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The Greatest Bike Multi-Instruments of 2023


It’s onerous to think about a biking accent that’s extra important, reasonably priced, or transportable than the bike multi-tool. Mechanical points can and do occur, and being ready can imply the distinction between a fast, simple adjustment in the course of a experience or ending up stranded in the course of nowhere.

Whether or not you experience highway, gravel, mountain bikes, or the entire above, carrying a top quality multi-tool is an absolute necessity. When you want to tighten a unfastened bolt, make a mid-ride adjustment, or repair a damaged chain, a superb multi-tool is a vital accent to have whenever you’re miles from house or the trailhead. And, should you don’t have a full set of motorbike instruments at house, they are often useful to be used there as nicely.

Having owned a wide range of multi-tools through the years, shedding and discovering just a few (bear in mind to zip up these saddlebags, individuals), and making an attempt a variety of the most recent fashions, we gathered 12 of the very best multi-tools available on the market to check and examine. Every mannequin was examined by evaluate creator Jim Graham or a member of the Bikerumor workforce for months, and in some instances, years, that can assist you discover the proper one to match your type of using and bike restore know-how.

Our high bike multi-tool suggestions are listed beneath, adopted by the very best of the remaining that are nice choices that we really feel are additionally worthy of consideration. Our comparability chart exhibits all of the fashions we examined and their specs at a look, we offer useful data in our shopping for recommendation should you need assistance deciding what you want, and the FAQ part gives solutions to some widespread questions.


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Comparability Chart

Multi-Device Mannequin MSRP Measured Weight # of Features Hex Keys Torx Screwdrivers Chain Device Tubeless Restore Instruments
Silca Italian Military Knife – Venti $55 177g 20 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 T8, T10, T20, T25 Phillips #2, flathead Sure No
Professional Bike Device 20-in-1 $29 118g 20 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 T25, T30 Phillips, flathead Sure No
Unior Multitool Euro17 $50 175g 17 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 T10, T25 Phillips #1, flathead Sure No
ToPeak Mini PT30 $58.50 171g 30 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 T10, T15, T25 Phillips #2, flathead Sure Sure
Blackburn Change Wrap $50 176g 16 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 T25, T30 flat head Sure No
Crankbrothers M19 $37 175g (215g w/ case) 19 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 T10, T25 Phillips #1 and #2, flathead Sure No (M20 comes with)
Cannondale 18-in-1 w/ Dynaplug $80 125g 18 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 T25 Phillips #2, flathead Sure Sure
Blackburn Wayside $40 195g 19 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 T25, T30 flat head Sure No
Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Package Two $140 172g 26 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 T10, T25 Phillips #2, flathead Sure Sure
ToPeak Ratchet Rocket Lite DX+ $53 195g 20 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 T10, T15, T25 Phillips Sure No
Lezyne SV Professional-17 $50 119g 17 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 T10, T25 Phillips Sure Sure
Bontrager Professional Multi-Device $52 162g 15 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 T25 Phillips, flat head Sure No
Scroll to the correct to see extra specs.

Why You Ought to Belief Us

At Bikerumor, we all know that having a superb multi-tool could make the distinction between persevering with your experience or reducing it quick, so we all the time carry one with us irrespective of the place we’re going or what kind of motorbike we’re using. We will’t even depend the variety of instances our multi-tools have been used through the years for every part from easy consolation changes, fixing chains, or tightening bolts that mysteriously got here unfastened throughout a experience. And, we’re all the time searching for the very best device for the job, whether or not that’s a brilliant light-weight possibility for races or a extra complete mannequin for heading approach off the grid on in a single day adventures. Fortunately, we get to check out plenty of totally different multi-tools, so we will share our expertise with you.

