General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Topeak Ratchet Rocket

Old 12-14-17, 01:49 PM
  #1  
sw20
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Surrey, UK
Posts: 132
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 54 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Topeak Ratchet Rocket

Does anyone own one of the below? Currently in the market for a new bike tool and these look pretty good, just wondering how robust they really are in the real world? Worried the ratchet could break under load.

https://www.evanscycles.com/topeak-r...gaArC9EALw_wcB

https://www.evanscycles.com/topeak-r...saAsHeEALw_wcB
sw20 is offline  
Old 12-14-17, 03:48 PM
  #2  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 41,396

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 188 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6874 Post(s)
Liked 229 Times in 187 Posts
a 1/4" drive socket, and a bunch of bits right? you going to use more force get a 3/8" drive.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 12-14-17, 04:12 PM
  #3  
Ogsarg
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Hollister, CA (not the surf town)
Posts: 639

Bikes: 2009 Specialized Roubaix, early 90's Giant Iguana

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 256 Post(s)
Liked 43 Times in 27 Posts
You're not going to put a lot of stress on the fasteners that are covered by those sets so the ratchet is probably fine. The bits can be replaced easily at pretty much any hardware store if they wear out.
Ogsarg is offline  
Old 12-14-17, 04:37 PM
  #4  
Elvo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 4,112
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 357 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 16 Times in 12 Posts
Do you really need a ratchet? Do you need to quickly tighten a lot of bolts? Why not get a 1/4" torque wrench?
Elvo is offline  
Old 12-14-17, 05:04 PM
  #5  
2_i 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,490

Bikes: Trek 730, Bike Friday NWT, Brompton M6R*2, Trek 830, Trek 720, Dahon HAT060, Dahon HT060,...

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 350 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by sw20 View Post
Does anyone own one of the below? Currently in the market for a new bike tool and these look pretty good, just wondering how robust they really are in the real world? Worried the ratchet could break under load.
I repacked such a Topeak ratchet set into own pouch to accommodate my choice of bits. The pouch is always there in my pocket, removed only for TSA. The set works very well. Of course there is a limit to the load but it has not bothered me in everyday life.
2_i is online now  
Old 12-15-17, 10:13 PM
  #6  
Drew Eckhardt 
Senior Member
 
Drew Eckhardt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Sunnyvale, CA USA
Posts: 5,709
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 277 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by sw20 View Post
Does anyone own one of the below? Currently in the market for a new bike tool and these look pretty good, just wondering how robust they really are in the real world? Worried the ratchet could break under load.
I really like my Stahlwille hex bit ratchet head which goes with my torque wrenches. It fits places a 1/4" square drive with same-size sockets doesn't. The hex bits (Wiha) I pair it with it use less storage space and cost much less than equivalent quality bit sockets.

I don't use it on anything over 6mm where the torque could be an issue.



Last edited by Drew Eckhardt; 12-15-17 at 10:26 PM.
Drew Eckhardt is offline  
Old 12-16-17, 08:02 AM
  #7  
Sy Reene
Advocatus Diaboli
 
Sy Reene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Wherever I am
Posts: 4,773

Bikes: Merlin Cyrene, Nashbar steel CX

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2255 Post(s)
Liked 40 Times in 38 Posts
Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
Do you really need a ratchet? Do you need to quickly tighten a lot of bolts? Why not get a 1/4" torque wrench?
I'm intrigued by the Topeak Nano Torqbar for seatbag sized multi-tool with torque settings. I would think more useful than a ratchet wrench for a bike
Sy Reene is online now  
Old 12-16-17, 08:20 AM
  #8  
HerrKaLeun
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 1,395

Bikes: Giant Toughroad SLR1 and Motobecane Sturgis NX

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 675 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 29 Times in 25 Posts
Originally Posted by sw20 View Post
Does anyone own one of the below? Currently in the market for a new bike tool and these look pretty good, just wondering how robust they really are in the real world? Worried the ratchet could break under load.

https://www.evanscycles.com/topeak-r...gaArC9EALw_wcB

https://www.evanscycles.com/topeak-r...saAsHeEALw_wcB
probably works fine. but make sure the chain tool accommodates your chain, most go to 10-speed only in case you have 11 or 12 speed (or plan to in the future).

This being an emergency road tool, I'm questioning the need for a ratchet abit. Also wasn't clear if it has the torx bits or which hex bits exactly are included.
HerrKaLeun is offline  
Old 12-16-17, 09:27 AM
  #9  
elcruxio
Senior Member
 
elcruxio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Turku, Finland, Europe
Posts: 1,821

Bikes: 2011 Specialized crux comp, 2013 Specialized Rockhopper Pro

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 317 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
probably works fine. but make sure the chain tool accommodates your chain, most go to 10-speed only in case you have 11 or 12 speed (or plan to in the future).

This being an emergency road tool, I'm questioning the need for a ratchet abit. Also wasn't clear if it has the torx bits or which hex bits exactly are included.
It's much more than an emergency tool. It remained as my main bike tool for over a year until I got my bahco ratchet. Honestly once you go ratchet rocket there's no going back. I would not even think of a more ordinary clunky multi tool.

