Lezyne are a company that have the ability to make a seemingly mundane product such as a pump or multi tool into an object of desire. They mix quality materials with well thought out design and an attention to detail, which result in objects that demand attention. This is certainly true of their SV10 multi tool, which packs, as you may have guessed, ten tools into a light (only 101 g), compact and attractive package.
With multi tools rapidly becoming pocket workshops, it’s nice to find Wheels MFG’s amusingly monikered gimp has all the essentials without feeling over-burdened. However, close to micro-tool dimensions means there’s insufficient leverage for tackling really stubborn fasteners.
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).
EMT is an abbreviation of Emergency Mini Tool and the comp quickly became my tool of choice around the workshop just as it did for road and trailside fettling/repair. Bristling with features, it includes 2,2.5,3,4,5,6 and 8mm Allen wrenches, disc specific tools (Pad opener, spacer tools and obligatory Torx) coupled with nifty box spanner, nylon coated tyre lever and both Phillips and flat screwdrivers- the latter crowned by a rubber cap to prevent injury in the event of a tumble.
The Lezyne 12 is a stylish and practical design in an overcrowded pocket tool market. The forged CNC machined stainless steel construction improves rigidity and lifespan while the high lustre aluminium side plates look pretty and shave a few grams into the bargain.
If you like to carry separate chain tool and levers, then this could be the multi tool for you. It feature the basic set of get-you home tools: Flat Head and Phillips keys alongside allen keys ranging from 2mm to 6mm. They are made of tough steel and have proved to be durable and reliable so far.
This mini tool from Park Tools looks neat but fails to deliver, something we're not that used to saying about offerings from Park. It just goes to show that everyone can have an off day: For the money there are far better tools out there.