Review: Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit

Jun 5, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit review

Assembling a tool kit for an extended road trip or a weekend of racing can be tricky, especially when it comes to figuring out exactly what tools are worth taking and what can stay at home. Feedback Sports have made things easy with their Team Edition Tool Kit, which has 19 tools capable of performing 25 functions, all packaged in a handy zip-up carrying case.

The list of included tools is extensive – there are three 3-way wrenches for hex and allen head bolts, two Phillips and one flathead screwdriver, 8mm and 10mm L-shaped wrenches, a rotor truing tool, a chain tool, cassette pliers, and a cassette lockring tool.
Team Edition Tool Kit Details
• 19 individual tools, 25 functions
• TPU nylon coated case
• Additional tool slots
• Limited lifetime warranty
• Case: 13″x11″x2.5″ (33x28x5cm)
• MSRP: $249.99 USD
www.feedbacksports.com

But that's not all – there's also a bottom bracket tool, two tire levers, a spoke wrench, dental pick, cable cutters, crank arm cap tool, valve core tool, and a pedal wrench. The whole shebang retails for $249.99 USD, which is $18 less than what it would cost to purchase all the tools individually, and includes the carrying case, along with a limited lifetime warranty.


Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit review
There are three screwdrivers, and the smallest one can also be used to tighten Shimano crankarm caps.
Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit review
The kit is well organized, with elastic straps that hold each tool in place.

Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit review
The larger wrenches have a reassuringly solid feel - these should withstand years of regular usage.
Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit review
Cassette pliers are even easier to use than a chain whip when removing a cassette.

Performance

I made a conscious effort to use the Team Edition Tool Kit whenever possible over the course of the last three months, rather than using my usual selection of shop tools. It's been on the road with me to Whistler, and I've used it to assemble, disassemble, and maintain a good half-dozen bikes or so. All of that usage has revealed how well thought out the tool selection truly is. I've used almost every single tool, with the exception of the 15mm pedal wrench, and that's simply because all the pedals I'm currently using can be removed or installed with a hex wrench.

The tools all have a high quality, professional feel to them – the handles of the L-wrenches and screwdrivers have a knurled portion on the handles so that they don't slip out of sweaty palms, and the 3-way wrenches have a rubberized portion that makes them very comfortable to use. The cable cutters are powerful and cut cleanly, and the cassette tool / cassette plier combo makes swapping cassettes a breeze. I haven't broken or rounded out any of the tools, and, because the layout of the case makes it easy to see if a tool hasn't been put back where it belongs, I haven't lost any of them either. In most instances I've laid the case open on a bench, or the tailgate of my vehicle, but it can also be attached to a bike stand (like it is in the title photo) by connecting the two plastic rods that are stored in the center of the case to help hold it open.

What's missing? Honestly, for general usage, not much at all. There's no headset press or bearing intallation / removal tool, but those tools aren't typically required out on the road. Otherwise, when I've traveled with the kit I've tossed in a pre-set 5Nm torque wrench for checking stem bolts, along with a digital shock pump and a digital tire gauge. It's also not a bad idea to bring along a few individual T- or L-shaped Allen wrenches, just in case a little more reach or leverage is needed than what the 3-way wrenches provide. The kit has room to accommodate those extra tools - there are empty slots to add in eight of your favorites.

Years ago, I had my car broken into while I was out taking laps in the bike park, and ever since I've always been careful to make sure any tools or parts left in my vehicle are made as inconspicuous as possible. One benefit to the binder-style carrying case, as opposed to a dedicated toolbox, is that it's not going to immediately attract the attention of potential thieves – it's easy to cover up, and even if it's left out it looks more like a grade-school student's Trapper Keeper rather than a satchel full of shop-grade tools.

Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit review
A sharpened spoke will work in a pinch, but it's nice to have a dedicated pick for jobs like opening up the the end of a piece of derailleur housing, or popping the dust seal off a cartridge bearing.



Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesThe Team Edition Tool Kit is a bit of an investment, but the selection of shop-quality tools is excellent, and they're more than capable of being used for daily wrenching. It's an ideal road trip companion, or even as a starter kit to get a home shop up and running. Mike Kazimer









89 Comments

  • + 70
 This has no water bottle mount. No sale.
  • + 8
 Out of luck with a threaded BB, too.
  • + 10
 And it lacks super boost plus.
  • + 7
 No 26"? No buy.
  • + 0
 No snips?
  • + 3
 @richierocket: it has those
  • + 13
 Something about 28.99.
  • - 3
 I already have real tools.
  • - 22
flag spunkmtb (Jun 5, 2018 at 9:44) (Below Threshold)
 @P3N54: I'm curious. Did you look at the first photo? Did you read what Kazimer wrote? Also the two people who upvoted you are just as obtuse?????

Look at the 1st photo. There is a rather large external BB wrench literally staring at you as well as it being mentioned in the 1st sentence of the 3rd paragraph of the review.
  • + 10
 @spunkmtb: Clearly sarcasm is not your strong suit.
  • + 2
 @spunkmtb: yeah bud and where's the threaded headsetwrench Wink
  • - 3
 I bet its 29er for better rolling ability, or am I getting things mixed up??
  • + 11
 @Thustlewhumber: Yeah, been having a shitty day today. It started early. I guess the old saying goes don't text while drunk and don't take PB posts so seriously when pissed off Smile
  • + 0
 @P3N54: How do you figure? I see a BB tool with standard Shimano pattern.
  • + 1
 @elchivoloco: Ah, I peeps it now. Tanks!
  • + 23
 After a decade+ of race wrenching everything except 'bents and tandems at everything up to World Champs, every Feedback product I've had has become my go-to almost instantly. It's great kit, made by good dudes, and it lasts.
  • + 24
 My old man is a TV repair man. He has a bitch'n set of tools. We can fix it.
  • + 5
 you get an upvote from me cuz i'm old enough to get the reference
  • + 2
 @gtill9000: Mr. Hand is that you?
  • + 17
 Damn, nice. I tell myself, "if you stop drinking you can afford nice things, be healthy, and bicycle like your dreams" but nothing is enough incentive. Like I literally could have bought a new bike, and those tools by now. Nothing is enough incentive.
  • + 9
 Canadian liquor tax is straight crazy. Move down to the states and you'll be able to afford a bike and booze.
  • + 3
 @skerby: Ain't that the truth. You guys are giving away booze down there!
  • + 9
 @cky78: but then you'll get sued for something and you're back to square one lol
  • + 2
 @skerby: but then he won't have the fitness to ride the shiny new bike...
  • + 3
 Yeah, at the end of the day you just have to be smarter, and you won't have problems. I take full responsibility for not succeeding. If my dream is to bicycle, I'd do it, not contemplate, and waste money on liquor.
  • + 1
 @Tmackstab: True! I can confirm every scenario detailed in this thread as 100% fact, based on personal experience, and I don't even drink that much.
  • + 1
 @Kramz: hug it out - seems like there's more to what you're not saying vs. what you are... Reading between the lines and all. You ok dude?
  • + 8
 Bought this kit a while ago, I wanted to learn to fix shit myself. The tools included are really well made, and last.
Removed the pedal wrench, added quick link pliers, chain checker, needle nose, adjustable wrench, some hex t’s.
It’s perfect for road trips, or us wannabe home mechanics.
  • + 8
 18$ discount vs buying individually? Trash
  • - 4
flag LuvAZ (Jun 5, 2018 at 8:00) (Below Threshold)
 u calculated that all out??
  • + 5
 @LuvAZ: it's in the article...
  • + 1
 @dudee47: u read the article??....yup, my bad.
  • + 8
 250 bucks better include that stand
  • - 1
 Their repair stand isn't worth it, IMO. Unless they fixed it, if you have pedals on your bike (which you most probably do since it's a bike) they hit the vertical portion of the stand on each rotation. The head is too close. For the same dollars, I'll stick with my Park Tool PCS-10.
  • + 1
 @MessE46: mine doesn't do this
  • + 1
 I hate my Feedback Sports stand. It's about as rigid as a wet noodle, and super unstable as well.
  • + 2
 I love my pcs 10 @MessE46:
  • + 1
 @Mngnt: That's been my experience with them, along with one of my rep's experience. That's really the only complaint about the stand that I've come across. As for their tools (along with any other conpanies), it's all personal opinion. My kit consists of a mix of Park Tools, Pedro's, Lezyne, and Feedback (I think it also weighs about 45lbs, haha).
  • + 4
 Why include the three throwing star allen key tools when a simple set of L shaped keys will take.up less space and be a darn sight more useful? Those keys weren't any good when magazines gave them away free, I certainly wouldn't include them in my fancy tool kit.
  • + 10
 I've found them consistently useful, particularly working in tighter or less well laid out environments. They're easy to find, use and hold, and when made to high quality interface just as well as anything else.
  • + 9
 I do actually like to have a nice 3-4-5 Y-shaped allen key to work on bikes because most of the times it fits so I won't have to put one back to pick the other. I especially like to have it in the backpack, no need to fold it out when hands are frozen. But I agree you need a full set of L-shaped ones too when there is too little room, like for the saddle clamps. The 3-4-5 one would be the only one Iike. I especially don't see the point of the one with torx. T25 is the only torx head I see on a modern bike. Just have one T25 tool and you'll be good.

