Park Tool is one company that without fail always has something new to show each year. For 2016, the American cycling tool brand had more than two-dozen new items, but arguably none more exciting than the iconic blue’s first in-house designed and assembled torque wrenches.
There are four new torque wrench models in total, the first being the ‘PTD’ Preset Torque Driver consisting of 4, 5 and 6nm options. The fourth is the ‘ATD” Adjustable Torque Driver which pulls 4, 5 and 6mm torque settings into one tool.
Compared with the many wide-range torque wrenches on the market, the ATD’s 4-6Nm in .5Nm increments may seem rather limited. While it’s surely not to suit everyone, this 4-6Nm range should cover the most common uses for a torque wrench in bicycle servicing: stems and seatposts.
This dial adjusts torque, it’s hard to turn but that’s the point
Turning the chromed dial on the end of the tool’s handle switches the torque setting. A 6mm hex key may be needed to turn this snug-fitting and typically slippery dial. We suspect it’s been made this way to prevent accidental torque changes that are possible with cheaper tools.
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