X-Tools Tool Kit - Should I buy?

Wadey

Regular
I'm new to bike maintenance, so was wondering if I should by the x-Tools 18 Piece Tool Kit. The tool kit is on offer at the moment from Wiggle at £29.99.

I need to regrease my rear wheel bearings and check my free hub for wear. I figure the main tools are a chain whip, cassette lockring, cone spanners and wrench.

It looks like all these are in the tool kit and the price seems pretty good. I'll also make use of the tools when I replace my bottom bracket.

Is this a good buy? Should I buy these tools?
Any advice appreciated.

Regards,
Paul

https://www.wiggle.co.uk/lifeline-x...VImEmAAyJKYciDqsPNRKQFjm7iChz5UhoC7HYQAvD_BwE
 

Garry A

Calibrating.....
Location
Grangemouth
Looks ok to get started. I just bought decent tools as I needed them. No cable cutter in that set but covers the basics.
 
Location
London
I have several x tools in addition to lots from park etc. In my experience they are good quality. If you have few tools I would go for it.
 

cyberknight

As long as I breathe, I attack.
looks exactly the same as my aldi/ lidl kit .
Good enough for home fettling apart from the tyre levers which snapped the 1st time i used them .
 
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Wadey

Wadey

Regular
Thanks for the help:smile:
I've taken a closer look at the locking nut and cone. It looks like I will need a 17mm cone spanner (see attached pic).

Most toolkits, including the x-tool kit, only have two cone spanners covering 13,14,15,16mm..... Will this work?

When I reassemble the rear hub will I need two sets of cone spanners, so I can adjust both sides together?

Btw I've got a GT grade alloy 105 gravel bike. I think I have a formula ultralight 6 bolt disc hub with 28 spoke holes. It's really difficult trying to find what cone spanners I will need.

Any help appreciated.

Regards,
Paul

l512119
 
Location
London
If the 17mm is for the lock nut I think you can just use an appropriate 17mm spanner - ie don't need a cone spanner as such.
Folk feel free to shoot me down/advise otherwise.

If you don't really have any tools to speak of at the mo I would get the X tools kit, then add other stuff as needed.

As an example of their quality I have this:

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/lifeline-x-tools-crank-extractor/rp-prod10181

excellent.

and also this,

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/lifeline-x-tools-pro-12-long-adjustable-wrench/rp-prod124416

which I sometimes use in preference to my Bahco which I think cost close to £30.
 

Gunk

Veteran
Location
Oxford
Personally I would always buy a set of decent Allen keys, I use them all the time.

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/set-of-6-allen-keys-id_8402083.html

You can mount them on the wall so they’re always to hand

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Old school flat multi spanner is useful if you have a Brompton, ideal for adjusting the wheel bearings. Plus as others have suggested, a set of metric spanners.

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Crank puller, chain splitter and spoke key will be useful

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Then add a small socket set.

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And a bike stand. As you can see I’m well equipped!
 
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Wadey

Wadey

Regular
Personally I would always buy a set of decent Allen keys, I use them all the time.

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/set-of-6-allen-keys-id_8402083.html

You can mount them on the wall so they’re always to hand

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Old school flat multi spanner is useful if you have a Brompton, ideal for adjusting the wheel bearings. Plus as others have suggested, a set of metric spanners.

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Crank puller, chain splitter and spoke key will be useful

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Then add a small socket set.

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And a bike stand. As you can see I’m well equipped!
That's an impressive set of tools. I'm just starting out. So far I've got a bike stand, chain splitter, chainring tool and an assortment of spanners
 
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