This is Park?s big kahuna for home mechanics. All you need is a truing stand and work stand and you?re just as ready to do serious maintenance to your bike as most local bike shops. 37 heavy duty, shop-strength tools including TL-1, CT-3, SW-0/1/3, TB-1, GP-2, AWS-1, AWS-3, HR-8, CBW-1, CBW-4, BBT-2, CCP-2, CCW- 14R, HCW-15 (2), CM-3, CC-2, CNW-1, PPL-1, SR-1, FR-5, PW-3, SCW-20, SBC-1, CN-4, and GSC-1.
a Weekend Warrior
from Los Angeles, Ca, United States
Date Reviewed: September 22, 2005
Strengths: I've been a amateur mechanic, and these tools rival the best of craftman, snap-on, etc. I love these tools, and I bought these because I needed bike specific parts, and I didnt want to go looking for tools out of my auto toolbox
Weaknesses: expensive, very expensive. Some tools are redundant, and they added tire boot and sealant, and grease, which I would rather have tools instead (any consumables put into a tool set is redundant, and overpriced)
Buy this, if you want to rebuild your bike for any reason. You may find some of the wrench sizes are redundant, or others you may never use. However, the tools are top notch, a must have for any amateur mechanic, or tool fanatic.
Similar Products Used: cheap-o generic brand kit from nashbar
Bike Setup: Built up specialized FSR XC
a Cross Country Rider
from Austin, Texas
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2003
Strengths: Excellent quality, nice toolbox
Weaknesses: Expensive and doesn't come with a hot shop girl
This is an excellent place to begin if you are making a commitment to becoming a better bike mechanic. I have had to add a couple of tools other than what came with it but that is no big deal. Park = Quality.
a Weekend Warrior
from Tucson, Arizona, USA
Date Reviewed: November 19, 2002
Strengths: Pretty much everything you need for maintaining a modern bicycle.
Weaknesses: Toolbox is way too small. Missing a lockring wrench and pin wrench (for disassembling the bottom brackets of older bikes). The freewheel remover doesn't work if the axle is still in place on some bikes (it just slips out and strips the threads).
I think this is a great way to start out your mechanic's toolset. After buying this, I still had a ways to go (truing stand, ratchet & sockets, adjustable wrenches, etc), but it really brings nearly all of the *bike specific* tools into your shop in one purchase.
Similar Products Used: too many to list......I am a mechanic
Bike Setup: 00' Caad3, Time, Race Face ,SRAM
a Cross Country Rider
from Detroit, MI USA
Date Reviewed: June 29, 2000
Strengths: Most every bike tool for modern bikes you'll need Quality
Weaknesses: Would've liked to have seen tools for older parts
In the 1 month I've had this tool kit (and a good MTB book) I've been able to become more knowledgeble and more efficient at working on both my 2 bikes and my brother's older '94 Trek 800. Definitely a great purchase for me.
The only issue I have is that I would've liked to have seen a few more tools for older parts. For example, my bro's Trek has an old adjustable bottom bracket and I had to buy a separate BB wrench for it. Pin spanners would've been nice too.
I got mine from BikeWorld.com for $210 (w/free shipping). If you plan on doing work yourself this is definitely a great set to have.
4 for value (esp. w/ the BikeWorld price) 5 Overall
Tsunami a wanna be
Date Reviewed: December 11, 1999
Strengths: Almost all the tools you'll ever need. Shop Quality and durable Looks Cool makes you look like a pro mechanic even if your not you save about $150 by buying the tool kit vs. each tool individually comes with a cool tool box
Weaknesses: makes you wanna take apart your bike for no reason Heavy if you try to carry it with you on the trail almost too pretty to get dirty
if you want tools to last you a lifetime buy these! as good as high quality stuff like snap-on. My LBS (Sun Bike Shop in Milpitas, CA) gave me a deal on these, $216.00 out the door price w/ a book, zinn and the art of mtn. bike, so thats why i had to get it. if you want to see what this tool kit looks like, and everything it comes with, check out the performance bike catalog.