Park Tool, Lizard Skins, and Orange Seal - Interbike 2017

Sep 24, 2017
by Mike Levy  
Interbike 2017

Park Tool's Trailhead Workstation, or the THS-1 of you prefer the less glamours official name, is designed to be an on-site repair stand, complete with the most common, basic tools to get your bike rolling. Just in case its name wasn't a giveaway, this blue setup is made to be bolted in place at a trailhead, park, or any spot where riders congregate, and I'm told that it's mostly cities and trail organizations that install the THS-1. Just imagine rolling up to a singletrack intersection to find one of these bad boys there for you, just in case you have a flat or need to make some adjustments. Also, many shops have picked one up as a public workstation; customers buy the parts required for basic repairs, and the tools are all right there for them. If you've worked as a mechanic, you know how annoying it can be to have customers constantly asking to borrow tools.

The THS-1 is made from steel, and it is plated before being powder coated to withstand being outside 24/7, then it's assembled with tamper-proof hardware because, well, there are a*sholes everywhere. A whole bunch of basic tools are attached via coated steel cables, including screwdrivers, wrenches, hex keys, and tire levers, and you can hang your bike on the padded steel support arms while you work on it. The tools can also be hidden inside the steel box if needed.

This thing isn't light, and while it can be mounted onto any sturdy post, Park Tool also sells a square steel post and steel base plate if you need it.
Interbike 2017

Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017


Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017

I'm pretty sure this one would be considered a luxury item but, having a bit of a tool fetish myself, I can appreciate these purpose-built limit screw drivers. You know, because regular screwdrivers are for peasants and peons, right? The DSD-2 is a Phillips driver, and the DSD-4 is the flathead; both are extra-long to clear the derailleur and get into hard to reach spots. A lot of long drivers have large handles to provide a bit of extra leverage, something that isn't needed when it comes to limit screws and can actually get in the way, so both of Park Tool's drivers feature small diameter handles with this in mind.



Interbike 2017

Lizard Skins has a new version of their Charger grip out, appropriately called the Charger EVO, that's manufactured with a single compound and a dual-pattern design. Yes, the Charger name has been in their catalog for years now, but this new version forgoes the flange to make them more mountain bike-friendly. They attach by way of a single inboard lock-on collar, and the closed ends mean that you don't need bar plugs to keep your bike from taking a core sample of your flesh. That always hurts.

With a 32mm diameter, the EVO's aren't the thinnest out there but rather strike a middle ground between the two extremes. They're also nice and wide at 140mm in length, and Lizard Skins says they weigh 132-grams.
Interbike 2017



Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017


Orange Seal, that other tubeless sealant company, had a few small but interesting items in their Interbike booth, including their VersaValve tubeless valve stems. These aluminum valve stems do have a trick up their sleeve, however, with the VersaValve package including two different rubber grommets, one with a conical shape and the other with more of a square profile, that can be matched to the shape of the rim bed to provide the best seal possible. The anodized orange locknut is also aluminum, and there are a bunch of different lengths available as well; I brought home the 48mm stems to review down the road.

Whatever mix Orange Seal uses for their tubeless sealant, it's said to last quite a bit longer before drying up compared to other options on the market. Even so, it's still good to check what's going on inside your tires every now and then, and now you can do that the Dipstick. The plastic Dipstick has gradient markings on it, much like a, uh, dipstick, so you know when it's time to pour in some fresh tubeless juice. Sure, a lot of other things would do the same job, but who isn't looking for another purpose-built tool?





