Top 10 Bike Multi-tools in 2014

When you are out on the road, the last thing you need is some sort of breakdown, especially if you are somewhere up in the mountains. However, you always need to be prepared, and the best thing to do is to carry some sort of multi-tool which will enable you to fix most things on the go.

There are quite a number of different choices available on the market. Here is our take on 10 of the best. Where possible, we have added a link to a useful YouTube video.
Topeak Alien II 26-Function Bicycle Tool

This is an extremely comprehensive set with 26 different tools. The case is made of engineering grade plastic, while each of the tools is made of hardened steel.

There are three sizes of wrenches, a spoke wrench, two tire levers, a chain tool, and open wrench for disc brakes, Philips and flat headed screwdrivers, a stainless steel knife, a series of Allen keys, and perhaps most usefully a bottle opener! The toolset is supplied in a plastic carrying case.

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Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool (19-Function)

This model has 19 different tools including a chain tool, two open wrenches, four spoke wrenches, 7 hex wrenches, two sizes of Philips screwdriver, two sizes of flat screwdriver, a T25 Torx driver, all contained in a lightweight aluminium case. The tools are all made of high tensile steel, and the case is just 3.5 inches long.

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Topeak Mini 9-Function Bicycle Tool

This little beauty is extremely light weight, weighing only 92 gm. It has seven hex keys, a Torx T25 driver, and a Phillips screwdriver. The frame is extruded aluminium and the tools are all hardened steel. The tools also have smooth edges so that they will not catch on all comes in a neoprene carrying pouch which has a belt loop. It is available on Amazon for less than $14.

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Multi Function Bike Tool with Patch Kit & Tire Levers 18 Function

This is a great little tool set with six Allen keys, two wrenches, a spoke wrench, a pedal wrench, three socket wrenches, tyre levers, and a patch kit. There is a nylon case with a belt loop to contain the tool. It is available on Amazon for less than $10.
Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool (17-Function)

Featuring both a chain tool and a Torx T25 wrench, this tool has a Philips and flat head screwdriver, four spoke wrenches, seven sizes of hex wrench, and two open wrenches. It is 3.5 inches long, and weighs 168 grams. Crank Brothers say it is not the lightest tool on the market, but it contains everything you are likely to need.

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Topeak Mini Plus 18-Function Bicycle Tool

This is only 3.2 inches long, and weighs 185 grams. It contains eight Allen keys, two sizes of spoke wrench, a Torx T25 wrench, tire lever, HG chain pin tool, a chain tool, Philips and flat-head screwdrivers, together with the ever important bottle opener. The chain tool is compatible with both single and multi-speed chains.

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Topeak Mini 20 Pro Mini Tool

Compared to the Topeak Alien II, this model is only half the thickness, and around half of the weight, yet has only six less tools. It is only 1.5 inches wide, and just under 3 inches long. It is all-metal in construction. A highly durable multi-tool.

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Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool (10-Function)

This model is just 3.5 inches long and weighs in at 124 grams. It has the useful Torx T25 wrench, a Philips screwdriver, a flat-head screwdriver, and seven hex wrenches. Crank Brothers offer a lifetime warranty, if you should somehow manage to break it.

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Topeak Alien III Multi Tool

The Alien III is a little bigger and heavier than many multi-tools at 4.3 x 3 x 1.7 inches. It also weighs in at just over half a pound. However, you have every tool imaginable at your disposal, so when you break down on the road, you can get it sorted. There are 25 tools including the ubiquitous Torx T25, Allen keys from 2mm to 10 mm, a chain tool, and three box end wrenches. You also get three spoke wrenches, together with two sizes of Philips screwdriver, and two flat-head screwdrivers.

For ease of use, the tool splits into two separate units. It also has a compartment for two chain pins, and comes in a nylon bag.

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Lezyne Stainless 20 Multi Tool

This has forged aluminium side plates, the tools being of stainless steel. There are seven Allen keys, Philips and flat-head screwdrivers, a Torx T25 wrench, a tire lever, and disc brake pad expander.

In addition you get three spoke wrenches, one of which is Mavic splined, and the other two square sizes, together with a 60mm serrated knife blade, and a bottle opener. It’s available in polished/hi gloss stainless, red, or gold.

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