If you’ve ever serviced a modern mountain bike suspension fork, you’ll know just how shallow and soft some of the aluminium top caps are. Chances are an appropriate sized automotive socket or cone spanner will loosen them – but may also make a mess of the cap’s edges, or worst, just strip them straight off.
For years suspension service hubs have overcome this by taking expensive six-point automotive sockets and grinding the chamfer (lead in edge) off for a flush fit on the shallow top caps. Not always the easiest thing to do cleanly.
Premium cycling tool company Abbey Bike Tools recently released a better option. Sold in a set of five, these green top-cap sockets are specific to the purpose and offer a few features that should make marred and stripped top caps a thing of the past.
Sets of five only, currently
Made in the USA, the set covers common sizes of 24, 26, 28, 30 and 32mm, each one made of billet aluminium and then anodized green. This material may seem like an unusual (weaker) choice for tools, but we can attest to them being perfectly up to repeated use, and at the same time, less likely to damage those dainty top caps.
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