Wolf Tooth Rotor Tool - Review

Nov 12, 2015
by Richard Cunningham  

Wolf Tooth Components makes a wide range of performance items, the most popular being their booster cassette cogs, Drop Stop narrow-wide chainrings, and Goat Link extension segments that adapt Shimano 10 and 11-speed rear derailleurs shift 42 to 45-tooth cassettes. Today, we review a much simpler item, but one that is quite handy nonetheless. Wolf Tooth's 32-gram aluminum brake rotor straightener has a bottle opener opposite its business end, and is profiled so as to avoid any sharp edges or corners which might do harm to a falling rider or to the neighboring contents in his or her tool bag. (That was a long sentence, but I wanted to sum up the description and get on with it.) You can purchase one of these fine tools directly from Wolf Tooth, or at better retailers, worldwide for $19.90 USD - anodized in one of seven colors, no less.
Wolf Tooth Components

Wolf Tooth Components Rotor Straightening Tool 2015
Wolf Tooth's disc brake rotor tool won't scratch up your discs and it makes easy work of getting the wobble out of them.


On the Trail

Sure you can use any old adjustable spanner wrench to straighten out a wiggly rotor, but would you stuff that oily anchor-weight into your hydration pack or the pockets of your Specialized Power Panties and take it along for a ride? Hardly. Which is why Wolf Tooth's rotor tool is so awesome. It is so light and thin that you'll forget that you brought it along - until you hear that horrible scha-wing, scha-wing, scha-winnging sound that announces you have just trashed your rotor. That's when you'll whip it out and show that trail bike your Wolf Tooth anodized wand magic. Spin the wheel, identify the source of those wiggles, and start tweaking rotor. In a minute or two, you will be riding a happy, and silent-rolling bike.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesWolf Tooth's rotor straightener is a great tool, and the twenty bucks will seem well spent after your first trailside rotor save. It's like having a good spoke wrench tucked away - you rarely need it, but when you do, a pro-quality tool can make the difference between forest frustration or a quick-fix moment. And, it opens beers. - RC





141 Comments

  • + 176
 I believe you forgot to review the most important part of this tool…
  • + 61
 yah,does the bottle opener work?
  • + 53
 Can confirm.
  • + 99
 The best part is that on their website it's called a bottle opener with a rotor truing slot. They know what the people want
  • + 13
 hmmm, something a cresent wrench can do,mm hmmm 20$ ?> hmmm
  • + 14
 I have the park one, for whatever reason it works a lot better than a crescent wrench
  • + 9
 The park tool has two slots which let you straighten smaller or larger sections of the disc. Plus it feels really nice to use and gets the job done much faster (important for workshops and whatnot).
  • + 48
 Plus it hurts more when you huck it at a customer that's pissing you off.
  • + 14
 It would end up warping the rotor, from using the beer side tool first.
  • + 3
 @Bronco82 I'll drink to that!
  • + 8
 @phobospwns unless my calculations are off you sent that message at 8:30 AM. It sounds like you are off to a pretty rad Friday!
  • + 1
 Crescent wrench works, but this is more convenient and easier to have with you then a wrench in your bag or pocket; especially when your out riding and you strike a rock pretty damn hard. Simple, light, convenient, and crack a beer while your at it. It won't brake my bank, Sure, I'll get one...
  • + 2
 I just stick one of my tools with some leverage into the cooling holes of the rotor and use that to bend it back...this way I do not scratch the surface where the brake pads make contact
  • + 2
 You might as well take a piece of plexiglass and cut a slit in it, saving yourself 18 bucks..
  • + 2
 i just dont smash i rotor
  • + 83
 Organic pads, Chris King and Hope hubs, Continental Trail King 2.4 tires. My rotors can look like a sinusoid and I still cant hear them.
  • + 38
 + for quality bike related use of "sinusoid". Well played.
  • + 2
 Also worth noting: Hayes V-Series Rotors (MSRP $20-30) in my experience kill Avid brake noise better than anything else.
  • + 35
 Chucking your avids in the bin will do a better job Wink
  • - 1
 The new centerline rotors are pretty good too.
  • + 1
 I have no problem with my codes I've swapped the stock washers for a straight spacer and the haven't made a noise since.
  • + 80
 If you can't open a beer without opener you don't deserve a beer.
  • + 8
 lighter lift the lid
  • + 12
 just use your teeth
  • + 13
 Just use your spd pedals.
  • + 4
 Can confirm that SPD (proper) pedals make excellent bottle openers
  • + 2
 Use your engagement/wedding ring do the trick aswell, even though your partner may not like it. It works as well as any other opener Wink
  • + 19
 Wedding ring also works, only thing it's useful for
  • + 13
 use your rotor..
  • + 17
 ...and then the rotor tool
  • + 0
 Use your gf
  • + 6
 Oskar Blues comes in cans... ya don't want to be carrying glass in the hydration pack anyway
  • + 5
 The best opener what i saw it was several years ago on a train from Rome: the husband asked a beer from his wife, she take the glass, opened with her teeths, and give the beer to his man.
  • + 6
 Your whole bike is a bottle opener, you should be able to drain a 12 pack without ever using the same part twice.
  • + 27
 I love Wolf Tooth Components! They really care about their customers, and their products are top quality. I once emailed someone there about losing my WTC koozie (the fact I lost it is needless to say considering its a "koozie"). 3-4 months later I ordered a NW chain ring for another bike, and WTC remembered me as a customer and sent the koozie complimentary to my order.
  • + 7
 Yeah they send those with every NW chain ring order....












