TEST ZONE – NOVEMBER

For this month’s Test Zone, we opted to gather some of the coolest multitools available and put them through some proper testing. Here are our experiences and comments.

1  GIANT TOOL SHED 11 MULTI

Number of items – 11

Weight – 190g

Price – R250

Extras: Flat & Phillips screwdriver

http://www.cyclosport.co.za

This tool proved to be the surprise in our test. It might not look the flashiest, but it got the job done with ease. It has the best chain tool in the line-up thanks to a great amount of leverage one has while using it. It also offers the best value for money.

2 SUPER B COMMUTER DAILY TOOL

Number of items – 14

Weight – 125g

Price – R400

Extras: Patch kit & tyre leavers

http://www.bike-addict.co.za

This was the only tool with built in tyre levers and a patch kit. The way these were integrated onto the tool made for a sleek design. The orange anodized colour was eye catching while the chain tool worked seamlessly.

3 SPECIALIZED EMT PRO MTB

Number of items – 13

Weight – 104g

Price – R650

Extras: Bottle Opener & disc pad separator

http://www.specialized.com

The EMT Pro is small, lightweight and well laid out. It looks good with its black sides and brushed metal finish. It can be hard to control if the users have very big hands. The bottle opener is a nice touch.

 

4 PARK TOOL MT-20

Number of items – 7

Weight – 95g

Price – R550 (approx price, shipping excluded)

Extras: Co2 adapter & key ring holder

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com

We really liked the tiny Park Tool. It was the smallest and lightest tool in the test and with its bright blue colour and nifty extras like a Co2 adapter we could easily put this into our saddle bag. A key-ring holder makes it easy to attach to your car keys. The only missing item was a chain tool which is available on their bigger multitools.

5 FABRIC SIXTEEN TOOL

Number of items – 16

Weight – 106g

Price – R450

Extras: Bottle opener & Mavic spleen

http://www.cwcycles.co.za

The Fabric is the best – looking tool we tested. It is lightweight and easy to use. It had one of the better chain breaker tools in the line-up. The spoke wrench was easy to fit and use too.

PERFECT FOR HOME USE

6 SUPER B 10 IN 1 FOLDING TOOL

Number of items – 10

Weight – 170g

Price – R219

Extras: Knife

http://www.buycycle.co.za

This tool proved to be easy to handle and very chunky. Due to its size it would be perfect to leave at home in your garage. It offers good leverage and reach. The knife is a welcome addition to the multitool. You would however need to purchase additional tools like a chain breaker.

7 GIANT FOLDING TOOL 

Number of items – 7

Weight – 140g

Price – R129

http://www.cyclosport.co.za

The most affordable tool in our line-up felt like a sturdy product. The quality of materials used were reassuring and thanks to its size it was easy to get sufficient leverage when adjusting bolts. You would also have to purchase some additional tools like a chain breaker.

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