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Best Bike Multi-Tool

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Tuesday April 20, 2021
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Looking for the best multi-tool to bring along on your cycling adventures? We researched over thirty models before purchasing 14 for side by side testing and comparison. Whether you ride road, gravel, trails, or all of the above, adjustments and mechanical issues are an eventuality that everyone should be prepared for. Every rider should carry a quality multi-tool because it can mean the difference between finishing your ride, walking to the trailhead, or waiting for a pick up. Our expert testers closely scrutinized these tools during extensive use in the field and thorough side-by-side testing in the GearLab workshop and rated each model across five key metrics.

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Pros Loads of functions, neoprene cover, tubeless plug insertion toolSimple layout, feature-rich, good leverage19 functions, comes with storage case, good ergonomics, all-metal constructionOn-bike integration, extra storage, feature-packedergonomic, metal construction, functional and sleek carrying case
Cons Expensive, moderate weightAnti-corrosion finish prone to wearheavy-ish, on the larger sideSome plastic parts, multiple pieces, expensivemultiple pieces, large-ish
Bottom Line This model is feature-packed with 30 functions loaded into a moderate size and weight unitA well-outfitted multi-tool with great leverage and no small parts to keep track ofThe Crankbrothers M19 is a cleverly designed model with all the tools you need to get you out of a bind on the trailA fully-featured and innovative tool that will help you go pack-less and is always there when you need itThe Crankbrothers F15 offers all-around performance and 15 essential functions in an intuitive three-piece design
Rating Categories ToPeak Mini PT30 Lezyne Super V 22 Crankbrothers M19 OneUp Components ED... Crankbrothers F15
Ergonomics (25%)
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Specs ToPeak Mini PT30 Lezyne Super V 22 Crankbrothers M19 OneUp Components ED... Crankbrothers F15
Weight 163g 141g 173g 128g 163g
Number of Functions 30 22 19 20 15
Weight With Cover 170g 143g 209g N/A N/A
Hex Wrenches (mm) 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 mm 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 mm 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 mm
Torx T10, T15, T25 T10, T25, T30 T10 & T25 T25 T25
Screwdrivers Flat head, Philips Phillips Philips #1, #2, Flat #2 Flat head Flat head, Philips
Chain Tool Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Addtional Tools Knife, plug tool, master link tool, brake pad spacer, chain hook, spoke wrenches sizes 14, 15, Mavic M7 and Shimano 4.5 8/10mm wrench, 4 spoke wrenches, rotor truing tool, bottle opener, disc brake wedge 8mm & 10mm open wrench; #0, 1, 2, 3 spoke wrench Tire lever, spoke wrench sizes 0,1,2,3, presta valve core tool, spare rotor bolt, tubeless plug tool Bottle opener
Size, Length x Width x Depth/thickness 3 x 1 3/4 x 3/4 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1/2 3 1/2 x 1 7/8 x 3/4 7 1/2 x 7/8 diameter 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 3/4


Best Overall Bike Multi-Tool


ToPeak Mini PT30


85
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SCORE
  • Ergonomics 8
  • Features 10
  • Ease of Use 8
  • Portability 8
  • Durability 8
Number of Functions: 30 | Weight (tool only): 163 grams
Feature-packed
All-metal construction
Neoprene carrying case
Tubeless plug insertion tool
Expensive
Moderate weight

After weeks of testing, ToPeak's Mini PT30 rose to the top step of the podium and was the best bike multi-tool we tested. This feature-laden model is packed with 30 functions in a moderately sized and sleek package. It boasts all the standard size hex bits from 2mm through 10mm, plus common Torx bits, and screwdrivers. It also features all of your chain repair tools, quick link storage, and a small knife. If that wasn't enough, this new model even has a tire plug insertion tool to help with tubeless tire repairs. In addition to the wealth of functions, this nicely sized tool fits perfectly in the palm of your hand with good ergonomics and comfortable grip. The neoprene case wraps the tool up tight for protection and increased comfort when carried in a jersey or shorts pocket.

