Apr 30, 2024

Feedback Range Click Torque Wrench Makes Bike Fixing Precise, Reflex Makes It Portable!

Feedback has upgraded precision bike setup and repairs with a new all-metal Range Click torque wrench that’s both easy-to-use and more precise across a wider torque range. But while the Range Click is compact, it still is a workshop-level tool that you aren’t likely to carry on the bike. For that, there’s a new Reflex Fixed Torque Ratchet kit that can go anywhere you go, for more confident trailside repairs and adjustments…

The new workshop-quality Feedback Sports Range Click torque wrench replaces the older The Range design with a more solid tool and a greater torque setting range. Gone are the fiddly plastic bits at the end, now replaced with a full steel and aluminum construction. Simply twist the handle to dial in the desired torque setting – between 2-14Nm – and lever on the ratcheting body until it clicks.

Feedback includes two separate windows on either side of the wrench to make it easier to see your setting – odd numbers on one side, even numbers on the other. Just dial the tension of the click spring (back to 0Nm) after each use to maintain accuracy over the life of the tool. Accuracy is said to be improved over the old Range tool, now quoted at +/- 4% for 4000 cycles. The Range Click features a magnetic tool holder, a 72-tooth ratchet head for working in tight spaces, and measures torque in either direction for standard & reverse threaded bolts.

Pricing is 20% higher than the outgoing Range (actually discounted more if you pick up some of The Range’s remaining stock before they are gone) at $120 / 135€ for the new Feedback Sports Range Click kit. With that, you get a roll-up TPU carrying case and 13 precision S2 tool steel bits to cover pretty much all regular bike work: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8mm standard short hexes (25mm long); T10, T25 & T30 short torx bits; plus 50mm long 4mm, 5mm & T25 5 extension bits – all totaling a claimed 263g for the kit, rolled up to 6.5″ long x 2.5″ wide x 1″ thick.

If you are looking for something a bit cheaper, simpler, and more compact for mid-ride repairs, check out the new Feedback Sports Reflex Fixed Torque Ratchet kit. Officially the first “everyday carry” on-ride tool from Feedback Sports, and thus earning a new Reflex family name (what more everyday carry Reflex tools might Feedback make next?), this new tool is a mini modular ratchet wrench or T-wrench depending on how much leverage you need, and works with standard 1/4″ tool bits.

The 4″ (10cm) long Reflex wrench has a 60-point-of-engagement dual-direction ratchet head and weighs 208g for the complete kit, measuring 3.75″ x 3″ x 1″ when zipped closed.

For $70 / 85€ the compact Reflex Fixed Torque Ratchet kit comes with a small zippered TPU clamshell carrying case with room to add some small extras, and includes 10 S2 steel bits: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 & 6mm hexes; T10, T25 & T30 torx bits & a small 3mm flat screwdriver. What gives it the Torque name is a small click-style 5Nm preset torque key extension that can be used with any of the normal bits, or added onto the end of the tool for extra leverage.

Both the new Range Click Torque Wrench and Reflex Fixed Torque Ratchet have a solid well-built feeling in-hand, and both feel heavy for what they are. The Range Click definitely is a shop-level tool, but it packs up nicely enough that it is a great addition for a small toolbox you might carry when you want to travel with a proper set of tools – whether for a longer cycling trip or to the races.

Able to fit in a jersey pocket or dropped into a hip bag or small backpack, the Reflex Ratchet kit is certainly more portable. Still, it is undeniably heavy for the tools it offers – for comparison a basic PRO 9 multi-tool I use with effectively the same bits weighs just 81g, and my trusty old crankbrothers M17 tool with a chain breaker is still less at just 174g.

But for someone not needing a built-in chain tool or integrated puncture repair, it could serve as an on-bike multi-tool if you have hard-to-reach bolts or want the security of making torque-correct adjustments to lightweight carbon cockpit components. That solid heft gives me the sense that this tool will last me a long time – a welcome feeling compared to some super tiny bike repair mini ratchets – and it really is nice to use. It’s just probably not for weight weenies.