Abbey Bike Tools Announces 3 New Shop Quality Tools

May 20, 2020 at 11:25
by Mike Kazimer  
If you've been spending evenings ogling the toolbox setups of World Cup mechanics there's a good chance you're familiar with Abbey Tools. Based in Bend, Oregon, the small company's reputation grew on the race circuit, and in the last decade they've developed a strong fan base of professional and amateur mechanics alike. They recently added three new tools to their lineup, and while a pedal wrench, a hammer, and a dishing tool may not set everyone's hearts aflutter, for the tool nerds out there these are well worth a look.
• 18" (45.7cm) overall length
• 15mm open end
• 6/8 swivel hex
• $120 USD
• Available May 26th

bigquotesThe first tool is a new pedal wrench. We added an extra 2" of length to these for added leverage. The unique 6 and 8 hex bit on the end of the wrench carries over as do the classic wooden handles. These three tools make it perfect for the shop as they will work with all pedals for modern bikes. Made from a through hardened tool steel and are finished in black cerakote to provide a durable option in the shop.

• 12" (30.5cm) overall length
• 20 ounces, 567 grams
• Heat treated stainless steel construction
• Replaceable tips
• $100 USD
• Shipping now

bigquotesNext up is a new hammer. We have used these custom made hammers in our shop for a few years and decided to make these available to the public at the request of our ambassador crew. These hammers use a 1.5" replaceable tip available in a "tough" plastic or brass. These hammers maintain the compact length of our titanium hammer which makes it great for using around modern bikes. It packs enough weight to move stubborn parts though, like that press fit bottom bracket that really wants to keep creaking in your frame. The all metal construction is topped off with an ESI silicone grip.

• Stand off feet included
• Compatible with all axle and rim widths
• Now shipping
• $250 USD

bigquotesThe final tool isn't brand new but is finally a reality. In March of 2019 we showed off the Harbor Gauge dishing tool. These tools feature a full billet aluminum construction and are compatible with wheels from 20 to 29 inches. They also come with stand off feet for checking dish with tires installed. Compatible with all hub fitments and rim widths.

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  • 282 4
 At these price levels, Abbey's marketing team should describe their products like winemakers do:

"This fine wrench with notes of hickory, crafted for a king's mechanics court will tantalize the palm"

"Every tap with this finely crafted hammer emits a faint but pleasing scent of lavender..."

"Upon inspection of its sinuous lines, the dishing tool will inspire awe and wonderment as the wheelbuilder ponders the sweet myriad symmetries of a 3-cross spoke pattern"
  • 12 2
 Dude that's awesome... notes of hickory... Smile Smile Smile
  • 67 101
flag shameless0tool (May 20, 2020 at 11:46) (Below Threshold)
 Oh look everyone, it's someone that's never operated a mill or made something in his life, complaining about how much it costs to buy made in America.... The fact is that we're all spoiled from buying cheap things made overseas where labor and environmental laws just don't exist. Frankly, I wish more people understood why it makes so much sense to buy things locally.
  • 36 23
 @shameless0tool: You really think that these prices come from labour costs or environmental laws?
Even if they produced for twice the price of an asian manufacturer, it's still 5 times too expensive.
  • 9 1
 @chrod LOL. I usually find the comments about pricing of bike stuff annoying but in this are 100% correct sir!
  • 6 2
 American made tool, American prices....
  • 22 0
 @shameless0tool: be honest with yourself, these are niche, luxury goods, they are not intended replacements for run of the mill tools and pricing is likely down to a combination of quality, material cost and economies of scale, how much of this stuff do you think they sell, It has to be expensive and would be if made overseas (maybe not as much I admit but still)

