a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 20, 2011
Strengths: Good length for torque
Weaknesses: completely fell apart
Bought this tool about 4 weeks ago and used it once to tighten a few things before a ride. Today, which is about 3 rides later, I opened my seat bag to find it in about 30 pieces, mostly washers. It boggles me how it could have came apart but it unscrewed on both sides.
My LBS gave me a credit on it (bought a Blackburn Toolmanator 2 with it) and I was able to put the M5 back together by looking at a pic. Probably just needs a little Loctite but it won't be going back in my seat bag...
Similar Products Used: None - first multi - used Spin Doctor Y-Hex previously
Bike Setup: '11 Tallboy Aliminum D XC
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 12, 2007
Strengths: Small & has just the right size Allens keys,nothing more,nothing less. I also like the handle & it's design.
Great little tool, i like it. I have had no problem with rust or the key ends end rounding &/or stripping out bolt heads.. I have used this tool for over a year & i use it quite a bit. Some people have no idea what they are doing with tools. a tool can either help you or it can be a tool to worsen whatever it is you are trying to fix in the first place. As it is said some people should never,ever touch tools.
This is a demo tools, best if you put it into the vitrine. Dot too durable, not recommended for general use because the wrench steel is very soft. After few weeks it is started to rusting. You can buy much better quality, no name chinese tools for $4-5...
If this thing did'nt rust it would be cool seems to have most of the stuff I needed before someone ripped my pack off. I am now looking for a replacement and will probably not go with another crank brothers. Oh yea did I mention AIRBOMB AND BEYOND BIKES ARE CROOKS!
a Weekend Warrior
from Gilliam, MO USA
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2004
Strengths: Has basic tools needed for most repairs, except a chain breaker, which I've never needed anyway. Lightweight, stores easily in a jersey pouch or small seat pack.
Weaknesses: Rust, rust, rust!! Mine started doing it less than a month after I purchased it.
This tool has been a bit of a disappointment due to the rust problem. It is very handy and the one I usually take on non-epic rides, however. I like Crank Brothers products and have several others, including the original Power Pump and Eggbeater pedals. They need to make this tool out of some higher quality stainless steel to get a higher rating.
Similar Products Used: Topeak Alien (my favorite, but quite a bit bulkier). Blackburn multi-tool.
Bike Setup: Fisher hardtail with lots of mods, all stuff I bought on sale. SRAM drivetrain and a Thudbuster for my bad back. Kind of an old school trail bike, I run flat bars and bar ends.
from Los Angeles
Date Reviewed: June 19, 2002
Strengths: Light weight, minimal amount of tools
The previous reviewer picked the wrong tool - this is for the Crank Brothers Multi-5 tool, not the version w/ 17 tools.
I think this is a terrific tool - it has the basic wrenches most likely to be needed for repair on the fly, as well as a screwdriver for working with a deraillieur. All the wrenches and the srewdriver fold very neatly into a compact package, and it is light in weight.
I do carry other tools and such - chain breaker, spoke wrench, tire wrenches, patch kit, etc. But as the Crank Bros. say, I don't need a can opener on a multi-tool.
If you already have the basic set of tools, minus the allen wrenches, or if your allen wrenches are heavy and awkward to use/carry, spring for the Mutli-5.
from Albuquerque, N.M., U.S.A.
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2002
Strengths: Bullet-proof. Folds nicely. Has spoke tool. Has chain link tool.
Weaknesses: Pretty darn heavy. Spoke tool has a hard time with stiffer spoke nipples. Very heavy for its size. None of the blades lock.
First off, I don't know where the nice folks at MTBR got the $9.99 MSRP. The tool I'm reviewing has 7 allen wrenches, 1 torx, 1 slotted screwdriver, 1 philips, a spoke tool with 4 different nipples sizes, and a chain link tool. As you can see, I paid considerably more than 10 bux for it. That said, I'll move on.
Second, I've owned and used this tool for about a month and a half. When filling out this form we're given the choice of "less than a month" or "3 months." 1.5 months is closer to "leass than a month" than "3 months", so I chose the former.
I listed one of the weaknesses as "pretty darn heavy." Being an avid tool guy, owning thousands of tools, I realize in our neandertholic (tm) tool world, heavier is better. But in the world of Mt. Biking, lighter is better - a definite conflict. It seems that, though the blades themselves need to be made of hardened ferrous metals for durability, the housing holding the blades together could easily be made of aluminum alloy or some other NON-ferrous metal. The Crank Bros multi-tool weighs in at 160 grams or roughly 1/3 lb. - pretty heavy. I realize unless they make a $200.00 multi-tool made from titanium, we're going to be stuck with this heavy weight. However if I take the tool apart, I bet I could contribute at least 30%, if not 50%, of the tool's total weight to the housing. I think for a couple bux more they could use a non-ferrous metal for the housing. I believe this would get the total weight closer to 100 grams. But I digress...
The reason I compared this *bicycle* tool to other *non* bicycle multi-tools like the Leatherman and Gerber is because I believe, with the exception of the blades, the basic design concepts are the same. If any of you have ever used an older Leatherman with non-locking blades, and then a newer Leatherman or Gerber *with* locking blades, you know they just don't compare - especially when trying to use either the standard or phillips screwdrivers. Non locking blades are *extremely* inconvenient and downright unsafe. I'm going to subtract an entire flaming turn because of the non-locking characteristics of this tool.
Because of the short blade length and non-locking characteristics of this multi-tool, the screwdrivers are practically useless. I tried adjusting my cheaper Shimano brakes on my cheaper Mongoose MTB (brakes being outfitted with a phillips head adjuster screw instead of an allen head screw like on Shimano's higher-end brakes), but was almost completely frustrated because of the non-locking phillips screwdriver. Flat out, the screwdriver portion of this multi-tool sucks out loud and is practically useless. And forget the flat-head. It's practically a decoration.
The non-locking characteristics don't really affect the allen tools. Anyone who's used a multi allen tool knows the individual allens never lock - no matter what brand you purchase.
So far my favorite part of this multi-tool has been the spoke tightener, though it did have difficulty on some of the tougher nipples on a *new* set of wheels. You really have to make sure the nipple is well seated into the tool or it'll try to strip the nipple. This may be characteristic of *all* spoke tools. I certainly hope not. I have no basis for comparison. When my TS-2 gets here, I plan on upgrading my spoke tightening tool. If you wonder why I was straightening a *new* set of wheels, let's just say I ride pretty hard, I like jumping, and I don't always land correctly..
I'm going to give this tool an "average" rating of 3 flaming turds for value and and 3 flaming turds for overall quality.
My recommendation is to NOT purchase this tool. Someone out there has to make a tool with locking blades. Perhaps I will search for one via this website when I'm through with this review.
Similar Products Used: Leatherman multi-tool. Gerber multi-tool.
Bike Setup: Stock 1999 Trek YSL-300 full suspension composit frame with aluminum triangle. With the exception of Bontrager wheels from a Sugar 1, she’s bone stock. Stock components include RockShox SID shocks front and rear, Avid brakes, XTR combination brake levers and shifter set, XTR derailleurs, Bontrager handlebars and gooseneck, XTR cranks with Shimano "Mega" cogs, and an XT cassette on the Brontager rear wheel. Paid $1,000.00 used.