Essential for all cyclists, a multi-tool can get you out of minor mechanical trouble and help you make it home on two wheels rather than having to make a phone call to your support crew

What

Like a Swiss Army knife for cyclists, a good multi-tool should allow you to effectively deal with any maintenance issues you might have whilst out on a ride or even as a do-it-all workshop tool.

A well made and thought out multitool should be practical enough to enable the use of all the features and not have ‘token’ features. They should be comfortable in use and the tools of sufficient quality so as to not damage precious parts.

Why

A good multitool will accompany you on all of your rides so needs to be reliable. You should be able to practically strip a bike down completely using one so it should include all of the correct sized Allen keys and Torx keys required for modern bikes along with others such as screwdriver heads or a chaintool and not have anything obsolete or impractically sized.

How

The multitools were used for a variety of tasks both out on rides and in the workshop to check functionality, ease of use, comfort, weight, and durability.

Our pick of the best multi-tools

Key Features

  1. Practicality – there is no point having 20 different functions on the multitool if they cannot be used properly.
  2. Versatility – a good multitool should be allow you to fix most mechanical issues whilst out on a ride.
  3. Durability – The tools should be strong enough to withstand repeated use and not fail you when needed most.

  • J1

    Topeak Hexus II. Outstanding.

  • Namothy

    The best I’ve used is that Btwin 300. Cheap at £6.50, putting my Leyzene £30 one to shame. Very hard steel and reassuringly heavy.

  • huhu

    Natty tools all. But every one is heavier, dearer, less useable than just having the required tools in a bank coin bag.