While we loved most things about the Mini PT30 it far from the lightest model we tested. That said, we feel the weight is respectable given the number of tools and functions it has. It is also among the most expensive options we tested, although we feel it is worth every penny. Whether for road, gravel, or mountain biking, the Mini PT30 is an excellent multi-tool.

Read review: ToPeak Mini PT30

Best Bang for the Buck


Pro Bike Tool 17 in 1


79
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SCORE
  • Ergonomics 7
  • Features 7
  • Ease of Use 9
  • Portability 9
  • Durability 8
Number of Functions: 17 | Weight: 118 grams
Simple design
Light weight
Sleek profile
Ergonomic frame
Short tool bits
Mediocre leverage

With one of the lowest sticker prices in the test and coming from a fresh-faced tool manufacturer, we weren't sure what kind of quality to expect from the 17 in 1, but Pro Bike Tool delivered the goods. This slim, lightweight tool features a classic bike multi-tool design with a simple layout and labeled tool bits to help you make quick repairs out on the road or trail. The tool suite isn't the most versatile, but it has all of the functions necessary for common mid-ride mechanicals with a nearly-full range of hex wrenches, a T25 Torx, and a capable chain tool making up its backbone. Smooth, rounded edges and a good width give this tool a great feel in your palm and allow you to apply pressure without any discomfort. Riders looking for a simple, lightweight tool that won't put too much of a dent in their pocket book won't find a better option available.

Like most multi-tools, the 17 in 1 comes with a few compromises. The compact design means that this model's tool bits are fairly short. This means that hard-to-reach bolts in tight places or recessed cavities can be a little bit unwieldy to work on. We never encountered an operation that the tool couldn't handle, but things like installing bottle cages, setting up brake calipers, and adjusting derailleur limit screws can be a bit of a pain. Also due to the compact design, the chain tool handle is fairly small and lacks some leverage. It takes a bit of elbow grease to pop a chain pin free. Despite these small issues we still think this tool has what it takes to get you out of most jams, and at such a reasonable price we think it's the best value in the test.

Read review: Pro Bike Tool 17 in 1

Best for Lightweight


ToPeak Ninja 16+


79
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SCORE
  • Ergonomics 7
  • Features 7
  • Ease of Use 8
  • Portability 10
  • Durability 8
Number of Functions: 16 | Weight (tool only): 93 grams
Super lightweight
Small
Reinforced polymer frame
Feature-packed for its size
Sub-par ergonomics

ToPeak hit another home run with the Ninja 16+. At 93-grams and just over two inches long, this tool maximizes its real estate, packing in 16 relevant functions. It offers each of the most commonly used hex sizes with 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm wrenches along with T10, T15, and T25 Torx bits, a quality chain breaker, two spoke wrench sizes, Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, and a chain hook. This array of tools will allow you to overcome the majority of mechanical issues that might befall you. Despite holding so many functions in its diminutive frame, the Ninja 16+ maintains an intuitive, easy-to-use design that allows for quick adjustments and repairs in the field. A carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer frame makes possible this tool's featherweight feel while maintaining stiffness and durability that will stand the test of time. Riders trying to maintain a slim kit would benefit by adding this tool to their quiver.

With so many features in such a small, lightweight package, the Ninja 16+ makes some minor compromises in its ergonomics. Its short and narrow body doesn't fit ideally into larger palms, and some of the tools attached to the sides of the frame can create pressure points when applying torque. That said, it still rated among the better ergonomic tools in our test. Most riders will find that the tradeoff in comfort versus portability and functionality is well worth it.