Either way, I think you're always going to find and miss stuff on a complete tool kit. That's what the spare loops are for. Some need a centerlock tool, 10mm allen key, crank puller, soft face hammer, others don't.

I do think the kit is nice though. My tool set is a wild collection of stuff collected over the years so I won't buy anything coherent anytime soon. But the sleeve itself is nice. I've got a Park Tool workstand (PCS10, I think) with a tool tray. But I don't know what the folks at Park were thinking, there is no way to rotate the cranks without the pedals smashing the tray. This one seems to stay nice and flat. Then again a tray allows you to temporarily put down small parts, bleeding kit etc. That's nice too.
  • + 6
 I find them very usefull as it saves lots of time changing between tools. Sure, they are a "90%" tool and don't work all the time but still worth it.
  • + 1
 @feeblesmith: Also good in race pits, especially in the cold, given there's a nice cross section to hold and you can use the same tool for multiple bolt sizes on the fly. This is obviously less relevant if you're not hanging out a car window at 60kph or in a CX pit with 3.5minutes to service and hand up a bike.
  • + 9
 @gibbon-on-an-orange, I'm a big fan of Y wrenches. When working in shops, I'd say the 4-5-6mm version was the tool that I used the most - like @feeblesmith said it means you don't need to keep turning back to the bench to swap tools. Plus, there's something about the way it fits in my hand - I typically prefer it over an L-shaped wrench.
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  • + 6
 @vinay: "But I don't know what the folks at Park were thinking, there is no way to rotate the cranks without the pedals smashing the tray."

