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
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.
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.
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.