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being usable to break chains, and reach bolt heads?
I currently have one of these:
But the hex keys are too short, and the only way I’m able to get enough leverage on the chain breaker to actually brake a chain is by gripping it with an adjustable wrench.
So what multitool for reaching bolt heads partially hidden by gear shifters and breaking chains without assistance from other tools?Posted 1 year agoashweeeMember
I’ve used an alien 2 for years which is great because it has every tool you can think of but is quite heavy and bulky to carry, I recently bought a crank brothers F15 which so far has been excellent plus the outer cover can be used for extra leverage.Posted 1 year agochipsterSubscriber
I like the Topeak Hexus 2, always used to carry it in the Camelbak, but now, because it comes with the tyre levers, it stays in the under saddle bag of the Arkose. It doesn’t have any spanners on it, though.
I’ve got a Crank Brothers 17F in the pack now, but I’ve not used it so much. The hex keys are a bit on the stubby side, though. I have a 3, 4, 5 and 6mm Allen key in a small plastic bag that I put in my baggies’ pocket, when I remember. Belt and braces.Posted 1 year ago
Been looking for something similar, without much haste as it doesn’t get used much, but it’s annoying when it does…
What I will say is I had a Topeak one like the Hexus (not sure of model) and it went very rusty. So look after it and don’t keep it in a road bike saddle bag!Posted 1 year agobenp1Subscriber
Multitools haven’t really changed in a few years, there isn’t much innovation happening there
hence the recommendations being quite diverse and for tools that have been around for a while. I have 4, the 2 I would recommend at the Lezyne something and the Crank Brothers 19. Use the former for commuting and the latter on my MTB
The knog one I had didn’t have the right size allen key, and it was a bit too small to reach the right boltsPosted 1 year agodrewdSubscriber
I’ve a Hexus 2 that’s around 5 years old, and I’ve just bought the Hexus X as I broke the chain pin in the Hexus 2.
My Hexus 2 did go rusty, but it mostly cleaned up OK. I only bought the Hexus X as it would cost £6 for a replacement chain pin, and CRC had the Hexus X for £13. As the Hexus 2 is a little rusty I thought I’d try the newer version.
The Hexus 2 has longer allen keys, and the chassis feels a little more solid, whereas the Hexus X feels a bit cheaper and more plasticy. In use, besides the length of the allen keys they’re very similar. For a multi tool I’d be happy with either really, but if they were the same price I’d go for the Hexus 2.
The tools themselves feel good on both models, and the chain breakers are well regarded. I’d put me breaking the pin on the Hexus 2 down to user error.Posted 1 year ago
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