One23 MT-F8 8-in-1 Mini Tool  £13.99

6/10

Small and perfectly formed but not quite man enough for all uses

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by Caven O'Hara   March 20, 2013  

One23 MT-F8 8-in-1 Mini Tool - open

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The One23 MT-F8 8-in-1 Mini Tool is a decent companion when you're stranded by the roadside.

When it comes to selecting the right multi-tool there are many decisions to be factored in. Do you want to carry out repairs on the fly or have a mobile workshop?

The answer is generally the former. Roadside repairs will normally be enough to get you home and within the remit of most riders, perhaps with a bit of practice. That still leaves a decision on what multi-tool will do.

I have to confess to not having come across one quite as compact as the One23 MT-F8 8-in-1 Mini Tool, nor one with quite a geeky sounding name either. The 8 relates to the fact it has 8 functions in one unit. It has 2/4/5/6mm hex key attachments, a cross head PH1 driver, a straight head driver and a torx T25. What does that mean in plain speak?

In short most of the attachments you might need in a simple emergency but the downside of such a small and compact unit is you might not have have the length of lever to use it properly.

The individual heads are quite small but given you have four on each side of the MT-F8 it makes for a wide unit. Yes it is well made and will take up very little room wherever you stash it and there is a but - I wouldn't want it to be my go to tool. The hinge is a little stiff to open completely - although well made and solid. The saying goes that size isn't everything and in the case of the MT-F8 it is small and perfectly formed but not really man enough for every job.

Verdict

Small and perfectly formed but not quite man enough for all uses.

road.cc test report

Make and model: One23 MT-F8 8-in-1 Mini Tool

Size tested: One

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?

An ideal accompaniment for the weight conscious rider.

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

Eight options give you probably enough cover for basic jobs out on a ride and get you home.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Well made but the hinge proved a little in-flexible.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

The MT-F8 has a slightly peculiar name but is well made. Providing a solid if slightly small feel in hand.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

It feels as if it's built to endure.

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

Given its size you'd be surprised if it was anything other than lightweight. It is exactly that.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

A decent price for a lightweight multi-tool.

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

It can cope with the basic, easy to reach tasks but could do with a little more leverage.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Compact and lightweight.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The wider head and lack of leverage makes some tasks tricky.

Did you enjoy using the product? On the whole, yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Not really given its limitations.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes although I would be clear it wouldn't suit everyone.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 44  Height: 178cm  Weight: 80kg

I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three  My best bike is: As above

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mtb, Not yet but looking to dip my toe in the world of TT

 

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