3 Best Mountain Bike Tools (Ultimate Guide).

This guide will help you decide what to put in your mountain bike’s took kit based on your level and experience.
There will be tools that correspond to skill levels one, two and three.

Table of Contents

Level One Mountain Bike Toolkit

These tools can be used without the need for a workshop. These tools are easy to repair and adjust.

Tire Pump

Get one with a valve check and a gauge which will match your bike’s tubes which will either have Presta or Schrader valves. Both will fit in a lot of pumps. It is a good idea for each chuck to have a spare rubber insert.

Screwdrivers

Each size screwdriver should be kept in your toolbox. There are three sizes: medium, large, and small.

Phillips-head Screwdrivers

Two sizes are recommended: a small and a large.

Tire Levers

Get a set of three plastic ones.

Talcum Powder

Use one container to coat the insides of the tires. It is important to not inhale any.

Patch Kit

You should make sure it has sandpaper, not a metal scratcher. You should also add soft orange rubber backing to the patches.
Make sure the glue is not dried out. You can check it every 18 months. It doesn’t matter whether the tube has been opened.

You can take along a few glueless patches when you’re out on the trail. These may not be very effective but they will make it easier to replace the glue from your patch kit.

Adjustable wrench

It should measure at least six inches in length.

Pliers

Regular ones are better than needle-nose.

Metric hex key

One set should be sufficient. You should have one set. Folding sets are a great way to keep your wrenches organized. These are great for smaller sizes than 6mm.

The full-size model is required for the larger sizes (6mm or more). For larger bolts, you will need more leverage. You may want to purchase additional 4, 5, 6, 8 and 8mm Hex Key sizes.

Metric box-end and open-end wrenches

The set should contain 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 and 15 mm sizes.

15mm Pedal wrench

This wrench is more robust and thicker than the cone wrench. It is also thinner and more durable than the standard 15mm wrench.

Chain tool

This tool is used to connect and disconnect chains. A good tool for connecting and disconnecting chains is essential. You can align the chain more accurately so that the pin fits straighter. This makes it last longer. It will fit most modern narrower chains and will come with a replacement drive pin.

Many of the top-of-the-line chain tools can be used with older, wider chains. Shimano is an example of this. Every time they adjust the number cogs on their rear cassette, they release a new tool.

The Shimano TL-CN34 11 speed shop tool This works on both the 11-speed and the 6, 7, 8-9, 9 and 10 speed chains. It also works with 12-speed SRAM chains.

Also Shimano’s TL-CN23 tool It is suitable for Shimano 10 speed chain, as well as 6 speed chains, 7, 8 and 9 speed chains.

The Pedro Pro 1.0 chain tool This is the recommended speed for speeds 1-10. It also has two extra locating tooth that extend to each side. It makes it easier to secure the chain.

If your mountain bike is an older model, Rohloff Revolver Chain Tool It has been in use for decades and is still compatible with both 20-year-old chains and more recent chains.

It uses a thumbscrew to tighten the chain against it and fasten it. The rotating plate has different patterns to help peen the rivets. Rohloff also works with SRAM 12 speed chain.

Park’s CT-3 This tool is used to separate a link in order to release a stiff one. This is an older standard shop chain tool. It comes with both a front set and a back set of teeth.

Chain elongation gauge

This is used for checking the condition of the chain.

Spoke wrench

Make certain that it matches the size of the nipples on your bike’s wheels.

Pad spacers

These are for when the wheel is removed. This is used on disc brakes to stop the pads from pushing too far. Pad spacers with integrated bleed blocks and clamping grooves can be used for cutting hydraulic brake hoses.

Grease

It can be found in either a tube or a container. While it’s best to use bicycle grease instead, you can also use automotive grease. Automotive grease is safe for all other things, except shocks, suspension forks, and twist shifters.

Chain lubricant

Choose one that isn’t aerosol. They are easier to manage, require less packaging, and can be thrown away if they overspray.

Drinking alcohol

This can be used to remove or install handlebar grips. This tool can be used to clean disc brake pads and rotors as well as internal parts.

Rags

Keep plenty of rags on hand.

Pump for shock

If you have an air-sprung suspension or rear shock, this is what you need. Look for one that has a no-leak head. If your bike’s fork needs either a ball needle or a special adaptor to insert inside a sunken Schrader valve. Find the right adaptor.

Level 2 Tool Kit

When making level 2 repairs you’ll want to create a well organized work space along with a shop bench. Level 2 repairs can be more challenging so it is important to organize your workspace. This will make maintenance and repairs quick and easy.

You will need the entire level one tool set along with the necessary tools.

Stand for your bicycle in portability

Make sure the stand is strong enough to support your weight when you’re really pulling on the wrenches. You can get a bike stand that supports the bike using the bottom bracket, the front or rear ends with one wheel removed and provides stability.