Just don’t try to make out to people it’s expensive because Murica. You can buy domestic product at sensible prices, here in the UK in the bike world we have Hope, Works comp, Superstar etc for example.
  • 23 3
 @shameless0tool: too everyone down voting for shameless0tool comment he knows what hes talking about. As a machinist who has worked with him on making bike tools we can say first hand making stuff in america isnt cheap. yea these prices are high but this is what it cost. These are crazy high volume number parts. these are small batches of high end stuff. go ahead and talk to you local anodizer and see what that cost if you want an idea on a small portion of the cost that go into these type of things.
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flag shameless0tool (May 20, 2020 at 13:49) (Below Threshold)
 @bashhard: it’s spelled labor good sir ???? and there’s a myriad of reasons, I just called out a couple of the big ones. But if you knew what you were talking about you wouldn’t be comparing a forged hammer price with a tig welded piece of Craftsmanship. Apples to oranges my dude.
  • 14 2
 @justanotherusername: hopes a great example of a product made in house, and a great brand to boot, but you’re not getting a pair of tech 3V4s for much less than $225 per wheel in the states. Baring any annual sales it’s just what it is, if you want a high quality product, you have to pay for it. Personally I have a toolbox filled with Abbey and other high quality tools, it’s simply what I prefer to spend my money on, I’m not knocking anyone that can’t justify it for themselves, just people that don’t understand simple economics and why things cost what they do. It has to do with people being spoiled from buying cheap, foreign made, mass produced and generally inferior products.
  • 33 9
 @shameless0tool: Man, you can see I'm from germany and you complain about my spelling (which is actually just correct british english)? Come on.
And who says that asian manufacturing means it's forged?
They have all the ressources nowadays to produce products of the same quality as americans.
And are still wayyy cheaper
  • 38 2
 @bashhard: don’t take it personally, Americans have been murdering the English language forever.
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flag shameless0tool (May 20, 2020 at 14:27) (Below Threshold)
 @bashhard: lighten up buttercup, I meant to put a Wink in there, but somehow pinkbike just Igave me a bunch of question marks instead... idk, but to the point, you're calling the abbey hammer 5 times over priced right? so find me a hammer that isn't forged for $20 or less? for $20 all you can get is a forged hammer, no matter where its made.
  • 16 7
 @shameless0tool: You do realise you are arguing about a hammer, right?
Who gives a shit if it’s forged or not, most just mash things with one anyway.
  • 10 2
I disagree with your statement
A soft or dead-blow hammer doesn't cost $120 cuz it's American made. Economy of scale works in the U.S. just like it does everywhere else. These guys say their tools are 'custom made', so maybe instead of sending 100's of wrenches to the cerakoter, they only send 10 at a time. Maybe one guy makes the wood handles out of a 4" block of wood using a chisel and sand paper. Maybe the same guy makes the whole tool, one at a time. Doesn't need to be done that way however. Certainly not because it's made in the US
High quality American made products are sold every day at reasonable pricing.look at Rokform phone mounts and cases for example. Heck, Snap-On hand tools are still predominantly made in Milwaukee.
Shit, BMW manufactures cars in South Carolina, and most of the Japanese auto manufacturers have plants here in the US-not to mention the 'Big Three(yes, I'm aware Chrysler is owned by Fix-It-Again-Tony)', who, despite Clinton's best efforts, STILL manufacture cars and trucks right here in the USA, at prices commensurate with other vehicles manufactured all over the rest of the world
  • 1 1
 They should just change their name to "Say Aaaah-bbey", as in what a dentist would tell before vandalizing your mouth. And the procedure is equally expensive.
  • 3 1
 @shameless0tool: yadda yadda yadda Rapha, yadda yadda yadda Fi:Zi:K.
  • 1 1
 @ktm87: At least spell check your comment so it proves its point...
  • 5 0
 @shameless0tool: dude, you’re riding an Asia trip made Ti frame while living in SacTown, which is kinda the nexus of made in America quality bike manufacture...
  • 1 0
 @femto505: Tell that to my German cars or Swiss watches.....
  • 1 0
 Looks proper for a bar or pub too. Not only bike shops.
  • 4 0
 @ktm87: Nothing like using quality tools as well. I pay a little extra for the craftsmanship and the pleasure of a nice weighted spanner or hammer. No complaints from me
  • 3 0
 @YoKev: @YoKev: this is a very niche market tho. they arent making batches of hundred and hundreds of parts. ive made custom hammers before and even at batch of a 100 i have to sell them for over $100 to make any profit. also i have a couple snap on dead blows that were over $120. They are a company and they need to make money to keep going. Im not saying they arent expensive or there isnt anything they could do to bring the price down. some of their stuff i do think its high but overall looking at the parts it seems inline.
  • 2 1
 @shameless0tool: do you really want to compare a hydraulic dual piston brake system with a pedal wrench plus a hammer? Because those prices are about equal....
  • 2 1
 @shameless0tool: tell me more about .us labor and environmental laws Big Grin

