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Easy-to-use torque wrench that will handle the most commonly adjusted bike bolts
Weight: 
520g
Contact: 
www.windwave.co.uk
BBB TorqueSet Adjustable Torque Tool
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The BBB TorqueSet Adjustable Torque Tool is easy to use and it might just save you a whole lot of cash in the long run.

If you don't own a torque wrench, get one. Bike manufacturers often tell us about people who have written off components or even frames by overtightening bolts. Gulp! It won't happen to you? I hope you're right, but even very experienced mechanics shouldn't rely on feel when going just a touch too heavy can result in a parts failure.

This BBB torque wrench is adjustable from 2-14Nm – a range that takes care of most bike components... stems, handlebars, seatposts, pedal cleats and so on.

First, you select the correct ratchet position on the tool head, then you set the maximum torque by pressing and turning the adjustment knob on the end of the handle. There are six increments per 1Nm and a clear gauge tells you exact where you're at.

Then you do your tightening. When you reach the maximum torque that you've set, you'll feel the handle click and you're done. Easy! The handle is easy to grip and it's 18cm (7in) long so you get as much leverage as you'll need.

The tool has been calibrated at the factory. You get a little Certificate of Calibration that gives you its accuracy, and it can be recalibrated further down the line.

You get some of the most common hex tools you're likely to need included in the package: 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm. You also get a T25 torx tool. If you need anything else, it's a standard 1/4in drive so you can use normal sockets. The whole lot comes in its own padded protection case to keep it safe.

The only thing is, although we can't say it's exactly the same, M:Part do a torque wrench that looks mighty similar for £49.99.

Verdict

Easy-to-use torque wrench that will handle the most commonly adjusted bike bolts.

road.cc test report

Make and model: BBB TorqueSet Adjustable Torque Tool

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Everyone needs to make adjustments accurately from time to time. Going by feel is risky, especially on carbon components.

BBB say:

- Adjustable torque tool with 1/4" drive.

- Click-mechanism to indicate when torque setting is reached.

- Range: 2-14 Nm, adjustable with small increments.

- Individually calibrated by computer. Possibility to re-calibrate the tool.

- Hex keys 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 and T25 torx included.

- Protection case included.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

It's good value, although we've seen a very similar tool from M:Part that's a bit cheaper.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It does its job very well, taking the guesswork out of tightening the most commonly adjusted bike bolts.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It's accurate and the hex tools you use most often come as part of the package.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yep, it works well.

Would you consider buying the product? Perhaps.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Perhaps.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 190cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,

 

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

12 comments

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jimmo62 [55 posts] 3 years ago
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Screwfix do one without the bits for £39.99 which covers 5 - 25Nm

I have used this for a few years and it covers all the torques I have needed....

Obviously it only saves money of you already have the bits.

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Coodsta [112 posts] 3 years ago
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I learnt the hard way & I have destroyed two Sram GXP bottom brackets by over tightening the cranks, much to the amusement of the guys at my LBS! I've invested in one now!

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ubercurmudgeon [169 posts] 3 years ago
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I've got a slightly older version, and it is a useful reassurance. Only really necessary with carbon parts and frames (especially those that require the front much be clamped on to the seat tube.)

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therevokid [911 posts] 3 years ago
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and get a small version for the pesky HTII pre-load
setting !!!!!

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horizontal dropout [258 posts] 3 years ago
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Thanks! Just bought the M Part one.

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jackh [119 posts] 3 years ago
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Worth pointing out that typically these click-type wrenches only do standard direction threads. Fine for everything in the 2-14Nm range but if you want to tighten say BB cups (30-50Nm) you need a wrench which works in both directions. This is the advantage of a beam type wrench that Park Tools sells. They are much harder to use and get a good reading on though.

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jackh [119 posts] 3 years ago
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On another side, I have two click-type torque wrenches which go from 4-20Nm and 12-50Nm or thearabouts. They weren't very expensive, and perhaps not the most accurate, but I think they are 'good enough' for bike use.

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Mat Brett [599 posts] 3 years ago
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Coodsta wrote:

I learnt the hard way & I have destroyed two Sram GXP bottom brackets by over tightening the cranks, much to the amusement of the guys at my LBS! I've invested in one now!

Bad luck, but it could have been much, much worse. I've heard some horrendous stories of destroyed frames. Once carbon has cracked, that's pretty much game over. It just isn't worth the risk.

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colhum1 [86 posts] 3 years ago
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The only thing is, although we can't say it's exactly the same, M:Part do a torque wrench that looks mighty similar for £49.99.

or here at Ribble: for £35.21
and as its over £35 free delivery too  1http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-track-bike/M-Part-Torque-Wrench/MP...

M Part Torque Wrench
RRP £49.99 Save 6.1% Ribble Price £46.95 Online price, a saving of 25% on Ribble prices.
You pay only £35.21 a saving of 29.6%

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nadsta [82 posts] 3 years ago
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I bought this BBB tool a year or so ago (for around £40), better build quality than a more expensive Ice tools one that I returned (it had incorrect values quoted in the online listing). BBB tool is very well made, easy to use, and comes with quality hex bits and a good quality case.

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markwill [21 posts] 1 year ago
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managed to get mine under £50 online. but am very impressed withe the torque wrench and other bbb tools. the torque wrench is accurate and is well made. definitely saves you money through over tightening your components.

http://www.charleysbikeaccessories.co.uk/collections/tools/products/bbb-...

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bluefuzzer [4 posts] 6 months ago
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just got one for 29.99 with p&p frm tred bikes as offering five pound discount off already discounted product.  11