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Review: 2015 Birzman Tools
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Feb 16, 2015  hits 37,312

Aside from an aluminum handle, the Maha II is virtually the same as the Maha III we reviewed previously; it has the same 5-degree tilt, big staple base, and now comes with the awesome Apogee L-shaped head.
Aside from an aluminum handle, the Maha II is virtually the same as the Maha III we reviewed previously; it has the same 5-degree tilt, big staple base, and now comes with the awesome Apogee L-shaped head.

Maha Apogee II Pump » Last time we talked about Birzman, we were reviewing the Maha III pump and the original Snap-It head. Now we're reviewing their brand new Maha II, with the new Apogee head. The Apogee is awesome - it works just like the original Snap-It, with a simple push on, twist-to-seal motion that is super easy and functional as long as you're using a threaded valve. One thing I LOVE about the new head is that it comes on an L-shaped adapter that makes it disc-compatible! And this thing is dead simple to use on discs, as I've found firsthand. The Maha Apogee II is definitely a winner, taking all the great tech from Birzman's lineup and adding the new Apogee head. I guess one thing I'd love to see in future iterations is to make the head removable and expose a standard Schraeder chuck, so that alternate heads could be put on if desired. This is how Silca is making their pumps, and I think it's a great move.

I love tools. And as time goes on, I'm finding that I REALLY love Birzman tools. We reviewed several of their parts last year, and came away quite impressed. This time around, I'm looking at several of their shop staples, as well as a couple lesser-known bits. But we're going to start with an update on their Snap-It pump head, the new Snap-It Apogee. The new L-shaped head is disc-compatible, and works really well. Dive right in to the images below for more details on everything. Thanks for reading!



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Maha Apogee II Pump 

Last time we talked about Birzman, we were reviewing the Maha III pump and the original Snap-It head. Now we're reviewing their brand new Maha II, with the new Apogee head. The Apogee is awesome - it works just like the original Snap-It, with a simple push on, twist-to-seal motion that is super easy and functional as long as you're using a threaded valve. One thing I LOVE about the new head is that it comes on an L-shaped adapter that makes it disc-compatible! And this thing is dead simple to use on discs, as I've found firsthand. The Maha Apogee II is definitely a winner, taking all the great tech from Birzman's lineup and adding the new Apogee head. I guess one thing I'd love to see in future iterations is to make the head removable and expose a standard Schraeder chuck, so that alternate heads could be put on if desired. This is how Silca is making their pumps, and I think it's a great move.

  • Aside from an aluminum handle, the Maha II is virtually the same as the Maha III we reviewed previously; it has the same 5-degree tilt, big staple base, and now comes with the awesome Apogee L-shaped head.
  • Aside from an aluminum handle, the Maha II is virtually the same as the Maha III we reviewed previously; it has the same 5-degree tilt, big staple base, and now comes with the awesome Apogee L-shaped head.
  • The new Apogee head is a locking head that is limited to threaded valves only, but works brilliantly on them. The new Silca valve extenders are smartly threaded, so they work here!
  • The new Apogee head is a locking head that is limited to threaded valves only, but works brilliantly on them. The head now comes on an L-shaped adapter to fit discs! Birzman is to be commended for making this update
  • Birzman's pumps have a very handy c-shaped hanger for the pump head that works very nicely.
  • The Birzman Maha Apogee II Pump
  • Closeup on the Birzman pump gauge, which goes up to 220psi! Perfect for all you track folks.
  • The Birzman Maha Apogee II Pump compared to the Maha III we reviewed previously. Note that I've put a Silca Disc Chuck on the Maha III, that doesn't come standard.
  • The Birzman Maha Apogee II Pump compared to the Maha III we reviewed previously. Note that I've put a Silca Disc Chuck on the Maha III, that doesn't come standard.
  • The Birzman Maha Apogee II Pump compared to the Maha III we reviewed previously. Note that I've put a Silca Disc Chuck on the Maha III, that doesn't come standard.
  • The Birzman Maha Apogee II Pump compared to the Maha III we reviewed previously. Note that I've put a Silca Disc Chuck on the Maha III, that doesn't come standard.