For our bike multi-tools purchaser’s information, evaluate authors Jim Graham and Jeremy Benson personally examined every of the 12 fashions included. Jim is an avid gravel rider who spends numerous time exploring the backroads of New England and is aware of the significance of getting the correct multi-tool whereas using by way of distant forests on tough roads. He’s been biking for a few years and has used many alternative multi-tools in that point. He’s semi-retired from a profession in journalism, however he’s preserving himself busy testing and reviewing gear together with the very best gravel bike tires. Jeremy has been professionally testing and reviewing bike gear for over seven years. He’s a gravel and mountain bike racer who spends an inordinate time on the bike testing merchandise, coaching, and using for enjoyable. Along with testing over 30 multi-tools previously few years, he’s continuously making mid-ride changes whereas testing every part from full bikes, pedals, and footwear, and has come to understand the standard multi-tools that assist to make his life simpler. Jeremy has additionally offered his experience in testing and reviewing the greatest hitch bike racks, protecting mountain bike helmets, and our favourite mountain bike footwear.

After researching the very best bike multi-tools available on the market, we rounded up a various number of 12 fashions for side-by-side testing and comparability. Every device was weighed for consistency and comparability to producers’ specs and examined to test the design and construct high quality. We shoved every multi-tool into jersey pockets, saddle luggage, and fanny packs to research their portability, and took them out on rides of various lengths within the off likelihood we’d want to make use of them within the area. We additionally ran every mannequin by way of a collection of exams within the house workshop to check their ergonomics, the performance and sturdiness of all of the instruments, and to make use of options like chain instruments, fast hyperlink storage, fast hyperlink instruments, disc pad spreaders, and, in fact, bottle openers. When testing concluded, we zeroed in on our favorites and people who excel in particular methods in comparison with the remaining.

Using the Cannondale 18-in-1 with Dynaplug to tighten a thru-axle on a mountain bike
There’s no substitute for real-world testing, so we ran every mannequin by way of a collection of exams to see hoe they work and examine to one another. (picture/Jeremy Benson)

With so many multi-tools providing a dizzying array of capabilities and options, it’s simple to get misplaced whereas evaluating all of the specs. However answering this query will go miles towards simplifying your search: How will you truly use a multi-tool?

Nearly each multi-tool we’ve ever tried will deal with the commonest, primary repairs and tweaks on a highway, gravel, mountain, or e-bike – adjusting a saddle or handlebars or tightening a unfastened bolt. So, take into consideration your bike mechanic abilities before you purchase. Along with the fundamentals, have you learnt the right way to alter a derailleur? Re-center your disc brakes? Repair a damaged chain? True a warped wheel?

Understanding the right way to use the instruments is simply as necessary as having them, so taking a motorcycle upkeep or restore course could possibly be a good way to study new abilities which will turn out to be useful down the highway or path. There are additionally nice tutorial movies you could find on-line to determine the right way to repair sure issues (Park Device has nice how-to movies).

Group shot of bike multi-tools
There are plenty of choices with regards to multi-tools. Fortunately, there’s one thing on the market that shall be suited to your particular wants, even when discovering it is likely to be a problem. (picture/Jim Graham)

Taking a while to familiarize your self together with your bike(s) and all of the components can provide you a good suggestion of what instruments you want to make changes out on a experience. It pays to know the precise hex sizes, Torx bits, and screw heads your specific bike requires. For example, some derailleurs, such because the Shimano GRX, take a small, 2mm hex wrench – not included on some multi-tools – to regulate the restrict screws. And, relying on the instruments your bike wants, know that many manufacturers make a number of variations with various instruments included so you must have the ability to discover one which fits your wants.

It might sound apparent, however your multi-tool ought to swimsuit the changes and fixes you’re comfy making. Should you’ll use it solely to make occasional, fast, and simple repairs throughout a experience, then search for these widespread options:

  • Hex (aka Allen) wrenches in 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm
  • A Phillips and/or flathead screwdriver
  • Torx wrenches that suit your bike (the commonest are T10 and T25)
  • A sequence device (assuming you know the way to make use of it)

The above number of hex, Torx, and screwdrivers ought to have the ability to deal with many of the easy changes and fixes that the majority well-maintained bikes would require on a experience. There’s a motive that each mannequin on this evaluate has a series device, and that’s as a result of it’s fairly vital within the off likelihood you break a series throughout a experience, however you must know the right way to use it for it to be efficient. Whereas it doesn’t occur that always, it does occur, and even should you carry a fast hyperlink (or grasp hyperlink) to rejoin your damaged chain, the damaged part of the chain nearly all the time must be eliminated to put in it. Once more, watching an tutorial video and/or working towards at house on an outdated chain will be the distinction between making a repair within the area and persevering with your experience, strolling out of the woods, or calling your vital different for a roadside pickup.

