First Impressions: Marque Cycling Tools

Founded by a team of avid riders working in the bicycle industry, newcomer Marque Cycling offers a practical selection of accessories, tools, and bar tape and grips. By working closely with the same factories that produce goods for the big brands, Marque can offer reliable products at affordable prices. We recently tested three of the company’s tools, putting them through the wringer in the workshop and on the trail.

Torque Wrench ($37.99)

Marque Cycling torque wrench

How tight is tight enough? With its 4, 5, and 6 N⋅m settings, Marque’s adjustable driver provides the most common torque values found on modern bikes’ components. Constructed of carbon steel, the tool’s composite handle conveniently stores three of the four included bits. Changing the torque setting is easy with the included 6 mm hex key, but the Marque wrench lacks the finer increments (e.g. 4.5, 5.5 N⋅m) found on pricier units.

Features: 3, 4, 5mm hex; T25 Torx

Pros: Strong tactile feedback; uses standard, 1/4-inch bits; sturdy construction

Cons: Slippery handle; changing bits can be difficult

Mini Lite 10 Multi-Tool ($14.99)

Marque Cycling Mini Lite 10

No room for a bulky multi-tool? Marque’s compact Mini Lite 10 is a welcome addition to your spares kit. Smaller than a business card, the 78-gram Mini Lite is perfect for in-the-field adjustments and repairs. Despite its compact size, Marque’s folding tool provides plenty of leverage, and feels surprisingly solid in use, making it a good foundation for an emergency tool kit (just add a chain tool and tire levers).

Features: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6mm hex; #1 Phillips and #5 flat screwdrivers; T25 Torx; 14 and 15 gauge spoke wrench

Pros: Exquisite finish; tight tolerances, ultra-slim profile

Cons: #1 Phillips too small for most fittings; spoke wrenches difficult to use

Y Wrench ( $14.99)

Marque Cycling y-wrench

If you only purchase one bike tool, it’s hard to go wrong with a Y wrench. And with Marque’s 6-in-1 design, it’s like getting two tools for little more than the cost of one. Constructed from S2 steel, the Marque Y wrench features an ergonomic, albeit slippery, composite body. The included bits will cover most bikes’ components, but I’d have preferred a 3 mm hex instead of the 2 mm fitting spec’d by Marque.

Features: 2, 4, 5, 6 mm hex; T25 Torx; #2 Phillips

Pros: Sturdy construction; durable bits and finish; uses standard, 1/4-inch bits

Cons: Slippery handle; changing bits can be difficult

Summary

After several weeks of daily use, I can say that Marque Cycling’s tools have definitely exceeded my expectations. They’ve performed comparably to competitors’ costlier units, and provide a genuinely good value.


Disclosure: Marque Cycling provided review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation in exchange for editorial coverage.