Product Test: Park Tool AK-40 Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 11.27.52 AMPark Tool has established itself as the go-to brand for bike mechanics. We are sure that if you visit your local bike shop, you will see a large collection of Park Tool products, ranging from basic wrenches to bigger headset and bottom-bracket tools. Park Tool has been encouraging riders to become amateur mechanics with its online collection of how-to videos and even a few books. The AK-40 is a tool kit suited for mechanics who want to do most of their own work at home. This kit comes with 40 different tools that will do most day-to-day maintenance.

Park-1Dial it in: With everything you need to do for basic maintenance, the AK-40 will have you feeling like you opened your own shop.

Park Tool has established itself as the go-to brand for bike mechanics. We are sure that if you visit your local bike shop, you will see a large collection of Park Tool products, ranging from basic wrenches to bigger headset and bottom-bracket tools. Park Tool has been encouraging riders to become amateur mechanics with its online collection of how-to videos and even a few books. The AK-40 is a tool kit suited for mechanics who want to do most of their own work at home. This kit comes with 40 different tools that will do most day-to-day maintenance.

Tech info:

The AK-40 includes 40 different tools that cover a wide range of repair options. The collection includes a 4/5/6-milli- meter hex wrench set, chain checker, chain tool, master-link pliers, 13–19-millimeter cone wrench set, 5–11-speed-compatible chain whip, and Cyclone Chain Cleaner. To ensure that none of the work goes to waste, Park includes its CL-1 synthetic chain lube and PPl-1 PolyLube 1000 grease. Though there are more tools included in the kit, these are some of the main ones that stood out to us. The retail price for this kit and carrying case is $335.

Field test results:

There were a few tools that really stood out once we got into doing some work on a couple test bikes. The CC-3.2 Chain Wear Indicator is a nice touch. It will save a lot of home mechanics a trip to their local bike shop. The next tool we noticed was the TWS-3 (T10, T25, T30) Torx-compatible three-way. These may not seem as important as standard hex wrenches, but Torx wrenches are often used on very important bolts and come in handy in a bind. And, of course, the 4/5/6-millimeter three-way hex wrench, as important and commonly used as it is, is left out of many tool kits.

A couple tools we would like to see changed were the bottom bracket tools. Park includes a BBT 9 for external cups and BBT-22 for internal cups. Fewer and fewer bikes are coming with these styles of bottom brackets, which is making these tools less common for daily maintenance. Generally, if people are buying a tool kit at this price point, they are probably going to be working on more modern bikes. Granted, some of these specific tools are very expensive, so we understand why they wouldn’t be included.

If you’re a mechanic in the making and looking to get started on your tool collection, this kit is a good option. None of the tools are too component-specific, so if you need to replace a Press-Fit bottom bracket or headset, you’ll still need to head to your local shop. If want to do general maintenance and keep your gears running smoothly, this kit will suit your needs perfectly.

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