How To Choose A Multitool For Mountain Biking

How To Choose A Multitool For Mountain Biking


– Multi Tools. What do you want? And perhaps even, what
do you actually need? Are you looking for the full
assembly line of a factory, or something that perhaps slips
into your pocket unnoticed? Maybe even you want something that clips onto your bike directly,
waiting for your hour of need to be called upon before saving the day. The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
method, if you will. Today, we’re going to look at multi tools and how to distinguish and
find what’s best for you. (dramatic music) So the first approach we have
is, well, it’s pretty much every tool you could ever really need. One of these can definitely
make your friends at the trail head, by when somebody says, “Has anyone got that tool that
nobody would feasibly carry?” Well, this is where you
step up to the plate. It’s even got a bottle opener,
which I can only assume is to open all the beers people
are going to want to buy you as a token of their gratitude. So we’ve got all the Allen
keys, we’ve got some disc tools there, we’ve got some spoke tools, we’ve got some spanners,
we’ve got a knife, we’ve got a chain breaker, we’ve got a, even a little tire lever there. So, pretty much covers a
whole host of eventualities. And I can’t imagine at
the trail side at least, too many situations that
couldn’t be remedied by one of these bad boys. The advantages of a tool like this are, well, it will get you out of
pretty much any situation. It’s got all you, I think would feasibly need at a trail head. The disadvantage I suppose,
is it’s slightly bigger than some slimmed down units, and it doesn’t attach to your bike. So it depends what you’re
after, but certainly in a back pack, it’s ideal,
maybe not so much in a pocket. It’s even got a nice little
picture on the front, which I don’t think
will be too out of place in the Tate Modern. I mean, what a fine looking tool. And I’m not talking about myself there before any of you chime in. Next in our lineup is the more mature approach to multi tools. We have a really neat
little ratchet system. It comes in this case
and as you unfurl it, you do feel a bit like an
assassin about to put a silencer on some fancy pants revolver. What you’ve got is a whole
host of different sized bits from your Allen keys, you’ve
got a little torque wrench that combines on the end there
to make sure you’re not going to do any damage to your fancy carbon bars. And the various bits do combine, so if you’ve got a piece that’s
slightly harder to get to or perhaps, if you put
that piece in there, you can actually get a
reasonable amount of torque through the handle. It’s all very neat, I
actually really like this and one lives in my tool box full time. It’s so good on things like rotor bolts and saddles and those
little things where perhaps movement is limited. Super useful piece of kit. It comes in this protective case as well, so you don’t run the
risk of stabbing yourself in the leg, which I also
consider to be a good thing. Everyone always talks
about free hub noises, but quite frankly, I’m more
concerned about this one. Would you look at that. It sounds like crickets
getting down to business in the Australian night. Absolutely glorious. Thank you very much. (laughs) Last but not least, we have the Ninja range of products. Now these little devils actually just sit at the bottom of your bottle
cage, and are super useful. They might not be as big or as grunty as their bigger brothers, but
that’s kind of their charm. They’re small, they’re discreet
and they’re always there when you need ’em. Because they’re attached to your bike, if you’re forgetful like I am, you can never leave ’em behind, which is certainly a bonus in my books. Now it might be small, but it
certainly, for me at least, covers most of the basis. And it’s actually quite a
nicely finished product. It’s even got this quite exotic material. It might even be carbon there, so it’s super light, like
I said, very discreet and very functional. You’ve got a chain breaker,
a whole host of Allen keys and torque settings. And the way it combines, such
as this six mil and four mil through here, well it’s
a feat of engineering if nothing else. (upbeat music) So I hope you enjoyed our quick
comparison of multi tools, and the benefits and
drawbacks of each type. Now, if you want to
keep on the same scene, Blake and Neil did a really cool video, where they compared on
or off the bike storage, in what is a very informative
look at how to carry your kit. And if you want to see me
being a bonafide pillock on GMBN Tech and having
some fun with one of these multi tools here, check it out by clicking just down there. As always, please don’t
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