Tools - multitools
Made from hardened lazer cut steel, Pedros’ Trixie is a very clever tool with an equally slick name. There’s pretty much the full complement of fixed specific functions you’d need on an everyday basis including 15mm wrench for track nuts, 5mm Allen key stub, a curious serrated section tackling 8,9 &10mm bolts while doubling as a mounting point on the frame’s bottle bosses so you’ll never leave home without it (although you’ll need longer, aftermarket fittings should it share space with a bottle cage and/or mini-pump).
EMT is an abbreviation of Emergency Mini Tool and the comp quickly became my tool of choice around the workshop just as it did for road and trailside fettling/repair. Bristling with features, it includes 2,2.5,3,4,5,6 and 8mm Allen wrenches, disc specific tools (Pad opener, spacer tools and obligatory Torx) coupled with nifty box spanner, nylon coated tyre lever and both Phillips and flat screwdrivers- the latter crowned by a rubber cap to prevent injury in the event of a tumble.
The Lezyne 12 is a stylish and practical design in an overcrowded pocket tool market. The forged CNC machined stainless steel construction improves rigidity and lifespan while the high lustre aluminium side plates look pretty and shave a few grams into the bargain.
This is a tool that can do most things. It has all of the features you require for trail, road, commute, sportive or racing. It is compact and relatively light, weighing in at 160g. Pop it in your pocket or bag and forget about it! It's not the first one I've tested – I've been using versions of this tool since it was called the Hummer – and it's always been a reliable performer. Nothing much has changed this year, but if it ain't broke...
If you like to carry separate chain tool and levers, then this could be the multi tool for you. It feature the basic set of get-you home tools: Flat Head and Phillips keys alongside allen keys ranging from 2mm to 6mm. They are made of tough steel and have proved to be durable and reliable so far.
This mini tool from Park Tools looks neat but fails to deliver, something we're not that used to saying about offerings from Park. It just goes to show that everyone can have an off day: For the money there are far better tools out there.
A well-made multi-tool with just about every thing you need to assemble and adjust a modern bike. As per usual, with so many facets, the Newton was a little cumbersome in the hand. Being made entirely from steel meant that flex was minimised, despite being quite wide. Not a tool that I would carry in my back pocket though as I wouldn't fancy being run through by 14 different devices following a tumble.