Unior’s new bottom bracket sockets were part of a large introduction of products at Eurobike last year, but there’s more to the story than just a few new tools. According to Unior, these new tools mark a fairly big shift in the company’s 100 year history – because they’re made from aluminum. Previously, all of Unior’s tools have been manufactured from forged steel. For a tool like a bottom bracket socket where steel could damage pricey aluminum cups, the company has opted for a more task-specific approach and has introduced what they’re calling their first CNC machined aluminum tools.
Offered in 16 notch (HollowTech II), Shimano BB9000, Shimano BBR60, BSA30, and FSA Mega-EVO standards, the aluminum sockets include a 1/2″ drive with a knurled lip for turning by hand. Made in Slovenia, the sockets sell for $34.99 each and are available now.