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EB14: Unior Tools Fix Anything, Plus Prototype Tread Shaver & More New Stuff (Updated)

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Unior is a Slovenian hand tool company that traces roots back to the 19th century, and we ran across them first at the Meribel UCI World Cup race then again inside the halls of Eurobike. In the pits for pro rider Tanja Zakelj was a nifty prototype bit, but we’ll start with the highlights of their complete collection.

Above is their bearing press kit, which has press plates for virtually any size bearing you can imagine. It allows for precise fitting to the inside diameter and outer face of the bearing, allowing for better alignment and safer installation.

Press on for more nifty new tools and why they’re not in the USA, yet…

UPDATED: Correct spoke/wheel tool kit image added below break and US expansion details at bottom.

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Their spoke wrench multi kit has virtually every size, shape and length you’ll need to build or repair any brand wheels.

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This socket and wrench set has many of the tools and sizes needed for suspension repair, including a strap wrench, bushing and seal presses and more.

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Assuming you already have a collection of tools, their soft-bottomed trays have replaceable liners in different shapes.

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Or, you can start filling these premium tool boxes. The drawers’ sliding movement have an incredibly smooth, solid feel.

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You can fill them with things like this free coaster cog removal tool. Forget spanner wrenches, this thing cradles the cog and threads a pin into the hole on the bearing body to securely and easily loosen or tighten the cog onto the hub.

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Another cool one is this socket for removing rounded bolts. Thanks to two notches, it’ll grab a rounded bolt even when it looks beyond hope.

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If you’re a shop or city planner and want tools along the bike path or trail or your shop, this tool station keeps things handy without making them easily stolen.

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This prototype tread cutter should make many a pro team mechanic happy. Rather than trying to use cable cutters or other imprecise things, this one has a height adjustable guide that ensures every knob is cut to the same height.

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And when your team wins, you need to celebrate. No tool collection is complete without a bottle opener. Or twenty.

Regarding expansion into North America, apparently there’s another tool company that has some trademark rights around that blue color. So, they’re looking at the market but will likely come in with a different shade of handles.

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Devin
8 years ago

…Did I miss it? Why aren’t they in the USA yet? I’m going to guess it has something to do with their color choice.

CW
CW
8 years ago

Unior tools are indeed available in the USA currently through Pro-velo, importer of Sapim. With the caveat that only their non blue tools are available. They make some nice stuff, so hopefully they can get more stuff in here!

WG
WG
8 years ago

As a European, I am completely shock by the fact that you don’t know Unior. They are not cheap, but the quality is top notch. The same goes for another European brand, Kovys/Cyclus Tools – they make amazing tools, not only rock-solid but really innovative as well.

Castor/Pollux
Castor/Pollux
8 years ago

@Devin

Unior has been around since 1919, and their color has always been blue. That’s about 50 years earlier than Park Tools was founded.

Terry
Terry
8 years ago

If that 17 mm socket can turn that rounded nut then that is impressive! That nut looks rounded 100% not 50%!

I think I have a Unior wrench in my box but it is an odd size so doesn’t see much use and has probably drifted to the bottom of the box.

Al Boneta
Al Boneta
8 years ago

I talked to Pro-Velo about getting some of these new toolsets for my shop mechanics and there is a fix in the works for the blue color. I already use some of their tools and the quality is far beyond what park currently offers.

Fisho
Fisho
8 years ago

They (bike companies) are not done developing BB standards so I am sure that bearing kit is already outdated.

Brian
Brian
8 years ago

Everything that isn’t blue is already available at Competitive Cyclist.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/Store/catalog/search.jsp?q=unior&s=u

J.Charles
J.Charles
8 years ago

As park seems to be cheaping out on a lot of tools, it seems like there is a good market gap for these guys to fall into if their stuff is as nice as folks are saying.

Mike
Mike
8 years ago

I liked this post. Thanks Bikerumor 🙂 I need a tread cutter in my life, now…

Terry
Terry
8 years ago

“trademark rights around that blue color”

Can you actually trademark a color?

Jakozilla
Jakozilla
8 years ago

Tread cutter … do they make a sidewall ripper?

Trajan
Trajan
8 years ago

@Terry

Yes, but not very often. Bicycleretailer had a post about this back in 2008 after Park Tool was granted this trademark: http://www.bicycleretailer.com/product-tech/2008/01/03/park-tool-%E2%80%98blue%E2%80%99-granted-us-trademark#.VBZcnPlSo-o

Joel
8 years ago

“Can you actually trademark a color?”

Park Tool has the trademark on any shade of blue on a bike tool, stand, etc. It’s pretty broad but they do have it.

greg
greg
8 years ago

i can understand trademarking the color, but frankly, it should be decided how far in any direction of shade, value, and addition of other colors it would take to be distinctly different. i think if Unior lightened the color just a little more, it should be legal.

Ickx
Ickx
8 years ago

I was waiting for their spoke tension meter http://www.uniortools.com/cgi-bin/cms.cgi?doc=10780&prod=758778
It was annoounced aver a year ago. I couldn’t wait much longer so I had to buy Park Tool’s one.

Jerome
Jerome
8 years ago

“Can you actually trademark a color?”
“Park Tool has the trademark on any shade of blue on a bike tool, stand, etc. It’s pretty broad but they do have it.”

Ok, Parktool have just entered the realm of Spaz bikes with their trademarking a colour as note above for tools….especially if noted as “any shade of blue” …. that is just wrong in my mind.

@ UNIOR, well done a great looking range of tools!

UniorTools
8 years ago

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments! Unior is also available in US on competitive cyclist with a small range and will be available with majority of the range in 2015!

David
David
8 years ago

A long time Unior user here. They’re one of the finest tools I’ve been using and it’s quite easy to get them in Europe now.

As someone mentioned, while they’re not inexpensive, their quality is top notch. I like the fact that ordinary hardware stores often stock Unior bike tools as well … at least in our country, where they originate.

Igor
Igor
8 years ago

They have to expand because in Slovenia every shed has Unior tool box going trough the family. No one is buying them any more because we still use the old ones 🙂

They are expensive but the quality at least was there.

Shawn Moore
8 years ago

@UniorTools – what about US distribution for LBS’s that want to use and stock your tools? The quality and selection are impressive plus I would love to have some of the consumer repair stations to place outside of our shop and at the local trailheads.

Dave B
Dave B
8 years ago

There are many companies that have trademarked colors for specific products or logos so Park is by no means unusual. A few years ago Harley Davidson tried to trademark their specific exhaust sound but that one was denied.

topcheese
topcheese
8 years ago

Yeah, I know one blue tool maker that is about to get a run for its money. I have been begging for a better choice. Wurd.

UniorTools
8 years ago

@ShawnMoore drop us an email to bike@unior.si,
Cheers

UniorTools
8 years ago

@Ickx sorry about that, our sincere apologies for misleading information. The first model was not accepted well within our test customers so we had to redesign it and put in on the market more competitive.

Primoz
Primoz
8 years ago

Just so you guys know, Unior also has a forging business, where they have forged connecting rods for Ferrari’s V8 and V12 engines as well as Audi’s V8 and V10 engines (Audi R8, Gallardo, etc.).

Al Boneta
Al Boneta
8 years ago

@Shawn Moore, they are distributed in the USA by http://www.uniortools.com/?doc=10986Unior Tools USA

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