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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.
Easy-to-use torque wrench that will handle the most commonly adjusted bike bolts.
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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.
- 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.
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.
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 been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.