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Wheels Manufacturing machines new tools for installing, removing, & servicing bottom brackets

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If you’re looking for a one stop shop for bottom bracket tools, Wheels Manufacturing is making it easy. Admittedly, their Professional Bottom Bracket Took Kit is designed to work specifically with their own Wheels Manufacturing bottom brackets, but the kit should have some cross compatibility with other brands as well.

Meant to provide all the tools need for installing, removing, and servicing their bottom brakes, the kit includes the new sealed bearing extractors for 22, 24, and 30mm ID bearings. You’ll also find their T-Handles with 1/2″ threaded rod for use with the universal bottom bracket drift, or the bearing extractors. All together, the kit sells for $250 and will be available around March, 30th. Wheels Manufacturing machines new tools for installing, removing, & servicing bottom brackets

Wheels Manufacturing machines new tools for installing, removing, & servicing bottom brackets

If you already have some of those tools, you’ll also be able to buy the parts separately including their BB-EXT or Bottom Bracket Sealed Bearing Extractor set. As mentioned, the kit works on 22, 24, and 30mm internal diameter sealed bearings so you can remove them from the bottom bracket cups and replace them without having to invest in a whole new bottom bracket assembly. The kit is meant to be used with their 1/2″ threaded PRESS-7 or PRESS-7-PRO, and sells for $99.

Wheels Manufacturing machines new tools for installing, removing, & servicing bottom brackets Wheels Manufacturing machines new tools for installing, removing, & servicing bottom brackets

For installation of their 44 and 48.5mm 16 notch bottom bracket cups, Wheels Manufacturing is also offering their new Bottom Bracket Socket. The two sides match up with WM bottom brackets, but also FSA MegaEVO, and others from Shimano and SRAM. Machined from 6061 aluminum and red anodized, the socket is machined for 1/2″ drive, but it includes a 1/2″ to 3/8″ adapter to use with most torque wrenches. The socket sells for $49 with the adapter and is available now.

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Peter
Peter
4 years ago

A hammer and a piece of wood will do it if you’re not having 2 left hands. Unless you work in a bike shop.

M
M
4 years ago
Reply to  Peter

Great way to blow out the BB shell and ruin a frame! Seen it done many times when people are to cheap to buy the proper tool or want to pay the 30bucks we charge for a press fit bb swap

Peter
Peter
4 years ago
Reply to  M

I also use the same hammer and wood to install headset cups. never had any issues

JNH
JNH
4 years ago
Reply to  Peter

You are evidently careful, I’ve made a lot of money over the years form people who flared headtubes using either a home made press or the wood+Hammer method. Ironically I also use the hammer method, with the aid of a Thor soft faced hammer, must have fitted a couple of thousand headsets that way and no damged frames yet, just don’t tell the customers.
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For PFbbs though a proper press is better, too much variance in sizes and clearance around the frame to go swinging a mallet about.

jerry
jerry
4 years ago

I would like to see the footage of you trying to extract a cartridge bearing from a Bottom Bracket with wood and a hammer.

Jamie
Jamie
4 years ago
Reply to  jerry

Every shop has that customer that swears by a hammer and plank of wood.

Peter
Peter
4 years ago
Reply to  Jamie

No problem with a piece of wood that is round…

Brer
Brer
4 years ago
Reply to  Peter

I get BMX riders in all the time who “fix” their bikes with rocks or hammers. If you want your bike repaired/serviced properly use the correct tools for the job. Sure you CAN make something work, but it doesn’t mean you SHOULD use it.

Bam Bam
Bam Bam
4 years ago

Also use wood (wooden hand-screw clamps $10) but I’ve used a hammer & wood in the past, also never had a problem. If you did have a problem, it was *you not the wood & hammer

Shafty
Shafty
4 years ago

Was about to say I use a wood plank and hammer as a joke, but that ship has sailed. Wow guys.

It’s really fine that you’re willing to risk it on your own stuff, but it doesn’t show much wisdom recommending it to others. “Never had an issue” is what I’ve also heard from owners of cable locks.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
4 years ago
Reply to  Shafty

I’d agree, not worth risking it on high $$$ carbon frames when you can buy a universal press with drifts for 35 bucks from wheels or make one for even cheaper. I’m not one to throw away money but that’s very cheap insurance to make sure you don’t mess up.

Bob
Bob
4 years ago

My solution is always buy bikes with a threaded bottom bracket. One simple tool to get it off & back on. I know a lot of people don’t agree with this but when searching for my last mountain bike it was one of my top 5 requirements.

D-con
D-con
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

I don’t think that you can get a threaded bb off with a piece of wood and a hammer. Just sayin.

Bob
Bob
4 years ago
Reply to  D-con

“One simple tool to get it off & back on”
My Park Tool BBT-19 $21 works on all my bottom brackets.
Lot less than $250.

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Amen!

Kevin Kitura
Kevin Kitura
4 years ago

Kudos to Wheels Manufacturing on their beautiful bottom bracket set and a big middle finger to the bicycle industry for going to stupid press fit bottom brackets which are no longer field servicable.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
4 years ago

Really like the Torque being printed on the tool as well. I know their bbs are sensitive to over torque and while doing a bb change with fingers covered in grease it can be hard to pull out the instructions from the BB or google on your phone the torque settings.

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