Tool of the Week – 3 January 2018

Our first Tool of the Week for 2018!

Those that have a need for it will immediately recognize it and either already have one or have been wanting one. Those that don’t might question if it’s really necessary. What is it? The mountain bike tread cutter we designed in cooperation with Schwalbe.

MTB Tire Tread Cutters

Why cut up brand new tires? Well, simple: because you’re chasing every tenth of a second possible down the race track.

While the variety of tire treads have certainly grown and the tread designs themselves have gotten better there are still a few limitations. One can only bring so many tires to a race, and manufacturers can only optimize for a finite set of conditions. In other words, even if tire manufacturers made an ideal tread for every set of conditions, how can you as a rider be expected to have the right tire with you come race day?

Further, conditions change. You might show up to a race a few days ahead of time to check out the course, get the lay of the land. How much do you trust the forecast? On Thursday the weather report might say a wet, nasty weekend. Come Saturday and Sunday it might actually be nothing but blue skies and hero dirt. But you only brought mud spikes…

Enter the 2730/4BI Tread Cutter. Customize your tires for the trail and conditions you’re facing. Don’t stress about losing straight line speed for cornering grip. Don’t worry anymore about how quickly the trail is drying and how squirmy the tall lugs on your heavy mud tires are.

OK, but what about for the rider that’s just out for a good time? The rider that doesn’t have an endless supply of tires at home to cut up for a single race weekend. That rider can find use out of this tool as well in freshening up older tires that are worn a bit.

If your tires have rounded off tread lugs a little snip with these will get those edges nice and crisp again, breathing new life into an old tire.

Designed in conjunction with Schwalbe tires the tool features a built-in depth gauge to ensure a consistent cut around the tire. The hardened tool steel pincers will last and the double-material handle is comfortable to help you get through all that trimming. Take 10% off through next Tuesday.

Tool of the Week – 27 December 2017

Our final Tool of the Week for 2017 is our Universal Bearing Press — an all-in-one kit designed to safely press in cartridge bearings.

The kit is contained in our SOS-foam case and includes drifts for the most popular bearing sizes, plastic adapters to protect the finish of whatever you’re pressing bearings into, and two handles, one with a quick-release system for speedy use.

The drifts included in the kit fit the following size bearings: 608, 1526, 6000, 6001, 6802, 6803, 6804, 6805, 6900, 6901, 6902, 6903, R6, 28×17 (Hope), BB30, and all Press-Fit standards.

As always, take 10% off of the Tool of the Week for this week only.

Tool of the Week – 11 December 2017

1600CN Pro Home Kit

This week’s Tool of the Week is our 1600CN Pro Home set.

OK, it’s multiple tools, but bear with us. In one kit you’ve got nearly everything you’ll need to handle most maintenance tasks on most modern bikes, even those equipped with disc brakes. The cornerstone of this kit is the case and the SOS foam cutouts, which will help you to keep everything organized and quickly remind you when that wrench you lent your buddy hasn’t been returned yet.

The case, split into two halves, contains three Y-wrenches covering the three most common Torx sizes and 2-6mm hex wrenches. It has a Shimano-compatible cassette lock ring tool and our cog wrench for when it comes time to change to your climbing gears. A chain tool & chain measuring tool is included to help keep things fresh, and there’s an external bottom bracket tool (16-notch) for when the time comes to service that as well, or if you’ve got Centerlock rotors with external lock rings, you’re still covered.

The top half of the kit has a pair of master link pliers for quick removal of those. A few disc-specific tools in our piston press and rotor truing wrench ensure your brakes aren’t dragging. Our portable wheel truing gage is included along with our all-in-one spoke wrench for quick fixes. For those pedals that require an 8mm hex wrench, one of those is included as well. A pair of screwdrivers, one straight and one cross-tip are nestled in up top for adjusting limit screws, and lastly there’s a pair of our glass-fiber reinforced tire levers for those stubborn flat fixes.

We call this our Pro Home set because it’s the basis of a great tool kit for most pro mechanics, yet still compact enough for the home mechanic who might not have a whole shop to work out of.

The 1600CN Pro Home Set is 10% off this week. Take advantage of this offer while you can!