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Lezyne RAP-21 CO2 Review

The RAP-21 CO2 offers a wide array of functions including a CO2 inflator in an inexpensive, durable package.
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Price:  $35 List | $34.99 at Backcountry
Pros:  21 functions, CO2 inflator, durable construction
Cons:  heavy, awkward shape, ergonomics
Manufacturer:   Lezyne
By Zach Wick ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 1, 2019
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  • Ergonomics - 25% 7
  • Features - 25% 9
  • Ease of Use - 20% 8
  • Portability - 20% 6
  • Durability - 10% 8

Our Verdict

Wielding 21 functions, the RAP-21 CO2 is one of the most versatile tools in our test. With enough tools to have you covered for nearly anything that could befall you on a ride, it makes a great addition to a pack or saddlebag. Its traditional, aluminum body and corrosion resistant bits will span the test of time, and it provides a fast, easy experience when making quick adjustments or repairs in the field. At 194 grams, its heavy weight and low portability score are largely offset by its wallet-friendly price tag and its included CO2 inflator. Highly weight-sensitive riders may want to steer clear of this tool, but we would recommend that anyone else give it a look.


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Pros 21 functions, CO2 inflator, durable constructionFeature packed, neoprene case, small19 functions, comes with storage case, good ergonomics, all-metal constructionergonomic, metal construction, functional and sleek carrying caseSmall, lightweight, all-metal construction
Cons heavy, awkward shape, ergonomicsModerate weightheavy-ish, on the larger sidemultiple pieces, large-ishLimited functions, expensive
Bottom Line The RAP-21 CO2 offers a wide array of functions including a CO2 inflator in an inexpensive, durable package.The ToPeak Mini Pro 20 is as feature packed as multi-tools get, with 23 functions loaded into this small and well designed unThe Crankbrothers M19 is a cleverly designed model with all the tools you need to get you out of a bind on the trail.The Crankbrothers F15 offers all-around performance and 15 essential functions in an intuitive three-piece design.The Specialized EMT Pro MTB is compact and lightweight, with good ergonomics and all the tools you need for quick fixes on the trail.
Rating Categories Lezyne RAP-21 CO2 Topeak Mini 20 Pro Crankbrothers M19 Crankbrothers F15 Specialized EMT Pro MTB
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Specs Lezyne RAP-21 CO2 Topeak Mini 20 Pro Crankbrothers M19 Crankbrothers F15 Specialized EMT...
Weight 194g 153g 173g 163g 106g
Number of Functions 21 23 19 15 13
Weight With Cover 197g 161g 209g N/A N/A
Hex Wrenches (mm) 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 mm 2-L, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 mm 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 mm 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 mm 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm Allen keys plus L-shaped 2mm
Torx T25 & T30 T10 & T25 T10 & T25 T25 T25
Screwdrivers Flat head, Philips #2 Philips, Flat head Philips #1, #2, Flat #2 Flat head, Philips #2 Philips
Chain Tool Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Addtional Tools Tire lever, spoke wrench, bottle opener, disk break wedge, CO2 inflator Chain hook, bottle opener, secondary chain link fence, chain pin breaker, self-tightening tool, 14G/15G/Mavic M7/ Shimano compatible spoke wrenches, tire levers 8mm & 10mm open wrench; #0, 1, 2, 3 spoke wrench Bottle opener 7075 aluminium chain breaker, disc pad separator, two spoke wrenches, bottle opener
Size, Length x Width x Depth/thickness 2 1/8 x 3 1/5 x 8/10 3 x 1 5/8 x 11/16 3 1/2 x 1 7/8 x 3/4 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 3/4 2 7/8 x 1 11/16 x 1/2

Our Analysis and Test Results

Founded in 2007, Lezyne is a relative newcomer to the bike-tool industry, but they have quickly gained a reputation for quality products. The RAP-21 CO2 sports the most functions of any tool in their RAP lineup. With a CO2 inflator included, it was an obvious choice to include in our test. We quickly grew to appreciate its numerous functions and easy-to-use nature as we put it through the wringer.

Performance Comparison




Features


Packing 21 functions, the RAP-21 CO2 was one of the most diverse and capable tools we tested. Between its aluminum side plates sit nearly every hex size you'll ever need with 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm wrenches. Also included with the RAP-21 CO2 are T25 and T30 Torx wrenches, Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, an 8-11 speed chain breaker, three spoke wrench sizes, 8 and 10 mm box wrenches, a bottle opener, a tire lever, a disc brake pad spreader. Additionally, this model was the only one in our test that included a CO2 inflator. With all of these functions at your disposal, you'll be covered for virtually any mechanical situation that might arise while riding.

Among tools we tested, the RAP-21 CO2 is only outclassed in its capabilities by the 23-function ToPeak Mini 20 Pro. In addition to offering two more functions, the Mini 20 Pro also weighs 36 grams less than the RAP-21 CO2, but the Mini 20 Pro's feature package doesn't include the vital CO2 inflator.

