Frostbike: Birzman’s New Tool Kits, Shock Pump, and More

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Park Tool has their blue, Pedros has yellow, and Birzman seems to have settled on bright green. Well, that and a lot of black and chrome. Relatively new to the US, and brand new to Frostbike, Birzman had a few new items on display manage to blend style and function in to some beautiful tools. Most of what we’ve seen from Birzman so far has been a hit, so it should come as no surprise that their booth had nearly constant traffic.

If you’re looking for some new tools to stash in your car or a kit to deck out your bike building studio, Birzman’s new tools are worth checking out.

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Prepackaged in two different complete sets, Birzman is offering two different levels depending on how deep in tools you want to get. The Studio Tool box is exactly as it sounds – everything you need to set up a bike build studio to build a bike from the frame up. Tools are kept organized with a a dual level lower compartment with nicely molded and labeled pockets for each individual tool.

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If the Studio is a little too in depth, check out the Travel kit which includes 20 different tools (not including individual allen or torx wrenches) to perform most normal repairs you may run into on the road.

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In addition to their numerous tire pumps, Birzman is now offering a full line of shock pumps from small to large. Depending on what you want to use it for, the medium and large shock pumps have a built in gauge while the little baby shock pump will leave you relying on sag to set your suspension. If you’ve ever been trying to adjust your pressure on the trail and accidentally let out all of it, this little guy could come in handy. It’s certainly not for the OCD when it comes to suspension settings, but it will definitely get you home.

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Not exactly a tool, but Birzman’s new cell phone wallet will store your smart phone and cards which can be used as tools depending on the situation. The wallet has a separate pocket for your credit cards or cash, is touch screen compatible, and water tight when sealed properly.

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Comments

Rich - 03/04/14 - 9:54am

No bearing press? Now that PF BBs are so common, it seems an oversight (but then I guess you’d need to include 3 sizes of drifts to get them out again… and a bigger box).

Nick - 03/04/14 - 10:05am

prices?

Jonathan - 03/04/14 - 10:47am

When does this hit the market? Where can you buy? Do they offer a warranty?

i - 03/04/14 - 11:35am

I don’t see a headset press in the bigger kit. I guess enough frames have slip-fit headsets these days that it might not be essential, but I sure see other things in that kit that I’d use less often. Calipers would be a lot more useful than a tape measure.

I like the idea of a smaller travel kit, but it still has a bit of needless stuff (combo wrench? What bike has any bolts where that would be useful? ISIS BB tool? Freewheel (not cassette) tool? Crank puller? Those might have been useful 10 years ago (not the freewheel, but you get the point).
I have a full set of tools, but would still consider buying a flat, briefcase-sized travel kit that I could stash in my travel case or next to the spare in my car, but it needs to be much smaller (and lighter for airline travel) than this. Having nice molded holders for things I’ll never use, and missing things I would is a drag.

Colin - 03/04/14 - 7:21pm

None of the tools that they make that I really like are in those kits. Bummer

Their Dragonfly chain tool is awesome and their combo ratchet wrenches are really handy and the cone wrenches, while the are not truly anything special, look really cool. None of that stuff comes in the kit.

Ajax - 03/04/14 - 9:55pm

Wow! Finally! I love that their tool cases are custom designed to fit the tools the sell. Way easier to keep things organized if you are taking tools with you to a race or ride.

mario - 03/05/14 - 10:50am

there needs to be a huge 15 wrench for removing those old stuck on pedals… or a pipe fitting end so you can leverage that puppy…

Chris - 03/05/14 - 5:00pm

As a former event/race mechanic I’m definitely not a fan of the case. It allows no room for anything but their tools. Bad idea if you need something that is manufacturer specific or just handy to have (like a Dremel). Really bad design. If you’re serious about having a portable/event tool case get a CH Ellis case. I’ve had mine for over 10 years, flown across the country with it and worked more events than I can recall. Still going strong. Their molded plastic case with the 9888 pallet is the way to go. You can also easily make your own pallet. Even if it’s just in your home shop an Ellis case is great. Much handier having all your tools close together than spread out all over a pegboard wall or jumbled in a bunch of drawers.

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