Read review: Topeak Ninja 16+

Best for Pack Ditchers


Blackburn Switch Wrap


79
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SCORE
  • Ergonomics 9
  • Features 7
  • Ease of Use 6
  • Portability 10
  • Durability 7
Number of Functions: 15 | Weight: 178 grams
Frame-mounted
Flat-repair kit storage
Ergonomic wrenches
Slow to use
Easy-to-lose components

The Blackburn Switch Wrap offers a uniquely portable and capable design among the tools we tested. With 15 functions and on-bike storage for a tube, CO2 cartridge, and tire lever, it is an enticing minimalist option for mountain bikers looking to ditch their pack. Rather than a single-piece multi-tool like most of the models in our test, the Switch Wrap contains a tool kit comprised of a socket handle and various bits including 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm hex wrenches, T25, and T30 Torx bits, and a flat head screwdriver. Also included is a chain tool with 0, 1, and 2 spoke wrenches. In testing, the clever T and L-handle capability of the socket-bit system provided great leverage, allowed us to reach bolts in tight places, and reminded us of ergonomic workshop tools. Those among us who prefer riding without a pack quickly took a liking to the Switch Wrap, and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a little bit of extra storage.

While the Switch Wrap offers huge portability benefits, it also sacrifices a bit of speed and ease of use to more traditional multi-tool designs when performing repairs and adjustments. Each time you want to make an adjustment, you have to remove the wrap from your bike, extract the tool kit from its tight velcro pocket, and assemble your desired wrench. This process doesn't take long in the grand scheme of things, but riders who value expedience in their repairs may get frustrated over time. Additionally, Blackburn's socket-bit system makes for a lot of components to keep track of while performing a repair.

Read review: Blackburn Switch Wrap

Best for Ergonomics


ToPeak Ratchet Rocket Lite DX Tool Kit


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  • Ergonomics 10
  • Features 6
  • Ease of Use 8
  • Portability 7
  • Durability 7
Number of Functions: 16 | Weight: 160 grams
Fine tooth ratchet system
Thumb wheel for rapid threading
Magnetic bit holder/extender
Great leverage
No chain tool
Easy-to-lose pieces
Large

Beyond its mouthful of a name, the ToPeak Ratchet Rocket Lite DX has a ton to offer for the mid-ride mechanic. This is the only tool we tested with a ratchet system, and we think it offers a huge improvement ergonomically over the traditional multi-tool. The socket-and-bit design combined with the ratchet and magnetic bit extender means that there is no bolt on your bike that this wrench can't easily access. The kit comes standard with every hex wrench size you'll need and a selection of the most commonly-used Torx sizes. For high-torque operations like removing pedals, the magnetic bit holder can be fixed to the back of the socket wrench for increased leverage. Fiddly bolts in tight places like bottle cages can be threaded and unthreaded rapidly using the socket's thumbwheel. We liked this tool so much that we would even consider giving it a place in our home workshop setups.

The Ratchet Rocket Lite DX does have a few drawbacks. First and foremost, the kit does not include a chain breaker, which is a major concern for a multi-tool. When your chain snaps far from home, you don't want to be caught without a way to fix it. ToPeak offers a "plus" version of the tool kit that includes a chain breaker for a small upcharge, but we think it should be included in the standard kit. Additionally, the Ratchet Rocket Lite DX has a lot of small parts to keep track of out on the trail. For most one-bolt fixes and adjustments, it's not an issue, but for big fixes, you could end up with bits scattered all over the ground if you're not careful.

Best for On-Bike Carry


OneUp Components EDC V2


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SCORE
  • Ergonomics 7
  • Features 9
  • Ease of Use 7
  • Portability 10
  • Durability 8
Number of Functions: 20 | Weight (tool only): 128 grams
Lightweight
Extra storage
On-bike integration
Unique design
Requires setup
Expensive
Multiple pieces

OneUp's recently-updated EDC V2 remains our favorite multi-tool innovation. This twenty-function tool stores in your steerer tube or in OneUp's frame-mounted EDC pump, making for one less thing that you need to remember when preparing for your ride. The V2 version features the same tool suite as the original, with a nearly-full selection of hex wrenches, a T25 Torx wrench, a chain breaker, a flat head screwdriver, a quick link breaker, and an EDC top cap tool. The chain breaker design has been updated and is far more ergonomically-friendly than the original, and the tool's main body now features two sealed storage capsules with space for tubeless plugs and a few extra ride essentials. With this tool kit on your bike you'll be able to leave the pack at home for short to mid-length rides.

