During our tours of duty at Eurobike and Interbike this year, we saw loads of new products designed to ease the burden of wrenching on your bike. Whether you need a simple multi-tool or you're looking for a shop quality bearing puller, check out part one of our two-part mega-roundup of mechanic's essentials, which has something for every tool geek. Also be sure to check out part 2 here.
Feedback Sports Tools
Colorado's Feedback Sports makes all manner of work stands and accessories. For years, customers have been asking for them to branch out into tools. It took more than two years of development, but they've finally done it. You can purchase each of the items individually or as part of a kit. There are three kits available. The smaller Ride Prep Tool Kit contains 12 tools with 16 functions. It's ideal for carrying in your car or to races and retails for $130.
The larger Team Edition kit (pictured above) contains 19 tools, which can perform 25 functions. This convenient kit is housed in a carrying case that can attach to a work stand and should cover most of your common maintenance needs. It also has space for any extra tools or bits you may want to carry.
Feedback is also offering a compact bicycle specific set of T-handles. It includes 2.5-6mm hex and a T25 Torx. Retail is $130.
There are a number of brands who manufacture tool kits, but what sets Feedback's new tools apart is integration. Many of the tools are capable of performing double duty. For instance, the back of the Philips screwdriver has a built-in Shimano crank tool. For more info, visit www.feedbacksports.com. - Saris Mercanti
Crankbrothers KLIC Pumps
Crankbrothers was showing off its new line of KLIC pumps, which feature a hidden flexible hose that's housed inside the chamber until you need it. When it's time to inflate, attach the hose via a magnetic connection, flip the locking handle into place, and pump. A twisting collar keeps out dirt and debris, and select models have built-in air pressure gauges and CO2 adaptors. All pumps come with a mounting bracket and are backed by a 5-year warranty. Available in high pressure and high volume models. For more information please visit www.crankbrothers.com. - Jason Sumner
Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage
Hate wearing a backpack? Syncros has a solution. Their new Matchbox Tailor Cage seamlessly integrates a multi-tool and HV hand pump into a bottle cage. The sleek package accommodates eight tools, plus a chain tool. The pump has a max pressure of 80 psi. Depending on the model, retail is between $50-80. On a personal note, we've been testing this cage for about a month on home trails in Crested Butte, and have been fairly impressed. There's essentially no weight penalty (actual weight 333 grams), and its proven completely secure even when romping around the local bike park. The only real hitch is that removal and replacement of the tool case can be a little finicky, and of course you need to have a bike that actually accommodates a bottle cage, which is definitely not a given anymore.
If you prefer ratcheting tools, the Syncros Lighter 8 might be more your style. This small composite box houses eight of the most commonly used bits and a mini-ratchet tool. It's available now for $35. For more info, check out our coverage of Syncros here. - SM/JS
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Enduro Bearings has offered a hub press tool for a number of years, but this year they've launched a pro version that is made in the USA. This over-the-axle press has longer arms and includes 12 of the most commonly used fittings.
When it comes time for bearing extraction, Enduro's new Universal Bearing Removal Tool is a great option. It uses an expanding collet to grab the inner bearing race and a slide hammer to remove them. The hammer length can be adjusted depending on bearing size to increase or decrease leverage.
Also on display was a new spline remover for DT Swiss hubs. A number of brands use DT internals in their hubs, but the stock tool isn't always compatible. This tool fits all DT hubs. It can be used on a vice or with a ½" driver. For more, visit endurobearings.com. - SM
Each bottle of Orange Seal come with a handy dipstick that can help you know when it's time to add more sealant.
Orange Seal Tire Sealant
No home shop is complete without a jug of tubeless tire liquid, and the folks from Orange Seal make some of the best. The Texas-based company was founded by a group of friends from the high tech industry who thought they could create a better product than what was currently on the market. They worked on their formulation for about two years to create a new sealant. The goal, said Orange Seal president John Vargus, was to seal larger puncture and sidewall slices, seal porous sidewalls, last longer, and create a permanent plug from the inside out. It's also non-corrosive and bottles come with a handy dipstick that can help you know when it's time to add more sealant. For 2017, they have three formulations, regular, longer lasting endurance, and sub-zero for the fat bike crowd. For more, visit orangesealcycling.com. - JS
Finish Line released most of its new products earlier this year at Sea Otter, but they were showcasing some new product sizes at Interbike. In the past, they only offered 2 oz and 4oz bottles, as well as gallon jugs. Now their chain lubes are available in an 8oz bottle, which retails for $14. They've also launched a new concentrated version of their popular Super Bike Wash. This 16 oz bottle retails for $9 and will make 4 liters. For comparison sake, their 1-liter refill bottle (sans spray nozzle) retails for $10. For more info, visit www.finishlineusa.com. - SM
Topeak was showing its new Joe Blow Twin Turbo, which makes it easy to reach high pressure by pushing out 40 percent more air per stroke than its predecessor (thus saving time as well). Standard high pressure pumps use only a small barrel, which makes for hard work as you approach higher psi. The Twin Turbo lessens the workload by incorporating two barrels (one large, one small) that work in unison to make the inflation process easier.
The Topeak Ninja TC Road and Mountain bottle cages mean never again having to dig into your hydration pack or saddle bag to find a multi-tool.
Like Syncros, Topeak has also given the traditional bottle cage a makeover, with its Ninja road and mountain offerings. Besides secure bottle storage, these handy cages allow you to easily carry a well-equipped multi-tool - and have quick access to it at all times. On a personal note, we've been running a Ninja TC Road on our gravel adventure bike for most of the summer and have been really impressed. The 8-function tool includes 6, 5, 5, 3, 2.5, and 2mm Allen keys, plus a T25 and Phillips head screwdriver. Simply rotate the case 90 degrees and the tool slips out.
No more having to dig into a saddle bag (or having to remember to bring a tool in the first place). There's even a tire lever that attaches to the side of the cage. The Ninja TC Mountain version operates in exactly the same way, but has a 23-function tool. Both tools have a smooth, machined profile that's comfortable in the hand. For more info, visit www.topeak.com. - JS
The new TS-4 can accommodate hub axle widths from 75mm-215mm. It's also compatible with 16"-29"+ wheels.
The TS-4 is Park Tool's new professional grade wheel truing stand. It shares many features with the popular TS-2.2 but includes several upgrades, such as the ability to accommodate a wider array of hub standards and wheel/tire combinations. Other changes include the ability to move both arms simultaneously, so the wheel always remains centered. For more info, check out our full coverage of Park Tool here. - SM
This article is part of Mtbr's coverage of the 2016 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.