Unior Tools - Eurobike 2017

Aug 30, 2017
by Paul Aston  
Eurobike 2017


Unior Tools still make everything in-house in Slovenia and, with the help of their downhill racing team and mechanics, they continue to create tools to help out privateers and professionals alike. The 'other' blue tool brand now has their entire range available in red for our American counterparts, as blue is already taken in the US.


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The first new tool we spotted was the Hub Genie. Fed up of clamping your beautifully machined and expensive hubs in a vice or attacking them with pliers to remove them? Simply insert the tool and turn the handle to expand the body. The expanding tool grips the end-caps from the inside. Give it a tug to remove the end-cap.

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The Hub Genie's are available for 12/15mm axles and 20mm axles, costing €29.99 and €34.99 respectively.

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Professional wheel builder or World Cup downhill mechanic? You probably get bored of building wheels. To expedite the process, Unior has these spoke nipple drivers to fit your favorite power drill.

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I think we have all done this once - bang your pedal into a rock and pull the threads out of an alloy crankset, then assume they are ready for the bin. This Crank Saver can be used to install a helicoil into the cranks, give a new thread and a second chance at life for your crankset. €199 including all the replacement coils you could ever need.

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Nothing that hasn't been done before, this graded brake piston spreader also is combined with a slot for straightening rotors.

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This is the first of a two part bicycle maintenance book commissioned by Unior and created by Denise Belzil. With step by step instruction and detailed photos, this edition covers everything you should ever need to know about maintaining hubs, bottom brackets and headsets, and it costs €30.

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It seems like all the World Cup race mechanics have a tool box like this; organized and robust enough to last multiple seasons of wrenching and airplane travel. There is a road and mountain bike specific kit that include 48 tools for €799. The case is also available without tools for €239.

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What self-respecting rider doesn't want their garage to look something like this?

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Hmm, foamy.
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Hmm, soft close

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Unior also have a new range of multi-tools ranging from 6 to 17 pieces, priced between €17.99 and €42.99.



58 Comments

  • + 33
 This makes me randy...
  • + 13
 I was just going to say the same thing! I need that brake pad/disk tool.
  • + 5
 @spinko: yeah I'm tired of making my own with broken tire levers... ha
  • + 3
 that would be my pleasure room...
  • + 8
 239Euros for an empty case! AND unless there is something special in the box. (I can only see a rubber hammer) 800Euros appears to be bloody expensive for nothing particularly special i.e. a bunch of Allen keys, pliers, some spanners, a few screw drivers, cable cutters, chain tool, a rubber hammer, a piston retraction tool and some other minor bits.

I guess they've looked at what Park tools extortionate prices!

I've built-up my tool set from the Automotive world = fraction of the cost if you stay away from Snap-on etc.
  • + 2
 yeah but the tools are lower quality. I've done the same before, and my toolbox is still far from where I want it as far as quality. Build your own on Amazon or other sites, and order bike specific stuff through your local shop and you'll have a bunch of high quality tools for less money. Although I don't think 800 is a ripoff, maybe the price for the box but I bet that's quality too.
  • + 6
 yeas Big Grin there are so few Tools that truely cycling specific.

wrenches and pliers = knippex
allenkeys and torquewrenches = Hazet
Sockets =proxxon

same Price (and sometimes cheaper) but far far better Quality.
  • + 5
 I so agree! Buy the specialist bike tools you need (e.g. chain breaker, bottom bracket tools, cassete tools, etc), then buy the rest of your tools from your local auto store. a spanner is a spanner, regardless if it says Park Tool co or Bahco.
  • + 5
 @potatomasher: you may or may not use tools for a living, I do and there is a difference. Luckily general bike repairs don't require big heavy tools that we need to pack every time we go for a ride.
  • + 5
 @j7mb: This is something someone that doesn't use tools 8-10hrs a day for a living will ever understand.

I showed up at my first apprenticeship with craftsmen tools. As time went on and I had borrowed a tool here and there, I could tell the difference between Craftsmen and Matco,Mac, Snap-On.
  • + 6
 @j7mb: I made a living for 7 years on the tools, doing maintenance in power stations (I’m still working in the industry, just not on the tools). I admit there is a difference, and obviously bargain bin tools are crap, but in my experience mid-price tools function just as well as the expensive ones. the only exception to this is measuring equipment - buy the best you can afford. The point I was trying to make is that your basic tool kit doesn’t need to be made up of expensive bike brand tools.
  • + 2
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: buy for quality - not for the brandname.
  • + 1
 @trialsracer: no chance in hell are auto/heavy machinery/ machinist/ any tradseman tools lower quality then the bullshit park tool puts out! Notice how world cup mechanics use things like knippex, Klein etc. I'll be shittred if my Klein cable cutters don't outlast a set of parks.

The only stuff we're screwed on is the real bike specific nitty gritty, bb tools, cassette and whip etc.
  • + 2
 Bitul.pl and you'll have bombproof bike tools for very good price. Check them out.
  • + 1
 For most tools, the lower end, consumer grade stuff is just fine. Chainwhip, cassette tool, bb tool, pedal spanner even. It should last you for decades. Plus of course if you've been riding for decades, you probably have needed a different bb tool because standards have changed, not because the old one wore out. And maybe in ten years from now we'll all be riding with Pinion or Effigear anyway, who knows Wink .

