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SOC17: Topeak’s mini torque tool is cool, Funn gets G-Wide, Granite stands up your bike

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Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite NX mini hex socket wrench with torque tool

Sometimes, things are awesome and worth sharing, but not quite worth a solo post. So here are three sweet new things from three different brands: Topeak, Funn and Granite.

The Topeak Ratchet Rocket was already one of my favorite mini tools (reviewed here), and now there’s an even better version. The NTX kit includes three torque bits to help ensure you won’t over tighten small bolts or damage delicate components…

Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite NX mini hex socket wrench with torque tool

Included in the small, jersey-pocket-friendly pouch are a full complement of bits from 2mm to 8mm, including a 2.5, plus a philips head, T10 and T25. Basically everything most bikes need. Three sockets nest together on the other side to hold 4Nm, 5Nm and 6Nm torque wrenches. There’s also an extension and two slim tire levers, all for $89.95.

They’ve also added a larger version of their universal silicone band phone holster to accommodate all the plus-sized phones on the market.

Funn MTB is branching out to a different kind of dirt with their new G-Wide handlebar.

It has a massive 25º flare, 6º backsweep, 110mm reach and 130mm drop. Available in two sizes 480mm (335g, drop end width 600mm) and 500mm (340g, drop end width 620mm), both measured center to center. Retail is $80 for the US market.

We saw an early version of the Granite Design Hex Stand bike stand at Eurobike, but the production version is much better and has a nifty new feature.

The body is AL6061 alloy and is very light. Everything folds out to create the stand, then locks into place so it can’t collapse while your bike is in it. The axle height is adjustable, too, so smaller bikes won’t be held awkwardly (and unstably) high off the ground.

The spindle that slides into your bottom bracket hole is angled just slightly upward to prevent your bike from sliding off too easily, and it comes in a rainbow of colors. But perhaps the most interesting feature is the Shimano crank plug adapter that replaces the stock plastic nut that comes with Shimano cranks for one with a hole in it so you can use their stand. Brilliant. For non-Shimano cranks, the tip has a rubberized section to hold the bike tighter, or slide that off to reveal the slimmer middle section to fit Shimano’s crank spindles. Retail is $79.99, available at the end of May worldwide.

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boom
boom
5 years ago

What is the accuracy rating of those mini Topeak torque caps? In my experience, torque bits like that aren’t very accurate at all (+-10% or so)

Bert Low
5 years ago
Reply to  boom

I compared the Torq Driver and Torq Bar against my very expensive digital torque wrench and found them to be extremely accurate (+- 2% or so). I’m sure with an item relatively inexpensive, the longevity of the accuracy will diminish. For the few adjustments needed throughout the course of a year, it is well worth it.

Frank
Frank
5 years ago

Can you just get the torque bits on their own from Topeak or others?

Bert Low
5 years ago
Reply to  Frank

The Torq driver is available from Topeak. It is called the Torq Box (Hex bits included) and comes in 4,5, and 6nm.

Tim S
Tim S
5 years ago

That Topeak tool looks so much like the Silca one – I wonder who copied whome

john
john
5 years ago
Reply to  Tim S

Because it has a ratchet and does something with torque? The Topeak has individual torque bits on a standard ratchet, while the Silca has a torque-measuring tube that attaches to a ratchet. Totally different measurement type and execution.

typevertigo
typevertigo
5 years ago

Does Granite Design sell additional Shimano crank plug adapters? Their stand is a very neat idea.

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