J/k they're great.
  • + 29
 I'm going to take an abrasive blade and cut a slot in every tool I own.
  • + 20
 Fuck brakes
  • + 49
 Brakes?!?!? What you mean is the pussy levers.
  • + 26
 On our side of the pond, we like to refer to them as coward levers. It is nice to learn the correct terminology per region which will allow for quicker integration when biking overseas. It means I am a coward in the UK and a pussy in the US Frown .
  • + 2
 How am i supposed to do skids then?
  • + 16
 sideways
  • + 1
 A bathroom break?! Ain't nobody got time fo dat.
  • + 6
 Bathroom break??? I pull my shorts to one side and let the old boy hang out
  • + 6
 chester uses his schlong to fix EVERYTHING
  • + 1
 "Bitch levers" is pretty multi-cultural.
  • + 5
 'Chicken Sticks'
  • - 1
 Try not skidding and get some skills and ride like the wind
  • + 3
 "Skidding a bike is the fountain of youth." -Davey Crockett
  • + 2
 Skid by pinning it through a flat or root-filled turn. No need to use brakes for that feeling. Yeeep
  • + 3
 Nice one bud,made me laugh out loud!!! Cheers
  • + 1
 Chicken stick is the best.
  • + 17
 But does it come in carbon?!
  • + 2
 That is the REAL question for certain.
  • + 7
 Weight...too Much for those who dont drink beer
Where does the batteries Goes?
Is it boost compatible?
Surely not enduro specific...or Is it?
Press fit or threaded?
Can it be clipped in?
  • + 13
 hand and glove.
  • + 14
 thats too cheap and simple for a sport like this. we arnt cavemen anymore.
  • + 3
 Successfully done it this way a number of times with near perfect results. I'm not sure why I'd spend money on a tool.
  • + 4
 @Aryan604 speak for yourself! some of us still perform the finest of trail repairs with nearby blunt and weighty implements
  • + 2
 Yup, never yet had a bent rotor I couldn't fix with bare hands, to trailside quality at least.
  • + 1
 Yep, or if it's bad a stick or long allen key leveraged up against the spokes or rotor itself
  • + 1
 @side shown you've never linked a rotor then.
  • + 1
 Obviously not, what do you mean by linked?
  • + 1
 Sorry that should have said kinked not linked.
  • + 10
 For the same money, you can take a spare disc in your backpack....
  • + 7
 Someone must have opened a beer trail-side using nothing more than their brake rotors. Hence the "invention" of this unlikely contraption.
  • + 6
 If I was disparaging about this product or the way it was marketed, would you delete the comment Pinkbike?
#chestergate
  • + 3
 We know the answer to that. Free speech is dead. Welcome to the crazy world of political correctness. You are allowed to have a opinion, but must keep it to yourself or face the consequences. I weep for the future generations of humans.
#chestergate
  • + 4
 You know it bud.. Keep it real. Cheers
  • + 4
 I actually have the Pricepoint house brand and it was like $8 and works just fine. It doesn't open bottles of beer though...

