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On the search for a reliable bike multi-tool to carry on your rides? Our gear experts researched over 30 models and purchased 14 to put to the test. No matter what kind of terrain or how far you ride, adjustments and mechanical issues are eventualities that everyone should prepare for. A quality multi-tool should be an essential item in every cyclist's kit and could mean the difference between finishing your ride, walking your bike to the trailhead, or waiting for a pick-up. We closely evaluated each tool in our workshop and out in the field, scrutinizing each model's features, ergonomics, portability, ease of use, and durability. We hope that this review helps you find the best bike multi-tool for your needs.
Number of Functions: 30 | Weight (tool only): 163 grams
REASONS TO BUY
Neoprene carrying case
Tubeless plug insertion tool
REASONS TO AVOID
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 even 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 a comfortable grip. The neoprene case wraps the tool up tight and tidy for protection and increased comfort when carried in a pocket or your pack.
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.
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 sizes, a T25 Torx, and a capable chain tool making up its backbone. Smooth, rounded edges and a good width give this tool a comfortable 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 pocketbook will be hard-pressed to find a better option available.
Like most multi-tools, the 17 in 1 comes with a few compromises. Its compact design means that the tool bits are fairly short. This can make hard-to-reach bolts in tight places or recessed cavities 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, or adjusting derailleur limit screws could be a bit of a pain. Due to the compact design, the chain tool handle is fairly small and doesn't have the best 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 with a reasonable price, we think it's the best value in the test.
Number of Functions: 16 | Weight (tool only): 93 grams
REASONS TO BUY
Reinforced polymer frame
Feature-packed for its size
REASONS TO AVOID
ToPeak hit another home run with the Ninja 16+. At only 93 grams and just over two inches long, this tool maximizes its real estate, packing in 16 relevant functions. It has 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 chain breaker, two spoke wrench sizes, Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, and a chain hook. This selection of tools should be adequate to overcome the majority of mechanical issues that might befall you on a ride. 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 this tool's featherweight feel possible while maintaining stiffness and durability that should 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. The 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 while applying torque. That said, it still rates 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.
The Blackburn Switch Wrap offers a uniquely portable and capable design among the tools we tested. With 15 functions as well as 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 folding 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. Blackburn's socket-bit system also makes for a lot of components to keep track of while performing a repair. Another consideration is that the Switch Wrap can scuff the paint on your frame over time if it moves around. We suggest putting a small layer of frame protector underneath it if you are concerned with the appearance of your paint job.
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 it would be nice if it was 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.
Number of Functions: 20 | Weight (tool only): 128 grams
REASONS TO BUY
REASONS TO AVOID
OneUp's updated EDC V2 remains one of our favorite multi-tool innovations. This twenty-function tool stores discreetly in your mountain bike's 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 more ergonomically friendly than the original, and the tool's main body features two sealed storage capsules with space for tubeless plugs and a few extra ride essentials. With this tool kit on your bike, you may even 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 pricey.
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 sixteen 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 fits nicely in hand and provides 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There can be a lot to consider when searching for a new bike multi-tool. Whether you're looking to be prepared for any scenario or just the basics, a variety of 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 also recommend learning how to use your multi-tool before you get out there, as it will make your life much easier to make those quick adjustments easily and on the fly. We hope that our detailed comparative analysis helps you find the model that's right for you, and keeps you out on the road or trail all the longer.
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