Fact is you are exhibiting symptoms of country-of-origin effect Wink
  • 48 5
 Imagine being more overpriced than Snap-On. Cool tools, but the prices are downright stupid.
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flag femto505 (May 20, 2020 at 12:25) (Below Threshold)
 these tools are not made in China
  • 3 5
 @femto505: yes...and that is why they r good quality... Think of them as a modern day Snap-On tool!
  • 13 1
 @femto505: Snap-On hand tools are made in the USA as well...
  • 11 1
 I work in a shop all day every day and have never once thought to myself, "You know what would really bring this place to the next level? A hundred dollar f*cking hammer."

The crombie kicks ass and is definitely worth the money but you're on drugs if you think that hammer hammers any better than the $12 fiberglass handle mallet that's been wailing on shit in here for over a decade.
  • 5 0
 @fullfacemike: I agree with you on all counts.....that being said, my wife gifted me the titanium Abby Team Hammer for Christmas and it is BAR NONE the absolutely coolest thing in the world if only for it's luxury. Everytime I get it out I get to tell the customer "this fix requires a $180 hammer..." Makes them feel a little better when I'm wailing on their 8,000 bike.
  • 1 0
 @fullfacemike: This hammer was not designed with you in mind as the end user. It's for those of us who take our toolbox on the road. Imagine packing your whole workbench into one toolbox, then dragging it through an airport.

Most of us with $180 hammers still have a $9 option on the wall at home that does most of the dirty work Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @b-mack: wow I bet your customers are blown away when you tell them that..
  • 1 0
 @dgm10: Hammers come in different weights so it's not like a lighter hammer has to be more expensive. My hammer happens to be 22oz but it could just as easily be 20oz like the Abbey or hell, I'll one up and say I can get an 18oz for about $12 too. Not to mention the fact that the stainless steel handle on the Abbey means some of that weight is distributed away from the head, making it a less impactful hammer for the overall weight.

For the record: I have some very expensive tools that I swear by, including some from Abbey, but their hammer is not one of them.
  • 35 1
 buying these is like buying Knipex , after using it for two years and carefully looking at it you'll realise why it cost so much
  • 10 1
 I agree %100! Except the $180 Ti hammer
  • 36 0
 @nug12182, I still want that ti hammer, though.
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: I know ,me too my friend me too.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: The Ti hammer is nice but i use these