www.pricepoint.com/Brand/Titan/Titan-Rotor-Flattening-Tool.axd
  • + 2
 This company rocks!!!! The CEO actually wrote me a personal letter once. This was in response to hearing through an unbeknownst link from my wife's moms, friend from college that i thought "Wolfe Tooth is the SH*T!" after converting to their 1x system. The CEO sent me a shirt, sticker, and rotor tool. Great and personable family, and great products!!

Fortunately, I haven't had to use the tool yet for my brakes but it does a damn great job at opening beers and it's SUPER light. I have no worries about using it as a rotor tool though, solid and strong.
  • + 4
 I would buy it for my garage, however why I need that on the trail?
that is not common bike fault, so once in awhile you can use hands.
  • + 2
 I think for the weight it would be cool to use that dead space and cut some spoke wrenches in also and maybe even a 15mm. If I'm throwing it in my on the go bag I would prefer it to have a couple of uses. Sure it is handy to have a rotor tool when needed but have rarely needed one on the fly. Looks like a well made tool and opening beers is a fun step towards drinking them, however personally I would love to see a bit more versatility for something I will pack as a trailside tool.
  • + 2
 nuttin new....

had the Wolf for a while now. use it more for beer than tuning a rotor... as you can see, I'm well equipped in that dept


www.pinkbike.com/photo/12889378
  • + 3
 That kit looks like something they'd use in Guantanamo
  • + 1
 bruh.....doods still use Hemos? That's rad....used to be part of my daily kit. 30 years ago.
  • + 3
 If it wasn't for the beer opener this tool would be useless. :-P
Everybody has an adjustable spanner (here we call it English Wrench).
  • + 1
 How well can you take the bend out with this tool. I tried fixxing a bent disc with pliers before and it didn't work at all. Would have been nice if you would have smacked the rotor with a hammer to see if the tool actually works well.
  • + 3
 If you can't open a bottle using you bike, you are probably not smart enough to use an ordinary bottleopener. Spinn a wheel. Put bottlecap inte spokes. POP! Drink. Repeat.
  • + 1
 or ya know... i could keep my wheel trued and use my pedals, bar ends, or brake levers. However if you can't, for the life of you figure out how to open a beer on a bike, then you probably can't true your rotors
  • + 1
 you can just use your fingers or a adjustable wrench. Mcgiver would be dissapointed in any consumerist fool who buys one of these. i cant even believe that this has garnered a review. LOL
  • + 1
 You can true an Ice-tec rotor better by hand. Just take a small spray bottle of 90% Isopro alcohol with you, It works a as a rotor cleaner goggle/glasses cleaner/defogger and an antiseptic. save tha $ 4 beer, you're welcome.
  • + 2
 I've got these useful things that can bend back a rotor and perform all kinds of trail side fixes. They're called HANDS!!! FFS
  • + 1
 Haha nice one bud for keeping it real,too much 'head' goiing on for these guys. Cheers
  • + 1
 More puppy than wolf I'd say.. Its a no from me,I am far to resourceful to need your product. Before I knew its purpose,I thought it was a tool for measuring rotor wear when your drunk..more fool me Haha!
  • + 4
 Awesome tool!! And it comes with a brake rotor adjuster!!!
  • + 2
 If you can't get your rotor straight enough then your other solution is to get drunk so you just don't care anymore
  • + 1
 Cute. Or carry a multi-tool w/ pliers.
Infinitely more useful, and who cares about possibly scratching your rotor w/ the teeth on the plier jaws, cause I don't.
Bout that.
  • + 1
 wow is hued pver og am not sire if you woodnt want alot if the gorber og sick cool fesures though maybe in e few to 5 yers later if not supe but still gud idea
  • + 1
 I bring along my mate to straighten my rotors, fix my bike AND he can open beers. Huge weight saving because I don't have to carry him.
  • + 3
 I'm so badass I can twist my beer bottle caps off...
  • + 2
 I'll make one of these for whoever wants em. Probably cost 3 bucks in materials. I'll cut out a bottle opener too!
  • + 2
 People refer to rotor truing tools as "wizard sticks" for good reason . . .
  • + 1
 I believe you guys were were using this tool the wrong way around