We love not having to worry about leaving our multi-tool at home, but this on-bike tool kit does make some compromises when compared to a traditional multi-tool. It is always within reach in your steerer tube or pump, but the tool itself requires some disassembly before you can use it. When disassembled the full kit comprises three main units, the mini tool, the chain breaker/tire lever, and the main body that includes the storage capsules. This can be a lot to keep track of while performing a trailside repair, and reassembling the whole unit can be slightly fiddly until you get used to it. Additionally, to store this tool in your steerer tube you'll need to thread your steerer using OneUp's tap kit or purchase the new Threadless Carrier which will cost you a handful of extra dollars, making one of the most expensive tools in the test even more pricy.

Read review: OneUp EDC V2

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Score Product Price Our Take
85
$50
Editors' Choice Award
With a whopping 30 functions, this quality tool is as feature packed as they come
84
$40
This one-piece tool offers exceptional leverage and a wide variety of functions
83
$34
The M19 is a well designed multi-tool with everything you need to handle most trail-side mechanicals
82
$60
Top Pick Award
This innovative model stores on your bike so you can leave the pack at home and still be ready for anything
80
$43
The F15 carries all of the vital functions in its innovative, easy-to-use design
79
$46
The Rx Micro-20 is easy to use and offers some unique tools among its 20 functions
79
$45
Top Pick Award
This contender's 15 functions and on-bike storage lets you leave your pack at home without fear of being stranded
79
$35
Top Pick Award
This contender weighs less than any other tool we tested and still offers high versatility and capability
79
$28
Best Buy Award
This simple, capable tool will keep you moving down the trail without putting a huge dent in your wallet
78
$32
The lightweight, easy-to-use 16 in 1 impressed us with its versatility
78
$30
This tool has you covered with 18 functions and a quality construction
77
$35
Top Pick Award
If you can keep track of all the bits the Ratchet Rocket Lite DX offers benefits over a standard multi-tool
74
$55
The Euro17 will solve most of your trailside problems quickly and easily but at a premium
61
$32
Park Tool is the undisputed heavyweight of bike tools, but its IB-3 multi-tool has poor ergonomics and questionable durability

Photo: Zach Wick

Why You Should Trust Us


Between them, Jeremy Benson and Zach Wick drew upon an ocean of cycling knowledge for this review. Our two authors each have tons of experience, both riding and working on bikes. Jeremy rides almost every day while testing bikes and other gear, training for races, or riding just for fun. This die-hard cyclist spends a lot of time on the racecourse and has racked up results at big events like the Downieville Classic and the Lost and Found Gravel Grinder. He was also a sponsored skier for over a decade and is the author of Mountain Bike Tahoe published by Mountaineers Books. Zach has been religiously riding, racing, and working on bikes for the last fifteen years. With experience on mountain, road, cyclocross, gravel, and track bikes, he brings breadth and depth of cycling knowledge as well as years of industry experience working in a test lab. These two know the value and necessity of a quality multi-tool and hope to impart some of their knowledge in this review.

Our team spent weeks testing these bike multi-tools, using them in every scenario to provide the best possible information. Through testing in the field and the workshop, they scrutinized all aspects of each model to learn its ins and outs. During testing, we analyzed and rated each model's features, functions, ergonomics, portability, ease of use, and durability.

Related: How We Tested Bike Multi-Tools

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Analysis and Test Results


Whatever your preferred cycling discipline, it's guaranteed that at some point you'll experience a mechanical issue. When this happens, a quality bike multi-tool is an indispensable accessory to get you back up and riding instead of walking back to the trailhead or waiting for someone to come and pick you up. Of course, not every mechanical problem can be fixed with a multi-tool, but there are plenty that can be addressed with a little knowledge and the right equipment.