best(non Ti) deadblow hammers around
  • 6 5
 Funny. My bike mechanic says that Abbey Tools are not worth the price tag. Except the dual sided crombie tool. The rest is pure overpriced marketing. You can get better quality tools for lower prices. I never owned an Abbey Tool myself so cannot judge!
  • 2 0
 @Minikeum: yeah definitely some hype but I'd like to think most of the stuff they produce is of serious quality. My toolbos has mostly unior tools tho my pliers are 1/16 the price of the knipex variant and I'd say 95% the quality
  • 9 0
 As a carpenter seeing a hammer at more than $100 isn’t out of the ordinary. A good quality hammer makes all the difference, I’ve got many hunders of dollars in hammers and usually the biggest ones are the cheapest (sledge hammers) @nug12182:
  • 1 0
 @rideonjon: still too expensive! haha
  • 1 0
 @pevensey: Funny because I suffer from the same thing. Something about that new and improved weight and feel. You can never have too many hammers.
  • 3 0
 @audric: When it lasts you a lifetime is it really too expensive.
  • 1 0
 Dude, seriously! I've got a pair of Knipex nail nippers for work that are well over ten years old and don't show any signs of wearing out. Such great tools.
  • 4 0
 Except if Abbey made a pliers wrench it would be five times as much as a Knipex
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: I have it (my wife is awesome) and once you get over the sting of the price.... it's the coolest thing in your toolbox.
  • 1 0
 Except you can buy three Knipex pliers for the price of one of those pedal wrenches...
  • 3 0
 @Jshemuel: that's the difference. Knipex focuses on functionality and durability. Abbey also focuses on looks. For me, that means Knipex is definitely worth it and Abbey isn't. But for some, it might be. It is refreshing to see craftsmanship being valued though, even if the prices are imo ridiculous.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, well this hammer returns to it's owner through a wall if you hold your hand out for 3 seconds. So....worth it.
  • 2 0
 @pevensey: there does seem to be a lot of expensive hammers for carpenters these days but other than my stiletto framing hammer (wood handle) I can't think of any other reason to have an expensive hammer. Other than that, a rawhide mallet for your good chisels and a few sledges and your good to go. Some chisels on the other hand make this abbey stuff seem reasonably priced.
  • 1 0
 @shami: I use close to 800$ in hammers each day at work between two different rounding hammers to work at the anvil and two that I use driving nails. It makes a huge difference compared to the the crappy one I use if I have to work steel cold. I also have a crap hammer to use for striking tool on tool although I tend to use the blocking side of my knipex cutters as a tool on tool striker more often than not with no damage to the tool. I won't drive a nail with a cheap hammer though, the feel and accuracy just isn't there. This is all shoeing horses not carpentry or bike work.
  • 32 0
 What super chief toked up on the devil’s lettuce thought putting “harbor” anywhere close to the word tool was a good idea for a premium product
  • 1 0
 Honestly, I have a set of 150 dollar sliding t-handles mounted on a pegboard over my bench, 9 times out of 10 I go to my cabinet and grab the t-handle from my $17 harbor freight set.
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: sell the sliding t-handles then. I'm sure you'd find a willing buyer here Wink
  • 1 0
 @Mac1987: it isnt that I hate them, they just would not be THE hex set in my tool kit. That's why they stay on a wall and dont travel anywhere.
  • 2 0
 @RonSauce: plan to acquire cheap set of sliding t-handles failed...
  • 19 2
 Forget freezing cockpits and dogfights.
Think the streamlined sex appeal of a 1935 Auburn Boattail, sipping morning coffee in weather you can see your breath in, castle-hunting on English moors, and being instantly more likable but not entirely approachable (they once called this mystique).
The classic Hammer is one of those few pieces of history whose splendid aesthetics were the result of practical ingenuity. Whether you were the gunner on a B-29 or the pilot of a P-38 Lightning, hitting hard was a very personal thing and a variety of hammers were tried, all in the hopes of striking the perfect balance between warmth and maneuverability. The Hammer was that balance, the Bentley of shearling-lined hammers—substantial, nimble, and not for the faint of heart.
Classic Hammer (No. 5870). Slightly weathered lambskin shell with contrasting goat leather trim on zipper placket, slash pockets, waist and collar belts (both adjustable). Lined from top to bottom in supple shearling with exposed shearling at sleeve, collar, and bottom opening. Substantial and striking stand collar. Zippers on the underside of your wrists. As warm as it is striking.
  • 8 0
 Perfect J. Peterman catalog entry; strong work!
  • 9 0
 @slumgullion: I can't write this shit. Got to copy it from the source.
  • 9 0
 @slumgullion: I had no idea that was a real company, thought it was made up for Seinfeld!
  • 6 0
 @slumgullion: The guy wearing it in the 4th picture is exactly how I picture @WAKIdesigns
  • 6 1
 @Connerv6: that made me laugh, brilliant. Yes that’s what I aspire to. Gotta hit the thrift shop
  • 15 2
 Attention to detail, high quality components, innovative design, made to last, made local(for us US anyway), made to be passed down for generations. Made by craftsmen. I can’t afford the tools but I’m not complaining about the price. The world need more of this and less plastic crap.
  • 4 0
 Not going to lie, I would love to have every tool these guys make, downright awesome. If you have the spare cash, go for it! I will still be using my Harbor Freight rubber mallet that smell of uncured hydrocarbon for 5% of the cost.