"Wolf Tooth's 32-gram aluminum brake rotor straightener has a bottle opener opposite its business end"
  • + 0
 what an utter load of crap! It seems people cash in on stupidity these days. Cut a notch in a bit of plate, wack in a bottle opener and charge 20 dollars. You have to be joking!
  • + 2
 Why would I need this tool if I can straighten a rotor with… you know, my hands?
  • + 1
 Your hands excrete human oil and that "Oil" can affect the surface of the rotor making it less bitey and its a pain to clean them
  • + 2
 Point taken, but you can always use gloves.
  • + 2
 I would like to see someone like wolf tooth make a tool that is similar to the rim 'rench that Morningstar made.
  • + 2
 $20,nice
i think i paid $9 for its full size cousin
  • + 2
 Still no pics of the tool opening a beer..... or six!
  • + 2
 I remember my first beer!
  • + 2
 Meh. Needs a roach clip.
  • + 1
 All I could think of was Mike Myers and Dana Carvey producing a home-made TV show in their basement...
  • + 2
 never saw a trailside rotor save: guess i need to ride more
  • + 1
 ....Or crash moreWink I've never needed one of these on the trail either, but then again I seldom crash.
  • + 2
 Open your beer bottles on your chainring! -Some Joey
  • + 2
 is there an enduro version?
  • + 1
 Just use a much more useful crescent wrench people..
  • + 1
 Pfft. Both ends of this tool are redundant. Real men use their teeth.
  • + 1
 "Specialized Power Panties"

That cracked me right up.
  • + 1
 Another overpriced, unnecessary product.
  • + 1
 I need another bottle opener ! @BMASS
  • + 2
 Needs Speed-Holes.
  • + 1
 Not made for Hope Vented, obviously.
  • + 1
 This is worth it only because it is just $20, any more and it is pointless
  • + 1
 i have a wolf N/W chairing. 2 years, still rocking! great product
  • + 2
 Genius.
  • + 1
 you can use an adjustable to do the same thing....
  • + 1
 I guess a crescent wrench is to obvious a fix
  • + 1
 Enduro version ?
  • + 11
 With Wine opener?
  • + 1
 what about a boost version?
  • - 2
 I have run discs for 15 years and never bent a rotor. I have likewise never seen a bent rotor on a mates bike either. How do you do it?!
  • + 7
 Rock gardens ands skinnies
  • + 2
 Ride anywhere that has proper rocks?
  • + 4
 GF managed it.... But then she is Enduro...
  • + 1
 I managed it... I was packing my camera back into my back on trailside. Picked the bike up turned 180 dropped the bike (intending to jump on) KLANG... I'd dropped the bike onto the a rock at rotor height!
  • + 1
 Good old times riding skinnies and bending discs and breaking derailleurs on a monthly base. Those skinnies were so much fun it was kind of worth the damage on your bike.
  • + 2
 Switched to v-brakes and single speed after a while though.
  • + 1
 my favorite tool!
  • + 0
 If you can not fix a rotor with a hammer what's this world becoming
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