Renowned tool & pump maker Silca’s premium HX-One hex key set is known for their precision and high-quality, but out of reach of most amateur mechanics. Keeping the tool quality, Silca have now swapped a travel-friendly plastic carrier for the wood box, and brought the price way down in two new affordable tool combos.
Affordable Silca premium heys key tool sets
The key to Silca’s new hex key sets is that they use the same 9-step heat-treated S2 steel production process as the HX-One, for the highest precision to fit better to bolts and reduce rounding. The tools also get the same grippy polymer coating, now set in molded plastic carriers to save space in your toolbox.
Few of us working on bikes at home could justify the $125 cost of the original boxed set ($185 for the anniversary edition). And to be honest, as nice as it looks we have no real need for the CNC-crafted wooden storage case. So boiling it back to the essentials looks like a great move by Silca to actually compete with the bigger toolmakers.
HX-TWO complete hex & Torx wrench tool set
The red & gray HX-Two includes a complete set of hex and Torx keys for all your bike wrenching needs. Hex sizes include 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5, 2 & 1.5mm with ball ends, while Torx sizes include T30, T27, T25, T20, T15, T10, T9, T8 & T7. Most of your bolt turning needs should be met since key sizes were influenced by team mechanics, bike fitters, and frame builders. The HX-Two is available now online and through bike shops for $75.
HX-THREE complete hex wrench tool set
The HX-Three is simplified to only hex keys, and consist of 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5, 2, & 1.5mm. The HX-Three drops the ball ends, for those who prefer a straight-ended tool. Each key is precision cut to meet the upper 20% of bolt tolerances. This results in better contact between the tool and bolt along with improved hardware longevity. The HX-Three is also available now, and retails for just $35 online or in shops.
Check out Tyler’s interview with Silca owner Josh Poertner, if you’d like to learn more about how high-end tools perform compared to more basic offerings.