Friday, September 28, 2012

Mavic Tools


Here's something you don't see every day - the "full" Mavic tool kit.



Being a something of an out-ed Mavic nerd means I get contacted from time to time by other Mavic fans, either working on cool projects or who have some obscure/hard-to-find item they're looking to pass along to someone who'll take good care of them.

That description fits me to a T. You've got Mavic stuff you want a good caretaker for, I'm your guy.

I was contacted a bunch of months ago by someone who came across the blog who had been carting around a Mavic toolkit since the 90's, when a well equipped shop might actually have one of these. Now my relatively well equipped (work)shop does, and I'm really excited to put it all to use.

Some of the tools are familiar - or at least, tools you've heard about, while some of them aren't as common. Here they are, along with pics of them in use where I could find them.




The Mavic bottom bracket cutter is probably familiar to most of you. It was sold in pieces, designated 652 (cutter), 653 (centering cones), and 654 (the handle). This one has two sets of centering cones mounted. They're reversible to handle cutting English/French or Italian sized bottom brackets. (Yes, I know French and English aren't the same size, but for the purposes of the centering cone, they're close enough.)

The drift is Mavic's 6703.




Mavic's 6702 bearing set. Used to gently persuade bearings in to bottom brackets.




6704 hub bearing set.




The 670 bearing adjustment tool. Used to install, remove and adjust bearing covers on the Mavic hubs and bottom brackets.



The 6705 bottom bracket installation wrenches.



These are actually LOOK pedal wrenches, used to remove the outer bearing covers on the early Delta pedals, like Mavic's 646 LMS.



The 671 and 672 headset wrenches, used with the 300/310 series headsets.



Finally, the 6701 pedal bearing set. Used to insert the bearings in to a variety of Mavic pedals.

The foam in these toolkits is always deteriorating, some 20 years after they were manufactured. I have an empty spare toolkit case that sooner or later I'll cut replacement foam for.

What are the compressor/vacuum fittings for in the topmost pictures? Another project altogether! More on that shortly...

8 comments:

Alex Merz said...

Do you know of a source for the cartridge bearings in those Mavic bottom brackets?

Belligero said...

Very cool to see these, thanks for the photos and the write-up! I think I'm becoming a Mavic nerd, myself. I like when companies take the effort to do things right!

Jeremy said...

Alex, as far as I know the bearing used for the bottom bracket is no longer produced. Your best bet at this point is to find a complete replacement bb or a trashed one to yank the bearings from.

Glad you enjoyed the pics, Belligero!

Anonymous said...

Great articles - thanks!
Now, does anyone know of someone who has this toolkit in Australia, preferably Adelaide? I am in middle of restoring my 1984 Vitus with all Mavic, which has been hanging in my Dad's garage for 25 years. In short: help!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know which direction the Mavic bottom bracket lockrings spin?
Are they both clockwise or anti-clockwise?

monstamechanic said...

Nice one!
I do have some of those tools scattered in the workshop, hardly used now.
The pin-tool for the QRM bearing adjuster is still well used, tho :)

monstamechanic said...

Nice one!
I do have some of those tools scattered in the workshop, hardly used now.
The pin-tool for the QRM bearing adjuster is still well used, tho :)

Anonymous said...

This is an old thread but would someone be able to borrow your Mavic tools, specifically the tool used to remove the 301 headset? I'm in a bind. I'd return it obviously. I want to remove the headset and sell it to a friend. Replace it with a Stronglight. Aristopher NOSPAM @ Gmail - Thanks!

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