Related: Buying Advice for Bike Multi-Tools

Ideally, you will never need to use a multi-tool while out on a ride, but on the off chance you break your chain, need to tighten a bolt, or simply want to make an adjustment, it's nice to have the right tool your disposal. A multi-tool can't fix problems on its own, so it is important that you also familiarize yourself with your bike and its components to be prepared when a mid-ride mechanical pops up. We recommend taking a basic maintenance or bicycle service course to learn the ins and outs of basic bike repair.


Value


We don't rate the tools in this test based on their price, but we always love a good value. The differences in price between the models in this test are fairly minimal for most models, and some of the highest-rated models are also some of the most affordable. The Pro Bike Tool 17 in 1 is a good example of a more affordable option that is also highly rated. That said, price and performance often go hand in hand, and the top-rated ToPeak Mini PT30 is also one of the most expensive.

Features


Each of the multi-tools in this test has at least what we consider the minimum tools and functions for both road and mountain biking. With the standard hex sizes—also known as Allen keys—which are 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm and a Torx 25 star-shaped bit, a multi-tool will be able to handle the most common mechanical issues. Beyond that, the tools and functions vary between the different models. The tools mentioned above are essential simply because they service the most commonly found bolts on today's bikes. Modern stems, brakes, brake rotors, calipers, derailleurs, chainrings, pedals, and clamps will often be serviceable with this basic tool suite.

While not every model in the test includes one, we think a chain tool is nearly as essential as the basic wrenches. Without a chain tool, there's not a lot that you can do to Macgyver a broken chain back together out on a ride. At that point, you had better hope that the way back home is mostly downhill because you're not pedaling anywhere without a chain. In many cases, the manufacturers of these multi-tools make several versions that offer varying numbers of features—some with chain breakers and some without. We highly recommend the former if you're relying on your bike multi-tool to get home.

The feature-packed Mini PT30 has 30 functions, the most of any model...
The feature-packed Mini PT30 has 30 functions, the most of any model tested.
Photo: Jeremy Benson

We evaluated each model based on the number of tools that it has and additional functions like quick link storage, disc pad spreaders, spoke wrenches, tire levers, and storage cases. In general, we feel that more features are typically better as long as they are actually useful for the user and don't come with a big weight penalty. Some riders may prefer a minimalist approach and would rather not lug around a tool with functions that they may never use, while others prefer to be prepared for everything. Our test includes multi-tools for every type of rider with tools that span from a low of 15 functions to a high of 30.


The most fully-featured model in this test is the ToPeak Mini PT30, with a whopping 30 functions in a relatively small package. It has all of the hex key sizes you'll ever need from 2 to 10mm, flat and Phillips head screwdrivers, Torx 10, 15 and 25 bits, and a quality chain tool with four sizes of spoke wrenches integrated into it. It also has convenient extras like a quick link breaker, quick link storage a chain hook to help with chain repair, and a disc pad spreader. This new model even comes with tire repair tools like a plug insertion tool, reamer, and a small knife.

The Lezyne Super V 22 offers the next most features with 22. It doesn't pile on the extra fluff that you get with the Mini PT 30, but we found in testing that all of its features were well-thought-out and frequently useful out on the trail or road. It covers all of the basics with a full set of the most common hex sizes, T15, T25, and T30 Torx wrenches, and an easy-to-use chain tool. It also includes some handy extras like a brake rotor truing fork in case you have an unfortunate meeting between rotor and rock.

