Silca has some new shop tools on the market that are sure to make titanium lovers excited. Their new lightweight titanium tools include a chain whip, hammer, and lock ring tool. Using 3D printing they’ve put a lot of effort into these new tools.
3D printed in hardened 6/4 Ti, this chain whip weights only 80 grams including 8 links of TiN YBN 11 speed chain. The whip handle contains spiral riffling reminiscent of Columbus SLX tubing and the whip head is fully hollow with internal gussets. At 11 inches long, this whip is designed for well maintained bikes and is NOT compatible with cheater bars!
3D printed in hardened 6/4 Ti, this lockring tool weighs only 45 grams. The handle is printed with spiral rifle reinforcements inspired by Columbus SLX tubing, and the tool head has 2 spline patterns to accommodate both Shimano/SRAM and Campagnolo lockrings. While not as hard as tool steel, hardened 6/4 is harder and stronger than the steels used in many traditional cycling tools, and is 4-6 times harder and stronger than the aluminum used in high end lockrings. Just as with it’s matching chain whip, this tool is designed to be used on well maintained bikes and is NOT compatible with cheater bars
Repeat after me, that pedal wrench is NOT a hammer! Every pro mechanic I know carries a machinist hammer, and over the years, most of these have gone titanium to save weight in the tool case. This hammer is 3D printed in hardened 6/4 Titanium with a hollow head that we fill with 125g of fine stainless steel and fine tungsten grit, giving it higher impact energy than a solid titanium head, while also eliminating any recoil. The hammer head is hard titanium on one side and medium hard rubber on the other for use on delicate surfaces.
If you’re interested in all 3, they have a package deal that knocks $50 off. Engraved options are also available.