Earlier last year, I replaced a few key tools on 5 mechanics tool benches with a brand not many people had heard of. The brand was Birzman, the tools were their Damselfly Universal chain tool, Chain Whip, and Cable Cutter. After countless tune-ups, new cables and chains my mechanics started raving about the tools because they were easy to use and dependable. This is exactly what a mechanic needs at their finger tips. When I was looking to replace some tools in my travel kit I was offered a Studio Kit from Birzman to review and I jumped at the chance to have hands on testing with 90% of their full tool lineup.
Details on the Birzman Studio Toolbox
37 bicycle tools from general repair to part specific
Ideal consumer: A rider that wants a full tool spread at their fingers, or an avid mechanic that needs something organized to travel with.
Full List of Tools and Specifications
|1||Torx®Key Set||T10/ T15/ T20/ T25/ T27/ T30/ T40/ T45/ T50|
|2||Hex Key Set||1.5/2/2.5/3/4/5/6/8/10mm|
|3||Chain Wear Indicator||0.75% to 1%|
|5||Tire Lever Set|
|6||Shimano®Cartridge B.B. Tool|
|7||Shimano® HG Cassette|
|8||Shimano® MF Freewheel|
|9||Universal Crank Puller||For ISIS® Drive and Octalink® crank arms|
|11||Hollowtech® II B.B. Tool|
|12||Socket Wrench||For 1/2″ drive hex bit sockets|
|13||Crank Arm Installation Tool|
|14||Spoke Wrench||12G/13G/14G/15G /Shimano® 4.3/4.4|
|15||Chain Rivet Extractor||1/8″, 3/32″, 9,10 and 11 speed|
|16||Pedal Wrench||15mm pedal wrench|
|17||Chain Whip||8/9/10/11 speed|
|24||8MM Hex Key||8mm|
|25||10MM Hex Key||10mm|
|27||Disc Brake Piston Press|
|28||Rotor Truing Fork||For hydraulic brake systems|
|29||Disc Brake Gap Indicator|
|30||Threadless Saw Guide||1”, 1-1/8” and 1-1/4”|
|31||Mavic® Spoke Wrench|
|32||Threadless Nut Setting Tool||1-1/8”|
|34||Chainring Nut Wrench|
|36||Dead Blow Hammer|
Overall, I am impressed with the thought that has gone into the case. The toolset is an investment for a novice mechanic but the case is labeled and laid out to make it easy for even a beginner to find what they are needing. Along that note, the case comes with straight forward instructions on using their tools. While it doesn’t show you step by step on how to proceed through the service, it does show any intricacies you need to know for the tool to be used properly. I plan on using this tool box as exclusively as possible for the next couple of weeks on bike builds and repairs to better understand how the tools work, and if there is anything significant missing from the box. More to come soon!
Disclaimer: This product was provided no charge for review. I was not bribed or paid for this review.