If I need USA made tools I'll buy them on ebay, get that American made label, save money & recycle all in one purchase. Beat that hippies!
  • 3 0
 I gave up on Abby years ago. I asked to use my coworkers cassette lock ring tool and he insisted I use his crombie tool. I put some force on it and then told him I didn’t feel comfortable using and felt like it was gonna break. He insisted I use it and it wouldn’t break so I threw some weight on it. The cassette lock ring came off but the crombie head has bent like 45 degrees. My co worker emailed Abby and it somehow turned into me being a bad mechanic, I believe he called me a “gorilla fisted idiot.” To be fair it was an old wheelset and the cassette had been on for like 2 years, but I’d rather have a tool the works well overall than save a couple grams and be able flex to other mechanics that I can spend money.
  • 2 0
 Seriously? They said it was user error?? Wowwwwww
  • 2 0
 These are shop grade tools not your home mechanics crap. I have a bunch of Abbey tools at my shop and it's easy to justify the price after using them a few times. They all put Park and all others to shame, but once again they are shop grade meant to last the next 10-20 years of daily use not 2-5 and in the recycle bin. Of course they are expensive, but you only buy them once because they are made to outlast regular tools by a decade or more.
  • 7 2
 I'd buy that for a dollar.
  • 5 0
 State of the art tools. I wont buy (not for me), but they look awesome.
  • 8 5
 Who would want these pretentious tools to do a job? I would be embarrassed by them in my toolbox. A titanium hammer Or a wooden handled spanner for £100 come on.
  • 6 0
 Travelling mechanics want all the weight saving gear & people with lots of disposable income and a tool fetish maybe.

Not for everyone that’s for sure.
  • 3 1
 How else are you going to accent the Yeti hanging on the wall, after all those long hard days of dentist-ing?
  • 1 1
 @kinematix: Abbey Tools should make dental equipment!
  • 4 0
 If you have to ask, you can’t afford it
  • 1 0
 That's not even the most expensive dish tool.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: if they are worried about weight they wouldn't all be using sliding t-handles.
  • 1 0
 Really good tools can be worthwhile. I haven't used any Abbey tools but they look very nice. Some of the price may be luxury, people will pay more for the prestige aspect, but it also means they are not cutting corners to be price competitive. I find its often the case right now that you really have to look to find anything manufactured that will last any amount of time.
My father was a machinist and my grandfather a chief engine room artificer (ERA) in the navy. I have a lot of tools from my father and a few from my grandfather. High quality tools are often much nicer to use and often are more effective, not breaking and causing damage or not being precisely built enough and mangling bolts and such. They also last, not only might they last your lifetime, they might last your children's lifetime as well. Every time I use those tools I think of them. Yesterday I was using a brass hammer my father made while working on my old jeep. I think it is worthwhile buying good quality tools and when I can I do. Obviously you can't always buy the super high end tool, I don't have the money to do so, but I certainly see the reason why someone would want very high quality tools. I hope my daughter will want some of mine.
  • 1 0
 As someone professionally dependent on high-quality tools I started laughing hard about a 100+ dollar hammer! There is no other justification than „I want a snobby, expensive piece of hardware to feel superior.“ But that is perfectly ok as long as one admits it and doesn’t try to feed others some bull about the superior quality of the hammer needed to do professional, precise work.
  • 5 1
 For shits sake...this is the last thing my bank account needs...
  • 1 0
 the picture shows a team issue pedal wrench, not the new shop tool pedal wrench, also description is wrong! you guys are kinda late to the party these tools were announced ~20 days ago!
  • 2 0
 Between these prices and the shock tune app where you zip tie your phone to your bike I had to check to make sure it wasnt April fools
  • 1 0
 That pedal wrench is a good design though. the pivoting hex head was smart. (still gonna keep to my cheap box end pedal wrench and some hex keys!)
  • 1 0
 That pedal wrench is smart, I like the 6/8mm swivel head. When my C-200 (Older version = smartest design out) gives up the ghost I would consider it.
  • 2 0
 My daughter read the hammer description in a phony British accent. I almost died laughing.
  • 3 1
 this will go great with my ENVE tire pressure gauge.
  • 1 3
 I'll pay the crazy prices for carbon frames, X01 builds, factory suspension, etc.... but $100 hammers, hard pass. To those saying quality tools last longer... totally agree if it's a tool that requires any sort of precision, but a hammer is a blunt instrument and my 10 year old harbor freight hammer is still doing great. And as for the pedal wrench... seems more like a product specifically for bike shops who service bikes a lot. Nobody who rides pedals that require the 15mm wrench will be paying for a $120 pedal wrench for their personal tool box.

