Tortec Wall Mount Storage Hook  £12.99

7/10

Neat storage solution that is better designed than most

Weight 359g   Contact  www.zyro.co.uk

by Iwein Dekoninck   March 23, 2010  

Tortec bike hook

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The Tortec Wall Mount Storage Hook is a clever little device that allows you to store your bike upright. The unit is pretty easy to install, just use the 4 screws and rawlplugs supplied and fit it to a wall. The hook is designed such that the holes for the screws are easily accessible.

In use, it works pretty well. While it's slightly trickier to get the bike on and off than some other storage hooks I've used, you quickly become used to the easiest angle to slide the front wheel in. While the lips on the sides don't make it easier to get the bike on, they do reduce how far the bike will swing sideways, which is a plus.

The packaging says it's designed for up to 35mm tyres for the road version (it also comes in a MTB version which will take wider tyres). While it works fine with 32mm Schwalbe Marathons, there is less room for manoeuvring - and it's therefore slightly trickier - than with skinnier tyres.

The hook itself has a rubber sleeve which protects your rim from getting scratched up. I quite like how the hook looks on my wall, you can tell someone's thought about it. These things tend to be quite utilitarian and the Tortec wall mount storage hook scores high here for me.

The only potential problem I could see is that the angled hook might start suffering from metal fatigue and break off eventually if you use it enough as there isn't a strut to support it. I'm pretty confident you'd have to go through a lot of hanging up and taking down before that would happen though. I tested it mostly with Ridgeback Flight 04 Alfine hub geared commuter bike which has enough gubbins on it to make it really quite heavy, and while there was some sag, I wasn't in any doubt the hook could handle it.

Verdict

A neat storage solution that is better designed than most.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Tortec wall mount storage hook

Size tested: 700c

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? I would.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 32  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: All of them!  My best bike is: Cervelo Dual

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, touring, club rides, fixed/singlespeed, Audax

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