The EDC V2 packs a lot of tools and functions into a streamlined...
The EDC V2 packs a lot of tools and functions into a streamlined unit that can store in your steerer tube or EDC pump.
Photo: Zach Wick

The Pedro's Rx Micro-20 was another of the most feature-rich models we tested. This tool offers a unique package including a Shimano crank cap tool, two full-fledged tire levers, and quick link storage. Also included are 7 and 8mm box wrenches, three spoke wrench sizes, and T25 and T30 Torx wrenches along with all of the standard hexes and a chain tool. If you ride Shimano cranks, this tool is worth a look for its unique crank cap tool alone.

On the lightweight and minimalist end of our spectrum, sit the Topeak Ninja 16+, Fabric 16 in 1, and the Pro Bike Tool 17 in 1. As the lightest tool in our test, the Ninja 16+ hardly represents a compromise, offering 16 tools to keep you moving. With T10 and T15 Torx wrenches, a clever chain holder, three spoke wrench sizes, and Phillips and flathead screwdrivers on top of the basics, it will get you out of most jams. The Pro Bike Tool 17 in 1 is a more traditional minimalist option, but it manages to pack in one more feature than the Ninja without a big weight penalty.

The Lezyne Super V 22 has a good shape that fits nicely in the palm...
The Lezyne Super V 22 has a good shape that fits nicely in the palm and makes high torque operations a little easier.
Photo: Zach Wick

Ergonomics


In evaluating a bike multi-tool's ergonomics we considered its shape, feel in hand, leverage, and the usefulness of its tools in relation to their lengths. A tool with good ergonomics feels comfortable in your hand, can be grasped tightly without pressure points, and provides the leverage to apply torque when necessary. Long tool bits are an added bonus that helps a tool operate in tight spaces more efficiently.


Every tool in our test can get the job done, but some tools are more ergonomically inclined than others. The highest-rated model in our analysis for this metric is the ToPeak Ratchet Rocket Lite DX. This miniaturized ratcheting socket set provides excellent leverage as well as easy access to hard-to-reach bolts. The system works so well that it wouldn't be out of place in a home workshop. The Blackburn Switch Wrap has a similarly ergonomic bit-and-socket design that allows you to configure the wrench as either an L or T handle, but doesn't include the ratchet system.

Our highest-rated traditional multi-tool designs are Crankbrothers' M19 and F15. Each of these Crankbrothers tools is appropriately sized to fit well in most hands with rounded edges and no pressure points for the palm. Their lengths provide good leverage when dealing with finicky bolts, and their chain tools make popping a pin easy. The F15 specifically has a smooth, brushed metal case that doubles as a wrench or chain tool handle, making it a favorite among our testers.

We feel the M19 has some of the best ergonomics in the test, with...
We feel the M19 has some of the best ergonomics in the test, with rounded side plates that have texture added to enhance grip.
Photo: Jeremy Benson

The Topeak Mini PT30, Pedros Rx Micro-20, and Lezyne Super V 22 are also among the most ergonomic tools we tested. For most operations, the Rx Micro 20 sits on par with the highest-rated tools in our test. Its tire-lever flanked frame fits nicely in the palm and provides comfort and leverage. Our only problem with it came when breaking a chain. The chain tool is difficult to grasp, and leverage is hard to come by. It took us a couple tries to break a chain the first time we tested it. The Topeak Mini PT30 is slightly smaller than the M19 and F15. It still fit nicely in hand and provided adequate leverage but falls somewhat short of the top performers. The small sacrifice these tools make in ergonomics is made up for by their portability.

The different shapes and sizes of these tools provide varying levels...
The different shapes and sizes of these tools provide varying levels of ergonomic friendliness.
Photo: Jeremy Benson

Tools that lost considerable ground in the ergonomics category include the OneUp EDC and the Park Tool IB-3. Due to the compact nature of the OneUp EDC's unique design, all of the tools are small and they're more challenging to hold onto and torque on when needed. The Park Tool IB-3 is easily bottom of the pack for ergonomics. This tool is chunky and uncomfortable in hand, with removable parts that move around and get in the way.

