Unior has designed and manufactured tools with their own steel for the last 100 years and has gained a reputation for quality and durability. The Euro17 is their most feature-rich model with 17 functions. It has everything you need to sort out common mechanical issues in a neat, simple package that fits well in any jersey or bib pocket. For quick adjustments and fixes, the Euro17 is hassle-free and will get you back moving faster than most other tools in our test. The 53 dollar price tag is hard to justify given the tool's plastic frame construction, but the black oxide coated tool tips will provide you with the peace-of-mind that you'll never round-out or turn a tool head in a tough situation.
Unior Euro17 Review
Cons: expensive, plastic frame construction
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|Pros||fast, easy to use, durable tool-tips||Feature packed, neoprene case, small||19 functions, comes with storage case, good ergonomics, all-metal construction||ergonomic, metal construction, functional and sleek carrying case||Small, lightweight, all-metal construction|
|Cons||expensive, plastic frame construction||Moderate weight||heavy-ish, on the larger side||multiple pieces, large-ish||Limited functions, expensive|
|Bottom Line||The Unior Euro17 is an expensive but easy-to-use tool with enough features to cover you on the trail.||The ToPeak Mini Pro 20 is as feature packed as multi-tools get, with 23 functions loaded into this small and well designed un||The 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||Unior Euro17||Topeak Mini 20 Pro||Crankbrothers M19||Crankbrothers F15||Specialized EMT Pro MTB|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Specs||Unior Euro17||Topeak Mini 20 Pro||Crankbrothers M19||Crankbrothers F15||Specialized EMT...|
|Number of Functions||17||23||19||15||13|
|Weight With Cover||N/A||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||T10 & T25||T10 & T25||T10 & T25||T25||T25|
|Screwdrivers||Flat head, Philips||#2 Philips, Flat head||Philips #1, #2, Flat #2||Flat head, Philips||#2 Philips|
|Addtional Tools||Schraeder & presta valve tool, spoke key||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||3 x 2 1/4 x 7/8||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
Unior is a lesser-known bike tool company in the US, but they have been designing and manufacturing tools in Slovenia for over a century. They produce their own steel and have a reputation for making quality, durable wrenches, so our testers were excited to get their hands on the Euro17. With 17 features, the Euro17 is the most capable multi-tool in Unior's line, and it has everything you need to sort out common trailside issues in a simple, easy to use package. A black oxide coating on the tip of each chrome plated tool ensures that they will never spin or round out, but, for the high price tag, the plastic used in much of the tool's construction didn't inspire confidence in our testers.
The Euro17 has all of the basic features covered with a few luxuries added. It holds all of the common hex sizes with 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm wrenches along with T10 and T25 Torx wrenches, flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, and a chain tool. Less commonly used tools include a valve tool for Presta and Schrader, and 3.3, 3.45, and DT spoke wrench sizes.
While the Euro17 is the most feature-rich multi-tool in Unior's line, there are a few tools in this review that pack more functions. The ToPeak Mini 20 Pro is the most capable tool we reviewed with a whopping 23 functions in a package that weighs 21g less than the Euro17. Additionally, the Pedros Rx Micro 20, the Lezyne RAP 21 C02, and the OneUp EDC all boast twenty-plus features.
Ergonomically, the Euro17 performed relatively well among the tools we tested. The smooth plastic frame provides a comfortable surface for the palm, and each wrench on the tool is long enough to reach bolts that are recessed or in tight places. Its shape and construction kept it from ranking among our top ergonomic scorers. During high-torque operations, the plastic frame tends to flex torsionally, and the 3 x 2 1/4 body is slightly too short and wide to fit perfectly in the palm. Comparatively, the slightly longer and narrower body of the Crankbrothers F15 fits the palm well and provides great leverage.
Our testers found that the Euro17's chain breaker was its best ergonomic feature. The valve tool threads into the underside of the chain breaker to provide leverage for your left hand while the body of the tool provides leverage for the right hand. Compared to the Pedros Rx Micro-20 and the Lezyne RAP-21 CO2, which have small flaps for the left hand when breaking a chain, the Euro17 provided a great experience.
Coming in at 174 grams, the Euro17 is far from the lightest tool we tested, but with wrenches that fit seamlessly into its smooth plastic frame, it fits comfortably in a jersey or bib pocket. Unlike the Lezyne RAP-21 CO2 and the Park Tool I-Beam 3, the body of the Euro17 doesn't have any bulging tools or awkward shapes that make it uncomfortable to ride with.
Riders who are hunting for the most lightweight setup will want to opt for something less bulky. The ToPeak Ninja 16+ tips the scales at just 93 grams with just one less function than the Euro17, and the easy-to-use Specialized EMT Pro weighs only 106 grams.
Ease of Use
While the Euro17 isn't the most lightweight or feature-rich tool we reviewed, it ranked among the most user-friendly. Every wrench on the tool is easy to find visually and folds out from either end of the frame. You don't have to deal with a case or cover every time you want to make a quick adjustment, and, other than the removable valve tool the Euro17 remains in one piece, so there are no extra parts to keep track of while performing a repair.
For users that are looking for a quick and simple tool to use while out riding, the Euro17 is a great choice. Other tools we reviewed like the Blackburn Switch Wrap, or the OneUp EDC provide benefits in portability but sacrifice the expedience that you get with the simplicity of the Euro17.
Our testers rated the durability of the Euro17 favorably but also saw some areas of concern. The chrome-plated tools with black oxide coated tips inspire confidence that this tool can stand the test of time, but the plastic frame says otherwise. Any time we used the tool to tighten a bolt, we noticed that the frame would flex and twist. All of that movement fatiguing the plastic concerned our testers that the frame might crack or snap over time.
Throughout our testing we didn't see any problems with the tool tips, unlike the Park Tool I-Beam 3. We also didn't see any issues with the frame, but we feel the plastic on this tool would likely fail sooner than the metal frame construction of tools like the Lezyne RAP-21 CO2, or the ToPeak Mini 20 Pro.
The Euro17 is great for any cyclist who is looking for a simple, fast, easy-to-use tool from a European manufacturer. Either on the road or a mountain bike, this tool would have you covered for most issues that you might come across, but it shines the most when used for quick on-the-fly adjustments.
At $53 retail the Euro17 is the second most expensive tool in our test. Unior has a great reputation for quality and durability, but, given the questions our testers had about the plastic frame, we can't recommend purchasing it based on reputation alone. If you're looking for something unique, easy to use, and you want to support a European manufacturer, then this is the tool for you. Otherwise, we think you will find better value with some of the other tools we tested.
The Euro17 provides a user-friendly experience and the necessary features to solve most trailside issues. It's easy to carry in a pocket or a pack and incredibly quick and easy to make mid-ride adjustments. With black oxide coated tool-tips you'll never have to worry about rounding or spinning a wrench head, but for the $53 price tag, our testers were concerned about the durability of its plastic frame.
— Zach Wick