59 Comments

  • + 68
 Who needs those screw drivers when you can replace every tool you own with one hammer?
  • + 25
 There's some bmx's that can be totally striped with a 5&6mm Allen's key!
  • + 13
 @nojzilla: Mine used to be 6mm only. And that one was always sticking inside the headset compression nut. Always go full enduro!
  • + 18
 CLARKSOOOOON!
  • + 10
 Is that Parktools's new dip bar exercise machine that they worked with Nautilus on??
  • + 4
 geezus, that's extravagant. I favor a multi-brick.
  • + 1
 @poozank: Can't wait for the new season of The Grand Tour!
  • + 4
 We call it the Manchester spanner
  • + 1
 I've got two hammers. One is called ISO and the other DIN.
  • + 1
 And keep it in your pants.
  • + 18
 Why doesn't park tools produce a JIS screw driver when many Shimano limit screw use this standard? The Fit of Phillips is sloppy and prone to stripping on a JIS bolt, I'm not sure why the industry doesn't cooperate and agree on something as simple as a screw driver standards...
  • + 9
 When I was reading the article and saw "purpose-built limit screw drivers" I immediately got excited, but that changed to disappointment as JIS designation was nowhere to be found. Boo. I don't know why they would make a fancy screwdriver just for limit adjustment or whatever and not make a JIS version.
There are higher quality tools available elsewhere. Park is good for some cycling industry specific things, but for everything else I have an automotive tool cart full of more ergonomic, more durable, more precise, and sometimes less expensive tools.
  • + 9
 it was announced at eurobike, www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/bike-tools-50814

but would love for shimano to move their limit screws to hex or torx.
  • + 4
 Yes very lame...I have Hozan JIS for Shimano derailleur adjustment. Such high quality tolerance it freestands when fitted to limit screw.
  • + 1
 so true. I have vessel screwdrivers. a JIS screw driver should be a must for any serious bike mechanic.
  • + 5
 The m8000 and m7000 derailleurs use hex limit screws now, thank god
  • + 2
 I zoomed in on he head and it looks awfully JIS like. Many manufacturers make their "philips" in a JIS cruciform, they just don't advertise as JIS. I was comparing my Snap On 'philips' to my JIS vessel/hazet and the difference in look and engagement was negligible.
Just zooming in on the park tool ones they look to have the square edges of JIS. Park makes a very well thought out product, I'm sure they thought of this.

Take my money Park Tool
  • + 1
 @colourclashing: Ohh a torx limit screw, now thats a bit of fetishery for thought
  • + 3
 There is such a low amount of torque required to adjust these screws, you'd have to be pretty ham fisted to strip one out even using a philips. That said, since JIS can be used on philips it would only make sense to have the driver in JIS configuration. It wouldn't surprise me if it's actually a JIS. And lol at torx for a limit screw. No thanks. Hex or bust for this low torque application
  • + 2
 turns out it is a JIS driver, essentially.
  • + 2
 @atrokz: I take it you've never dealt with a bike that spent most of its life outside being bathed in salt brine...I've had quite a few limit screws get destroyed because they're so damn rusty and a phillips just doesn't fit right and can't put enough torque down. On top of that, phillips interfaces are DESIGNED to cam out after a certain amount of torque, so even on rusted out derailleurs with phillips screws, it still doesn't work.
  • + 1
 So what size JIS driver fits Shimano best?
  • + 2
 #2, #1, and a thin shank #0 would cover every Shimano screw. (The #1 is used sparingly though so it would be the first one to skip.)
  • + 1
 @mnorris122: I was a shop mechanic for years. Ive seen my fair share of shit bikes. Never stripped out a screw using it If it looked grimed up id apply a penetrating oil and wait. Its not going to strip unless you force it. That said yes a jis makes life easier.
  • + 1
 Singletrackworld.com describes the DSD-2 as being "built to exceed JIS standards".

Cyclingclips.com claims that "Park Tool will soon offer professional-level screwdrivers that are built to the modern equivalent of the JIS standard".

In the September 2017 edition of the "Park Tool Company Retail UPC List" UPC 76347700272 (part # DSD-2) is listed with the description "DSD-2 Derailleur Screwdriver - #2 JIS". See page 3:

