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Cube RFR Multitool 19

9
£21.99

VERDICT:

9
10
Solidly built and brilliantly designed multi tool
Weight: 
167g
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The Cube RFR Multitool 19 is an updated version of the popular multi tool from a couple of years ago. It brings the tools necessary for any ride into a compact, but strong package that frees up room in any jersey pocket or saddle bag.

Compared to the previous version, the most obvious change is the separate chain breaker and tyre lever. Rather than being part of the main body of the tool, they neatly slide in to the top, so there is more room for the rest of the components. Combined with this innovative use of space, both the chain breaker and the tyre lever work very effectively.

With the body of the chain breaker and tyre lever combination being hollow, Cube have used the space cleverly by placing a sheet of steel with box wrenches and spoke adjusters cut within it. This is held in place by a magnet, meaning that it is firmly secured. Below this is the ever useful wire, that can be used for practically anything from picking out dirt to making makeshift repairs.

The rest of the tools are:

- Hex 2/3/4/5/6mm
- Torx T25
- Phillips No 1
- Slotted screwdriver
- Box wrenches 8/9/10

I particularly like the way the Hex 6 is placed in the multi tool, as it is inserted on top of the 5 when in use and the head is kept on a magnetic nib in the internal body of the tool. This means that space is left to fit in all of the other heads.

Each of these works well and are clearly well made. At no point did I experience any threading or damage to any of the heads despite use on a wide variety of parts, some is deliberately poor condition.

The tool comes in at £22, which is great value when you compare to other multi tools from companies like Park Tool. My existing multi tool is considerably more expensive, but I would rather have the Cube in my saddle bag.

It saves so much space and I cannot find fault with any of the tools in the unit at all. This is despite me trying to break things, attempting to take out difficult screws and bolts in deliberately difficult situations.

In fact the only thing I could fault about the tool is that because it packs so much in, it can sometimes be difficult to use in tight situations. However, given the benefits of having everything in one unit, this can easily be forgiven.

Overall, this is a high functioning and space saving multi tool. Not only does it save space, but the tools within the unit are of top quality and it will certainly not break the bank at £22. A solid choice for any kind of ride from the daily commute to a tour.

Verdict

Solidly built and brilliantly designed multi tool

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Cube RFR Multitool 19

Size tested: Red

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?

According to Cube - "Very compact multi tool with 19 functions. It includes seven allen keys (hex 2/2,5/3/4/5/6/8), a Torx T25, a Phillips screwdriver size 1, a 5mm slotted screwdriver, 3 box wrenches 8/9/10 mm, one tire lever, one chain rivet and 3 spoke nipples 3.2/3.3/3.5mm. With this tool you are ready for every tour."

I would agree with this, each function works well, the multi tool is also very compact and well thought out.

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

- Tool with 19 functions

- hex 2/3/4/5/6

- Torx T25

- Phillips 1

- slotted screwdriver

- box wrenches 8/9/10

- tire lever

- 3 spoke nipple keys 3.2/3.3/3.5

- chain rivet

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
10/10

Brilliant construction, everything stayed tight, used in every condition and on many bolts and screws.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Excellent, every aspect worked well. Only slight issue is use in tight places.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

No problems at all with durability, would survive a nuclear bomb.

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

167g makes it not the lightest, but then when you consider that you have everything you need in one package, comes in much lighter than the sum of their parts.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

£22 is good value compared to others of similar quality.

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

Very well, no issues with it whatsoever. It is very compact but also sturdy and works very well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The innovative design, everything has its place and sits there perfectly.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Only slight issue was the width sometimes when turning bolts in tight spaces.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Awesome multi tool, impressively designed and incredibly compact.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 27  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6  My best bike is:

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,

 

George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between. 

Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.

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