The Lifeline 14 in 1 multi-tool is one of the smallest properly useful multi-tools available for under £20. It doesn't have a chain-splitter though.
Lifeline tools are developed in the UK and sold by mail order giant Wiggle. A sub-£20 multitool is always going to be compromised in some way, but the 14 in 1 performs better than most. Measuring just 60mm by 35mm by 10mm it's small enough to fit in any pocket or tool pack but with tool lengths that are just about long enough to get enough leverage for simple bike tweaks.
As the name suggests, there are 14 tool heads, including allen keys covering 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm, plus T25, 27 and 30 Torx keys, plus double Phillips and flat head screwdrivers. It's a nicely made unit, available in either silver or black, and it only weighs 85g.
Where are the compromises? Well, despite the hardened surfaces of the tool heads, care is needed when you're using them on less than perfect bolt heads: the small Phillips screwdriver and two of the small allen keys rounded off very easily. Also, you can't expect to get a decent chain splitter on a tool for this sort of money. And that's fine, as chain splitters that come on budget mini tools are often not very good anyway.
There are much cheaper tools than this if you don't need as many functions, and there are much more costly ones if you want a decent chain tool or more size and leverage. The Lifeline 14 in 1 is about average if you value tiny size.
Decent diddy multi-tool, but the small heads could be more durable.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Lifeline 14 in One Multi-Tool
Size tested: Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The marketing says
"A compact 14 function multi-tool with a wide range of precision tool bits for on-the-go repair and adjustment. With beautifully machined CNC side plates and only 86g weight, the LifeLine 14 in 1 multi tool is the perfect all-rounder for road and MTB use."
It's a simple and tiny mini tool, marketed without any major claims.... which is a good thing as it's nothing very special. But it does the job as a pocket/saddle pack back up tool for roadside tweaks. You'll need to pay more to get a tool with a decent chain splitter too
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Hard-Coating Black or Hi-Polish Sliver
Precision forged and CNC machined tool bits
7075 Aluminum CNC side-plates
Hex Keys: 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 8mm for pedals and headset bungs
Torx: T25, T27 and T30
Screwdrivers: Phillips 2 & 1, and Flat-Head 3mm & 4mm
OK for the price but screwdriver heads are not very tough.
Low weigh and small size are its highlights.
Easy to use.
Decent value, but consider getting a chain splitter tool too.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Fragile screwdriver heads.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Spending a little more would get you something that would last longer, but this is a good choice if tiny size is important to you.
About the tester
Age: 58 Height: 181 Weight: 78kg
I usually ride: Merlin Ti My best bike is: Ibis Silk SL
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
<p>Steve's passion for riding started around fifty years back with blatting about in the woods, closely followed by CTC rides, touring, schoolboy track league, a brief obsession with time trials then onto road racing, touring and cyclo cross... roughly in that order. Mountain biking and triathlon got a look in later. He tested and wrote about bikes for over 25 years and rode about 2000 of them. Steve also rode for the British team in three World Championships in the very early days of mountain bikes. He left us after <a href="http://road.cc/content/news/115389-cycling-journalist-steve-worland-dead... a heart attack at the Ashton Court Parkrun</a> in March 2014, and is fondly remembered and greatly missed.</p>