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The Best Bike Multi-Tools of 2019

Monday July 1, 2019
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Need help deciding on a bike multi-tool for your cycling adventures? We dug into thirty of the best multi-tools you can buy in 2019 then purchased 13 to test side-by-side. Mid-ride mechanical issues will eventually strike even the luckiest cyclists out there, so we took it upon ourselves to puzzle out each model's pros and cons to help keep you on your bike. A good tool can mean the difference between finishing your ride and having to call for a pickup, so we put each model through the wringer to separate the wheat from the chaff. Through close scrutiny, extensive use in the field, and rigorous side-by-side testing in the workshop, we produced a definitive ranking across five different metrics.


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Pros Feature packed, neoprene case, small19 functions, comes with storage case, good ergonomics, all-metal constructionergonomic, metal construction, functional and sleek carrying caseSmall, lightweight, all-metal construction20 functions, simple and fast to use, unique tools
Cons Moderate weightheavy-ish, on the larger sidemultiple pieces, large-ishLimited functions, expensiveexpensive, finicky chain tool
Bottom Line 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.The Pedro's Rx Micro-20 offers 20 functions and unique tools in an easy-to-use, traditional design.
Rating Categories Topeak Mini 20 Pro Crankbrothers M19 Crankbrothers F15 Specialized EMT Pro MTB Pedro's Rx Micro-20
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Specs Topeak Mini 20 Pro Crankbrothers M19 Crankbrothers F15 Specialized EMT... Pedro's Rx Micro-20
Weight 153g 173g 163g 106g 160g
Number of Functions 23 19 15 13 20
Weight With Cover 161g 209g N/A N/A N/A
Hex Wrenches (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 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 mm
Torx T10 & T25 T10 & T25 T25 T25 T25 & T30
Screwdrivers #2 Philips, Flat head Philips #1, #2, Flat #2 Flat head, Philips #2 Philips Flat blade
Chain Tool Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Addtional Tools 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 7 & 8 mm flare box wrenches; 3.23, 3.3, 3.45 spoke wrenches, Shimano Crank Cap Tool, Presta Valve Core Tool
Size, Length x Width x Depth/thickness 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 3 1/2 x 2 x 3/4

Best Overall Bike Multi-Tool


Topeak Mini 20 Pro


Editors' Choice Award

$30.65
(12% off)
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  • Ergonomics - 25% 8
  • Features - 25% 9
  • Ease of Use - 20% 8
  • Portability - 20% 9
  • Durability - 10% 8
Number of Functions: 23 | Weight (tool only): 153g
Feature-packed
All-metal construction
Neoprene carrying case
Small size
Moderate weight

The ToPeak Mini Pro 20 is the highest rated model in our best bike multi-tool test and the winner of our Editor's Choice Award. This fully-featured model is packed with 23 functions and comes equipped to handle any adjustment or simple fix out in the field. It features all the standard hex keys from size 2 to 10mm, flat and Phillips head screwdrivers, Torx 10 and 25, plus a quality chain tool and much more. ToPeak has managed to squeeze all of these features into an impressively small and lightweight package at only 161g including the neoprene storage case. It boasts some of the best ergonomics in the test and is well suited to all types of cycling from mountain biking to road riding.

At 161g, the Mini Pro 20 is far from the lightest model in our test but considering the number of tools and features it has we feel it is pretty respectable. It also has several tools that most riders will probably never use, most notably a chain hook, spoke holder, and four sizes of spoke wrenches. Nevertheless, the Mini Pro 20 is a well-designed, durable, and compact multi-tool at a reasonable price.