www.parktool.com/assets/img/site/Park-Tool-Retail-UPC-list-9-17.pdf

However, I've seen a price quoted as $35, so I expect I'll be sticking with my Vessel Megadora 900 +2 screwdriver :-(
  • + 12
 Is the Orange Sealant compatible with wheels on multi-pivot frame?
  • + 4
 Nope. No carbon either!
  • + 2
 Absolutely no long top tubes or slack head angles with regular orange seal. You'll need the super plus boost metric oversize mid-plus low standover enduro-x sealant...... it just wont work otherwise
  • + 3
 @johannensc: but does it have good bottom out resistance?
  • + 1
 xD
  • + 4
 I would like to read a state of the industry report on shifts in the industry that have caused a sudden change to Interbike. It seems to have lost its' appeal. Or are there internal issues with management of the Interbike show?
  • + 5
 There have been a few articles on pb about why Interbikes appeal has dwindled. Mostly just to do with timing, most of the year's new stuff has already been released at other bike shows by the time Interbike rolls around.
  • + 4
 Bikes can't develop forever. They are too simple machines for that to be true. As they stop developing the sport enters it's half life stage. Like skateboarding, BMX etc. Good night
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: (the bike industry) "quick guys Waking is on to us, drop a new standard ASAP!)
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: we boost your motor
  • + 4
 I see 3 big reasons:

1) most of the big players have all left in favour of their own Kool-aid dispensing media camps in an environment and time of their choosing.

2) the distributor/wholesale business model has moved on from the timing of IB and it's now too late to generate any consumer buzz to support bookings.

3) the only category of products that is showing some signs of life at IB rhymes with "dope heads".

We'll see what happens when (if) the show moves to Reno next year!
  • + 1
 @brianpark
1) wasn't it always the case?
4)Eurobike is simply batterier
  • + 2
 another major factor is how much it costs to have a booth at a trade show like Interbike. By the time you send a few sales reps out there, rent your booth space, build a booth, pay the union extortion for set up, power, hanging a banner, etc and get some stickers or cookies to give away, you're deep into 5 figures, if not 6. The expense of showing up at a major trade show can break a small company, with so many other ways to make connections and reach out to consumers these days, that expense is hard to justify.
  • + 4
 Dipstick: use a zip tie.

And those screwdrivers are drool worthy. If only a had 2mm, 2.5mm, and a 3mm for new school limit screws.
  • + 8
 Check out Hudy tools for R/C car racing, made with high quality spring steel Big Grin
  • + 2
 or just shake your tyre
  • + 3
 has anybody have the pleasure of smelling orange sealant when it goes bad ? We had a big bottle of the sealant and opened the cap and it was one of the worst smells I have inhaled
  • + 2
 Ohhhhhh yeah. Had an expired bottle, fellow mechanic held onto it as 'leverage' to be deployed to get his way--would crack the top and hold it in front of a little 6" fan on his bench. So damned foul! The pizzas always had his preferred toppings that whole summer, heh.
  • + 1
 Finally a decent presta valve for tubeless applications . Designers need to realize you can,t seal a thread and nut with out a gasket or thread tape , especially when it,s under pressure . So when are these valves available and who in BC Canada will carry them ??
  • + 2
 I've seen orange sealant sold at MEC so they should have them once they are released.
  • + 1
 @Domtheturtle: www.mec.ca/en/product/5044-573/RVC-Valve-Stem

Thanks for the heads up , looks like they show a valve stem , not sure if they are the same model
  • + 3
 Tool fetish is a real thing
  • + 1
 My friend I am guilty as hell of this fetish you speak of.Why?I have no clue.
  • + 1
 theres a college in Warrensburg MO that has a THS-1 like machine, used it to fix a buddies stem once time before a race this summer, super cool to find out in the public !!!
  • + 1
 found one at the the UNI here too, funny cause i've never seen one at an actual trailhead.
  • + 1
 @Aydenebb: Usually pretty hard to get to trailheads, someone has to pay for it and for the install. I have sold a bunch to schools, office towers, actual commercial enterprises. Never heard back from the trail associations I pitched.

I assume there is also a risk of theft when trailheads are remote.
  • + 3
 Park Tool Dip Station.
  • + 1
 park tool could make ratcheting screwdriver like this one + with changeable bits, so it would be more useful
  • + 1
 Orange seal is by far the best sealant I've used. Stans Race isn't that special IMO. But next I will try Peaty's
  • + 1
 Oh, I thought the dipstick was for clearing out your stem lol.
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