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
road.cc 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
Very nicely made.
Good quality tooling, materials and manufacture backed by a lifetime warrantee mean failure is very unlikely under normal circumstances.
Generally very pleasant to use
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
About the tester
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,