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Silca HX-Two & HX-Three take premium, affordable tools out of the box for portability

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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

Silca HX-TWO Hex Torx keys
all photo c. Silca

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

Silca HX-TWO Hex and Torx keys

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

Silca HX-THREE Hex keysThe 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.

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Ira
Ira
6 years ago

Zero interest from me as long as they continue to charge made in Germany prices for made in Taiwan R.O.C. products

Jason
Jason
6 years ago
Reply to  Ira

BINGO

Bob
Bob
6 years ago

If you get out of the bike world there are great tool sets out there for way less. a 5mm bolt on a bike takes the same tool as a 5mm bolt on anything else. Companies like Bondhus and Wiha offer such better value and features.

Billy
Billy
6 years ago

When so many great options are out there for less than $20…. REALLY?

Mad Dog
Mad Dog
6 years ago

Bondhus brand hex wrenches are pretty awesome for not a lot of $

VeloKitty
VeloKitty
6 years ago

It’s a nice looking set, but Wera and Wiha are made in Germany and are of known good quality. These are an unknown.

Mark
Mark
6 years ago

Do bikes really use all those sizes of Torx heads? Are there that many different bolt thread sizes? I guess if you count set screws too…

Joshua Poertner
Joshua Poertner
6 years ago

Our S2 Steel actually comes from Switzerland and is same as used by PBSwiss, it’s 20-30% harder and stronger than that used by Wiha and Wera or Bondhus in their top level stuff and as much as 50% harder than the CrV material used in the <$20 stuff from these guys and others. The Chrome and polymer coating techniques are rather more advanced and available in Taiwan than we can find in the US or EU, so we can produce higher quality tools with more technical finishes there than anywhere else at this point in time, and while we may be more expensive than some of the Wera or Wiha, we are definitely less expensive than PBSwiss to which we are more comparable and in some ways superior.

Torx continues to be a far superior tool to fastener interface and consumer pushback due to lack of tools is the really the only thing keeping designers/engineers from moving everything to Torx. Torx reduces failures and warranties by a huge % and also allows the engineers to spec lighter weight and/or lighter fasteners in certain applications, so it won't be 100% Torx next year or even the year after, but Torx is going to continue to replace hex in our sport and others. Since we produce tools with lifetime quality we figured it best to go ahead and give the full compliment of Torx in this set since you'll need it eventually.

Robin
Robin
6 years ago

Facts are always better. Once again we learn that the assumptions the Peanut Gallery makes about a product based on its country or manufacture are wrong. Products made Taiwan aren’t necessarily inferior, and products made in Germany aren’t necessarily superior.

Bob
Bob
6 years ago

Not discounting what you have said but if the tools from these other companies work for everyone else outside of cycling, what requirements do bicycles put on the tool that require such steps to be taken and the associated costs? I have never had a bondhus or wiha driver round out on me so they seem to be hard enough. what am i getting for all that extra money? the fastener quality or lack of seems to be the limiting factor in every tool/fastener failure i have experienced.

Also, the boxes and limited editions give the appearance of a company selling their wares based on elitism and posh appearance rather than its quality. that does not always sit well with people.

Robin
Robin
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob

I’d argue the exact opposite: Silca seems to make great effort to emphasize the quality of its products. I don’t currently own any, but that’s the impression I get from perusing their site, reading their blog, and reading what journos have to say about Silca.

I have no clue at all where anyone would see any elitist attitude at all in Silca’s products and advertisements for said products.

Bob
Bob
6 years ago
Reply to  Robin

To each their own but a $60 up charge for a laser engraved LE box version does not seem like added value. it seems like they are getting a little stuck on themselves. It reminds me of Rapha and Pinarello, where their products might be good but you are paying a lot for that logo on the side.

