These tools are made to fit better, leading to better feel and confidence for the mechanic as well as a significantly reducing the likelihood of damaging exotic fasteners made from Titanium or Al.
Few tools are used as frequently and can cause as much heartache or wasted time as the seemingly simple hex key. It’s one of the first things you notice at the top levels of motorsport tools, or in the toolboxes of Pro-Tour mechanics: extremely high-quality hex keys. The reasoning is simple, better tool fit leads to better feel and confidence for the mechanic as well as a significant reduction in the likelihood of damaging exotic fasteners made from Titanium or Aluminum.
The HX-One includes:
- Fully CNC machined Beechwood box
- S2 steel hex keys 2mm-10mm
- Red polymer coating for superior grip on hex keys
- Custom S2 steel bit adaptor to standard 1/4″ bit
- 10 S2 steel bits found in every cycling workshop
One of the goals with this lifetime set of tools was to have it be completely one-hand accessible (we’ve all been there..). The fine Beechwood box uses a magnetic closure system and each tool rests in a CNC machined slot, held in place by a single elastomeric tab. Each tool fits into and out of its slot with a satisfying ‘click’ so that even when stretched one-handed from work stand to workbench, you can be confident in your placement.
For the HX-One Silca started with the finest S-2 Tool Steel, a shock resistant steel which has been refined by Swiss and German toolmakers for the optimal balance of strength, hardness, shock resistance and dimensional control. S-2 yields stronger tools with much harder surfaces for prolonged tool AND fastener life. The keys are then coated with thin-dense Chrome, a process generally reserved for mold tool components or optical grade surfaces inside molding tools. This coating provides the hardest, most dimensionally stable finish possible on each hex key. Finally, each tool is spray coated with a high-grip, high-visibility textured polymer finish for maximum grip and control. No more dropping your tools with greasy fingers or losing them on your workbench!
40x Magnification shows the damage to both the Ti fastener AND the Cr-V Hex tool after only 28 tighten/loosen cycles. The much higher precision AND harder SILCA S2 key with thin-dense Chrome coating is both 16% harder AND more dimensionally accurate resulting in only minor deformation of the fastener after 50 tighten/loosen cycles. Note the discoloration of the titanium from the black oxide finish of the Cr-V tool transferring to the Ti fastener.
Included with the HX-One Essentials Kit is the proprietary SILCA 17-4 Stainless Magnetic Adapter. The Adapter with a pleasant magnetic click turns the 6mm Hex Key into a ¼” socket drive which can fit any common ¼” driver Bit. Included in the kit are the 6 most common Torx sizes, 2 Phillips Head and 2 Flat Head Drivers. You can literally handle any modern bicycle fastener with the tools in the box.
Each HX-One kit is lovingly packed into a fully CNC machined box made from sustainable Beech Wood. Each box is hand sanded and finished before receiving the stainless steel SILCA Shield on the lid.