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SILCA HX-TWO Travel Kit Review

SILCA HX-TWO Travel Kit Review

I am not a person that gets super excited about tools but the SILCA HX-TWO Travel Kit changed my thinking! This top-performance hex and Torx wrench set is perfect for the home mechanic or shop professional. We’ll cut to the chase and just say “it makes life easier”. SILCA calls the HX TWO a travel kit, but to be honest, we are not sure why? Our only guess is they make the HX-ONE, which is an over the top kit that comes in a custom wooden case. Either way, the SILCA HX-TWO is ideal for any mechanic.

The SILCA HX-TWO set includes 18 double-ended tools (9 hex and 9 Torx) to cover a wide range of jobs encountered while wrenching on your trusted steed. Housed in a custom-molded tool holder for easy storage and transport, each tool has its own individually marked slot for instant recognition. No more homeless tools!

HX-TWO Travel Kit | SILCA Hex Wrenches | SILCA Torx Wrenches
Being able to competently work on your bike is a great skill to have. It saves you both time and money. Having a decent set of tools makes a world of difference when it comes to wrenching.

Designed with a polymer coating for superior grip and finishes that are designed to last and are easy to clean. The hex keys have a red polymer coating, whilst the Torx set has a grey coating. Both are made from heat-treated S2 steel with a chromed finish. Each of the larger wrenches has the size and a Silca logo laser etched into it. You’ll notice this laser etching might darken with dirt and grime as time goes on.

The polymer coating is useful as it gives some resistance to slippage when you have oily hands, compared to a bare metal finish. It’s more hard-wearing than a painted finish, and easier to keep clean than a rubber coating. The chromed finish just looks good!

HX-TWO Travel Kit | SILCA Hex Wrenches | SILCA Torx Wrenches
The set cost $75.00 so you can imagine one may be extremely upset if they lose an individual wrench. Well, the red is super easy to find when working on the road or in the garage with a messy workbench. The grey, not so easy. Perhaps we can talk them into making them yellow! Either way, if you value your money spent, you will put them back in their proper spot when finished. Remember when you were a kid and every Crayon had to go back into the BRAND NEW 64 box.

Yes, these tools will fasten and loosen your bolts in style but there is more to this set than good looks. Crafted from heat-treated S2 tool steel, each tool in the HX-TWO collection features precise tool interface dimensions. This is pretty much critical when working with small hex screws, especially 4mm and under exotic fasteners made from titanium or aluminum.

HX-TWO Travel Kit | SILCA Hex Wrenches | SILCA Torx Wrenches
It would be super cool if SILCA would put the hex sizes on the back of the tool holder as well.

Be a Better Mechanic

Better tool design and fit lead to better feel and confidence for the mechanic. The ball end of the hex keys are great for getting at hard to reach places. They make removing bottle cages and pedals a snap. The shorter end of the tools feature chamfered tips perfect for giving a bolt that final tweak.

SILCA Hex Wrenches
The ball end of the hex keys are great for getting to hard to reach places. They make removing bottle cages and pedals a snap. The shorter end of the tools feature chamfered tips perfect for giving a bolt that final tweak.
SILCA Torx Wrenches
The HX-TWO kit comes with 9 Torx wrenches that’ll fit everything from a SRAM Stealth-a-majig up to stem bolts, brake caliper bolts, and more. Actually, there may be a few you never use.

If you already have a folding set of hex keys or a multi-tool, don’t overlook just how useful a full-size set is. Multi-tools are great for carrying in your jersey pocket, but these full-length keys are much more comfortable to hold, can get into hard to reach places (think water bottle cages), and can get the job done quicker. Pedals, crank arms and thru-axles can now get the torque they deserve thanks to the long handles.

The SILCA HX-TWO retails for $75.00 and is available online at silca.cc or competetivecylist.com.

SILCA HX-TWO Includes:

  • High Strength S2 steel tools
  • Precise tool interface dimensions
  • Polymer coating for superior grip
  • Laser etched size indication
  • Compact tool holder
  • Hex Wrenches: 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10mm
  • Torx® Wrenches: T7, T8, T9, T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30

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