The chain tool on the Silca Italian Army Knife Venti
Damaged chains don’t occur that always, however you want a series device to repair one. The big deal with on the Slica Venti’s chain device makes it simpler to know than lots of the smaller fashions. (picture/Jim Graham)

Relying on the length of your rides or the remoteness of your adventures, extra instruments could also be useful to maintain you from having an epic bike breakdown many miles down a gravel highway with no cell service. A lot of bike multi-tools embody different capabilities than the necessities listed above together with issues like quick-link storage, valve core instruments, spoke wrenches, disc pad spreaders, disc rotor truing instruments, knife blades, tubeless restore instruments, plugs, and extra. To be self-sufficient, it’s necessary to have the instruments you want to hold your bike rolling. One of the complete instruments we examined is the Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Package Two which might be our decide for prolonged bikepacking journeys the place you won’t see individuals for days.

A closer look at the components of the Wolf Tooth 8-bit kit two including the tire plugs
The tremendous complete Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Package Two features a pack of bacon strips and a tire plug insertion device. (picture/Jim Graham)

Tubeless Tire Restore

With the proliferation of tubeless tires throughout all kinds of biking, carrying tubeless restore instruments is critical for a lot of riders. Whereas tubeless plug and plug instruments have historically been one thing we feature independently of our multi-tools, many fashions are actually coming with them built-in into their designs for an all-in-one device and tubeless restore equipment. Not each multi-tool comes with tubeless instruments or plugs, in fact, however many do and a few manufacturers supply a number of fashions that include or with out to swimsuit various wants and preferences. These options usually encompass a tubeless needle/plugger that can be utilized to push a “bacon strip” right into a puncture and space for storing for some tubeless plugs.

The Dynaplug feature on the Cannondale 18-in-1 with Dynaplug bike mutli-tool
Dynaplugs work nice in our expertise, so having them built-in right into a device just like the Cannondale 18-in-1 with Dynaplug means there’s one much less factor we have to carry. (picture/Jeremy Benson)

The fashions we examined that embody tubeless restore instruments are the ToPeak Mini PT30, the Lezyne SV Professional-17, Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Package Two, and the Cannondale 18-in-1 with Dynaplug. The ToPeak, Lezyne, and Wolf Tooth all have plug insertion instruments for “bacon strip” kind plugs and the latter two fashions even include some. The Cannondale device comes with a dual-head Dynaplug device and their easy-to-use pointed steel tip plugs. Plug preferences differ, in fact, with some riders swearing by bacon strips and others preferring Dynaplug or different choices.

Using the ToPeak Mini PT30 to tighten a bolt
The size of the bits and dimension of many folding instruments can affect their ergonomics and your capability to achieve sure bolts with them. (picture/Jeremy Benson)

Ergonomics

In comparison with common workshop instruments, most multi-tools sacrifice a bit in ergonomics for the compact kind that they should take to pack many instruments into a conveyable and light-weight unit. That is significantly true of most folding instruments which have quick, folding bits and rectangular shapes. They sometimes really feel fairly good in your palms and supply satisfactory torque for easy fixes or changes, however the size of the bits and the form of the device itself can usually imply that accessing hard-to-reach bolts is awkward. Nonetheless, they will get the job accomplished most of the time.

