Lezyne Stainless 20 tool  £39.99

8/10

Excellent multitool with most features you'll need on the road plus a few others, just in case

Weight 160g   Contact  www.upgradebikes.co.uk

by Mat Brett   July 27, 2012  

Lezyne Stainless 20 tool

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The Lezyne Stainless 20 multitool is a high-end choice with most of the features you're likely to need out on the road.

The range of tools is exactly the same as you get with the Lezyne CRV-20 that we've also tested recently (the list is down below). Alongside the usual Allen keys and both flathead and crosshead screwdrivers, you get a couple of open ended spanners (8mm and 10mm), a tyre lever and a Torx (T25) wrench (although I have nothing on any of my road bikes that requires one of those).

There's also a bottle opener – you never know when you're going to turn to drink – spoke wrenches for the most common sized nipples, and a serrated knife. I've yet to require the services of that bad boy but it'll be handy if I ever need to, um, gut any fish while I'm out on a ride.

The chain tool is okay rather than outstanding. It's a bit fiddly and I had to be quite careful to get the positioning right to drive a new pin in when my chain snapped. You don't expect a workshop quality chain tool on a multi tool, though, and it did work which is more than can be side for the last multitool I used.

The side plates – the blue bits on our review model – are forged aluminium, as they are on the CRV-20. The difference is that the actual tools here are made from stainless steel rather than chrome vanadium steel. That means they're more resistant to corrosion so they'll survive neglect a little better. You should still dry them if they get wet and give them a quick once over from time to time with a Teflon-based lube.

According to Lezyne's figures, this Stainless 20 is 10g lighter than the CRV-20, but according to the Road.cc Scales of Justice – which never lie – they're exactly the same. It's hard to tell how they compare in terms of toughness although my workshop tests say there's little to choose between them: they're both strong and durable.

A neoprene cover holds the tools in place and prevents injury when they're not in use. If blue's not your colour, the Stainless 20 is also available in silver, red and gold.

Functions

Allen keys: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm

Torx (star shaped) T25

Screwdrivers: crosshead and flathead

Chaintool (9/10speed)

Spoke wrenchs: Mavic MTB, 3.22, 3.45

Serated knife (60mm)

Tyre lever

Bottle opener

Disc brake wedge

Spanners: open ended, 8mm, 10mm

Verdict

Excellent multitool with most features you'll need on the road plus a few others, just in case,

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lezyne Stainless 20 tool

Size tested: Blue

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?

Lezyne say, "Stainless tools functional, lightweight, and durable tools ideal for road-side or trail-side use. Forged aluminum side plates are lightweight and easy to use while wearing gloves. Stainless steel bits and fastening hardware are extremely durable and corrosion resistant. Forged Center Pivot bits increase tool rigidity and improve ergonomics. Forged steel chain breaker works with 9/10 speed chains (STL 12 & 20) and has 3 integrated spoke wrenches."

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10

The Stainless 12 is lighter and cheaper if you can make do with fewer functions.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

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

It does a great job.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fact that it has pretty much everything you're likely to need for a road ride, barring total disasters.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The chain tool isn't the best ever... although it's still okay

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: 41  Height: 190cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,

 

1 user comments

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what always makes me wonder about these bike multitools is that manufacturer doesn't state the grade of steel used or steel alloys used. (usual thing for all non-bike spanners, keys etc. Cr-Va, Ni-Va) so forking out 40 quid for something that is just "stainless" is too much.

posted by nordicguru [1 posts]
24th March 2014 - 7:36

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