Read review: ToPeak Mini Pro 20

Best Bang for the Buck


Blackburn Tradesman


Best Buy Award

$29.95
at Amazon
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SCORE
  • Ergonomics - 25% 7
  • Features - 25% 8
  • Ease of Use - 20% 9
  • Portability - 20% 7
  • Durability - 10% 8
Number of Functions: 18 | Weight (tool only): 178g
Affordable
18 functions
Durable
Quick link splitter
Larger
Heavier weight

The Tradesman is an affordable and quality multi-tool from cycling accessory brand, Blackburn. With 18 tools and functions, the Tradesman has you covered for just about any adjustment and repair possibility on the road or trail. It has all the regular hex key sizes from 2 through 8mm, Torx 25 and 30, plus a flathead screwdriver and a disc pad spreader. Add to that a quality chain tool with a unique quick link splitter and integrated quick link storage and you should never be at a loss if your chain breaks on a ride. The quick link splitter is an innovative tool not found on other models and is incredibly helpful in certain situations, even doing drivetrain work at home. It also has decent ergonomics and durable, mostly metal construction.

The Tradesman weighs in at 178g, one of the heaviest models in the test, and likely won't be the first pick of the gram counting cyclist. It is also one of the largest tools, so if space is at a premium, it may not be for you. That said, there was little that testers didn't like about the Tradesman, especially at this price.

Read review: Blackburn Tradesman

Top Pick for Lightweight


ToPeak Ninja 16+


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  • Ergonomics - 25% 7
  • Features - 25% 7
  • Ease of Use - 20% 8
  • Portability - 20% 10
  • Durability - 10% 8
Number of Functions: 16 | Weight (tool only): 93g
Super lightweight
Small
Reinforced polymer frame
Feature-packed for its size
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 wrenches, a quality chain breaker, two spoke wrench sizes, Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, and a chain holder. These 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+

Top Pick for Pack Ditchers


Blackburn Switch Wrap


Top Pick Award

$34.99
(22% off)
at Competitive Cyclist
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  • Ergonomics - 25% 9
  • Features - 25% 7
  • Ease of Use - 20% 6
  • Portability - 20% 10
  • Durability - 10% 7
Number of Functions: 15 | Weight: 178g
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 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 riders 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 that can be configured in a variety of ways including 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm hex wrenches, T25, and T30 Torx wrenches, 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 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

Top Pick for Innovation


OneUp Components EDC


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  • Ergonomics - 25% 6
  • Features - 25% 9
  • Ease of Use - 20% 7
  • Portability - 20% 10
  • Durability - 10% 7
Number of Functions: 21 | Weight (tool only): 108g
Lightweight
Feature-packed
Stores in the steerer tube
Unique design
Requires threading of steerer tube
Expensive

The OneUp EDC is a unique and innovative model that stands out from the typical bike multi-tool crowd. Mountain bike parts and accessory manufacturer OneUp has been designing interesting products for several years, and the EDC is a fully featured multi-tool that stores within the empty space inside your fork's steerer tube. They have managed to pack an astounding 21 functions into a lightweight, only 108g, and extremely portable package. It has all of the usual bits including hex keys sizes 2-8mm, a Torx 25, and a flat head screwdriver. It has a small but functional chain tool, spare quick link storage, a tire lever, four sizes of spoke wrenches, a spare chainring bolt, and more. If you're the type of rider looking to ditch your pack, you can rest assured that you've got all the tools you need conveniently tucked away on your bike.

The most obvious drawback to this system is that you have to thread your steerer tube and purchase an EDC top cap for an additional $25, making it by far the most expensive model in the test. It is also limited to use on one bike, although you can carry the tool with you in a pack or pocket. The compact design also means that the tools themselves are quite small and aren't as ergonomically friendly as some of the larger models. With that in mind, we still feel the EDC is quality multi-tool for the right consumer.

Read review: OneUp EDC



Why You Should Trust Us


Between them, Jeremy Benson and Zach Wick drew upon an incredible amount 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 and has racked up some impressive Strava statistics in 2018. This die-hard cyclist spends a lot of time on the race course 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 a decade and is the author of Mountain Bike Tahoe published by Mountaineers Books. Zach has been riding, racing, and working on bikes for over 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 an obscene amount of time 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.

Related: How We Tested Bike Multi-Tools


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 make adjustments or perform simple fixes to get you back up and riding instead of walking back to the trailhead or waiting for a roadside pick 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 for the job at 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 so that when you do need to repair or adjust something you actually know how.