The tools inside the Blackburn Switch Wrap Tool Kit
They could be just a little slower to deploy, however the instruments within the Blackburn Change Wrap Device Package have wonderful ergonomics in comparison with extra conventional folding multi-tools. (picture/Jim Graham)

Some instruments exit of their technique to attempt to have ergonomics that mimic common store instruments. The Blackburn Change Wrap Device Package, for instance, has an excellent deal with that may lengthen the detachable bits or be used straight on or in a T-shape. Equally, the ToPeak Ratchet Rocket Lite DX+ not solely has ratcheting functionality however it may be utilized in a number of configurations to achieve sure bolts. Additionally, the Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Package Two has a swiveling head for its detachable bits that can be utilized at numerous angles. Going a step additional, the Blackburn Wayside has particular person hex keys for sizes 2, 2.5, 3, 4, and 5mm, that make them tremendous simple to make use of.

comparing the size of the ToPeak Mini PT30 and the Cannondale 18-in-1 with Dynaplug
Instruments just like the Topeak Mini PT30 and the Cannondale 18-in-1 with Dynaplug are good and small to simply slot in your pocket, saddle bag, or pack. (picture/Jeremy Benson)

Portability: How Are You Going to Carry It?

A motorcycle multi-tool solely works when you’ve got it with you, so it’s necessary to contemplate how you propose to hold it whereas using when choosing the proper one to your wants. Fortuitously, they’re sometimes comparatively light-weight and compact, so most shall be simple to stash in a jersey or cargo bib pocket, saddle bag, hydration pack, fanny pack, bottle mount device canister, or in-frame storage compartment. However, some are smaller and lighter than others, making them simpler to squeeze right into a small saddle bag or be much less noticeable in your pocket. Some even have storage instances to maintain them tidy and feeling nice towards your decrease again or hold them from snagging on different issues in your pack.

A bike multi-tool being carried in a saddle bag
Saddle luggage are a typical spot to hold a multi-tool on highway and gravel bikes. The ToPeak Mini PT30 suits simply into this one together with a tube, tire lever, and a pair of CO2 canisters (not pictured). (picture/Jeremy Benson)

The variations in weight among the many fashions we examined aren’t extremely vital with solely about 80 grams separating the lightest, 118 grams, and the heaviest, 195 grams, although it’s definitely notable and should make a distinction to those that are significantly weight-conscious. Not surprisingly, nevertheless, the 2 lightest fashions we examined, the Professional Bike Device 20-in-1 and the Lezyne SV Professional-17, additionally occur to be a few the slimmest and most compact, making them fairly simple to suit into small areas. Additionally not surprisingly, just a few of the heaviest fashions we examined, just like the Blackburn Wayside and the Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Package Two, are a number of the largest. The added weight and dimension, nevertheless, is a tradeoff for additional or specialised instruments and higher ergonomics and leverage.

The Blackburn Switch Wrap Tool Kit mounted on a mountain bike on a mountaintop
This Blackburn Change Wrap has been in use for 3+ years and it attaches neatly to the body holding a spare tube, two CO2 canisters, and a tire lever. It may also be connected to the saddle instead of a saddle bag. (picture/Jeremy Benson)

Whereas there are lots of methods to retailer instruments on bikes themselves as of late, among the best we’ve discovered is the Blackburn Change Wrap Device Package. Not solely does it embody a stable device choice, however the wrap can maintain extra gadgets like a tube, CO2 canisters, tire plugs, and tire levers and be strapped to your body or saddle. This might help get weight off your physique, get rid of the necessity for a saddle bag, and all the time be certain that you’ve acquired your restore equipment prepared and with you when you experience.

Different Issues to Carry

We really feel {that a} good multi-tool is an absolute necessity to carry with you on any kind of motorbike experience whether or not that’s highway, gravel, mountain, or perhaps a day by day commute. It’s not the one factor you must carry with you, in fact, as a multi-tool can solely achieve this a lot. What else you must carry with you is dependent upon what kind of using you’re doing, how far you’re going, and can also be particular to the bike you’re using.

