For the last few months I’ve been using a new-ish torque wrench from Topeak dubbed the Torq Stick. The compact unit features 5 hex bits that cover the bulk of what you’d need such a tool for in the world of at home mountain bike maintenance. Before getting too deep, it’s worth mentioning that the item in test here is the lighter duty of two offerings – Topeak makes a different Torq Stick for a higher torque range as well. Anyhow, read on to see how it’s been working out…
Details Topeak Torq Stick
- 3mm, 4mm and 5mm Allen bits plus T20 and T25 Torx bits
- 2Nm to 10Nm range
- 5.8″ length
- $120 USD
- 174 g (verified)
The range is indicated just above the adjustment knob in nice, clear lettering.
Directly across from the range indicator is the .5Nm hash mark, which makes it easier to be even more precise, if need be. The knurled design of the adjustment knob is a nice touch.
Also knurled in its finish is the setting on the head, which switches between right and left hand drive.
The storage space for the 5 hex bits clips right onto the torque wrench itself and has windows, so you can can read the size of each bit and locate the one you want, before you even open it.
The storage “pen” slides open and reveals each driver bit, which are also knurled at their tips. Kudos for all the knurling – it makes life easier.
Topeak Torq Stick in use
First off, given its compact nature and the range of bits included with it, the Torq Stick is aimed at snugging up smaller items such as stems, seat collars and brake calipers. If you intend to use this for things such as pedals and cranksets, you’ll want to look at the similar, but larger aforementioned 4-20Nm offering, which additionally features a broader range of hex bits all the way up to 10mm.
Given its compact sub 6″ size I found the Torq Stick to be a great option to just leave in my truck – particularly when I’m doing testing and may be fiddling with my setup between laps. It would likely be a great choice for a privateer racer who’s on the go and wants to pack light.
As far as usage was concerned, this was a nice little tool with a great feel. The ergonomics are pleasant and it’s hassle free to use. The hex bits are easy to deploy and the adjustment knob is straightforward and easy to read. I appreciated that the tool pen can be removed, not just for the sake of better handling, but also for when I wanted to bring it on a ride in a hydration pack with just one single bit.
All in all this is a great little tool. The Torq Stick a little on the pricey side, but it is very compact, nicely made and a breeze to work with. This is a great option to chuck in your vehicle or your riding bag for quick adjustments to small, but critical hardware. Just remember, for heavier duty jobs, it’s worth considering its big brother.