Shop apron

This will protect your clothes from getting ruined or dirty.

Tire pressure gauge

This gauge is far more precise than a standard pump gauge and is essential for determining the pressure required to ride technically.

Hacksaw

Look for one with fine teeth.

Box cutter knife

Also known as razor blades.

Files

Files that aren’t too coarse should be used. Choose one that is rectangular and another that is oval.

Cable cutter

They are useful for cutting brake and shifter cable without fraying them. They are also useful for cutting the housing of coaxial shift cables without breaking them.

Metric socket wrenches

Set of 7/8, 9, 10, 13, 14 and 15mm sizes.

Torx keys

These keys look similar to hex keys, but with star-shaped tips. T10, T25 and T30 are the most popular sizes.

Crank Puller

This allows you remove crankarms. Depending on your crankset size, the push rod will fit either square taper spindles or ISIS and Octalink spindles. Choose the right one to fit your spindle.

Tool to attach chainring-nuts

You must hold the nut in its place when tightening or loosing a chainring bolt.

Chainring cassette removal tools

This is for old HollowTech 1 Shimano Octalink-style HollowTech 1 cranks.

Bottom Bracket Tools

Splined wrench

This is to remove the cups from external bearing cranks. You can also remove certain center lock rotor lockrings.

Small splined tool

This is used to adjust the left cranks adjustment cap of some Shimano cranks.

Step down inserts slouched

This can be used to fit smaller external cups without the need to purchase a socket or wrench for each size. It can be plugged into an external bearing splined device.

Bottom bracket socket for slined liners

This can be used for sealed cartridge bottom brackets.

Snapring pliers

Use to make BB30 cranks and unthreaded bottom bras with snapring grooves.

Cone wrenches

Make sure you know the right size for you. The most popular sizes are 13, 14 and 15 mm.

Ball peen Hammer

Use a medium size.

Headset wrenches

Before you attach the headset nuts, make sure to measure the diameter. You don’t need this if your bike has a threadless headset. Plus if you don’t plan on working on old bikes. Some suspension forks come with crown nuts that can be used to fit headset wrenches.

Bench vise

Take a medium-sized tool and attach it to the bench. This tool is very useful when you need to work on rear shocks.

Cassette lockring device

It can be used to remove cogs and sprockets from rear hubs. You can also use it to lockrings for Center Lock rotor locks.

Chainwhip

It can be used to secure cogs and loosen the cassette lockring.

Pedro vise whip

This tool holds the cog more strongly and won’t fall off like a chain whip does when the freewheel rotates. This tool protects your knuckles in the event that the lockring is broken.

Drywall sanding screen

Choose one that is (fine) with (180 grit). These are great for sanding disc brake pad pads.

Removers for the valve core

They can be used to service tires and provide shock service. They can be used on Schrader or Presta valves.

Tire Sealant

This can be used to install inner tubes into puncture protection or for setting up tubeless tire.

Grease gun

Choose one with a fine tip.

Paste

Most commonly used for seatposts.

Silicone-based grease

If you have Grip Shift Shift shifters, find one in a tube container.

Nonlithium suspension grease

Use on pivots and shock absorbers front and back.

Threadlock fluid

This helps to prevent bolts from slipping.

Penetrating oil, ammonia

This is used to loosen stuck pieces.

Cleaning tools

Tape, rubber dish gloves or cheap latex gloves. Also, sponges, brushes and sponges, cog picks as well as dish soap and bike cleaner.

Level 3 Tool Kit

This is for mountain bike mechanics that can build a bike starting from the frame. You don’t have to be able to do this, it is just a guide so you have an idea as to the understanding of level 3.

Parts for washing tanks

Make sure you use an environmentally-friendly degreaser. Use solvent responsibly. You might want to contact your local environmental safety officer.

Bench-mounted vise

One that is large is best. It’s used for loosening stuck parts and pressing in others.

Shop chain tool

You can use one that fits between 6 and 11 speed, or even 12 speed chains.

Headset Press

This simple and inexpensive press can fit any size headset. You can also attach bottom brackets.

Punch fork-crown

This is also known as a slide-hammer. It is used to attach the fork crown race of a headset. The size of the steering tube at its base will determine how big you need. The size of the steering tube is important.

Headset cup removal rocket

This tool is used to replace a threaded headset. It can also be used to remove PF30 brackets.

Rocket to remove the bottom bracket from PF24

This tool can be used to fit smaller bearings and is smaller than the rocket that removes headset cups.

Star-nut installation tool

You can use it to make threadless headphones

Ball peen Hammer

Make sure you have a lot.

Soft hammer

Use a rubber mallet, plastic or wood mallet to avoid damaging the parts that you are hitting.

Large sockets

This can be used to adjust the damper and air spring on a suspension fork. These are most popular: 22, 24, 26, and 28, mm sockets with a flat 6-point end.

