Cyclepro Ultra 5 in 1 multi-tool  £12.99

6/10

Well made and surprisingly pleasant to use, but pricey for a tool with so few functions

Weight 70g   Contact  www.raleigh.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   February 6, 2012  

Cyclepro Ultra 5 in 1 multi-tool - open

Commanding the best part of 13 quid, Cyclepro's Ultra Five in One multi-tool looks overpriced and on cursory inspection indistinguishable from loads of others leaving Taiwanese factories in their millions. That said, the build quality is generally better than I've come to expect and it's certainly small and light.

You get 4, 5, 6 and 8mm Allen keys coupled with a Phillips screwdriver in a neoprene sleeve. It's undeniably Spartan but covers the usual suspects - mudguard, carrier and bottle mounts, rear mech hanger bolts, adjuster screws, Ahead/stems, seatposts, saddle cradles and so on, but it's too short to be used for brake levers and crank arms. Just to return to price for a moment you can get a 15 functions for the same money in the shape of the Lifeline multi tool, but not having used one I can't say how good those 15 functions are, but paying two quid more brings 10 function tools from the likes of Crank Bothers and Topeak in to range. Of course if you want something small less very often costs more.

Unlike soft, chemically dipped multitools, this is made from 6015-grade electroplated chrome vanadium, chosen for its rigidity and fatigue resistance. Although the joints were slightly arthritic - easily cured with a drop of wet lube – the tools never so much as flexed, let alone rounded when subjected to stubborn stem bolts, and the rounded aluminium side-panels fit comfortably in the palms when you apply pressure. Suspicious of modern decorative platings, I left this outside for three nights running and can report a distinct absence of orange taint.

The small body means you don't get a high amount of leverage here but, on the plus side, that means it's much harder to strip delicate threads and the stubby 4mm Allen key snuck perfectly into the gap between seatstay and chainstay bridge, nipping tight an errant mudguard bolt.

Verdict

Well made and surprisingly pleasant to use, but pricey for a tool with so few functions

road.cc test report

Make and model: Cyclepro Ultra 5 in 1 multi-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?

Raleigh aren't very forthcoming in their description but in essence we've a minimalist, five-function multi-tool that slips unnoticed into jersey pockets for rudimentary roadside tune-ups.

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

4, 5, 6 and 8mm Allen keys, Phillips head screwdriver. Aluminium side-plates, chromium-plated chrome vanadium tool bits.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
6/10

Better than I had initially expected.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

Pricey for what it is.

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

It's basic but has proven surprisingly versatile and pleasant to use.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good tool quality.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The pricing seems high.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? On balance, probably not

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Quite possibly, if they wanted something small, basic but very dependable

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

I'd score it a 7 in terms of performance and tool quality but value for money/specification are firmly in 6 territory.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 38  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

 

3 user comments

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Funny you should mention that SD… 

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
6th February 2012 - 14:13

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For less than that I got a lifeline 15 in 1 from wiggle. It gets rare use so didn't want to spend loads. It includes a chain splitter that is removable for easier use too. Not the lightest bug great vfm.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
6th February 2012 - 14:34

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tony_farrelly wrote:
Funny you should mention that SD… 

Sorry, just re-read the article/test! Was that there all along, Doh!

I was rushing on my phone while watching the team time trial on Eurosport too.

I got my lifeline tool for a tenner so bargain city imho.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
6th February 2012 - 14:41

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