Can't remember which bits were included but there's at least a t25 and 4,5,6mm hex heads. But when we go on tour for example I tailor the bits on our two ratchet rocket sets so that I have hex bits from 2 to 8mm, t25, pz2, philips 2, 5mm hex socket etc
elcruxio is offline  
Old 12-16-17, 09:40 AM
  #10  
cyccommute 
Mad bike riding scientist
 
cyccommute's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 21,334

Bikes: Some silver ones, a red one, an orange one and a few titanium ones

Mentioned: 94 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2516 Post(s)
Liked 121 Times in 87 Posts
Originally Posted by sw20 View Post
Does anyone own one of the below? Currently in the market for a new bike tool and these look pretty good, just wondering how robust they really are in the real world? Worried the ratchet could break under load.

https://www.evanscycles.com/topeak-r...gaArC9EALw_wcB

https://www.evanscycles.com/topeak-r...saAsHeEALw_wcB
I actually have both. As others have said, the ratchet is a bit light duty but for an on-bike tool that it does it's job. You couldn't use it every day in the shop but in an emergency it works.

As for people pooh-poohing the idea of using a ratchet on a bike, there are times when a short head ratchet comes in very handy. Some bolts just have stuff in the way to get to them and a ratchet is nice to have.
__________________
Stuart Black
Pokin' around the Poconos A cold ride around Lake Erie
Dinosaurs in Colorado A mountain bike guide to the Purgatory Canyon dinosaur trackway
Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.
cyccommute is offline  
Old 12-16-17, 10:18 AM
  #11  
2_i 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,490

Bikes: Trek 730, Bike Friday NWT, Brompton M6R*2, Trek 830, Trek 720, Dahon HAT060, Dahon HT060,...

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 350 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
The hex bits (Wiha) I pair it with it use less storage space and cost much less than equivalent quality bit sockets.
Are individual Wiha bits shorter or is the Wiha packaging more efficient? The Topeak bits are shorter than typical ones in the market, making them easier to carry. However some bits you might want are not there in the Topeak set, hence my question - i.e. I look for other source of shorter bits.
2_i is online now  
Old 12-16-17, 06:49 PM
  #12  
sw20
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Surrey, UK
Posts: 132
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 54 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanks for all the replies!

Wanted something different to the bulky multi tool I'm currently carrying. Just ordered the chain breaker version.
sw20 is offline  
Old 12-16-17, 10:18 PM
  #13  
HerrKaLeun
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 1,395

Bikes: Giant Toughroad SLR1 and Motobecane Sturgis NX

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 675 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 29 Times in 25 Posts
Originally Posted by sw20 View Post
Thanks for all the replies!

Wanted something different to the bulky multi tool I'm currently carrying. Just ordered the chain breaker version.
Actually says up to 12-speed for the chain-tool. Since I don't have a shop-chainbreaker (only road kit type) this may be a good buy for me too.

I have 2 diferent Park multi tools, but this ratchet device seems to be better to actually get to where you need to. Maybe I'm over-thinking the rare need for such tool...

please report back of how you like it
HerrKaLeun is offline  
Old 12-16-17, 10:48 PM
  #14  
drlogik 
Senior Member
 
drlogik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,054

Bikes: '87-ish Pinarello Montello; '89 Nishiki Ariel; '85 Raleigh Wyoming, '16 Wabi Special, '16 Wabi Classic, '14 Kona Cinder Cone

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 395 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 18 Times in 10 Posts
I can't recall where I read it but one of the pro team mechanics uses a Snap On 1/4" swivel-head ratchet. I bought one on impulse and I must say, it's probably one of the coolest tools I have and I use it often. The articulating head makes for quick tightening and loosening from about any position. Not cheap but it's Snap On:

drlogik is offline  
Old 12-17-17, 09:19 AM
  #15  
Ironfish653
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 947

Bikes: 1997 Cannondale, 1976 Bridgestone, 1998 Softride

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 313 Post(s)
Liked 25 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
I can't see a whole lot of things i'd use that for on a bike, but why isn't one of those in my toolbox already?!
Ironfish653 is offline  
Old 12-17-17, 09:41 AM
  #16  
HerrKaLeun
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 1,395

Bikes: Giant Toughroad SLR1 and Motobecane Sturgis NX

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 675 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 29 Times in 25 Posts
Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
I can't recall where I read it but one of the pro team mechanics uses a Snap On 1/4" swivel-head ratchet. I bought one on impulse and I must say, it's probably one of the coolest tools I have and I use it often. The articulating head makes for quick tightening and loosening from about any position. Not cheap but it's Snap On:

i think we are digressing from road tools since this seems heavier? but why not...
Looks like to be over $100. And do pro teams not use torque wrenches?
i can't recall a situation where a ratchet with appropriate long socket hasn't worked for me yet, though.
HerrKaLeun is offline  
Old 12-17-17, 02:56 PM
  #17  
drlogik 
Senior Member
 
drlogik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,054

Bikes: '87-ish Pinarello Montello; '89 Nishiki Ariel; '85 Raleigh Wyoming, '16 Wabi Special, '16 Wabi Classic, '14 Kona Cinder Cone

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 395 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 18 Times in 10 Posts
i can't recall a situation where a ratchet with appropriate long socket hasn't worked for me yet, though.
No hex nuts on my bike so I have a set of 1/4" drive metric Allen keys for it. It's stout enough to tighten the 5mm Allen bolts on my fixed gear axles though.
drlogik is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
no motor?
Bicycle Mechanics
8
04-08-17 10:19 AM
jrickards
Commuting
2
10-30-14 10:25 AM
Slackerprince
Road Cycling
29
08-28-13 07:08 AM
botto
"The 33"-Road Bike Racing
83
04-07-09 04:18 AM
Richard D
General Cycling Discussion
16
02-06-02 04:37 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.