The most portable tools aren&#039;t a nuisance to carry in your pocket.
The most portable tools aren't a nuisance to carry in your pocket.
Photo: Zach Wick

Portability


Portability is a fundamental design tenet of any multi-tool. In testing, we found that each tool can easily fit into your pack or saddlebag, but not all of them are lightweight and compact enough to carry comfortably in a pocket. We rated each model's portability based on a combination of both the weight and the size. As for virtually every piece of cycling gear, lighter is generally considered better, and a more compact tool takes up less space when not in use. The importance of both size and weight is up to the individual user and varies based on need and desired carrying location.


At 93-grams and just over two inches long, the Ninja 16+ was the lightest tool in our test, and it achieved our highest rating in portability. It was the only traditional, non-bike-mounted tool to achieve a perfect score in this metric. Its incredibly light weight allows you to choose whether you want to store it in a pocket or a pack. In a pocket, it all but disappears while you're riding, and in a pack, it will save valuable storage space. The Ninja 16+'s 93-gram weight is 57 grams lighter than the average of tools in our test and 14 grams lighter than the next lightest tool, the Lezyne V10.


Along with the Ninja 16+, the OneUp EDC and the Blackburn Switch Wrap also scored perfectly in portability. Both of these tools mount to your bike, so you don't have to lug them around in a pocket or a pack while you pedal. The 128-gram EDC stores in your bike's steerer tube, so it's virtually nonexistent until you need to pull it out and make an adjustment. At 178-grams, the Switch Wrap isn't the lightest model we tested, but it can mount in multiple locations on your frame and provides storage for a tube, CO2 cartridge, and tire lever. It's fast and easy to mount and doesn't create a nuisance while you ride. Both of these quickly became favorites among our testers, and they provide an excellent option for mountain bikers who loathe strapping on a pack.

The EDC is there when you need it, tucked away inside your steerer...
The EDC is there when you need it, tucked away inside your steerer tube or EDC pump.
Photo: Jeremy Benson

Weighing right at the higher end of average in our test at 163g (170g with the neoprene case), the ToPeak Mini PT30 is still relatively lightweight considering that it has 30 functions. It's also quite small, 3" long, 1.75" wide, and 0.75" thick, though the neoprene case adds a little girth to the overall size. Both the Crankbrothers M19 and the Blackburn Tradesman have similar dimensions and are a couple of the largest and heaviest tools in this test.

The Switch Wrap offers multiple options for mounting locations.
The Switch Wrap offers multiple options for mounting locations.
Photo: Zach Wick

Ease of Use


By combining all of the tools you might need into a single, compact unit, multi-tools inherently provide a user-friendly experience. For the most part, the differences in user-friendliness of the various models are relatively small, but certain models offer an easier and faster experience. Things like carrying cases that must be removed before use, multiple components to keep track of, or hard-to-find tools are the main culprits that make a tool harder to use. Throughout testing, we quickly found certain go-to tools that allowed for quick and easy adjustments, and these tools scored highest in this metric.


Our top-rated models for ease of use are the Pro Bike Tool 17 in 1, the Crankbrothers M19 (without the case), the Unior Euro17, the Fabric 16 in 1, and the Pedro's Rx Micro-20. Each of these tools is ready to use the moment you pull it out of your pack or pocket. The 17 in 1 has its tools labeled, so you never accidentally pull out the wrong wrench. Others, like the Rx Micro-20, and Euro17, have simple layouts that allow for quick tool identification and access. None of these multi-tools have an excessive number of removable pieces, and none require their tools to be assembled before use. Out on the trail, these models will be your best bet if you want to minimize time spent fiddling and maximize time spent riding.

A tool like the ToPeak Ratchet Rocket Lite DX is easy to wrench with...
A tool like the ToPeak Ratchet Rocket Lite DX is easy to wrench with but loses a little ground for ease of use due to its carrying case and longer deployment time.
Photo: Zach Wick

The ToPeak Mini PT30 has a cover that adds a small step when pulling it out for use or stowing it away. The cover also represents an additional component to keep track of on the trail or roadside. The Mini PT30's chain tool also needs to be removed from the main body of the tool for use. These additional steps may seem relatively trivial to many riders out there, but for those who enjoy frequently adjusting their bike's setup or want a tool that can keep them in the race when something goes wrong, time savings carry great importance.