This is also possibly the least substance I have ever seen in a PB article. Hope they paid well, no judgment I guess given the current state of the economy.
  • 2 3
 I am sure my customers wouldn't mind paying double the price for a bb job if I used a pretty hammer. But I am waiting for the diamond studded pedal wrench so that I can charge 300% more than my competition.
  • 2 4
 As a professional user I really do enjoy working with Abbey Tools. Great quality, great looking and made in the US - what we support. An average user may not notice the difference in performance of such tools but they did 'earn' some money in our workshop. Weight (Ti) is also a big plus for frequently traveling mechanics Wink
  • 4 0
 As a professional user it bothers me that they don't have real EP pricing.
  • 2 1
 As a professional, I understand the importance of a heavy hammer. The titanium fairy bopper is less effective than a big ol' 10mm or Saskatchewan All-Size.
  • 1 0
 @seraph: Agreed! Only 5% off on BTI. What the hell!

And their customer service is snobby.
  • 1 0
 @Jshemuel: You pay extra for the snobbery...but hey, if they treated you like they needed your money you'd probably be disappointed.
  • 1 0
 @seraph: Yes, same here, I like discounts. Then consider that all, or at least most, of Abbey's customers are professional mechanics working within the industry. Why not just make the MSRP the EP price?
  • 1 3
 I don't think I'd ever need a handcrafted pedal wrench or hammer. I do feel that there are certain tools that can be justified with a high price tag. For instance T-handle allen and torx wrenches. I can justify spending over $100 on a Silca T-handle set since they are tools I use every time I work on my bikes.

But a damn hammer? No. A pedal wrench? No.

No one needs a handcrafted pedal wrench or hammer.
  • 3 1
 You know who uses a pedal wrench and a hammer every day?

A bike mechanic.
  • 1 1

No one needs a ----handcrafted---- pedal wrench or hammer.

You forgot that part.
  • 1 1

Nobody ‘needs’ hand crafted anything, yet you spent $100 on a set of f*cking Allen keys in a fancy wooden box. I’m not going to judge you for that, even though that’s even sillier and harder to justify than these tools from Abbey.

You must be trolling or seriously thick, not to recognize the irony of your ‘opinion’.
  • 1 1

I did not say 'Nobody ‘needs’ hand crafted anything'. Stop misconstruing what I'm saying. Sorry but allen keys get a lot more use than a hammer and pedal wrench even with professional bike mechanics. Makes sense to have a very nice set of allen keys. If you're using a f*cking hammer on a bike or bikes everyday, I seriously question your mechanical aptitude.

Some tools make sense to splurge on. And some do not.
  • 1 0

You do realize there are a few delicate and brute force jobs around a bike that involve a hammer, at a professional level? It’s pretty clear you’ve never worked in a bike shop, but you’re gonna have to trust me.

Lower leg removal on most suspension forks, tapping out headset cups, installing crown races, tough press fit BBs, stuck seat posts and quill stems, so on and so forth..