Irrespective of the kind of bike, we all the time suggest bringing a tube (that’s the appropriate dimension to your tires) or presumably two should you’re liable to flatting, tire levers, and tubeless tire plugs (should you run tubeless). You’ll additionally need some technique to inflate your tires like a mini pump or CO2 canisters and a CO2 inflator. A fast hyperlink (that’s the proper dimension and model to match your chain) can pace up chain restore, and zip ties and/or some duct tape can usually turn out to be useful too. After all, it’s all the time good to carry a first-aid equipment for surprising emergencies, presumably some bathroom paper, some money or a card, and, in fact, snacks and water.

A close-up look at the Pro Bike Tool 20-in-1 bike multi-tool and all its functions
The Professional Bike Device 20-in-1 is tremendous slim and light-weight, and it prices the least of any mannequin we examined. We expect it’s an excellent worth. (picture/Jim Graham)

Worth

It’s onerous to place a worth on one thing as necessary as a motorcycle multi-tool that may doubtlessly save your rides and from frustration. Nonetheless, these items price cash, however when you will have the instruments to make fast fixes and changes on a experience, it’s cash nicely spent. The fashions we examined vary in worth from $29 for the Professional Bike Device 20-in-1 as much as a whopping $140 for the Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Package Two (which is basically 3 separate instruments in a single). Particular options, instruments, and fancier designs definitely add to the value.

Almost the entire different instruments we examined fall within the $40 to $60 vary, with the Cannondale 18-in-1 with Dynaplug going for $80 (presently out there for $60). How a lot you’re keen to spend is dependent upon your funds, in fact, however know that even the least costly possibility might be going to have you ever lined 99% of the time. It’s additionally necessary to notice that multi-tools sometimes final for a few years when handled with an affordable quantity of care, making even the costlier choices a superb worth over time. An awesome instance is the Crankbrothers M-series instruments that may final for many years.

Steadily Requested Questions

Do you personal a motorcycle? Then sure, completely! We really feel {that a} bike multi-tool is a must have for any experience. Whether or not you want to make a consolation adjustment, tighten a unfastened bolt, alter a derailleur, repair a damaged chain, or every other number of issues, a superb multi-tool ought to have the ability to get you again rolling as a substitute of doing the stroll of disgrace. Should you don’t have a set of instruments at house, a superb multi-tool is also tremendous useful for doing easy upkeep and repairs in your bike round the home. Both approach, the reply is sure, we don’t experience with out one and also you shouldn’t both.

Figuring out which instruments are most necessary to have with you may enable you slim down the alternatives to seek out the correct multi-tool. Assessing which hex, Torx, and screwdriver sizes your bike requires is an efficient first step, together with weighing the usefulness of different options like chain instruments, tubeless restore, fast/grasp hyperlink storage, and so forth. It’s additionally necessary to contemplate how you propose to hold the device as which will steer you within the route of smaller and lighter choices. The length of your rides and/or the space you’re touring from civilization can also be an element that sways you in the direction of one thing extra primary for shorter rides or one thing complete to maintain you rolling whenever you haven’t seen an individual or had cell service for a number of hours.

In a super world, you’d have a multi-tool for mid-ride changes that lives in your saddle bag or using equipment year-round — one that you simply gained’t take out to work in your bike in your house store after which, inevitably, neglect to place again in your saddlebag earlier than your subsequent experience. (We’ve all accomplished it). You’d even have a number of high-quality store instruments for each want in your bike workshop. However who lives in a super world?

Over a few years of using, nevertheless, we’ve discovered that it actually does pay to have a separate multi-tool for every bike you personal, stored in its personal saddle bag or equipment. This can prevent time looking for a multi-tool earlier than a experience, and it’ll additionally can help you match every multi-tool to the precise bike. On our highway bikes, as an illustration, we hold a light-weight, compact device with simply the fundamentals. For longer gravel and bikepacking rides, we pack a device with a wider vary of capabilities, together with tubeless instruments and plugs, tire levers, and valve core instruments and plugs.

It’s additionally good to maintain a sturdy, multi-tool in your house store. They’re nice for whenever you need to make fast changes and don’t need to fish round in your store toolbox. It’s additionally good if the multi-tool in your store features a bottle opener.

