Having a quality bike multi-tool can be a lifesaver in the woods and is an indispensable item for any mountain biker to have with them at all times. Having a chain break while 10 miles back in the woods with no cell phone coverage is not out of the realm of possibility.
It’s not just mountain bikers that a multi tool can come in handy for. If you are a road biker who takes long trips, you can run into a situation where you need to make and emergency repair as well.
So what bike tools are available and which ones are the best? Be sure to check out my bike repair stand reviews for major repairs or easier maintenance.
Quick Answer: The 5 Best Bike Multi Tools For 2015
- Park Tool MTB-3.2 Premium Rescue Tool
- Topeak Alien II Multi Tool
- Crank Brothers M19 Multi Bicycle Tool
- Lezyne Stainless 20 Multi Tool
- Pro Bike Tool – 8 in 1 Multitool
First lets take a look at the multi-tools, then we’ll talk about choosing the right one for you. Here is a feature overview of my top 3 overall picks with full reviews and our buying guide below.
Best Bike Multi Tools
Bike Multi Tool Reviews
Park Tools are synonymous with quality. The MTB 3.2 is quality made here in the USA from high grade stainless steel so it will not rust.
Its not named the “rescue tool” for nothing! The Park MTB 3.2 has a most unusual design in that that it splits apart in 3 separate parts.
This allow maximum usage of each tool, a great design in my opinion. It snaps back together securely so you don’t lose any of the pieces.
The Park Tool MTB-3.2 comes with these tools:
- Allen/Hex wrenches 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 8mm
- Torx T10, T25 and T30 compatible drivers
- Flat blade and Philips head screwdrivers
- Chain tool: 5-to-11-speed compatible
- Composite protective shell doubles as two super strong tire levers
- Three spoke wrenches (0.127″, 0.130″ and 0.136″/SW-0, 1 and 2 sizes)
- 8, 9 and 10mm box end wrenches
- Disc brake piston press
- Rotor truing tool
- Emergency pedal wrench
- Presta valve core/extension tool (4mm)
- Bottle opener
The only thing missing is a carry case of some sort, but this is a minor detail in my book. I also would like to see a bottle opener like the Crank Brothers….
The Park Tool is almost a no brainer and you won’t go wrong taking this out in the woods to take care of any emergency repairs. This is probably the best mountain bike multi tool with chain breaker you can buy.
Here is a feature overview of the Park MTB 3.2.
The Topeak is the MacGyver of tools. I really don’t think there is a repair that you would need to make that the Alien II cannot handle. The Topeak Alien is a high quality tool made from hardened, stainless steel that feels good in your hand. You can tell once you open it for the first time, it’s a pretty well-made.
The Alien II comes with these tools:
- Chain tool (chains up to 12 speed)
- Chain hook
- 15mm pedal wrench
- 2 tire levers
- Allen/Hex wrenches 2 to 10mm
- T25 Torx
- 8, 9, and 10mm box-end wrenches
- 14, 15-gauge spoke wrenches
- #2 Phillips/flat-head screwdrivers
As you can see it has most everything you would need plus it comes with a nice carry pouch that will fit in any seat cargo pack. The Topeak Alien II is a good option and might be the best bike multi tool for the money.
Crank Brother has been making tools for quite some time and the 19 function multi tool is a good offering. Unlike some other multi-tools the Crank Brothers does not split apart but being designed like a Swiss Army knife, it is very easy to use.
Definitely a higher grade tensile steel than most tools in its class, you can just about stand on it to turn a bold that is locked hard. If comes with just about every tool the biker can ask for to make repairs.
The tools fit securely in each size bolt or screw, a testament to its quality construction and tolerances.
The Crank Brothers M19 comes with these tools:
- Chain tool: 8/9/10 speed compatible
- Spoke wrench: #0, 1, 2, 3
- Allen/Hex wrenches: #2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
- Open wrench: 8mm, 10mm
- Screwdrivers: phillips #1, phillips #2, flat #2
- Torx: t-10, t-25
The Crank Brothers M19 finishes off the complete package with a stainless steel carry case and is small and light enough to fit in your cargo pack or just keep it in your pocket. By far the Crank Brothers M19 is one of best cycling multi tools you can buy.
The Lezyne bike tool has a simple elegant design. Made from high quality stainless steel in a Swiss Army style the tool has 20 functions to fix most any repair the mountain or road biker will need.
Unlike most other bike tools it comes with a razor sharp serrated edge knife. It can really come in handy when you need to cut something!
The Lezyne comes with these tools:
- Allen/Hex wrenches 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm
- Phillips & Flat Head
- Torx T25
- Spoke Wrenches: Mavic Mtv, 3.22, 3.45
- Tire Lever: Open end 10mm
- Chain Tool: (9/10/11 speed)
- Serrated Knife 60mm
- Open End 8mm wrench
- Disk Brake Wedge
- Bottle Opener
The Lezyne bike tool screams quality and it is an easy to use tool that hopefully you won’t need to use it out in the woods but if you do, you will be glad you have it!
The Pro Bike Tool is by far the smallest and lightest of the bike multi-tools evaluated. This is going to be more for use for road bikers because it lacks a few tools that a mountain biker would find critical. Mainly it lacks a chain tool, but the tools it does provide are very high quality.
In addition the tool’s surface has a anti-corrosion treatment. It has a simple Swiss Army knife design that is easy to use and very SLIM.
- Allen/Hex wrenches: 2.5/3/4/5/6 mm
- Torx: T25/T30
- Phillips Tools: PH1 cross drive
The one tool other than the chain tool its notably missing is a flat head screwdriver, although I can’t remember the last time I used one on my bike.
If you are looking for an elegant, slim tool that will take care of most adjustments and repairs, the Pro Bike Tool is probably the best road bike multi tool.
Choosing a Bike Multi Tool
Screw Drivers – Having both a flat head and a Philips is an absolute must. You will be hard pressed to find a bike that doesn’t have both types of screws somewhere on the bike.
Allen/Hex Wrench – Most every road and mountain bike have Allen screws on it whether it’s to adjust the brakes or the seat, you’re going to need this essential tool. More is definitely better as there are many sizes in use.
Chain Tool – Probably more crucial for the mountain biker but still a good idea for the road biker. If you need to remove a broken chain link, having a chain tool is an absolute necessity.
Torx – The use of Torx screws is becoming more common on bike, especially on higher end bikes. Luckily the Torx 25 is pretty much the standard size on all bikes.
You can buy a cheap bike multi-tool that may have all the necessary tools BUT here is the problem: If the tools are of poor quality they might break the first time you go to use it! I have seen it happen.
Not only may the tool break you may damage your bike by stripping a screw or bolt but possibly injure yourself. If you have ever scraped your knuckle because of a poor quality tool you know what I mean.
Weight and Size
Of course lighter is better but you can’t sacrifice strength to get it. The tool has to be sturdy enough to handle a tough job. Size is important as well, you don’t want it too small because you won’t be able to get any leverage on the tool to turn a tough screw or bolt!
There is a large difference in quality between the bike multi tools. I have used quite a few over the years and can attest to this. A good bike tool will allow you to do just about all common tasks and repairs on a bike. Such as adjusting your handlebars, seat height or brakes.
If you don’t have a full tool box at your home, then purchasing a multi-tool with all the functions and tools you may need then is even more important.