Shop mechanics are always in search of the perfect tool for the job. While you can hack any number of things to install a product, there’s nothing like having the right one on hand when you’re on the clock.
So rather than tighten the clutches found on Shimano derailleurs with the small built in tool, Park Tool is now offering mechanics an alternative with their DW-2 clutch wrench. With a 3 mm and 5.5 mmm opening, it’s designed to work on Shimano XT, SLX, Deore, Saint and Zee rear Shadow Plus (+) derailleurs and all previous Shadow Plus models. The little guy retails for $6.95 and is available now.
More new tools after the break
Tools wear out over time and at my shop, we went through so many cable cutters and scissors we quickly found out that it was worth spending a little extra on a quality tool.
These new SZR-1 Scissors from old blue are claimed to be shop quality. They have stainless steel blades and a dual density grip (which doesn’t appear to be left or right hand biased),
Park Tool claims they’re perfect for cutting bar tape, “handle grips,” and zip ties. Retail is $9.95.
We’ve used Master Spoke Wrenches in the past, and their ergonomics and interface have always made them well worth the investment. The difference between this new model and the one we’ve used in the past is weight. The “fins” on the new wrench have cutouts which help save 15 g. Over a full day of building wheels, that makes a difference.
The new SW-20.2 & 22.2 spoke wrench are also cast from the steel, precisely machined, heat treated for hardness, then polished and plated. The SW-20.2 is a three-sided spoke wrench that is same size as the SW-0 (black) for .127” (3.23mm) nipples, the SW-22.2 is the same size as the SW-2 (red) for .136” (3.45mm) nipples. Retail for either model is $25.99