In our expertise, damaged chains don’t occur all that always, however you’re just about out of luck if it does break and also you don’t have a device to repair it (or know the right way to use that device). It tends to occur extra usually in mountain and gravel biking when the chain is incessantly beneath heavy hundreds and ridden in soiled circumstances. However even then, in case your chain is maintained, it’s attainable to go just a few years with out breaking a hyperlink. Nonetheless, there’s just about no technique to repair a damaged chain with no chain device, even should you’re carrying a fast hyperlink. That’s why the entire instruments on this evaluate have chain instruments; since you’re significantly better off having one and never needing it than the opposite approach round.

Additionally, needless to say it takes some know-how and expertise to repair a damaged chain with a series device. It’s a lot simpler when you’ve got a fast/grasp hyperlink, however even then it takes some know-how to do it proper. We’ve seen just a few riders on the facet of the path with a damaged chain, holding a multi-tool with a series breaker, and never figuring out the right way to use it. (Be a superb fellow bike owner and supply to assist these people.) It’s a ability that may be tough to grasp, so it helps to apply on an outdated chain at house first. Word: Should you plan to make use of a fast/grasp hyperlink, ensure it matches the variety of speeds in your bike, often 10, 11, or 12 speeds, which require hyperlinks particular to every chain.

Nothing actually in any respect. They’re two names for a similar factor. The time period “Allen” comes from the Allen firm that produced instruments with hex-shaped heads and people instruments grew to become colloquially often known as Allen wrenches. As of late, the phrases are used interchangeably to seek advice from the keys/wrenches with hexagonal heads and are measured in millimeter sizes. Bolts with hex heads are the commonest on all kinds of bikes, so they’re among the many most necessary instruments on a multi-tool.

Some instruments embody an array of separate bits that should be inserted right into a deal with to make use of. The benefit is that these typically make it simpler to entry tight areas as a result of the handles will be configured to carry the bits at totally different angles. The person bits are additionally simply replaceable and will be present in most {hardware} shops, so you may carry spare bits or a wider number of bits. The drawback is that the small bits are simple to drop and lose, particularly within the grime and poor lighting circumstances – and black-colored ones appear to have a expertise for disappearing in leafy duff.

Multi-tools with fastened bits maintain all of the instruments collectively in a single neat bundle, so deciding on the correct device is like opening a blade on a Swiss Military Knife. They’re extraordinarily simple to make use of, and they’re much quicker to work with in the course of a experience than multi-tools with separate bits. The draw back is that some fashions, particularly these with quick bits, could make it more durable to entry tight areas. 

In our opinion, dimension, although it is dependent upon your particular wants. A compact multi-tool will depart extra room in your saddle bag, fanny pack, or jersey pocket for different issues, like a spare tube, tire levers, or an additional snack. The form can be considerably necessary since you need a device that feels comfy in your hand or a again pocket, is simple to grip, and gives good leverage.

The distinction between the heaviest and lightest multi-tools we reviewed is lower than 80 grams (just a little over 2 ounces). That’s not sufficient to sway our purchasing selection, although the very weight-conscious riders amongst us could prioritize low weight over all else.

Lastly, worth. Belief us on this: A great multi-tool pays for itself the primary time it saves you from being stranded, and is a smart funding that can final a few years.

Multi-tools are fairly easy issues they usually actually don’t require a lot consideration. Provided that they’re created from steel, nevertheless, it’s greatest to attempt to hold them comparatively dry if attainable to stop the bits from corroding over time. Even instruments which have corrosion-resistant coatings can begin to corrode in the event that they keep damp sufficient for lengthy sufficient. If you understand your device has gotten moist, it’s good apply to take it out of your saddle bag or pack to let it dry out, simply don’t neglect to place it again earlier than your subsequent experience.

Additionally, some folding multi-tools can get unfastened over time and the instruments can fold out too simply, generally flopping round when you attempt to use them. This could often be remedied by snugging up the bolt that holds the facet plates collectively (the piece from which the instruments pivot).

Lastly, taking just a little care whereas utilizing the device might help to stop stripped device heads and the heads of bolts.


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