Enduro Bearings is best known for its bearings, but the brand has also long offered a range of professional tools designed to make specialist repairs smoother and more efficient.
The latest addition to the company’s line of professional tools is a redesign of the Pro Bearing Puller that not only improves core function, but adds a few useful features into the mix. And while this tool might not be useful to you, it’s so well designed that I couldn’t resist doing a little show and tell.
The new Enduro Pro bearing puller
The BBT-222 is a blind hole bearing puller designed to remove bearings when you cannot easily access them from the rear. Such bearings appear most often in mountain bike suspension frames, but the tool is equally at home removing almost any hub and bottom bracket bearing. And it gets the job done while keeping the bearing square, without swinging it around like a regular punch and hammer.
Blind hole bearing pullers are commonplace in the automotive industry, and even cycling tool brands like Park Tool and Unior now offer such things. However, Enduro was arguably the first to bring such a tool to the cycling market (I bought my first Enduro Blind Hole Puller around 2008), and the company’s latest version is a crafted masterpiece. United States.
The old Enduro Pro bearing puller (BBT-200) was pure tool craving at first glance. The aluminum sliding hammer was anodized gold and it slid on a lightened, length-adjustable shaft. However, from personal experience, I can tell you that the 358 gram hammer was sometimes too light and the cutouts in the handle resulted in more friction than necessary (and once, a pinched hand strap – ouch).
Enduro’s all-new Pro Bearing Puller (BBT-222) no longer favors the shifting mechanic and instead takes a simpler, yet more efficient approach with all-stainless steel construction. The slide hammer is 450g heavier than before, while the shaft diameter has increased and is now at a fixed length of 28.6cm (11.25″). The result is a much more efficient and effective force to do what this tool is designed to do. Enduro kept its design that forgoes a secondary grip, but I didn’t find that to be a problem.
At the business end is a series of nine all-new, hardened stainless steel expandable bearing clamps designed to work with bearings ranging from 6-30mm internal diameter. Each collet is now more limited for the suggested bearing size it will expand into, but the result is more positive engagement and almost certainly better durability (due to less material flex required in use).
Most notably, the bodies of the larger grippers have been slimmed down considerably. In the past I had tried using the BBT-200 to remove a collapsed bearing from inside a freewheel body only to find that the pliers body was too large to reach inside. This is now resolved.
The new BBT-222 also features a chunk of 514g steel that turns the tool into a brutal mallet. This mallet features an easy-to-remove striking face, with included soft polyurethane and brass mallet heads (works with all mallet heads 1 1/2″ in diameter and 5/16-thread size) 18).
On the opposite side of the mallet head is a 25.4mm (1″) socket holder which will fit a number of cassette lock ring tools. Enduro also added magnets to help with socket retention. Meanwhile the handle/shaft has a broached 6mm hex so it can be clamped into the mallet/socket head (not required for use, but nice to have).
Currently, Enduro only offers the BBT-222 as a whole including the mallet head, the full line of pliers and a roll of tools. In total, you are dealing with 3.5 kilograms (7.7 lbs) of stainless steel which will retail for US$399. The price is closely comparable to that offered by Unior and Park Tool, but in any case, this one is certainly aimed at professionals. For the casual user, there are a myriad of blind hole bearing removal tools on eBay and Alibaba available at incredibly low prices, but don’t expect them to survive the ongoing abuse.
Bonus Spotlight: BRT-018 Collet
If you didn’t find the bearing puller too niche, the new BRT-018 puller pliers can tip it overboard. It is designed for use with my favorite DUB/30mm bottom bracket press and extractor, the Enduro BRT-002, and is a simple stainless steel stepped ring that will remove bearings from BSA29(DUB), BSA30, ITA29 (DUB), and ITA30 where the clearance is otherwise too tight to use the stock expanding collar. This tool requires the removal of a bottom bracket cup from the frame in order to gain access to the rear.