Value


We don't rate the tools in this test based on their price, but we do love a good value. The differences in price between the models in this test are not all that extreme, and some of the highest rated models are also some of the most affordable. The Blackburn Tradesman is a good example, and it is the winner of our Best Buy Award.

Features


Each of the models in this test has at least what we consider to be the minimum tools and functions for both road and mountain biking. These features are the standard sizes of hex keys, also known as Allen keys, which are 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm. Each tool also has a Torx 25, star-shaped bit, and a chain tool. Beyond that, the tools and functions vary between the different models. We feel 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. A chain tool is necessary because you can't fix a chain without one, and you can't ride a bike without a chain. In many cases, the manufacturers of these multi-tools make several versions that offer varying levels of features.

A look at one of the most fully-featured multi-tools  the ToPeak Mini Pro 20.
It may only have 10 tools  but it probably has just about everything you need.

We evaluated each model based on the number of tools that it has and other 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 potentially useful for the user. That said, 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 even if it comes with a small weight penalty. Our test includes multi-tools for every type of rider with tools that span from a low of 10 functions to a high of 23.


The most fully featured model in this test is our Editor's Choice, the ToPeak Mini Pro 20, with a whopping 23 functions in a shockingly small package. It has all of the hex key sizes you'll ever need including a 10mm, flat and Phillips head screwdrivers, Torx 10 and 25 bits, and a quality chain tool with four sizes of spoke wrenches integrated into it. It also has convenient extras like an emergency tire lever, a chain hook to help with chain repair, and even a tool to tighten the bolts on the multi-tool itself.

The OneUp EDC and Lezyne RAP-21 CO2 offer the next most features with 21 each. The cleverly designed OneUP EDC packs these functions into its unique tubular design. It's got all the usual hex keys, a Torx 25, flat head, and a chain tool with four sizes of spoke wrenches. Also, OneUp has integrated a tire lever, quick link storage, a spare chainring bolt, and CO2 storage into this compact system. The RAP-21 CO2 is the only tool in our test that includes a CO2 inflator with its feature package. Included with its standard hex wrenches and chain tool are 8 and 10mm open ended box wrenches, a bottle opener, T25 and T30 Torx wrenches, Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, and a disc brake pad spreader. Each of these tools has its advantages and disadvantages, but both tools represent reliable options for riders who want to be prepared for anything.

There's a lot of tools packed into this streamlined unit. It's impressive how small it all packs down.
There's a lot of tools packed into this streamlined unit. It's impressive how small it all packs down.

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 the 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+, the Specialized EMT Pro, and the Lezyne V10 with 16, 13, and 10 functions respectively. As the lightest tool in our test, the Ninja 16+ hardly represents a compromise, offering a full suite of 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 EMT Pro and Lezyne V10 are more traditional minimalist options. The EMT Pro offers a disc pad spreader, two spoke wrenches and a bottle opener along with the basics. The V10's only extras are a Phillips head screwdriver and a T30 Torx wrench.

Ergonomics


As far as multi-tool ergonomics are concerned, we are interested in the tool's efficiency in its design which includes its shape, feel in hand, leverage, and usefulness of tools in relation to their lengths. A tool with good ergonomics feels comfortable in your hand, can be grasped tightly without pressure points, and allows you to create a good amount of leverage force when necessary.


Every tool in our test can get the job done, but some tools are more ergonomically inclined than others. The highest rated models in our analysis for this metric are Crankbrothers' M19 and F15, along with the Blackburn Switch Wrap. Each of the Crankbrothers tools is properly 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. The Switch Wrap was unique among tools we tested in its socket-bit design which allows you to configure its wrenches as either L or T-handles. This model provided a far different experience than a traditional multi-tool and reminded us most of quality workshop tools. The Switch Wrap allowed us the easiest access to bolts in hard-to-reach places while also providing great leverage and comfort.

We feel the M19 has the best ergonomics in the test  with rounded side plates that have texture added to enhance grip.
We feel the M19 has the best ergonomics in the test, with rounded side plates that have texture added to enhance grip.

