New In Blue – Park Introduces 7 New Tools
Park Tool is continually working on developing new tools and products, and the latest crop includes 7 items developed mostly in response to industry trends. Usually hesitant to offer new tools just for a new standard, Park’s recognition usually means that standard whether it’s a bottom bracket or wheel size typically means it’s here to stay. From fat bikes to power meters, there is a new tool for all kinds of bicycles…
Starting with mountain derailleurs, the DW-2 is a new wrench designed specifically for the 5.5 and 3mm nuts on Shimano Shadow + rear derailleur clutch assemblies. Found on XT, SLX, Deore, Saint, and Zee derailleurs, the wrench allows you to adjust the clutch tension.
Speaking of things mandated by new Shimano products, Park now has three new precision machined aluminum Bottom bracket sockets for use with 3/8″ drive ratchets and torque wrenches. From left to right, the BBT-49 which fits 39mm BB cups found on XTR BB93 and Dura ACE BB9000, the BBT-59 which fits 41mm BB cups found only on Shimano Ultegra BBR60, and the BBT-69 which fits the 44mm BB standard we’ve used for years on Shimano, Campagnolo, Chris King, FSA MegaExo, Hope, SRAM/Truvativ GXP, Race Face X-type, Surly, and more.
While a 15mm crows foot wrench specifically for pedals may seem a bit overkill, the adapter will allow the use of torque wrenches on more delicate pedals like the Garmin Power Pedals. Not to mention torquing high end components is always a good idea.
Finally, if you’ve been struggling to find a way to store your fat bike in the garage, Park’s new Extra Large storage hooks are here to help.
Sold in both machine thread and wood thread, the hooks measure 4.875″ across which is big enough for that fattest fat bikes. Each hook is plated and vinyl dipped to keep your blinged out fat bike wheels looking good.