Joshua Poertner
Joshua Poertner
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob

The box set has actually been available for 2 years now, has won a handful of both industrial and product design awards and was our first product in the tool space where we are really only the second company after PBSwiss to offer tools at this level. If you travel with pro mechanics in Europe you will find that every single one of them uses PBSwiss or SILCA hex keys. The cost of wearing out a hex key is just too great as the damage it can cause poses not only a safety issue for the riders, but can add hours of time per day to the mechanic’s routine. The HX-One was developed alongside a handful of pro mechanics as a way of combing the culinary concept of mise in place (everything in place) with the highest quality tools. Being able to access the box one handed saves a lot of time, and the layout of the box makes you more likely to replace them during use which saves time making them easier to locate when you need them again. If you visit the ProTour pits today you will find dozens of mechanics rocking these kits as the mechanics find that the kit saves time, headache and heartache when wrenching at that level. Also the box kit comes with a magnetic driver adapter to drive 1/4 Hex bits, and comes with the most expensive S2 bits available including custom cross-head bits that we make to the defunct JIS specification so that they perfectly fit Shimano limit screws… details.

Of course not everybody is a pro mechanic or obsessed with tools, so we now make simpler and more affordable versions so that more people can access the technology. At out core we are a technology and design company, striving to bring tech from other industries into this one in ways that are both beautiful and pleasing to use.

It’s certainly not in any way meant to be elitist, but it also isn’t for everyone.

The world is full of companies in every single category who are already making products that are both decent in function and inexpensive in price so we certainly don’t need another one of those. However, there are very few companies willing to sweat every detail to try and elevate things to a new level.

Rapha is a great example. Many people like to call them elitist, but the reality is that by focusing on product first and cost last they completely changed the game. No matter what brand of clothing you wear today, you are benefiting from the attention to detail and focus on quality and materials that Rapha brought to cycling clothing. Even the most anti-Rapha brands now pay attention to details and tout features that Rapha essentially invented, and better yet, they’ve inspired dozens of new brands who are trying to elevate the level even further. In the end, the consumer wins through more choice and more detailed and higher quality products at the lower price points. I can only hope that we can do the same for cycling accessories and tools.

Flahute
6 years ago

Personally, as much of a Silca fanboy as I am, I don’t think the Rapha comparison is a good one. Most of the Rapha clothing I’ve come across has been about style & fashion, but not quality … quite frankly, it just doesn’t last.

Silca, on the other hand … I’ve never had any issues with any product I’ve purchased from either the original Silca nor the new incarnation under Josh; and believe me, I’ve spent a good chunk of change on the new stuff, often at full retail even though I am an “industry pro” …

Hands down, the Silca HX-ONE tool kit includes the best hex keys I’ve ever had the privilege of twisting; these have been the most exact fitting wrenches I’ve ever laid my hands on, which when you’re tightening or loosening the titanium bolts on your Campagnolo Super-Record components is important … no chance of rounding off these keys or the bolts.

Sure, they’re a bit spendy, but with a 25-year warranty, like all Silca products they’re built to last a lifetime; and if the hex keys (and Torx keys) are now available at a lower price without the box, then that’s a deal you should jump on.

I just wish there was a HX-3H and an HX-3T … because I’d love to get a set of the Torx keys, but don’t really need a third set of the hex keys.

VeloFreak
VeloFreak
6 years ago

I can’t pay the expensive big silca pump, but these toolsets of 35$ I think it’s a great price. If you buy 700$ forks, xtr, sram overpriced components, etc… invest in good tools is a must. I don’t find it expensive. Any mtb tire that lasts 800km, or the chains nowadays cost more and lasts half a season. and if the warranty is good, i´m in. Have the silca saddle bag and very happy with it too.

JBikes
JBikes
6 years ago
Reply to  VeloFreak

I don’t think these are horribly priced if they actually high quality compared to other (non-bike) toolsets. But I find it strange to judge their value based on how much I pay for unrelated items like tires and chains. That would be like me saying a SuperPista Ultimate floor pump is a steal because I have paid that much for dinner for two.

Fred Gravelly
Fred Gravelly
6 years ago

Anyone else here dislike torx stuff??

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