This is the 3rd torque wrench that I own - but certainly the nicest one. My other torque wrenches were designed for automobiles, not bicycles, and as such do not provide low enough torque for delicate carbon fiber parts. Trying to get 3-5 Nm accurately from an automotive torque wrench is a recipe for disaster - let me tell you from experience! This tool is well made, lightweight (although not really for travel), and comes with a basic set of bits and a case. I wish that it had a little bit more positive "click" when the proper torque is reached. All in all it seems like a great tool.
Nice straightforward torque wrench. Good compact size for the home mechanic wanting to keep carbon bike's fittings and fasteners at the correct torque. Just so you know, this wrench has a 14 inch drive. High quality tool with the common size sockets included.
I have spin doctor torque wrench already but found the dial to be hard to get it to the right torque. The dial on this pro wrench is easier to read the correct torque need especially when wrenching down on carbon pieces and parts.
Never screw things on a carbon bike without a torque wrench. The wrench be a little more than one would want to spend on a wrench but a reliable and accurate one is worth the cost and will save you hundreds because no one wants to replace expensive CF parts because they didnt use the right tools.
I've had several torque wrenches over the years, mostly to work on motorcycles. Also had a Park beam style wrench for bicycles.
However this wrench is the one! Wide range of torque and includes common size bits.
I'm VERY happy with this purchase!
The convenience of the case holding the bits and extension is 5 stars, but doesnt lock closed (1star)
Made by a Shimano subsidiary, 5 stars. Loose ratchet connection. Too much wiggle for my confidence in accuracy of torque (1 star). So as an average I feel it is a 3-4 star device for the money. Little things can easily bring it to 5 stars. Manufacturer just needs to dial these small elements in. My higher end local bike shop says they use it all the time for past 2 years with no issue. That gives me some comfort.
I am enjoying the use of this torque wrench. The dial setting takes a little understanding at first, but no problems thereafter. User should note that when the torque setting is exceeded, the handle will break over in a slight clockwise motion from the head. That is normal and discernable to the user. There is not a loud click that some brands of torque wrenches exhibit.
Pros: Has a smaller than usual head for getting into tight places, torque level is easy to specify and read, price includes a case with enough allen / torx bits to cover most of your bike which needs a torque wrench of this size.
Cons: The head does not feature a quick release to release the bits - you just have to yank them off which ends up being a pain if you switch bits often, the torque level adjustment dial has a cheap, plastic feel - I worry about it's longevity, the torque wrench click doesn't feature as obvious of an audible or tactile click as other adjustable torque wrenches I've used.
Compared to similar (cheaper / generic) torque wrenches, there isn't much benefit to paying a premium for the PRO version, other than (maybe?) getting a product that hopefully passed tighter quality control and is calibrated accurately.
I have replaced 90% of the parts of my 10 year old road bike in the past year. After a lot of online research, the PRO Torque Wrench seems to be a standard issue item. This type of torque wrench is a must have tool if you are working with carbon fiber. I found it to be a good value with the included sockets and extension. The tool performed as it was advertized. I felt confident in tightening up parts to their recommended tension. This coming from a amatuer bicycle mechanic with long history of over tightening and destroying parts.
I purchased the Pro Torque Wrench to loosen and tighten my seat post each time I load my road bikes in my car. I travel with my bikes inside our car and the removal of the seat postseat is required. The bike frames and seat posts are all graphite and need careful tightening, so using the torque wrench eliminates the guesswork.
I'll have to be honest that I've seen torque wrenches designed for low torque precision equipment that is a little nicer than this one, but they are also many times the price. For the home mechanic looking for a flexible and accurate tool, this is a great option. I have a couple expensive carbon bikes with carbon components like seat posts, stems and bars. This wrench allows me to make adjustments and get things snug enough so that they don't slip, while preventing expensive over-torque damage.
I am admittedly new to using a torque wrench but needed to insure a troublesome seat post was tight enough to eliminate constant slippage. Not knowing how to use it, I dutifully read the instructions. Unfortunately, although provided in a couple dozen languages, it doesn't say much except to check out their website. Even more unfortunately the website was no more than a list of links to other websites. Interestingly it now appears to be back on line, but still no more than an online copy of their paper instructions provided with the product. So just trying it on my own, the seat post clamp broke, so I guess that problem has been solved in forcing me to buy a better seat post.
Fortunately, a friendly bike shop mechanic was able to quickly show me how it works and speculate on what might have gone wrong with my initial use. He assured me it is a good product, so I will continue to experiment with it. This assurance is the only reason for giving this product even 2 stars. The learning curve can be pricey and thus the value rating.
Finally, shame on PRO for providing instructions that are appropriate only for those who don't already know how to use the tool. But then if their market is only professional shop mechanics. So if you are not, just beware.
Once, I almost crashed because my handlebars weren't properly tightened. Since then, I over-tighten the bolts to prevent a repeat of the problem. I can't tell you how many times I've snapped bolts I tightened down too hard. We travel a lot to cycle, so I'm frequently re-attaching my handlebars to the stem. Now I can get the torque just right!