But don't skim on the stuff you need regularly and/or that needs to be very accurate. Allen keys (and T25), spoke key. You'll use it a lot and it will wear out your expensive gear quickly if it doesn't fit. Maybe even take your measurement caliper along when you go shopping and double check that everything is accurate. I once bought an allen key set from the hardware store that was "pro" quality from a big brand for serious money. Measured it at home and the 2.5mm allen key turned out to be 2.3mm. They probably messed up a whole batch there. So I went back and got a replacement (that was accurate). But you need to check. Don't just use it on your expensive bike components and complain about the bolts to be too soft.
  • + 1
 Does anyone know where I can get a similar but slightly cheaper version of that tool box/case without tools in Netherlands/UK/Europe? I've been looking for something like that with panels that fold to the outside but can't find anything for a reasonable price.
  • + 1
 @JorisW: You may like to have a look at Powerplustools.nl.
  • + 1
 Ktm dealerships have the best tools. Nothing cheap, mostly affordable and all far more appropriate for mountain and road bikes than most automotive tool sets.
  • + 9
 Saying "hmm" instead of "mmm" makes it sound like you're thinking or maybe pooping.
  • + 1
 Mmmm chocolate...
  • + 1
 We "hmmm" too here (hi @kikouman)
  • + 1
 Maybe a mix of satisfying "mmm" and full on vinegar stroke "HRRRRRNG" ?
  • + 2
 I would probably pay that for the case and tools. That's more than a similarly sized pelican case, but looking around buying tools separately at the same quality the price breaks about even. This would save a lot of time putting it all together on your own and everything would match. That and red handles!!! I'm down.
  • + 2
 nice bikes are easy to work on, but its when you're dealing with neglected pieces of shit with seized bolts made of cheap steel that you really need good quality tools, having worked in a bike workshop.
  • + 3
 Make no mistake, Unior is considerably better quality than Park, but yeah you'd need to be braindead to buy that tool kit in a case for that money. I NEED that book though.
  • + 2
 I love how the book is specifically about hubs, BBs, and headsets but the cover photo is of a pedal & pedal wrench.
  • + 1
 Expensive tools are worth the bucks $$. I wouldn't even consider Park Tool very high end in the world of tools in general. If you really want to go down the rabbit hole, Try Stahlwille or Wiha. The finishes and grips on their tools (although they are not bike specific) is better than anything out there.
  • + 1
 Hazet ftw
  • + 4
 I use alot of Unior tools in the workshop and they are really great, strong quality!
  • + 4
 How much for the whole booth, tools included?
  • + 1
 How much can you spend? 1 meter of that table costs 1000 euros. So do the math.
  • + 3
 I have a small selection of Unior tools and love them. The bearing press is a highlight with the quick release handle. A+
  • + 3
 What is the article number for ordering for plastic box for tools?

Thank you
  • + 0
 Anyone who buys that tool set is pulling down their pants and bending over! As previously mentioned there are far better tools for less money.

Pliers and Cutters: Knipex
Hex keys / Torx: Wiha
Sockets/Spanners: Bahco

You could buy a complete set with a decent tool box for well about €400!
  • + 2
 You won't get knipex for unior money. Bahco are not what they used to be and their sockets aren't fantastic. Unior are a very good tool manufacturer in their own right. Whilst not quite up to the standard of the best german brands, they aren't just a bike tools company. Don't get me wrong, I'd sooner have Hazet, Gedore or Stahlwille but they ain't bad!
  • + 1
 Mmm hub genie need both sizes that's a lot of pizza. Buy two shield anchors for 10% of the cost, job done, pizza beer and maybe some rum too.
  • + 2
 there are bearing pullers to attach to a sliding hammer that work just the same way. a set that can do 10-35 mm inner Diameter with the gliding hammer for less than 30 euros
  • + 2
 @Luneec:

Yeah I know but I'm always on the lookout for cheap.

www.toolstation.com/shop/Screws+%26+Fixings/d90/Shield+Anchors/sd2792/Fischer+Sleeve+Anchor+FSA/p14030

these are cheap as and are great fro hub end caps and small bearings,
  • + 2
 When will the graded brake piston spreader/straightening rotors tool be available to buy? Great idea...
  • + 3
 slotted nipple drivers FTW!
  • + 1
 Bring out a proper bearing removal/installation toolbox that fit every bearing type out there.
  • + 1
 cool tool box. I like the use of space in the box. and that foam. Any ideas where to buy similar foam in UK ?
  • + 2
 Doesn't Park Tool have the color blue copy-written?
  • + 6
 only in the US
  • + 3
 You know it. They sell orange and red versions in the USA, we get the blue ones though.
  • + 2
 Most excited about the foam.
  • + 1
 This is the true pornographic thing to every rider!
  • + 1
 #morefoammorefun #Spank #Unior
  • + 0
 Helicoil sets dont come in the same fancy packaging, but 200 euros? Jesus.
  • + 2
 Looks like they are timeserts to me but it could be the photo, time sert stuff is mega expensive, at least in the uk it is.
  • + 0
 DROOL!!!! so much want Smile
  • + 0
 poor mans park tool?
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