The PRO Toolbox XL crams a lot of tools into a pretty compact package. As such it's a good option for anyone short on space, or who wants to carry a full toolkit around. All the tools are decent quality and you can cope with most jobs without any additions.
If you've been fettling bikes a long time you've probably got a wall full of tools, and depending on how OCD you are you may have also drawn round them so you can remember where everything goes, and see what's missing. But if you were starting from scratch, or you wanted a fairly portable toolkit for any reason, then this Toolbox XL might be just the ticket.
What do you get? Well, hex keys and torx keys and spoke keys and a chain tool and such, of course. But along with the specific bike tools there are more generic items – a mallet, a tape measure, a file, an adjustable spanner and a pair of long-nosed pliers – that you don't always get in everything-in-one-box sets. And above the standard fettling tools there's plenty of stuff for more specific jobs: crank and bottom bracket tools, a disc brake pad alignment tool, a quick link remover, cone spanners... even a fairly workable bearing press is included.
All the tools work, and are of decent quality. If you've already got masses of tools then there are certainly items in the kit that you'll likely have a better version of elsewhere. The crank remover is basic, and the cable cutters aren't the best I've tried, for example. But there's nothing that won't do the job it's designed for, and as such this is a good basis for a home workshop if you're starting from scratch. Similarly, if you want to have tools out and about and you don't want to decant everything from your shed every time (you always forget the one thing you need, anyway) then it's a really useful second set.
All the tools sit within specific holes in the moulded plastic box. Some are a tight enough fit that sometimes you need to use another tool to prise them out, and some aren't a tight enough fit at all, meaning they tend to fall out when you're closing the box. It won't shut unless everything's snug; the trick is to close both sides together, like you're slamming a big book, rather than trying to fold one side on top of the other.
I've used this as a home toolkit for general bike fiddling, and as a portable toolkit to take to events, and for both it's more than adequate. It's rare you'll find a job that the tools in the box won't do without any outside help, and it's rare you find yourself moaning at the quality of the tools either. Okay, £300 isn't loose change, but you are getting a lot of kit for your money here, and if you're planning to do a lot of work on your bike (or other people's) then it's a pretty good investment.
Good all-in-one-box bike fettling solution for home or event use
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road.cc test report
Make and model: PRO Bike Gear Toolbox XL
Size tested: XL
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Madison says: "Extra large high quality tool kit designed with the home mechanic in mind"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Tools include; pliers, brake piston lever, adjustable wrench, file, quick link remover, disc brake alignment tool, crank remover, cartridge BB remover
Chain tool, cable cutter, cassette removal set, pedal spanner, tyre levers, chainring nut tool, disc truing tool
HollowTech II BB remover, crank cap installation tool
Hammer, flat & PH2 screw drivers, allen key set, torx keys, spoke keys in 3.6/3.75/4.0/4.4, tape measure, BB press, BB remover, Cone wrench 13/14/15/16, cone wrench 17/18/24/28
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really well, a full kit that can handle most jobs.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Decent quality tools, easy to carry case.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Getting some tools in and out is fiddly, some tools are okay rather than great.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe if I just wanted everything in an easily portable kit.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
This is a good quality kit with all of the tools of at least workable quality and most a lot better. As the basis for a home workshop it's pretty good.
About the tester
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.