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Old 08-03-18, 05:36 AM
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Torque wrench recommendations?

I am going to purchase a cycling specific torque wrench and looking for a good one. Recommendations?
Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-03-18, 06:09 AM
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I like the ones by Effetto Mariposa. I have their original model from years back and like it for all the small bolts. For bottom-brackets I keep one of the Park Tools beam-style wrenches handy.
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For home shop or to carry with you?

Silca offers a nice portable kit:



https://silca.cc/collections/silca-t...-ti-torque-kit
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
For home shop or to carry with you?

Silca offers a nice portable kit:

I appreciate the replies...for home use and to carry when I travel.
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Any thoughts on the Park Tool ATD 1.2?
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Originally Posted by Patriot1 View Post
Any thoughts on the Park Tool ATD 1.2?
Made by CDI (snap-on torque tool division). It's a good product, especially if you need a low-range wrench. Sometimes a ratchet-style wrench is more convenient, but it will do 99% of what you ask of it.
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Old 08-03-18, 09:36 AM
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https://www.amazon.com/beam-type-tor...orque%20wrench
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There are three types of torque wrenches for bicycles - beam, dial, and (electronic) transducer. Advantages and disadvantages to each. All torque wrenches are the most accurate in the middle of their torque range and less so at the extremes.

Beam types are big and can be hard to read. Dial types are smaller and more maneuverable, but must be zeroed out when not in use. Transducers are also smaller and work off a battery to determine when set torque is reached.

Having used all three, I settled on a Topeak d-torq transducer. Don't have to zero it out when not in use like the dial types. Beeps when set torque is reached, then beeps again if you exceed set torque. I got the one with the smaller torque range so it would be the most accurate in the middle of that range where I do most of my work.
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Harbor Freight has click type for $10-12 when on sale. Been using them for years. Not ideal for carry on a ride but great for at home.
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https://www.amazon.com/CDI-Torque-TL...iting+T+Handle


This does 80% of what you need - seatpost clamp, stem, bars.
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
Having used all three, I settled on a Topeak d-torq transducer. Don't have to zero it out when not in use like the dial types. Beeps when set torque is reached, then beeps again if you exceed set torque. I got the one with the smaller torque range so it would be the most accurate in the middle of that range where I do most of my work.
I did not know about this product. It is pretty nice.
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Any thoughts on the Park Tool ATD 1.2?
itís good! I got this one and a couple others and this is my go to tool. I like Park stuff and MN based so that makes me happy.
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Beam torque wrenches are low cost , 1/4" drive .. for small things 3/8" drive range
extends almost to hitting external BB thread torque requirements ,,
cassette lock rings are in that, middle range.

1/2" goes from there,, auto engine overhaul range for those..
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I did not know about this product. It is pretty nice.
The electronic torque wrenches are $$$. The Topeak is the cheapest price-wise you can find, reliably. Auto ones are $200+ minimum. And of course the Snap-On ones are $500-$600.

Keep meaning to buy one, keep not doing it because I have a working cheap clicker around that does the job.
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For reference, I got my d-torq new a few years back for $125. I had used an Effetto Mariposa dial-type, which was very nice, but about as expensive if not more.

Looking at prices for the lower range 1-20nm d-torq, I see one at $160 new:

https://www.probikekit.com/bicycle-t.../11365979.html
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For traveling a 20nm/15ft lbs might be helpful if someone needed to tighten pinch bolts on a crank or a stem, but I can't think where a low torque wrench is that necessary. I don't have disc brakes, but I can see where that might be very critical.

Maybe I've been doing it all wrong, but I just never torqued brake levers, derailleurs, seat post clamp, etc.

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The natural tendency is to overtorque small bolts and undertorque large bolts if you're working without a torque wrench. I tend to work mostly in that 1-20 nm range, and the d-torq ensures I don't overtorque those small bolts, but still meet the torque spec. Especially important with carbon bits.
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Good point. I hadn't thought of the perils of carbon.

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I find that the position and angle of the bolt and wrench doesn't always make it convenient or possible to read the scale on beam types.


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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post

it’s good! I got this one and a couple others and this is my go to tool. I like Park stuff and MN based so that makes me happy.
Thanks for ALL replies and great information gents, I ordered the Park ADT 1.2 which I think will handle most if not everything I will be using it for.

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I would just go by feel.
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