Individual, naked L-shaped ‘Allen’ keys like the ones you own don’t actually get used that much in a professional setting. Maybe once a day. A tri-wrench with 4/5/6 mm is way handier, and gets used constantly on every bike. Even getting into individual L-shaped hex wrenches, most mechanics prefer the ones with a plastic handle so you can get comfort and leverage while using the long tip.

Beyond that, hex bits in a torque wrench are really the way if you’re trying to be professional, working with lightweight and carbon parts. And on the low end, you’re more likely to be tuning a derailleur with a Philips screw driver, and using the 4/5/6 wrench for everything else.

A pedal wrench gets used on EVERY built bike. It’s easily one of the most commonly used tools in a bike shop, and even the good ones from Park, etc get worn out with abuse. They aren’t cheap either, so round a few of those out, and you’re easily up to the cost of this Abbey. If the Abbey has a better hardened steel, it could pay for itself. Never mind the unique hex on the other side, so you can use it for clip-less, and not carry a big L wrench around, that often barely has the leverage for a stuck pedal.

Pedal wrenches are also a tool that frequently gets used in front of customers, who often ask you to install a set of pedals as they’re paying for the bike they just bought. When you’re installing parts or doing a fit on a 10,000+ bike, the customers kind of expect everything you use to be of a similar quality.

Beyond that, I don’t know what to tell you. You think your Allen keys are worth it, they make you happy. I personally wouldn’t buy them, but I think that’s rad that you like them, so rock on. How are you to decide which luxury item is legitimate or not? If these Abbey tools last, and make a mechanic happy every time they use them, that’s just as legitimate.
  • 1 0
 Perfect for dilettantes who love to fondle their tools but never actually build anything.
  • 1 0
 Very nice tools indeed ! Smile I have their headset press and it’s by far the smoothest I’ve worked with.
  • 1 4
 With those prices, you'd think they'd be gold plated! You can't dish a wheel with a tire on with that dishing tool. The SuperB dishing tool works just great for less than a quarter of Abbey's price. Even Park Tool's dishing tool doesn't seem all that bad after seeing that price and it works just as good as the SuperB one except you can even dish while the wheel is on the truing stand and with a tire on. Finally, that's a heavy price to blow on a hammer, literally! Woowee - tools for the dentists! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Dude those prices yeah first comment works
  • 1 1
 Yeah everybody needs a hammer that costs 100 bucks.... I mean it is the most important tool in your tool chest
  • 1 0
 Abbey seems to be the 'SUPREME' of mountain bike tools.
  • 1 0
 These are the tools my tools would use.
  • 1 0
 I'm confused, do dentists even work on their own bikes?
  • 1 0
 "Abbey makes too expensive tools", said no dentist ever.
  • 1 0
 Good luck selling this , with this prices
  • 1 0
 Great looking dish tool!
  • 2 0
 Having used old school Var dish tools, and flex crappy park tool dish tool I want the Abby dish tool so bad!
  • 2 0
 @robway: agree! Parktool works okay, but it's not a seriously good quality tool
  • 2 1
 @privateer-wheels: Yeah the park dish tool is iffy at best. Only pro mechanics really understand the value in these tools.
  • 1 0
 @b-mack: as a pro, I know I can get basically the same quality from Unior at half the price
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 @Jshemuel: as a pro, I'll acknowledge the Unior or even Parktool is sufficient. The all do the same thing. But definitely neither is as well made, or the same "quality" in my opinion as the new Abby, or the EVT, classic Campy, or even the fancy wooden Wheel Fanatyk dish tools. I would say even Cyclus is a great bargain at less than $100 (even for non-pro's), and I prefer that to the Unior and Park Tool dish tools, being more solid, albeit also a little more fiddly with the threaded center column.

The Abbey is for some who loves exquisite well made tools, I think. It's as simple as that. It won't make you a better wheel compared to the Unior, but it sure is prettier.
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 Or I can just to go harbor freight for some wrenches and hammers
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 My rule of thumb tends to be if it has moving parts or requires precise work on delicate things it's worth spending on. If it's cast or a blunt force object, harbor freight does just fine. Course cool tools are fun to use too. That doesn't need ruled out.
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 just for suckers
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