The aluminum frame packs 21 functions.
The aluminum frame packs 21 functions.

Ergonomics


We found that Lezyne had to make some small ergonomic sacrifices to pack so many functions into the RAP-21 CO2's aluminum frame. With a length just over three inches and a width a little over two inches, this was one of the largest tools in our test. The short, wide frame is a little bit chunky in the palm and makes it hard to get optimum leverage on sticky bolts. The rounded aluminum side plates provide a comfortable surface when applying torque, but we found that the chain tool handle moves around quite a bit when spinning the tool quickly to remove or thread in a bolt.

We think that the RAP-21 CO2's versatility and capability largely offset its minor ergonomic imperfections. Among the tools we tested, it scored right around the average in this metric. If you're looking for a highly functional tool without any ergonomic sacrifices, the ToPeak Mini 20 Pro offers the most features of any tool we tested with 23 and scored higher than the RAP-21 CO2. If you value ergonomics above all else, the Blackburn Switch Wrap, the Crankbrothers M19, and the Crankbrothers F15 scored highest in our test.

This tool will solve nearly any problem your bike can conjure up.
This tool will solve nearly any problem your bike can conjure up.

Portability


Every tool we tested is highly portable, and the differences between each model are fairly subtle. That said, we found that the RAP-21 CO2 was a bit more of a handful to tote on rides than the others. At 194 grams it tops our test, and its short, wide, and thick body can cause a nuisance in a jersey or bib pocket. The C02 inflator bulges out of the frame slightly and creates a bumpy profile that can poke and prod at your back. Its neoprene carrying case helps a lot and makes hauling it in a pocket more manageable, but we mostly stuck to traveling with it in a pack or saddle bag.

Among tools we tested, the RAP-21 CO2 tied with the Park Tool I-Beam for our lowest portability score. Riders who don't mind a few extra grams should have no problems carrying it in a pack and will no doubt enjoy its wide array of functions, but those who closely monitor their kit's weight will probably want to look elsewhere. The Ninja 16+ offers the lightest weight in our test and a perfect portability score, but comes a few functions short of what the RAP-21 CO2 wields.

This large tool is more suited to storage in a pack than a pocket.
This large tool is more suited to storage in a pack than a pocket.

Ease of Use


With its traditional multi-tool layout, the RAP-21 CO2 provides a refreshingly fast and simple user experience. Each of its 23 functions folds out from either end of the frame, and no tools require assembly before use. Only the CO2 inflator separates from the main body, so you don't need to keep track of multiple pieces while performing a repair. We did find that a lack of labels on many of the tools sometimes makes sorting through the many functions to find your required wrench a little bit troublesome, and removing the neoprene carrying wrap can take a few seconds. Overall, however, these things didn't pose much of an issue.

The RAP-21 CO2 offers an easy, simple, and quick experience. Only a few models, including the Blackburn Tradesman, the Unior Euro17, and the Crankbrothers M19, scored higher in this metric, but none of these tools offer the same number of features as the RAP-21 CO2.

Once the neoprene wrap is removed  repairs are quick and easy.
Once the neoprene wrap is removed, repairs are quick and easy.

Durability


Throughout our testing process, we had no questions about the RAP-21 CO2's durability. Its aluminum frame should last as long as you want to use this tool, and the CRV+ corrosion resistant tools showed no signs of wear with extensive use.

We scored this model alongside all of our highest-rated tools in durability. Other models with full-metal construction that we have confidence in include the ToPeak Mini 20 Pro, the Crankbrothers F15, and the Blackburn Tradesman among others. The Ninja 16+ was the only tool we tested with non-metal construction that scored as high in durability.

Best Applications


With its high functionality and CO2 inflator, we think that the RAP-21 CO2 makes a great tool for any cyclist who values preparedness. Riders who often venture into the backcountry, or on long bike packing or touring trips would benefit from its ready-for-anything demeanor. As the only tool in our test that includes a CO2 inflator, we also recommend this tool to anyone trying to keep their kit's components in one place.

The RAP-21 CO2 makes a great pack addition for anyone who values preparedness.
The RAP-21 CO2 makes a great pack addition for anyone who values preparedness.

Value


At $35 retail, the RAP-21 CO2 sits at the more inexpensive end of the tools we tested. For 21 functions and a CO2 inflator, we think that it's a great value. Despite not being the highest-scoring tool in some categories, the low price tag means that we would recommend it to all but the most weight-conscious riders based on functionality alone.

Conclusion


The RAP-21 CO2 is one of the most function-rich models we tested. Along with its wide array of tools, it offers a simple, quick user experience and construction designed for longevity. Despite its large size and heavy weight, this tool's low price tag makes it a great candidate for any rider's pack.



Zach Wick