The Lindarets Terske 6/8/16 mm travel hexagon tool for Cinch cranks is a handy way to get great torque on large hexagonal fasteners without being huge – it uses your 12 mm through shaft as a handle. It is a piece of design at the level of a craftsman for remote monitoring, although not cheap due to its specialized use. Also, if you get too excited, you may end up repairing the crank, but bending the axle …
Here and there, a truly innovative tool appears that forces you to slap your forehead and ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” This thing wins this award, as well as the award for perhaps the longest name of the tool in cycling, using the existing part of your bike as a lever to save space and weight.
Lindarets is an American design firm and often works with larger brands such as Wolf Tooth – if you drive on Goat Link, for example, this is Lindarets design. As with all Lindaret items, the quality is top notch. It is beautifully crafted in stainless steel and finished with laser etched graphics.
Most multifunction tools have 6 mm and 8 mm hex screws covered, but the problem arises when you need to use a serious well – short tool bodies or soft metals may fail – or you need something bigger. If you have cranks that have a 16 mm Allen key (such as a non-powered side bolt and self-pulling caps on the RaceFace and Easton Cinch cranks), your ride is over.
Now this is a rather narrow use case, and I would imagine that Venn’s diagram of people riding on such cranks and having problems in the middle of nowhere is sacramentally small. But he is clearly not so small as to exist.
For the vast majority of cyclists, there are interesting 6 and 8 mm hexagons for pedals or cranks and possibly the saddle rail clamps / through axles themselves and the possibility to obtain borderline medieval torque levels. As it is so compact that it disappears in the smallest space in the frame bag or seat, ready to save the day if necessary.
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But then there’s the fear that you may be left with a tight fit, but a bent axle. Lindarets recommends checking the thickness of the axle walls at least 3 mm, and only with your hands – for example, you should not use your foot and really crank. Relatively high torques are safely feasible without risk to your axle; I tested it on fasteners up to 40 Nm, I loosened and tightened them without any problems.
One downside, of course, is that you can’t install both custom axles with it, because you need one to tighten the other.
It is a handy and easy-to-pack tool that could save the situation in very limited circumstances. However, the only thing it really offers compared to a decent multifunctional tool is a 16 mm hex key and a simple lever control. You can get the first and most of the second for less money with a standard hex key like this for £ 12 from Facom, although at a weight of 370 g and a length of 154 mm it hardly remains unnoticed.
Possibly, Race Face Hex Adapter Tool The 8 mm key slots make it 16 mm, is very small and light and costs £ 6.95.
If you’re planning a big tour, a trip overseas, or just don’t like to go unprepared for anything and everything – and you ride on 12mm axles – it can be a driving savings.
A handy and easy-to-hide way to carry a 16 mm Allen key almost unnoticed – if you have 12 mm axles
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Make and model: Lindarets Terske Travel 6/8 / 16 mm hexagon tool for Cinch cranks
Tell us what the product is for and who it is for. What do the manufacturers say? How does this compare to your own feelings?
Lindarets says: “Once in a while we find ourselves on the road or away from home and we need a tool that is really very hard to fake. Let’s say, for example, the 16 mm hex key needed for the fastening screw on the non-driven side. – Extraction caps on RaceFace and Easton Cinch A cranks are just for that.
“It works with a 12 mm fixed axle (not included) and solves a problem that does not occur often, but can ruin your day.
“We have added 6 mm and 8 mm deep hexagons to the tool to easily tighten the outer bearing cranks. These are also common pedal hexagon sizes, making it much easier to mount a bicycle in a foreign hotel than with a pocket size tool (pedals should be tightened to 36-40Nm).
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Precisely machined from SAE 420 stainless steel
Soothingly thick and 36g light
For use with 12 mm fixed axes with a minimum wall thickness of 3 mm
Maximum torque 40 Nm.
How much does it cost? It’s like hanging 25 pounds of things on a handle, 110 mm from the center of the tool (about the middle of your hand at the end of the rear fixed axle). Even more and you will want a thicker handle.
Some fittings, especially 16 mm self-pulling circlips, are terribly shallow. Make sure you are fully engaged and avoid undressing.
Use only with 12 mm fixed axes with 3 mm (1/8 inch) or thicker wall (maximum through hole 6 mm).
Common sense is your friend: super-lightweight parts don’t like to be used as handles, but those with a 3 mm wall (common is 3 – 3.5 mm) will give you a good level of safety while maintaining the maximum torque value.
This is a hand tool: Do not use a cheater bar, hammer, foot, stone, or anything other than your hand to apply force.
If you overdo it and bend the axle, don’t put it back on the bike! First, it could get stuck. Second, it could be weakened and fail somewhere along the way. You don’t want it, and neither do we.
Wear eye protection. seriously. You only get two and it is very difficult to fix them. You should have the specifications turned on while driving.
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Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its intended purpose
Accurate, strong and bomb-resistant – as long as your 12 mm axle is strong enough.
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The price is quite high.
What is the price compared to the price of similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?
It is more than double the price of a standard 16 mm hex key, although it is about 10 times lighter and significantly smaller. However, the official Race Face adapter (8 mm to 16 mm) is even smaller than the Lindaret and costs less than GBP 7, which makes this look expensive.
Did you like using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying a product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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This is beautifully designed and perfectly designed, so the price seems reasonable in this sense – but it’s a lot of money for a very specialized tool and you need the right bike specification to make it useful. Overall, however, it is still very good.
Age: 47 Height: 183 cm Weight: 77 kg
I usually drive: Without Camino Gravelaxe My best bike is: Well bro, that’s it
I drove for: More than 20 years I drive: Several times a week I would rank as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclocross, general fitness, mtb, GRAVEL