WHAT IS IT? The Excel adjustable six-piece spoke
torque wrench allows you to make sure that your spokes
stay tight and your wheels stay true.
WHAT’S IT COST? $149.95.
CONTACT? www.rkexcelamerica.com or (760) 732-3161.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Excel adjustable spoke torque
(1) Description. Excel’s spoke torque wrench is made
out of lightweight aluminum. The six-piece set includes
the spoke torque wrench and five different heads
( 6.1mm, 6.3mm, 6.5mm, 6.7mm and one for spline-drive
spoke nipples). The range of the torque wrench is from
0 to 60 pounds per square inch or 0 to 7 Newton meters.
The pieces come in a sturdy composite storage box to
keep them safe and organized.
( 2) Heads. The five different heads are all you need
for any OEM spoke nipple and fit the majority of aftermarket spokes, including oversize and spline spokes.
( 3) Tightening procedure. Excel’s recommended
procedure for tightening spokes is as follows: First, start
by looking at the right side of the hub. Some spokes
are closer to the center of the rim than others. These
are the “brake” inner spokes. Tighten these spokes first
(no more than a quarter turn) until one full revolution is
complete. Second, repeat the procedure by tightening
the “non-brake” outer spokes (the spokes that are on the
non-brake side and toward the inner hub). Third, tighten
the “brake” outer spokes (spokes that are on the brake
side and are on the outermost part of the hub). Fourth,
tighten the “non-brake” outer spokes (spokes that are on
the non-brake side and are in the outermost part of the
hub). Fifth, repeat the tightening of each spoke a quarter
turn as many times as necessary until the spoke wrench
clicks each nipple. Finally, now that the spokes are tight,
check to see that the wheel is true. It is good to recheck
the spoke tension after each ride.
( 4) Performance. We had absolutely no issues.
This device is a little more complicated than the
Fasst Company torque wrench, which has no torque
adjustment, but not all wheels require the same torque
settings. It is very important to find out what torque
setting your wheels require. Excel recommends a
torque setting between 45 and 50 foot-pounds.
( 5) Warning. The calibration can be sensitive if the
wrench is not reset after use. Make sure to put the
setting back to zero before using it.
( 6) Price. Spoke torque wrenches cost more than
manual spoke wrenches, but your arm is not as
accurate as a torque wrench. The Excel torque
wrench guarantees that every spoke is tightened to
the same tension.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? No complaints.
Keep your wheels true and at the perfect
EXCEL SIX-PIECE SPOKE TORQUE WRENCH
torque setting each and every time.
MXA TEAM TESTED