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.
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.
Allen key and stepped 8,9 & 10mm wrench felt low rent afterthoughts, albeit effective enough.
Should last many years
40g is hardly going to worry anyone.
Surprisingly comfortable to use.
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
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,
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)