Abbey Bike Works Crombie Cassette Tool

by Brian Mullin on January 27, 2016

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The Crombie Cassette Tool is a finely made piece of tool jewelry, and the excellent craftsmanship and precision make it a joy to use when removing and tightening the lock rings on cassettes.

Abbey Bike Works produces made in the USA professional quality bike tools out of their headquarters in Bend Oregon. Jason Quade is the artisan that started the company and the principal craftsman and designer behind tools. Anyone that seen or has used their tools will immediately salivate over the fit and finish of the products; they’re extremely useful and works of art.

The Crombie tool is named after the renowned pro bike mechanic Jeff Crombie. He approached Abbey Bike Works about creating a tool that could work on the cassette lock rings without
having to remove the skewer, and the  Crombie tool is the fruition of that collaboration.

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The splined portion of the Crombie tool utilized 17-4 stainless steel for durability and welded onto an 8.5″ x 3/8″ solid steel rod (the dual side model uses 1/2″ stock). It comes in a Single Sided version with either Campy or Shimano options for $40 and the Standard Crombie head with dual Campy/Shimano Spline for $50. Also, both models come with a lighter SL version that utilizes a hollow core handle and costs $45 and $55 respectively.
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Thoughts

I tested the Single Sided Shimano Crombie and found it to be an extremely well made and functional tool though I’ll admit I didn’t use it with skewers since everything I have is 12mm thru axles. It’s supposed to fit over 85% of the skewers on the market, so I’d assume it would be very beneficial in that manner. The machining of the splines is precise, and it meshes with high perfection into Shimano and SRAM lock rings. I was able to apply more than enough torque from the long solid handle to secure and remove lock rings, even when they were a bit stubborn.

The Crombie Cassette Tool is a finely made piece of tool jewelry and the excellent craftsmanship and precision make it a joy to use when removing and tightening the lock rings on cassettes.

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