Make jobs easier but most riders won’t need this
This top-end Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite NTX model here also offers miniature ‘Nano TorqBits’ in 4, 5 and 6Nm increments to accurately tighten on the move.
Includes: magnetic bit holder, hardened steel tools in 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm hex, T10, T25 Torx, #2 Phillips bits and two tyre levers. The protective case keeps things secure and there is a pocket to carry glueless patches.
This slim, fold-open mini socket set offers a magnetic steel ratchet, 2mm to 8mm hex bits, T10 and T25 Torx, and 2 Philips screwdriver bits.
Inside the nylon case are two (tiny) plastic tyre levers and an extended bit to increase wrench leverage or reach deeper bolts. It’s all very diminutive, lightweight and high quality, with tight-fitting bits and a solid feel to the stubby, reversible ratchet.
As a bike tester, the socket wrench makes some jobs like swapping parts easier, but most riders won’t need more than a standard multi-tool outside; especially since there’s no commonly-used chain tool or spoke key here.
The TorqBits are clever little add-ons to satisfy those who feel the need to check torque settings trailside, but there’s a hefty surcharge for this privilege of £28 over the standard Ratchet Rocket.
The clip in place wrench and elasticated holders have proven secure, but there’s an increased fear those small separate bits might get lost, and that £70-plus asking price is pretty hefty.