinkering with your bike at home or at a race, and thanks to the compact carry case, it’s a cinch to store and is easily portable. It contains Allen keys in various sizes from 2mm to 6mm, and they’re all ball-ended, which is great because it makes hard-to-reach spots easier to get to.

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What’s more, there’s a longer-handled 8mm Allen key, which gives better leverage. Also included is a chaintool, cone spanners, puncture repair kit, a T25 Torx wrench, spoke key, chain whip, cassette tool, bottom bracket tool, chainring bolt tool, crank extractor, screwdrivers and a pedal spanner along with a Shimano-compatible Hollowtech II tensioning tool and a Shimano-compatible external bottom bracket tool.

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All the Allen keys have lasted well and we’ve found the 8mm key, with its plastic grip, just about long enough to undo the tightest of bolts. The Shimano-compatible bottom bracket tool is sturdy and, like the rest of the kit, good quality, considering the bargain price. Our favourite bits of kit are the tyre levers though – they give plenty of leverage for stubborn beads.

Product Specifications

Product

Name 18-piece tool kit (11)
Brand XTools

Features • Workshop Tyre Levers • Chain Whip • Shimano Compatible External BB Spanner • Pedal Spanner 15mm Box Wrench with 14/15mm socket end • Shimano Style Hollow Tech 2 Tensioning Tool, features unique twist top for extra grip • Ball Ended Allen Keys (2, 2.5, 4, 5, 6) • Flat Bladed Screwdriver • Philips Head Screwdriver • 2 double ended Cone Spanners (13, 14, 15, 16mm) • Chainring Bolt Tool • Puncture Repair Kit • Spoke Key 3.2, 3.3, 3.5 • Crank Extractor • Cassette Tool • Splined BB Tool • Torx L Wrench • Chain breaker Tool, with replacement pin