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Old 01-20-16, 12:44 PM
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Cone wrench set recommendations

I have a set of IceToolz double ended cone wrenches. 2x 13-14, 2x 15-16 and 2x 17-18. I've never needed any other sizes. I lent them to a friend and one of the 15-16 got ruined. Not a big deal...they were inexpensive and I've used them quite a bit. I am thinking of getting a set of these 6 sizes in a single ended design with a rubber handle. The ones I have now I have to wrap with a rag if I really have to ream on them to get a cone unstuck. It would also be nicer if they were a bit longer for more leverage. I see the Park Tools set looks decent but I don't need the bigger half of the wrenches in the set. I have a number of Park Tools and I like them...but I also have a few other brands and they've been fine too. I suppose I am trying to balance design, quality and cost.

https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-Shop.../dp/B004269A9U

What are your recommendations for a 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 single ended, longer, rubber/softer handle cone wrench set?
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Old 01-20-16, 12:58 PM
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I've always thought Park cone wrenches are a bit softer than I like, but they seem to be the standard. I have a couple of the long handled ones and they're nice.

I don't think I've ever used, or needed a 17/18 cone wrench. I use a regular wrench on 17mm locknuts. Maybe some of the newer oversized MTB axles, but I'm not working on them now. So, perhaps this set?

https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tools-Wre.../dp/B00XGRG7BK

You do have your old 17/18 wrenches.

Looking at it, they skip the 16 too???? But, I don't think the 16 is used very frequently either.
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For home use and most common hubs a pair of each 13mm and 15mm will cover needs. The lock nuts are generally held with an adjustable or open wrench well enough. Without knowing your bike(s) needs I can't say whether you need the 14, 16, 17, 18mm sizes. But I doubt all are needed. For ease of the fine bearing adjustments I strongly suggest a pair of each.

I very much like the Park single ended cone wrenches. This is what I use at work and at home (after many decades of using double ended ones at both work and play). The value of good tools goes on for many years, far longer then your memory of the greater cost (compared to cheap tools). Andy.
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Old 01-20-16, 01:05 PM
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I have these cone wrenches and have found them to be good quality and easy to use.

As you noted, you will never need many of those wrenches but you might need two of the 14 mm size for some hubs. I recommend getting 13, 2x14, 15, 16 and 17 and that's all. In fact, the 17 might not be needed as many locknuts are 17 mm but a plain open end or box wrench will fit them. As to a supplier, Nashbar has them at $8 each so the set I recommend will cost less than $50 and you usually can have free shipping with a $50 or more order.

Look here:Park Tool Shop Cone Wrenches - SCW-13, SCW-14, SCW-15, SCW-16, SCW-17, SCW-18

If you really want the entire set, Lickton's in Chicago has it for $60 so it's less than the Amazon price: Lickbike.com | Park SCW-SET.2 Shop Cone Wrench Set (13)
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Old 01-20-16, 02:07 PM
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The 17mm cone wrench is useful for adjusting bolt-on type hubs (such as coaster/IGH) while they are still on the bike. You would just loosen the axle nut on the side you are going to adjust, and slide it in behind the dropout. It is particularly useful with IGHs, since the rotating component is so large it is difficult to feel with your fingers.

If you're not doing assemblies, its usefulness drops sharply.

Like Andrew said, a pair of 13s and 15s are the most useful. You can do just as well in many cases with one of each and an axle vise. The cost would most likely be a wash with that (and completely unreasonable if you didn't already have a bench vise).

Remember that ultimately, cone wrenches are consumable items (compared to regular sized wrenches), since they are made of such thin metal. Doubly so for your first set, since you will likely mangle them at one point or another on an overly tight locknut.
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Parks Long handle single size per wrench Ones .... 2_13,2_15 & a !7
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Just buy the Park single ended wrenches as you need them. You don't need every size.
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Old 01-20-16, 03:47 PM
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I just use the double ended Park ones but I agree, they get marked with a tough one and are too short and sharp to really lean on.
However, I recently bought one of those battery powered impact guns and can't believe how easily it breaks locknuts free. When I've got one where I just can't budge it, I put a 17mm socket on the impact and it just spins it free with zero effort.
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I should add I purchase and fix bikes as a hobby so I have ended up using up to two of every size of cone wrench in my list at some point.
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Old 01-20-16, 04:49 PM
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Park. Sizes depend on your equipment.
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Old 01-20-16, 05:50 PM
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I just got a pair of these from Lee Valley Tools. I haven't used them yet, but they seem to be good quality (and a good price):
4-in-1 Cone Wrenches - Lee Valley Tools
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Old 01-20-16, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by John Nolan View Post
I just got a pair of these from Lee Valley Tools. I haven't used them yet, but they seem to be good quality (and a good price):
4-in-1 Cone Wrenches - Lee Valley Tools
Those look great! I have pinched my fingers countless times with my Parks, and the jaws gouge very easily. I'll have to buy some of the Lees
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Old 01-20-16, 06:40 PM
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Gedore cone wrenches are forged in Germany and have a good rep.
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Old 01-20-16, 07:42 PM
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I have some Pedro's that I think may be a little nicer than the Park ones (have both.) Don't know if they still make them.
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Those look great! I have pinched my fingers countless times with my Parks, and the jaws gouge very easily. I'll have to buy some of the Lees
I assume you have the chrome plated double-end Parks. Yes, they are awkward to use and not very strong. The single size long handles Park wrenches we are discussing here are a far different, and better, tool.
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Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
Gedore cone wrenches are forged in Germany and have a good rep.
Those Gedore cone wrenches sure looks nice. Probably a little bit over-engineered or bullet-proof engineered, like most tools/products from Germany. I wonder if we can get them here in the US. Also, how expensive in dollars/euros?
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I personally despise double-ended cone wrenches. I have a set of Spin Doctors from about 2002 that have about as much wear on them as the Parks I use at work.

I'd be interested in seeing if the Pedro's tools ARE still available; despite the yellow, they have an unearthly good rep.
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Those Gedore cone wrenches sure looks nice. Probably a little bit over-engineered or bullet-proof engineered, like most tools/products from Germany. I wonder if we can get them here in the US. Also, how expensive in dollars/euros?
Unfortunately, seems like Gedore no longer make them (per the website MichaelW linked).
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Unfortunately, seems like Gedore no longer make them (per the website MichaelW linked).
It looks like 16, 18, 19, & 20 are available, but none of the more common sizes.
Also their 15 mm pedal wrench.
GEDORE Tools Catalog Page, German Hand Tools
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Heavy use? I recommend the old Park single ended version that are chrome. IMHO, they are more rugged than the newer version. Can be found used if you are patient for a lot less than the new ones.

Lighter use? Watch for a sale at Pricepoint, Nashbar, Performance, etc. I bought a set on sale at Pricepoint once that were 99 cents each. World class? No, but plenty good for light use.

Don't get the pot metal, multisized ones. Can't get enough leverage with those. I work on old school stuff. Since I always use a ratchet and socket on the lock nut, I almost always am only using 13, 14, and 15mm wrenches.

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Originally Posted by John Nolan View Post
I just got a pair of these from Lee Valley Tools. I haven't used them yet, but they seem to be good quality (and a good price):
4-in-1 Cone Wrenches - Lee Valley Tools
I would usually be leery of stepped/multi-size tools like that, but these look very well made. And from a canadian company (not 100% clear if actually mfg in north america)
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I know what you mean, but they are sturdy, and Lee Valley usually knows what they're doing. BTW, they're designed in Canada, but made in China (not too surprising.)
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