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I'm working for a large tool company in Europe. We have recently decided to go into bike tools, and being a weight-weenie (albeit a bit retired now), I'm asking you: what tools do you use most often, and what kind of tools would you like to see on the market? Where do you see too little competition, resulting in poor availability and excessive prices - or poor quality?
We are much bigger, than (for example) Park Tool or Pedros, and our sourcing capabilities are much higher - what that means for you, is that we can supply better tools for lower price, than Park Tool - or similar quality for much lower price. Which option would you chooose?
Take a look at some of the tools that are costly yet are only used a few times such as
Thread chasing tools,
Thread cutting tools,
Wheel Bearing removal
Wheel Bearing install
Then tools that are used often:
13,14,15,17 mm wrenches
Bottom bracket tool
Make those affordable but still make then reliable and you will have customers.
Of course you would need to keep up with all the manufactures of components to revamp the tools set each year as new
versions of the same components come out.
Check this thread out as well
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As much as I love Park Tool for their supply of tools for the bicycle industry, they've got the market in a choke-hold with their dominance and charge exorbitant prices for unjustifiable reasons.
> A BB30 bearing installation/removal tool similar to the Enduro (Sonny's) except with a method of pulling the BB30 bearing without damaging it. i.e by putting pressure only on the outer races.
threaded rod, bolts and washers for the install
But you had to ask
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If that is not possible, I would like a Far East-sourced range of what I like to call 'chiavi generali', or general tools. They need to be high quality because there's lots of cheap stuff available, and in this respect Beta Tools Italy have got it right. Things like:-
big Bowden cutter for cables
P handle hex and star/Torx wrenches
range of combination wrenches
couple of small screwdrivers - slot and crosshead
combination/Linesmans and long nose pliers
half round file
soft/hard faced hammer
aprrox 1-20Nm 1/4" drive digital torque wrench (like the Topeak D-Torq)
approx 4-80Nm 3/8" drive digital torque wrench (like the Topeak DX torque wrench)
set of long and short hex socket bits - small ones 1/4 drive, large ones 3/8
set of long and short star/Torx socket bits - small ones 1/4 drive, large ones 3/8
Bott Perfo toolboard and hanging kit for all above items
That's the general tools, but I have got better things to do with my life than tell you what cycle-specific tools you should be marketing. That's the type of thing that I would like paying for.
- BB facing / threading tool at good price point, with BSA / ITA compatibility
- Headset facing and and reaming tool, with compatibility for different head tube standards, at a good price point
There is always a good idea on how to improve things, but there are more parts to the puzzle that need to be looked at.
And yes I know how it all works
2011 Scott Addict R1 DA 7900 Matt black
2012 Scott CR1 Pro Ultegra 6700
2015 Specialized SWorks Tarmac Da 9000
2016 Specialized SWorks Tarmac DA 9100
Valbrona, I think I'll make you happy - we've already got all those tools, but they were not sold through bike-specific channels yet, nor marketed as "bike-tools". So those tools (including many more) will be introduced first. Just a small hint: ATM I already have a list of 150 tools we already have, but as said: they must be "repurposed" by getting them to bike-specific market and advertising. And now the bad part: sorry, I'm keeping my job to myself. But after it gets rolling, I might be needing a successor to move on
Keep it coming guys, I might not be replying to all of you, but I surely read it all carefully and take your opinions into account.
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