Ease of use is the Blackburn Switch Wrap's biggest weakness, and it received our lowest score in this metric. While the frame-mounted wrap offers considerable benefits in portability, it can be a minor hassle when it comes time to make an adjustment. Every time you want to use one of the Switch Wrap's tools, you have to remove the wrap from your frame, pull the tool kit out of its velcro pocket, find your desired bit, and assemble the wrench with the socket handle. This process only takes a handful of seconds, but it's much more involved than that of any other tool we tested. We also found that the Switch Wrap's tool kit can take a bit of muscle to get in and out of the wrap when it's fully loaded with a tube, CO2, and tire lever.

Durability


Under normal conditions with regular use, a good bike multi-tool should last you years, and maybe even decades if you can avoid misplacing it. Most models are made entirely of metal parts like forged aluminum and corrosion-resistant steel. One of the primary durability concerns with multi-tools is the heads of the bits since a spun or rounded bit is completely useless and can damage your bolts with continued use. Plastic parts in multi-tool construction are a concern because plastic is more prone to breaking or warping over time. Corrosion of metal is the least of our durability concerns because while oxidized metal may look bad, it rarely causes any performance issues.


The majority of the models in our test scored well in this metric. None of them will last forever, but most of them are made to withstand numerous years of use with all-metal constructions featuring aluminum side plates and chrome-plated or chrome vanadium steel bits. The Pro Bike Tool 17 in 1, Blackburn Tradesman, Crankbrothers M19, Crankbrothers F15, and ToPeak Mini PT30 should all last you long enough that you won't remember when you bought them.

The Ninja 16+ represents the only model with non-metal frame construction to receive our highest durability score. Its carbon fiber reinforced polymer body offers a fantastic strength-to-weight ratio and facilitates its low-weight, feature-packed nature. Initially, we had concerns about it fatiguing and failing over time since polymers typically struggle in that department. Still, we couldn't detect any movement or stress in the frame even when applying high torque. With the considerable weight benefit it brings, we commend ToPeak for their bold material choice.

The M19 next to a 10 year old M17. Other than a touch of corrosion...
The M19 next to a 10 year old M17. Other than a touch of corrosion its safe to say these tools are designed to stand the test of time.
Photo: Jeremy Benson

We had some minor durability concerns with a few of the models in our test. The OneUp EDC V2, Euro17, Rx Micro-20, and Matchbox 16 all feature plastic in either their frame constructions or certain components. While the EDC's metal tools gave us no problems, its largely plastic construction may be prone to breaking with extended use. With the Euro17, Unior devoted resources to ensuring their tool tips would span the test of time with a coating of black oxide, but they also constructed the multi-tool's frame with flexible plastic. When applying substantial torque to the Euro17, you can feel the entire tool twist in your hand. While we didn't see any problems in our testing, we fear that the plastic might fatigue quickly. The Rx Micro-20's frame construction gave us no issues, but after our rotor bolt test, we noticed some minor wear on the T25's tip.

Don&#039;t get caught unprepared. A good bike multi-tool can get you out...
Don't get caught unprepared. A good bike multi-tool can get you out of most trailside jams and keep the good times rolling.
Photo: Jeremy Benson

Conclusion


You have a lot to consider when searching for a new bike multi-tool. Whether you're looking to be prepared for anything or to simply travel with the basics, a variety of viable options exist to fit your needs. The tools in this test provide differing benefits in speed, comfort, and portability. Depending on what you value when out for a pedal, your ideal tool might not be the same as the next rider's. We hope that our detailed comparative analysis helps you find the model that's right for you.

Jeremy Benson, Zach Wick