The Pedro's ICM multi-tool is a 17-function model that follows the pocket workshop narrative. Personally, I'd opt for something smaller and lighter when out on a pared-to-the-essentials best bike, but in most respects it delivers.
Resin bodies aren't what I expect at this end of the market, although Pedro's has used a high quality variant that doesn't feel particularly whippy under load. It also fits comfortably in the palm when applying a bit more leverage.
The hardened chrome vanadium steel tool bits are just the right length, possibly a bit overkill for some but extremely practical for tourers, mountain bikes and others in hard, daily service. The tools have a corrosion-inhibiting satin finish which is helped by an occasional oily rag wipe-over, but there's been no hint of unsightly freckling after several days in a soggy wedge pack or saddlebag.
Whether you should tot up three spoke keys individually in your tool tally is debatable, but nevertheless 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm Allen keys, Mavic-specific M7 and two traditional spoke wrenches (3.2 and 3.5mm), chain tool, a bottle opener, flat blade and crosshead screwdrivers, two tyre levers, and a T25 Torx is pretty good going.
Sequential order is another plus. Being able to pick them out intuitively definitely saves time, whether you're nipping an Aheadset tight along a dark lane or just giving bikes once-overs in the garage before a big ride.
A lfetime warranty inspires further confidence, as does the precise fit of each bit – no fears of slipping and taking a chunk out of you or your bike when undoing a reluctant fastener.
I've used the T25 when tackling shoe cleats, mudguard bridge bolts and similar 4mm fasteners that are constantly blasted with gritty water, and all relented with moderate persuasion.
The chain tool is the familiar flip-out type, which is equally well made and user-friendly. Using the tool body's length provides additional torque, so splitting and rejoining more weathered examples isn't too challenging. I'm yet to go the 11-speed route, but 7, 8, 9 and 10-speed models were easily split, joined and stiff links sorted.
Beneath this sit the 'standard' spoke keys. These are nice to use and good enough to coax a wandering rim back into line.
All functions deserve their space on the body, but some are firmly in dire emergency territory. Namely, the two resin tyre levers that ride shotgun on the body, and the stubby 8mm bit.
Yes, I've been able to coax 28 and 32mm tyres on and off with only moderate effort, but tighter fitting 23 and 25mm rubber induced a cuss-fest and I was glad I never forgot my standard, full size composite models.
There's just enough length in the 8mm bit to perform a pedal swap, and in theory the same should be said for crank bolts. In practice, it will wind a loose crank tight enough to limp home, or to a friend's house/bike shop, butt proved particularly awkward to use on older Shimano LX and Alivio mountain bike patterns.
Overall, it's a well made and pretty comprehensive multi tool, if a little large for carrying around if you don't need all the bits. But taking your favourite tyre levers and a separate 8mm Allen key might save your riding companion's/wildlife's ears.
Comprehensive multi-tool for most situations, but bear in mind the short 8mm bit
road.cc test report
Make and model: Pedros ICM Multi Tool
Size tested: 17 tools
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?
Pedro's says: "The right multi-tool can be the difference between finishing the most epic ride of your life and going for the longest walk of your life carrying a busted bike. Pedro's has drawn upon its experience making professional shop tools to make sure you finish that epic ride. Pedro's multi-tools feature tools made from heat-treated tool steel for strength, superior anti-corrosion finish for unmatched long-lasting performance, and handles made of lightweight but super tough composite material. The Pedro's ICM Multi-Tool is like having a tool box full of tools featuring every essential tool you need to repair your bike out on the trail and get home safely. The ICM Multi-Tool weighs 235 grams and has 17 tools including 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm hex wrenches, Mavic M7 spoke wrench and two traditional spoke wrenches (3.2 and 3.5mm), chain tool, a bottle opener, flat-blade and Phillips-head screwdrivers, two tire levers, and a T25 Torx, all backed by Pedro's lifetime warranty."
My thoughts are that one or two functions are firmly in emergency territory, but otherwise I'd agree.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
17-Function Folding Multi-Tool
235 gram, 17-function folding multi-tool
Tools made from heat-treated tool steel for strength and feature superior anti-corrosion finish for unmatched long-lasting performance
Ergonomically designed handle made of lightweight but super tough composite material
Includes 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm hex wrenches, 3.2mm, 3.5mm, and Mavic M7 spoke wrenches, chain tool, bottle opener, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, two tire levers, and T25 Torx
Well made and feels more solid than composites might suggest.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, the ICM is a comprehensive and generally pleasant-to-use tool that makes easy transition between road and mountain bike derivatives. I have some minor reservations about the tyre levers, which will get you out of an emergency, and the 8mm bit strikes me as very much an afterthought. Admittedly, 8mm crank bolts are relatively old school, but those owning a bike with square taper cranks might want to look for a model with a longer bit.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comprehensive and well made.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Stubby 8mm bit feels like an afterthought.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, provided they were happy to accept a stubby 8mm bit.
Use this box to explain your score
It's a good comprehensive tool, but the 8mm bit could be longer.
About the tester
I usually ride: Rough stuff tourer based around 4130 Univega mountain bike frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)