When you’re working on a bike the last thing you want to do is over torque a bolt and break or damage expensive parts. However, if you’re in a rush or just doing a minor adjustment, it can be a bit tedious to pull out a torque wrench and set the torque value. That’s one reason small adjustable or preset torque drivers and T torque wrenches can be very handy to own. In this review, we’ll specifically be at the adjustable Pro Bike Tool T-Torque wrench. With a small ergonomic T-shaped handle and adjustable torque values between 4, 5, and 6 N-m the T-Torque tool is compact and convenient to use. While it lacks the flexibility of larger adjustable torque wrenches, the affordable $39.99 price and included 8 bits and holder (x6 Hex bits and x2 Torx bits) makes the purchase easy to justify.
With an affordable price and ergonomic design, the Pro Bike Tool Adjustable T Torque Wrench is perfect for maintenance and repairs.
|Measured Weight (in g)||126 (wrench) / 44 (bits + holder)|
|Likes||+ Competitively priced|
+ Premium anodized finish with knurling
+ Includes multiple hex and Torx bits
|Dislikes||– Confusing markings|
– Requires a lot of force to adjust
– Limited to only 4/5/6 N-m values
|Where to Buy (US)||Pro Bike Tool|
The Pro Bike Tool T-Torque wrench comes in a compact cardboard box with sleek glossy white graphics on a red background. The tool and bits are securely packaged in a laser cut black and red foam holder. Inside the box you’ll find:
- T-Torque tool
- Circular bit holder + 8 bits (H2, H2.5, H3, H4, H5, H6, T25 and T30)
- Instruction manual
FIT & FINISH
The T-Torque tool looks premium and well designed right out of the box whether you choose the Pro Bike Tool red anodized finish we have in this review or the black variation. Details like the knurling on the torque adjustment handle and bit holder area make it look a lot more expensive than the retail price would suggest. The top of the tool is a large torque adjustment knob with a somewhat confusing 4 / 5 / 6 N-m labeling with knurling and grooves to improve grip. The center portion of the T-Torque is a PVC dipped ergonomic handle which is 3.5” tall and 3” wide. It has smooth curves that contour around your fingers whether your right or left handed. Compared to the similar Park Tool ATD-1.2 adjustable torque drive which retails for $67.95, the T-Torque tool is not only more affordable but also looks better.
Pro Bike Tool also includes 8 bits and a convenient bit holder to store them in. It’s a simple round plastic piece with 8 drill holes that securely hold the bits in place. When the T-Torque wrench is not being used, the holder can be slid face-up on the bottom of the tool for compact storage. Although it’s not as sleek as torque tools that store the bit in internal compartments, it’s a clever solution that helps keep everything together. The ¼ inch steel bits aren’t anything special but feel well made and have engravings with the size on the base of the bits. The T-Torque tool bit holder is also magnetized which makes it easy to swap bits on it. We did notice a very slight bit of play with the bits when in the holder, but it doesn’t affect the functionality.
One of the big improvements of the T-Torque tool over the previous iteration is that you no longer need a separate 6mm Hex bit to adjust the torque setting. You simply pull the handle upward and rotate it clockwise/counter clockwise to the desired setting and then release it down to indexed spots. We found that It does take quite a bit of force to do the adjustments. Combined with the confusing torque labeling on top of the handle, we often found ourselves trying to rotate the handle in the incorrect direction due to the lack of directional arrows as you need to rotate through 5 N-m to get to 6 N-m. Also, if you have any bike parts that specify 5.5 N-m or other increments in torque values you’ll have to round down with the T-Torque tool as it only can do 4 / 5 / 6 N-m. Otherwise, the tool works well and has a strong click out that makes it very obvious when you hit the torque value.
Overall, we found the Pro Bike Tool Adjustable T Torque wrench to be well designed and convenient to use. The sleek finish and ergonomic design make the T-Torque perfect for quick or repetitive jobs. Not only is the Pro Bike Tool torque wrench half the price of an equivalent Park Tool wrench, it even includes 8 bits with a holder as an added value. We often found ourselves using the T Torque instead of traditional torque wrenches as it’s lighter and quicker to set up. The primary issue we had with it is that the labeling is a bit confusing, and it takes a far amount of force to adjust the torque setting. While a traditional torque wrench offers a wider torque range and smaller increments, the adjustable T Torque wrench is a great for smaller jobs.
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