Wera Hex Plus Nine Piece L-Key set review

Wera's L-keys use Hex Plus ends to avoid the dreaded rounded bolt and come colour coded for ease

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Having used these tools for just over three years, I can attest to the high quality and longevity. The Hex Plus design, which Wera has patented, reduces the chance of damaging bolt heads which will be music to the ears of many home mechanics. The plastic sleeves have begun to slip, this would be an easy fix but is a shame on a premium tool.

Reasons to buy
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    Hex Plus makes it hard to round bolts

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    Colour coding

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Reasons to avoid
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    Plastic sleeves slipping

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There are two types of mechanics in the world: those with patience, and those who break things often. I am more than happy to admit that on many occasions I fall into the second category, which can be handy when reviewing bikes and equipment since this approach is much more likely to reveal the potential pitfalls for future owners.

One of the pitfalls of an impatient mechanic is rounding bolts, and since bike testing involves setting up new machines on a weekly basis it's something I'm well aware of, especially with some brands choosing to create proprietary designs with assorted fasteners nestled away at strange, hard-to-reach angles. See also: bolt heads seemingly made of cheese.

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