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The Pro Bike Tool Mini Ratchet Tool Set has all of the pieces you need to adjust the bolts, screws and Torx fittings you are likely to find on your bike. It's also strong and easy to use, and when you consider the price it is probably one of the best options for a multi-tool out there.
Unzipping the hard case pouch, you'll find a stainless steel ratchet tool with reversible drive, a magnetic tool bit extender and 2/3/4/5/6/8mm hex tools, T25 and T30 Torx bits, plus PH1 and SL4 screwdrivers.
Even the pouch is handy, with its twin mesh nets. I managed to get all of the tools in one side and a couple of tyre levers in the opposite side. Bung a tenner in with them or your debit card and you have pretty much all you need for popping out for a ride. The whole thing will sit easily in your jersey pocket and weighs very little.
Initial concerns were with the ratchet tool. Its body is quite slim and I wasn't sure about the overall feeling of quality. Getting to work undoing the bolts on my bike that sees the worst of the weather, I had no issues whatsoever even on those that had become a little bit corroded in place.
The ratchet was easily up to the job, and so were the bits. The tolerances are tight so there was no slop in the bolt heads on either the hex keys or Torx bits.
The ratchet tool does position your hands quite close to the bolt you are working on, so you need to watch your knuckles if the bolt comes undone with a jolt, but it does allow you easy access to a rear rim brake calliper and the like.
If you need a little more leverage or space, you can always use the magnetic extender which gives you an extra 65mm in length. It holds the tools tightly and they won't come out unless you pull back on the chuck to release them.
For the cash you can't really knock it. Rachael tested something similar for our sister site, off.road.cc, and found the Granite Design RocknRoll toolkit to be very good. It has most of the same tools as the Pro Bike Tool kit but is more expensive at £30.
Another option could be the brilliantly designed Fabric Chamber Multi-tool, a smart take on a ratchet system that will set you back £34.99. It is clever, though.
Overall, the Pro Bike Tool Mini Ratchet Tool Set is in my bag or pocket for every ride and has replaced my multi-tools. It's a smart solution that is really good value for money.
Smart solution to tinkering with your bike away from home at a great price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Pro Bike Tool Mini Ratchet Tool Set
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?
The Pro Bike Tool Ratchet Mini Tool Set has the majority of the tools needed for when you are out on the bike.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Pro Bike Tool lists:
Stainless steel ratchet tool
Magnetic extender tool
2,3,4,5,6,8mm Hex keys
T25, T30 torx bits
Crosshead and flathead screwdrivers
Hard case pouch
There are quite a few others out there but they are generally more expensive.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Great, removed even the stubborn bolts without slipping.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Small, packable replacement for a multi-tool.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The tools are all decent quality and the whole thing is surprisingly tough considering its light weight.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!