I thought the same thing for the longest time, until I realized you can put the tool tray on the back side of the bar.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/15975979
  • + 3
 @mrleach: Thanks, just tried and it works! Definitely makes this stand so much more usable.
  • + 7
 agree with @mikekazimer .... I worked in shops for 10 years, and the Y-wrench was probably the #1 most commonly used tool. Especially back in the day when I was a shop rat, the y-wrench fit like 80% of the bolts that you regularly twisted on a bike. Probably still mostly true today.
  • + 2
 I was swapping handlebars on my fat bike last weekend and could see how having the Y tool would be beneficial as I was switching between the 4 and 5 of the stem, brake and shifter components.
  • + 1
 @mrleach: hmm that photo makes me want to get a pint glass and epoxy a thin metal plate to the bottom.
  • + 5
 And not a single one of those tools will adjust that stupidly & horribly placed @SramMedia Level brake reach adjustment allen head bolt.
  • + 3
 I recently purchased this as my light tool kit. I removed a few tools, and added a few. The tool I removed is the 10mm L wrench. I hardly ever use a 10mm. I replaced it with a 6mm pedal wrench. Other tools it's missing that I added are: 8mm and 10mm combination wrench, master link pliers, needle nose pliers, and adjustable crescent wrench. I have really enjoyed this as a light travel kit. Although, I think the price is a bit high. Also the cassette tool doesn't work with Eagle cassettes.
  • + 2
 Get a Pedro's Vice Whip, it's the best tool ever. I'll never touch another garbage chain whip or chain plier again.
  • + 7
 Looks like a Session....
  • + 2
 After 20+ years of using Park repair stands (& the odd homemade stand lol!) I bit the bullet and picked up a Feedback Sports Pro Elite repair stand last season. It's the best repair stand I've ever used! I will definitely be looking to pick this kit up for next season to replace the f*cking heavy (& some what organized) tool box I've been hauling around forever!
  • + 7
 Pedros.
  • + 16
 Vote for...
  • + 2
 I can't stand the pre-made toolkits. Take the time to learn what tools are actually worth anything and buy them individually. You'll put together a far superior kit, probably for less money.
  • + 1
 Pfff what kind of casual only spends 250 on a set of tools? You're in at least that for a pelican case, plus the thousand hours you have to take off from work to build proper holders for the tools, buy Abbey tools, then fill it with ti bolts. Any real tool kit is at least 2,000 usd and you're healthiest kidney.
  • + 5
 Got one, its great
  • + 3
 I'd just like the tool case please. Got all of that stuff banging around in a drawer...
  • + 1
 i second this
  • + 1
 @yetirich: THANKS MAN!
  • + 1
 This is a great starter and travel tool kit, and you can usually find a good deal on it online. Recently got mine for $180 ($70 less than the MSRP).
  • + 3
 250$
uhmm...
  • + 8
 It's tools, get used to paying for good stuff.
  • + 1
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: Park Tools T-Handle are like 70 bucks, Craftsmen are $20 at Sears, this kit is not worth $250. @ka81 Only an $18 savings vs individual purchase.
  • + 1
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: i like paying for good stuff; but if you want me to buy a complete kit, 15-20% of which I don't really care about; you better give me more than $18 incentive.

Also, I hope feedback makes the pouch available by itself. I would buy the pouch and a few of their tools a-la-carte in a heartbeat and would be fine paying full price for exactly what I want; rather than getting a pathetic discount on a bunch of extras i don't need.
  • + 1
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: do you at least realize that these tools are just the same as thousands of others?


Victims of marketing...
  • + 1
 @ka81: Let's just say I'd rather have Snap-on than Mastercraft...
  • + 0
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: snap on is top notch stuff, but the high end mastercraft stuff is pretty good, and had a lifetime warranty.
  • + 1
 @spaceofades: when talking to the feedback reps about this kit, I asked who it was made by .... The rep said that they tried to source the best manufacturers and though they are not allowed to advertise it as such, the manufacturer rhymes with Scrap-Awn ????
  • + 1
 Use these tools at my shop with a few changes but absolutely love the kit..
  • + 2
 Just what I need 3 more screwdrivers. and some questionable allen combos.
  • + 1
 Obviously not. Can’t even wipe my own a** so let alone work on a bike...
  • + 1
 Adventure Tool roll for some is the better buy as fat as storage
  • + 2
 No missing link tool?
  • + 1
 I always tighten Shimano cranks cap by hand. Work in a pinch
  • - 1
 No beer opener ... fail
  • + 43
 There are at least 12 in there. Technique not technology.
  • + 18
 human life is not complete until one learns how to use basically anything as beer opener.
  • + 7
 If you can't open a beer without a beer opener, you're not a mechanic.
  • - 2
 Good beer is all in cans these days. Beer bottles are going the way of 142 and 26" wheels.
  • + 1
 @jefe: vade retro satanas
  • + 1
 www.feedbacksports.com/shop/bottle-service-bottle-opener

Maybe not in the kit itself but they do offer a pretty cool one in combination with their stands.
  • + 1
 You are obviously not a mechanic!
  • + 2
 @BenPea: and the rest of you jumping on the "he cannot open a beer band wagon" Im talking a specific beer opener like park tools have, its nice to have... its personalizing the set saying hey, have a beer after/during fixing your bike Smile

I can open a beer with a beer, pedals, spinning wheel & spokes, screw drivers, teeth etc... its not hard Wink
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