Disclaimer: This piece is by no means supposed as an assault on Wolf Tooth Parts. I admire lots of their top quality USA Made bicycle merchandise together with instruments, lube, and drivetrain elements. Additionally, they’re by no means alone within the bicycle world in having to go to lengths to attempt to defend folks from themselves.
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The opposite day I used to be serious about this meme I noticed about possession manuals for vehicles. It mentioned one thing alongside the strains of “automobile homeowners manuals used to point out you modify the valves and now they inform you to not drink the contents of the battery.” The entire thought being that folks again within the day have been extra able to performing this legendary degree of thought processing known as ‘widespread sense’ in addition to typically being extra able to fundamental mechanical duties. By no means thoughts that my wi-fi speaker has extra parts than a complete Sixties VW Bus.
I believe people deserve a little bit of a break from attempting to be consultants on every thing in our more and more sophisticated world, however there’s nonetheless a giant distinction between figuring out use a laptop computer to tremendous tune a sports activities automobile and understanding to not pour beer within the hopper labelled “DOT Fluid Solely.” What received me on to this line of considering within the first place was a press launch for a brand new Wolf Tooth product that included some copy that I nearly felt was throwing shade on members of the biking neighborhood.
This press launch was for his or her new lockrings for Heart Lock rotors, which are available quite a lot of anodized colors, together with anodized purple. And I do love something bicycle-related that is available in anodized purple, nonetheless I am not a fan of the Heart Lock mounting commonplace so usually that is the sort of info that I would pop straight into the round file.
What particularly caught my eye have been the three bullet factors that Wolf Tooth connected to the product launch:
- May be put in with Wolf Tooth Pack Wrench. Which, I imply, okay. It is simply a typical 16-notch 44mm backside bracket device. There are 100 totally different choices on the market however Wolf Tooth does make a pleasant one and it is at all times good to circle again and pump your individual catalogue. Their device does, in fact, work with each different manufacturers’ Heart Lock lockring as effectively. Heck, I suppose props are to ensure that not inventing a brand new device interface right here!
2. Torque to 40nm. That is the usual for the Heart Lock interface. Properly, Shimano says 40-50nm, which is sort of a spread. And it is also laser-etched proper on the lockring itself. And, I’ve by no means truly seen anybody use a torque wrench for the applying. It is 350 to 435 in/lbs so simply get on it.
3. Not appropriate with six-bolt rotors and hubs. Sure. For actual.