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Crooked handlebars? Keep It True with K.I.T. handlebar & stem alignment tool

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How well is your cockpit aligned right now? It may be close, but is it perfect? Short of finding a mechanic with the perfect eye, aligning your stem and handlebar typically involves eyeballing it, maybe giving it a few taps with your hand on one side, and going for a ride to see how close you got it. And then coming back and doing it all over again because it’s not straight.

K.I.T. handlebar & stem alignment tool red white and blue

We’ve seen a few different alignment tools over the years to do this very thing, some of which involve lasers. But for DNR Designs, their K.I.T. or Keep It True alignment tool is all analog. Made and assembled in Greenville, South Carolina, the tool is fairly simple.

K.I.T. handlebar & stem alignment tool installation

Start by mounting the handlebar clamps to your bar. The adjustable clamps allow for nearly any type of handlebar to be used including MTB, BMX, Road, CX, Gravel, and more.

K.I.T. handlebar & stem alignment tool on road bike

Once attached to the bar, the lower part of the tool is adjusted so that it will properly rest on the fork blades or the stanchions of your suspension fork. The tool has an adjustability range of 10-17″ to work with different styles and sizes of bikes.

K.I.T. handlebar & stem alignment tool on mountain bike

From there, you simply rotate the stem and bar assembly, until the lower part of the tool rests evenly on both fork legs. Then tighten down the stem. The patented system pretty much guarantees a properly aligned cockpit. But with the tool priced at $187 (marked down from $220), it seems more likely that this will find a home at your local bike shop rather than in your garage.

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carbonfodder
carbonfodder
2 years ago

that may be the coolest “I totally don’t need this, but oh my, do I want this” tool I have ever seen…. I will be grabbing one of these when I save up the scheckels.

Scott
2 years ago
Reply to  carbonfodder

We would love to send you one out!!

Tony P
Tony P
2 years ago

I think eyeballing it is cheaper

Miclaroc
Miclaroc
2 years ago

SMH

Hexsense
Hexsense
2 years ago

Wouldn’t work on aero road bar with narrow round clamping area though. So, to use with aero road bar, we must mount a round bar on first, then align the fork then swap back to aero road bar later? This solution doesn’t even work with integrated bar/stem.

Why don’t they clamp from the stem instead? Stem are almost universally round, or oval-ish.

HDManitoba
HDManitoba
2 years ago
Reply to  Hexsense

Because that wouldn’t work on 35-50mm stems where the extension is super short.

jason d west
jason d west
2 years ago

If that’s what a person wants l am thankful it exists.

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

This is the best of this type of tool so far. It’s like my design but inverted.

Adam Rice
2 years ago

It would be so easy for manufacturers to inscribe centerlines on the bars and stems.

M.K.
M.K.
2 years ago

Waited my whole life for this invention, but now I ride a Lefty.

kbark
kbark
2 years ago

This is like your aim in a urinal. If it bothers you, move it.

hobbanero1970
hobbanero1970
2 years ago

priced for shop use, but no shop mechanic is going to take the extra few mins to use this tool. and Tune’s laser tool is half the price, and obviously better, because lasers. https://bikerumor.com/2018/01/17/review-perfectly-aligned-handlebars-tune-spurtreu/

Robin
Robin
2 years ago
Reply to  hobbanero1970

The Tune tool does require that the user be able properly align the laser before use. It’s not given that everyone can do that. It also may periodically need to be realigned if it’s bumped, dropped, and so on. The Tune tool is sweet though.

Rob
Rob
2 years ago
Reply to  hobbanero1970

Still eyeballing and assuming wheel dish is correct.

voondebah
voondebah
2 years ago

Manufacturers could make this easy by marking the center of the fork steerer tube on the front/back, and similar on the stem as well. Align the marks and tighten.

Bruce
Bruce
2 years ago

Seems easy enough to make using regular items you can find at home depot/ harbor freight. Bet there’s somebody put the that can make it for < $ 187.

Harvey
Harvey
2 years ago

We have one of these tools in our shop and hands down the best and most accurate way to ensure perfect alignment. I get that it’s a bit pricey but i guess it depends on how accurate you need the bars aligned. This tool gets it perfect every time and i have not seen anything that can achieve this level of accuracy.

Nonflux
Nonflux
2 years ago

No I have realized I just need piece of wood with whole in the middle (for the steam) and to just press it into fork and the handlebars to see if it’s correct.

Scott Robert Respass

Hexsense,
Thank you for your reply – the tool does work on the aero road bars, on road bikes the tire would have to be removed – we also ran a test on the Eaton flat bars – and the tool works great. The clamping system has a rubber cushion that will allow the user to index to multiple surfaces dia. – We will continue to improve our product based on all feed back, Happy Pedaling!

Jack Owoc
Jack Owoc
7 months ago

It doesn’t work on bikes with rim brakes.

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