The Topeak Mini 20 Pro, the Pedros Rx Micro-20, and the Specialized EMT Pro also rated highly in ergonomics. 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 20 Pro and the Specialized EMT Pro are both slightly smaller than the M19 and F15. They still fit nicely in hand and provide great leverage but fall somewhat short of the top performers. The small sacrifice these tools make in ergonomics is made up for by their portability.

The Lezyne V10, Blackburn Tradesman, Unior Euro17, and ToPeak Ninja 16+ each provide reasonable ergonomics but lose a little bit of ground to the best tools in our test. The Ninja 16+ is the smallest and lightest tool we looked at while also packing in loads of features, so we'll give it a pass on its imperfect ergonomics. Regardless, its short length and tool-packed frame provided less leverage and comfort than the best tools in our test. The Tradesman, V10, and Euro17 each have similar dimensions to the top performers in our test but fall slightly short in one way or another. The Euro17 and V10 are just slightly too short and wide to fit well in the palm when applying torque, while the Tradesman is a bit thick and bulky to provide a good grip.

The different shapes and sizes of these tools provide varying levels of ergonomic friendliness.
The different shapes and sizes of these tools provide varying levels of ergonomic friendliness.

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. Their small sizes make the tools a little 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.

Portability


Portability is a key design tenet of any multi-tool. In testing, we found that each tool can easily fit into your pack or saddlebag, but only some of the tools 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 8 grams lighter than the next lightest tool, the Lezyne V10.

The Ninja 16+ was the smallest and lightest tool we tested.
The Ninja 16+ was the smallest and lightest tool we tested.

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 108 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 riders who loathe strapping on a pack.

The EDC is there when you need it  tucked away inside your steerer tube.
The EDC is there when you need it, tucked away inside your steerer tube.

Weighing right around the average of our test at 153g (161g in the neoprene case), the ToPeak Mini Pro 20 is still relatively lightweight considering that it has 23 functions. The Mini Pro 20 is also quite small, 3" long, 1.6" wide, and 0.6" 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.

The Lezyne RAP-21 CO2 and Park Tool I-Beam lost the most ground in this metric. The RAP-21 CO2's weight tops our test at 197 grams with its neoprene wrap, and it also has a large, awkward shape. Its three-inch long, two-inch wide body is full of bulges from tools that don't quite sit neatly in the frame. The I-Beam suffers from a similar problem but is even more awkwardly shaped.


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 Specialized EMT Pro MTB, the Blackburn Tradesman, the Crankbrothers M19 (without the case), the Unior Euro17, 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. Some of them, like the EMT Pro and the Tradesman have their 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.

What you see is what you get. The EMT Pro MTB is as user-friendly as they come.
What you see is what you get. The EMT Pro MTB is as user-friendly as they come.

Both of the Lezyne tools, the V10 and RAP 21-CO2, along with the ToPeak Mini Pro 20 have covers that add a small step when pulling them out for use or stowing them away. The cover also represents an additional component to keep track of on the trail or roadside. The Mini Pro 20'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 represents 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 completely 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 Specialized EMT Pro MTB, the Lezyne V10, Blackburn Tradesman, Crankbrothers M19, Crankbrothers F15, and Lezyne RAP-21 CO2 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, but 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 its safe to say these tools are designed to stand the test of time.
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.

We had some minor durability concerns with a few of the models in our test. The OneUp EDC, Euro17, and Rx Micro-20 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.

The Park Tool I-beam was the least durable tool in our test by far. The first time we ever used the tool, we were attempting to remove a rotor bolt, and the T25 tool tip spun, rendering it nonfunctional. Additionally, we had concerns about the longevity of its plastic-coated tire lever. When applying torque to the body of the tool, the plastic twists, wearing it over time. Without the tire lever, the I-Beam's chain tool is useless, so this was a major concern for us.

This is not what you want the head of your Torx 25 to look like.
This is not what you want the head of your Torx 25 to look like.

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