Crank Brothers M17 multi tool  £23.99


Soundly engineered pocket tool that works really well and looks pretty good too

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by Shaun Audane   March 13, 2011  

Crank Brothers M17 multi tool - open

Crank Brothers M17 multi-tool manages to do exactly what is says on the tin while looking decidedly chic into the bargain. Sure, some of you will bemoan the lack of tyre levers and a neoprene pouch would've been a damn sight more useful than the rubber strap that vanished annoyingly within the first week. However, a lifetime warrantee inspires confidence, pricing is very competitive and best of all, it's a delight to use.

A mere 90m long and weighing 170g, it doesn't feel remotely intrusive in jersey pockets but seventeen genuinely different bits cater for most everyday tune-ups and/or roadside repair. A full complement of Allen keys between two and eight millimetres nestle beside Philips and flat screwdrivers, open 8&10mm wrenches for miscreant mudguard and carrier bolts coupled with the obligatory Torx wrench. For the grand finale' we've crude but capable spoke keys and a small but mighty chain tool. Everything's accurately machined from sturdy high tensile steel topped of with a hardy satin finish that shows no hint of tarnish despite being left out for three consecutive nights in the salt coastal air.

Gold anodising might sound gratuitously bling but the side plates see the tool rest comfortably in the palm when applying leverage. Sensible proportions give sufficient torque without feeling whippy-perfect for stubborn stem and seatpost binder bolts. Sure the 8mm crank bit demands some concerted effort (three minutes and 180 turns a piece) to snug the offending bolts fully home but is almost pleasant to use compared to many. Then we've the chain tool. Pitted like David against Goliath, ours consistently chomped through and rejoined 8,9,10spd 3/32 derailleur chains with surprising ease before munching through a formidable half-link track offering that previously sheared the pins from two mid price stand-alone models!


Soundly engineered pocket tool that works really well and looks pretty good too test report

Make and model: Crankbrothers m17 multi tool

Size tested: m17 - 17 lightweight mini tools - gold

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?

"17 features in one lightweight tool"

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

6061-T6 aluminum steel


tools 6150 high tensile


chain tool 8/9/10 speed compatible


spoke wrench #1, 2, 3, 4


hex wrenches #2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8


screwdrivers phillips, flat


open wrench 8mm, 10mm


torx t-25


warranty lifetime

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Very nicely made.

Rate the product for performance:
Rate the product for durability:

Good quality tooling, materials and manufacture backed by a lifetime warrantee mean failure is very unlikely under normal circumstances.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:


Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:

Generally very pleasant to use

Rate the product for value:

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The M17 is very well designed on all levels with strong machined bits that will tackle more stubborn bolts without flinching. Genuinely nice to use.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Sensible, stylish design that manages to be comprehensive without feeling over burdened.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing in particular, although a pouch would've been better than the rubberised strap.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb 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, mtb,

1 user comments

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I bought this exact tool a while back and somehow managed to break the tip of the screwdriver.

Sent crank brothers a photo of the broken part to see if they could sell me a replacement bit.

They just sent me a completely new tool free of charge from the US, and didn't even want the old one back.

Got to admire that kind of customer service.

posted by dandan [35 posts]
13th March 2011 - 17:36