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Which lockring wrench do you guys like best?

Old 08-08-12, 11:33 AM
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Which lockring wrench do you guys like best?

So have been using the HCW-5 for a while now. Use the side with the 3 prongs, and use the center one against the notch of the lockring. Never had an issue with it. Then again, always used the same lockring with it. Swapped cogs a decent amount of times, so has seen some use.

Today I was working on my new build for a bit which has an EAI cog with an MKE lock ring. I think I tend to crank too hard on my lockrings, but the wrench kept slipping. Look closely at my HCW-5 and it has some significant wear / rounding on the tighten side. Also checked out my old lockring and its warped to hell. So guess over time they just wore together which is why I ever had an issue.

Got it tight enough, but that lockring wont be seeing a 2nd use. Luckily the loosen side is untouched, so shouldn't have any issues getting off when the time comes.

Anyways, need to grab a new lockring wrench. The HCW - 17 I guess is the official lockring wrench for park tools. But looking at it, it doesn't look like it would work very well. With the HCW-5 after the center prong slides into the notch, the outside prongs kinda lock on when turning providing additional bite it seems. I guess the actual design of the radius would have something to do with it too as the HCW - 17 appears to have a tighter radius, and seems to hook more near the prong.

Recommendations, comments?

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Hozan Lockring Pliers:




Let the +1's commence.
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Old 08-08-12, 12:00 PM
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Shimano Dura Ace Track Tool
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Old 08-08-12, 12:06 PM
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Shimano++, because it's what I have and I've never skinned a knuckle.

Also, Trixie when I'm out and about, though I haven't had to use it since I learned how to fixed gear.
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
Hozan Lockring Pliers:




Let the +1's commence.
You got mine.

+1
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this beast



and Hozan
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
Hozan Lockring Pliers:




Let the +1's commence.
+1
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Old 08-08-12, 12:26 PM
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Yeah sounds like you use it a lot, so I'd get the pliers.

I rarely touch mine, so my Trixie is more than enough. But if I'm constantly fiddling with it, I'd cough up for the pliers.
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I have no idea what the brand is. It has two ends - for different diameter lock rings.
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Originally Posted by TheRealFaux View Post
Shimano Dura Ace Track Tool

this
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Originally Posted by BigglyPuff View Post
Yeah sounds like you use it a lot, so I'd get the pliers.

I rarely touch mine, so my Trixie is more than enough. But if I'm constantly fiddling with it, I'd cough up for the pliers.
For what it's worth, I use my Hozan pliers at least once or twice every training/race session at the track. I've used the same pliers since 2009. No busted knuckles from being scraped on spokes.
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A lot of you already know my feelings on those Hozan pliers but I honestly can't praise them enough.
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Trixie with the end for 15mm axle nuts cut so it's open end for pedals also
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
Hozan Lockring Pliers:




Let the +1's commence.
/thread

I love mine; literally put a strangle hold on your lockring threads.
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
For what it's worth, I use my Hozan pliers at least once or twice every training/race session at the track. I've used the same pliers since 2009. No busted knuckles from being scraped on spokes.

Yup. That's why I'd get em if I changed out cogs on the regular. I kinda even want them now, but I wouldn't use them enough to justify the cost, unlike my $30 torque wrenches.
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$$$



https://paulcomp.com/lockringwrench.html
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cuz its got 2 different sizes and i found it in my toolbox, and it works just fine
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Thanks. Those Hozan pliers look awesome.

I guess different wrenches work well on different lockrings.

I think something is up with that MKE lockring. Gonna try to get it off when I get home and just use my surly lockring for now. Then grab a dura ace lockring + the Hozan pliers next week. Kinda tapped this week :/
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i'll get the Hozan's eventually.

right now i just have the Pedros 'fixie' tool.....
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hozan spanner bu wanting hozan pliers soon very soon they will be mine <_<

btw the pedros trixie is pretty good for emergencies on the road
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Made my own Hozan with some old channel locks and about 10 minutes with a file.


*not my pictures, got them from some C&V thread and merged the two myself*
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that is ingenious
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that is ingenious
Yeah, but I'm way too clusmy to duplicate the process...stupid stubby, fat fingers!
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