Silca 3D prints ultralight titanium shop tools, hammers away the weight

If you routinely pack, carry, and unpack your tools for pit work or team bike maintenance at the races, these new Silca Titanium Shop Tools should be a sight for sore…arms.

Using their new 3D printing machines to fabricate lightweight titanium bike tools, they’re showing that the ti out-front cycling computer mounts weren’t the only reason for the manufacturing investment.

Three tools are offered, a chain whip, lock ring tool, and machinist hammer. Here’s the details on each…

Silca Titanium Bike Tools specs & pricing

3d printed titanium silca cassette lock ring tool

The Titanium Lock Ring tool weighs just 45g, yet features a dual spline head to work with Shimano/SRAM and Campagnolo cassette lock rings. Inside the handles on all tools are 3D printed spiral rifle reinforcements they say were inspired by Columbus SLX tubing.

Silca says the hardened 6/4 titanium isn’t quite as strong as tool steel, but 4x to 6x stronger than the aluminum used on most standard bike lockrings. The only caveat? Don’t use a cheater bar with this or the chain whip. Retail price is $150, or get it engraved for $175.

3d printed titanium silca chain whip cassette removal tool

The Titanium Chain Whip, also $150 (or $175 engraved) comes in at 80g with eight links of TiN YBN 11-speed chain. Rather than another section of chain to rest on the cassette, the tool’s head uses printed “teeth” and hollow sections to save weight, with internal reinforcements to provide strength. The handle is 11″ long.

3d printed titanium silca machines dead shot hammer with rubber mallet

Silca’s ti shop hammer shown with custom engraving option.

The Titanium Machinist Hammer packs 125g of stainless steel shot inside the head to add more mass and impact energy, yet still weighs in at just 160g. It pairs a hard titanium head on one end with a medium-hard rubber end for more, um, delicate procedures. Retail is $150, or $175 engraved.

All items are printed to order and take about 5 days to ship. Bundles are available for $275 (whip and lock ring tools) or a complete set for $399. Get all tools in the set custom engraved for $25 extra.

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Jaap
Jaap
1 year ago

I love how Silca is their own meme.

Raul D.
Raul D.
1 year ago

I’ve always wanted a bikepackable mallet.

When’s the news of their 3-D printed kickstand gonna drop?

On a serious note, listening to Josh on Marginal Gains podcast has, for me, put a lot of what Silca does in pespective. I don’t see them as laughable anymore. Billionaire dentist tech has its trickledown.

nooner
nooner
1 year ago

Hey my Silca Pista track pump is 30 years old and still works Great! It could be worth it…

BigC
BigC
1 year ago

I prefer Hi-Mod Carbon shop tools for the ultimate in compliance and dampening, but I guess Ti is a bit more boutique for those with a discerning pallet. I still have my Kirk Precision chain-whips from the 80s for now. Magnesium is where it’s at.

mudrock
mudrock
1 year ago

The trolls aways come out when Silca introduces something new, but the must know their market.

Moby
Moby
1 year ago

Silca isn’t introducing anything new here. Abbey Tools has had these 3 in their line up for some time. I’ve actually lost some respect for Silca here as these feel like such a rip off of Abbey. I’m not a Silca hater, I have one of their Super Pista Ultimate Hiro pumps and several other items that I like. But the hammer and dual sided cassette tool are just too close to a brand that I have many tools from and consider to set the standard for bike tools.

https://www.abbeybiketools.com/collections/tools/rear-cassette
https://www.abbeybiketools.com/collections/tools/products/team-issue-hammer

Jon
Jon
1 year ago
Reply to  Moby

It looks like they’re iterating on the Abbey tools. The Silca hammer is 100grams lighter than the Abbey, so if the mechanic is right on the edge of a weight limit even with that Abbey team-issue hammer it could help them get through air travel.

Ben
Ben
1 year ago
Reply to  Moby

Even the Hiro pump head you mention is a direct copy of (what some people call the best pump head ever) the Hirame track head from Kuwahara. https://www.tracksupermarket.com/staff-picks/hirame-kuwahara-pump-head-presta-adapter-replacement-seal-3-pack.html

Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben

Thanks for the link. Cool website.

Dave
Dave
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben

The comments that you have lost respect for a company because they did a product different or better is pretty silly. The spline is still the spline. that standard is set . I have huge respect for Jason but the Abbey cassette tool was also not his idea. There are cad drawings posted from the 80’s of the same design. Welding it to a steel stick is not “product developement”. And the Hammer… you are giving Abbey credit on a hammer…. Really? One of The oldest known tools in the world. @ben you know Josh publicly gives credit to Hirame for the head design. He didn’t claim to invent it he simply recreated it when he bought SILCA because it was a coveted head that you could not find, or service. I’m pretty sure I read that in one of the blogs on the website

Moby
Moby
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave

Buy what you want. I didn’t tell you what you should do.

Matthias
Matthias
1 year ago

Wait till they hear of this new-fangled hydrocarbonfiber material that others have been using for hammer handles already. It’s super elastic, lightweight, environmentally friendly, and assembled by nanomachinery in a process resembling concentric 3D printing that results in haptically and aesthetically pleasing and totally unique pieces. Unfortunately it’s also cheap because it’s one of the few things that literally grow on trees.

blahnblahblah
blahnblahblah
1 year ago
Reply to  Matthias

awesome!!

Deputy Dawg
Deputy Dawg
1 year ago

So silly.

Yet I want these tools so badly!

BigC
BigC
1 year ago

C’mon Mudrock…don’t you think 3D printed Ti-tools are ideal for ribbing and cajoling??? No trolls here, just bored internet users looking for a laugh. These look awesome, and if your funds allow…why not! But please don’t make the internet less fun…

Onrhodes
1 year ago

Just the fact that I could possibly get engraved ‘Don’t touch my Fn tools” makes me interested.