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Old 07-02-22, 07:04 AM
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prestacycle torque tools

Price on these is hard to ignore. Are they worth buying?


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That's your call. I suppose if you have no idea what too tight is then they might be useful

If you don't need the torque measuring or limiting function of the tools then you spend way less money just buying the driver points at your local big box home building supply store.
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For me neither. I can’t foresee needing 4, 5, 6, 7, 8nm when most components have a torque range. And every torque wrench has a tolerance. Some of it is dependent on the speed you turn the wrench.

The verbiage gives me the impression of just hype. Such as, “won’t (break or) lose accuracy from drops” or “calibrated for 5000 cycles”. This is really nonsense in the world of tools.

I’ll use torque wrenches on some things. And I’ve checked them to see how accurate they are, within a reasonable range, at different settings.

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Those torque-key type wrenches are great. I only have one, the original Ritchey version which is 5nm. I use it a lot for stems mostly, but it does my seat post collars fine too

For other stuff, I have two simple beam type torque wrenches
an old (discontinued) 1/4 inch drive Park that goes to about 7nm. Works for almost everything other than cranks and cassettes.
a craftsman that goes to about 70 or so nm, so it's perfect for cranks, cassettes, the heavy stuff.

Click type are easier to use, but more expensive and I tend to not trust them mostly because I started with a cheap one and it wasn't accurate. I'd wager the normal priced ones (i.e. good quality) are fine.
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I would also imagine once getting to ~8Nm or thereabouts, these kinds of handles might be pretty difficult to turn?
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I have a CDI Torque screwdriver that I like better than the individual torque keys. And it is less $ too, although it doesn't come with as many bits as the Prestacycle.

I have 1 of the Ritchey 5Nm torque keys and I've noticed it takes a couple uses to "warm-up" The first couple of clicks will be much greater than the 5Nm setting, closer to 6Nm than 5. Verified this on our calibrated torque tester at work. The CDI does it too but if I click it a couple of times at its lowest setting (2Nm) then everything is within 5% on all settings. Just something to think.about.
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I second the recommendation on the CDI screwdriver. CDI makes a lot of torque wrenches and that type of thing so there's at least somewhat of a reputation to uphold and it comes with calibration report.
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I can’t speak to the torque screwdriver model above, but I’ve been pleased with CDI’s dial type torque tools. They have been the default at several of the facilities I worked in. I’ve only seen one fail, and based on our use pattern it had well north of 50k cycles, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was several times that value.
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Thanks for the responses, everyone. Should have thought better of starting a new thread question at the beginning of a holiday weekend.

I think the CDI tool looks like it would suit my purposes. Ive recently purchased my first carbon framed bicycle and I am mildly apprehensive about things like the seat post collar.
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