Torque wrenches

This can be used to tighten bolts. To prevent your parts from stripping, breaking, creaking, or falling off when riding, use the manufactured-specific torque settings. You will need a longer torque wrench if the bolts are larger. The same applies to smaller bolts.

Park IR-1 or IR-12 internal wire routing kit

This helps you to quickly and easily get the shift and brake cables and shift and brake housings through your frame.

Metric tapes

These are used to repair mangled frames threads. You can choose from sizes 5mmx0.8mm, 6mmx1mm, or 10mmx1mm.

Truly stand

It is used to true and build wheels.

Truing stand adapters with through-axle adapters

Truing the wheel and the rotating rotor will ensure that a through-axle is securely held.

Dishing tool

This will help you to ensure that your wheel is properly centered.

Spoke wrenches

You can get them in any size.

Rotor truing gauge

It attaches to truing stands and checks the alignment of the rotor.

Rotor alignment forks

This can be used if disc brakes rotors aren’t straight anymore.

Bleed kit

This is used to drain the hydraulic brake fluid and then refill it with new fluid. Also, a bleed kit is needed for hydraulic release dropsper posts.

Brake bleed block

This will keep the pistons back when you are bleeding disc brakes.

Pin spanner

It can be used to adjust Mavic hubs

Telescoping/articulating magnet

This is used to pick up small tools and parts.

Chain keeper

It is used to clean the drivetrain by removing the wheel. Attaches to the dropout for chain running.

Vise whip or Chain whip

You can use this tool to remove old style freewheels and cogsets 6 and 7 speeds.

Removers of freewheel

Freewheels for Suntour, Shimano and Sachs

Spare parts

You should have spare cables, spare balls bearings, zip-ties and spare cables in different sizes. You should also have spare tires, tubes and chains, master links, spare cables, and cogsets as well as hoses and seals.

Carbon grip compound

This clamp is used to fix carbon handlebars and seat posts.

Fluids

Hydraulic brake fluids and hydraulic suspension oils and greases, as well as threadlock fluid, titanium antiseize compounds, outboard motor gear oil, and threadlock fluid.

When riding, you should have the right tools

Chain tool

Before you take it on the trail, make sure it works.

Small screwdriver

Useful for small parts and derailleurs

Hex keys

You can use it with any of the following sizes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 8 mm.

Torx T25 wrench

This is for disc brake rotors with 6-bolts and SRAM handlebar controls and chainring spiders.

Multi-tools

This can be used to replace any or all of the tools previously mentioned to reduce weight and bulk.

Tire pump/ co2 cartridge inflator

Make sure you have a spare cartridge. Larger pumps work faster than smaller pumps. Make sure that the cartridge or pump you choose is compatible with your bike’s valve.

Patch kit

After using the spare tube you’ll need patching. Make sure that the patch kit glue is not dried after 18 months.

Tire levers

You should have at least three rubber tire levers.

Pump for shock

This is only needed if your fork has a pump connector.

Spare tube

Keep the tube in a sealed plastic bag. This will prevent it from deteriorating or from being damaged by sharp tools. Make sure the valves on the pump and your bike match.

Spare derailleur hanger

It is used in the event of a crash on your bike’s drive side. Make sure the frame fits.

Spare chain links/ 2 spare master links

It should match the chain width that you use between 8 and 12 speeds.

Identification

A drivers license or personal identity is required.

Taillight

You can mount it on your bike.

Wet and latex gloves

Keep your hands clean

The above tools can be kept in a bag underneath your seat. You can also carry a back or hydration bag. To reduce weight and increase the size, you should use as many multi-tools possible. Before you bring them along on the trail, ensure that they are all functional.

Essential Mountain Bike Tools for Long Rides

You should also bring the following tools if you intend to ride long distances.

Spoke wrench

Find one that matches your bicycle spoke nipples.

Spare spokes

Look out for spokes made from Kevlar.

Fast, sealed aerosol inflator

To fix a slow-leaking tube or tubeless tire.

Chain lube

Buy a small plastic container.

Grease

A small tube is recommended.

Pedal wrench

It should be 15mm unless the pedals don’t have wrench flats. A pedal wrench that also includes a headset wrench is a good idea if you have an electronic headset.

Pliers

It can be used for many purposes.

Bungee cord or wire

For holding things together, it is always handy.

Duct tape

Very sticky and useful, you’ll know when you need it.

Credit cards and cash

Always have a spare set of hands in case of an emergency

Matches

Maybe you get stuck outside overnight.

An emergency blanket

Buy one that’s lightweight, aluminized, folds easily.

Rain gear

Weather forecasts may be used.

GPS

Let your loved ones know whereabouts.

Flashlight

Buy a small one. This is for when your helmet or bike light goes out.

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