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 Post subject: UNIOR Tools / Bike Tools
PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:42 pm 
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I've just bought a set of allen keys and they seem well made and reasonably priced.

I didn't know they do a complete line of bike tools too:

http://www.uniortools.com/cgi-bin/cms.c ... 6&cat=2499

Anyone familiar with them? How do they compare to Park?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:18 pm 
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I've come across them before. However, i generally find that for non bicycle specific tools, allen keys, screwdrivers, etc. you can get better quality and/or better value from non bicycle brands.

Not long ago I got some very nice Wera allen keys: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Wera-0507359 ... en+key+set


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:15 pm 
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xerxes wrote:
I've come across them before. However, i generally find that for non bicycle specific tools, allen keys, screwdrivers, etc. you can get better quality and/or better value from non bicycle brands.

Not long ago I got some very nice Wera allen keys: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Wera-0507359 ... en+key+set


Yeah, fully agree. If I can get my hands on Engineering / Workshop quality S/H or at a good price I will.

That's the weird thing with UNIOR though, they are just recently going into the bike business
and taking Park head on - even in the USA. They've produced bike maintenance books too :?: :!:

They have been around since 1919. I hope they don't fall foul to doing what Stanley and Bosch have done
producing some really cheap shit which is absolutely no better than Lidl stuff but 50% more in price.

http://www.uniortools.com/cgi-bin/cms.cgi?doc=10679


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:26 pm 
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I've had a set of yellow plastic handle UNIOR pliers for many (20?) years now in my mobile box. They still work great, serrations not rounded & still grip, needle nose pliers haven't spread or twisted. Still feel great confident tools. Hope UNIOR are still the same quality & haven't been passed down through various ownerships with the inevitable quality drop.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:51 pm 
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They are not new to the bike market, I have a headset press I have been using for at least the last 5 years, plus a very simple wheel building jig I've had a similar amount of time and a few other cycle tools from them.

They are well made tools and well up to the jobs I use mine for.

Not sure how they stack up against Park though, I don't have any of their tools, well some tyre levels but I don't think they really count.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:20 pm 
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I first came across Unior 20 yrs ago, looking for standard spanners etc at my local engineering supplier, but also have a few of their bike-specific tools now.
Really impressed with the quality...top quality from a leading 'Eastern Europe' manufacturer (Slovenia).

There are also specialised bike tools of a similar quality and value from Cyclus/Ra-Co in Erfurt (ex. East Germany)

Both far better quality than Park, which I find to be pretty utilitarian and expensive.

All the best,


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:43 pm 
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I've always been rather dubious about Park, I wonder how many of their tools they actually manufacture and how many they buy in and re-brand. Some of their tools look remarkably similar to unbranded or non bike related brands tools costing considerably less.

Other bike tool brands seem to re-brand and mark up prices too:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pedros-Cable-C ... B000IZEH3S

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yishik-190mm-C ... 3T2G4VN0QP

With the exception of bike specific stuff, like cone spanners, chain tools, cassette tools etc. I'll always look first to non bike specific brands like:

Wera
Gedore
TengTools
Wiha
Knipex
Bahco
PB Swiss

British brands Sykes-Pickavant and King Dick used to have a good reputation, but their ranges seem rather limited now.


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