Cable Cutter 

This isn't 'just' a cable cutter - it's a cable cutter done RIGHT. Starting with a smart thumb-accessible lock, the Birzman cable cutter opens to a nice high leverage ratio that cuts cables and housing very easily. The low profile of the cutting area is another plus, because it allows you to jam this tool into some tight spaces other tools sometimes fail to fit. And the coup-de-grace is the integrated awl that lets you clean up your newly-cut housing without having to grab another tool - brilliant! My one complaint is that in order to completely open the jaws requires a very wide stance for the wrench arms. I'd prefer it if they didn't have to open so far, but that's part of how they get such strong leverage. This one has completely replaced my Park Tools cutter for my cable cuts.

  • Cable Cutter
  • Cable Cutter
  • Cable Cutter
  • Cable Cutter

Specialist Wrench Set 

The Specialize wrenches are the shop mechanic's best friend. Simply put, these are incredibly robust tools needed for the very common shop tasks of installing Shimano cassettes, Shimano Hollowtech bottom brackets, and clipless pedals. These tools are bombproof and great to use. I especially like the chain whip, which has a little magnet to keep the whip from flying around when not in use. My one gripe is that recently, Shimano has been playing with its outboard Hollowtech cups, and now makes a slightly smaller-diameter version of them. It would be nice to have a wrench for each of those sizes. But the more common larger-diameter version is what's included in this set, so that's good.

  • Specialist Wrench Set
  • Specialist Wrench Set
  • Specialist Wrench Set
  • Specialist Wrench Set
  • Specialist Wrench Set
  • Specialist Wrench Set

Y-Wrenches, Ratchet Wrench, Replical 

Y-Wrenches: Like many of Birzman's tools, these Y-wrenches provide a familiar tool with an unfamiliarly-high level of quality. The chomed wrench shafts, sandblasted grip surfaces, and subtle chamfered edges all contribute to a feeling of luxury on these very solidly-built tools.

The Ratchet Wrench set provides a slick, integrated solution to common wrenching tasks on the bike, like tightening the cassette.

The Replical (Mock Pedal) tool is brilliant - just a free-rotating conical head that lets you turn the cranks more easily without a pedal installed. This seemingly benign idea can actually be a big help when testing out shifting, when the mechanic often needs to load the derailleurs a bit more than can be done by trying to pinch the crank arm by hand. I also just love the ageless look of the beech-colored wood on this part.

  • Like many of Birzman's tools, these Y-wrenches provide a familiar tool with an unfamiliarly-high level of quality. The chomed wrench shafts, sandblasted grip surfaces, and subtle chamfered edges all contribute to a feeling of luxury on these very solidly-built tools.
  • Like many of Birzman's tools, these Y-wrenches provide a familiar tool with an unfamiliarly-high level of quality. The chomed wrench shafts, sandblasted grip surfaces, and subtle chamfered edges all contribute to a feeling of luxury on these very solidly-built tools.
  • Like many of Birzman's tools, these Y-wrenches provide a familiar tool with an unfamiliarly-high level of quality. The chomed wrench shafts, sandblasted grip surfaces, and subtle chamfered edges all contribute to a feeling of luxury on these very solidly-built tools.
  • The Ratchet Wrench set provides a slick, integrated solution to common wrenching tasks on the bike, like tightening the cassette.
  • The Ratchet Wrench set provides a slick, integrated solution to common wrenching tasks on the bike, like tightening the cassette.
  • The Replical (Mock Pedal) tool is brilliant - just a free-rotating conical head that lets you turn the cranks more easily without a pedal installed. This seemingly benign idea can actually be a big help when testing out shifting, when the mechanic often needs to load the derailleurs a bit more than can be done by trying to pinch the crank arm by hand. I also just love the ageless look of the beech-colored wood on this part.

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