Multi-tools are essential to carry on your bike at all times! This really is a non-negotiable – just like always having the CORRECT size chain quick-link with you – it’s a non-negotiable. A few things to bear in mind when you buy a multi-tools: the most expensive is not always the best – there are tools where you are paying for the brand name and fancy looking design – who cares what it looks like it’s stored away most of the time anyway. If you don’t use a tubby bag or a hydration bag where are you going to store it? This will influence the weight and size and there are some really clever options nowadays that can be stored in either your crank or handlebar. Having an integrated chain breaker is a complete win! Finally check if you can use it practically – this is mainly a concern if you have big hands and can’t get to the tools or have small hands and there isn’t sufficient leverage with the chain breaker to use if properly. Another tip is check what material the body is made of or you could be in for a nasty surprise if the tool has got wet and when you finally need to use it, it’s rusted and impossible to open.
Here are a few multi-tools that we reckon tick all the boxes!
Lezyne 10 Function multi
Lezyne designs use key features like center-pivot bits, durable chain breakers and the finest, lightest and strongest materials available. This multi tool has been specifically engineered for easy road and trailside repairs. Meticulously machined from high-grade stainless steel and crafted to be as compact and lightweight as possible.
RRP R550 - www.bike-addict.co.za
Pro - mini tool 22 function
Small mini tool with 22 functions. The fine selection of different tools and functions allow you to quickly make repairs on the go. The small size means that this multitool always finds a place in the jersey or saddlebag.
RRP R539.99 - www.cwcycles.co.za
Topeak mini pro 20 multi tool with chain tool
A precision full metal 23 function mini tool made to handle any road or trailside repair. Includes self-tightening tool and a neoprene bag. The perfect tool for endurance racing, training and touring.
RRP R649 - www.buycycle.co.za
Ryder folding tool 14
Lightweight with a Nylon body this multi tool has 14 functions including, various screw drivers, spoke wrench and a chain breaker. All the tools you need are in easy reach.
RRP R285 - www.olympiccycles.co.za
Crank Brothers multi – 17 tool
The ultimate trailside companion. These high tensile steel multi-tools feature a precise fit and finish and side grips for a secure handhold even with gloves on.
RRP R350 - www.cwcycles.co.za
Bontrager BITS Integrated MTB Tool
Stow a multi-tool, chain breaker and master link securely in your fork’s steerer tube for quick and easy access when you need it. The compression fitting replaces a traditional MTB fork’s star nut and keeps an included multi-tool and more cleanly out of sight, yet always at the ready.
RRP R1,599 - www.archcycles.co.za
Park Tool Multi Tool 13- Function
A complete take-along tool combining the award winning I-Beam technology with a full array of emergency tools which is strong, lightweight and compact.
RRP R399 - www.easybike.co.za
Giant Clutch Crank Core Storage Tool
Giant Clutch Crank Core Storage Tool stores conveniently on the hollow of your crank. this lightweight tool has six Allen keys, a chain tool and spoke wrench which will let you fix most trail side mechanical issues.
RRP R999.90 - www.sportsmanswarehouse.co.za
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