Pedros Trixie tool  £22.95

8/10

Well made, pleasant to use multi tool for fixed gear bikes

Weight 40g   Contact  www.greyville.com

by Shaun Audane   May 16, 2009  

Pedros Trixie fixed tool

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).

The Allen key and stepped section are very much emergency tools-the sort that’d get you out of a jam by the roadside but not those you’d instinctively reach for. Measuring a shade over seven inches long ensures plenty of leverage when tackling the most stubborn of track nuts. This length coupled with the inclusion of a lock-ring spanner elevates performance far beyond most pocket wrenches.

The seemingly compulsory “messenger” connection is the inclusion of a surprisingly useful bottle opener for those rest-stop beverages or post ride beer. Sound design and high standards of manufacture means it’s a good option for hub-geared commuters and others with solid axles. Good tools always repay their investment by not chewing bolts or other components at the crucial moment and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this wrench spawned a host of imitators. For all its charms, I'd never leave the house except on the shortest of hops without a basic set of Allen keys-if only for peace of mind.

Verdict

Well made, pleasant to use multi tool that will doubtless spawn imitations

road.cc test report

Make and model: Pedros Trixie tool

Size tested: N/A

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 primary market as the clever monniker suggests is the messenger/fixed fraternity and with good reason-there's very few tools that tackle lock-rings and track nuts.

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

Laser cut hardened steel 4mm thick and 7 inches long with precision machining makes for a very dependable companion.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Allen key and stepped 8,9 & 10mm wrench felt low rent afterthoughts, albeit effective enough.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Should last many years

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

40g is hardly going to worry anyone.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Surprisingly comfortable to use.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

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

Everything works very effectively and there's plenty of leverage for good purchase on lockrings and track nuts, although the allen key could be a little fiddly.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Quality of machining and overall design

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Allen key too short and the inclusion of a 4mm would've been a good move.

Did you enjoy using the product? yes

Would you consider buying the product? yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 35  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,

2 user comments

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If you've got the tool attached to your bottle boss, won't you need another multi tool to remove it?

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posted by Municipal Waste [190 posts]
26th December 2011 - 22:34

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