-27 function tool: Torx T25 bit, 2,2.5,3,4,5,6,8 mm hex wrenches, 8,9,10 mm hex bolt box wrenches (each 2pcs), flathead and crosshead screwdrivers, chain tool, mini pedal wrench, 14 and 15g spoke wrenches, 2 tire levers, stainless knife, bottle opener, 10mm hex socket for Shimano?s new LX crank bolt and a compartment for two chain pins -Includes Clip Bag carrying case -3.4" x 1.7" x 1.6". 270g
You can pretty much tear down and rebuild an entire bike with this tool. It's the first tool I bought and use it for everything, maintenance, trail repairs, you name it. After several dozen tire changes, one of the tips of the tire lever broke off. There are two, so it's not that big of a deal but I shot an email to Nick in their customer service dept and within 1 week, I had a brand new body with spankin new tire levers! It took just a min to tear down the tool and rebuild it. I also own a few of their bike bags, floor pump and lights and their products are just great, affordable, well thought out and last forever.
Strengths: quality product
every tool i need on the go
Weaknesses: not recommended for the weight weenie
This multi tool is a good one if you are very inclined to do work on the trail on you bicycle yourself. It has more than enough options for any quick fix any day out on the trail. I carry it in my camelbak everywhere i ride. I ordered a mail order bicycle and assembled it with only this one tool. It is a bigger beefier option as a weight weenie would not want to carry this with them. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good multi tool.
Weaknesses: The T25 Torx does not fit very well into disc brake bolts. When your Torx doesn't fit well the corners will break. I bought some Craftsman Torx drivers and they fit much better, less play between the tool and the bolts.
I think the Alien design is pretty slick, but as with most multi-tools, they cannot replace real tools.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: January 21, 2013
Strengths: Almost every tool you will ever need
Great tool has saved me many times. Only gripe I have are that its made with plastic with conserves weight, but makes it weaker. I is heavy, but I knew it was when I bought it.
Similar Products Used: Multiple crankbros multi-tools
Bike Setup: Custom Specialized Rockhopper 29er
a Weekend Warrior
from Marietta, GA
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2010
Strengths: Nice design, compact size and quality materials.
Weaknesses: At 290g this thing is WAY too heavy.
I could easily do without all the box wrenches - I don't even have a single hex nut on my bike! Buy something smaller and with only the tools you need for half the weight of this. If that multi-tool doesn't include a chain-breaker, then get a Park CT-5 Mini-Brute Chain Tool (72g).
a Cross Country Rider
from Greenville, SC, USA
Date Reviewed: July 28, 2009
Strengths: contains about all the tools you could need for a trail-side repair
Weaknesses: heavy & bulky
I've been happy with this tool so far. It has only been used a few times (which is what you want for an emergency tool!) but each time it had just the tool for the job. I would like to see Topeak include the frame mounting bracket with the tool & case. It is so large that the Alien II and a spare tube fill my saddle bag.
a Cross Country Rider
from Budapest, Hungary (Europe)
Date Reviewed: June 1, 2009
Strengths: Wide selection of useful tools, very well built with (almost) industry-grade materials and quality.
I used my Minoura for almost 17 years with complete satisfaction, but sometimes I found its range of tools not enough. I found Alien II a good way to upgrade, and ordered on on eBay. It's far more useful than any other similar pruduct I've ever seen in local stores (mostly with poor quality and/or too narrow selection of tools and/or extremly high price). It has only one real weekness: weight. If you can make this "deal", I mean, a lot of features with very good quality versus the extra weight, I recommend this product.
Strengths: it has lots of tools, pretty solid, good design
Weaknesses: has some completley obsolete trail-tools (like a bleed nut wrench: when are you gonna bleed your brakes on the trail, right?), it rusted and I have never needed to use more than 5-6 of the tools on it. it's overkill
its a good tool if you are hard on bikes, but other than that, don't get one. if you want something to use as a tool to fix the basic problems you usually occur on the trail or if you aren't an excellent bike mech, go for something smaller. it will mean less weight and less space taken up, and I guarantee you, you will not use all the tools on it.
a Weekend Warrior
from SF Bay Area, CA
Date Reviewed: September 26, 2007
Strengths: Wow, this thing has everything! Chain breaker, all the allen keys, wrenches, everything! And it all fits in the nice carrying case, which has a pocket for my smart links!
Weaknesses: Can't find anything yet. I guess you can say it's heavy, but for what it does and is meant for, I can't complain.
Had a recent trip at Downieville including 3 flats and a torn tire. Unfortunetly, I forgot my tire levers until I noticed this bad boy had two of them! Chain got jammed inbetween my granny and middle ring too, so I had to unbolt my granny to get it out after splitting my chain two minutes before! This tool did everything in an emergency time fashion with ease. I love it so much, Im buying another to put in my road seat bag.
Rode Alien Run near Aztec last weekend. It's a fun and scenic trail. We got 12 hours of rain the day before so a lot of the trail felt like fly paper. The sand stone formations and views are very cool and look a lot like El Malpais National Monument. If you're on your way up to Durango, it's worth r ... Read More »
Today, while riding, I came across of group of people, and one of them had some chain links bent on his chain. I offered them my help, even though I've never done field repairs(or any repairs of that sort) myself. It was quite easy to remove bent chain links. It was not that easy to join them togeth ... Read More »
Just picked up the Alien 2, and have a question on the chain breaking tool. At the end of the allen screw, the post is 2 seperate pieces with a small ball bearing behind em in the screw. These pieces fall out pretty easily, so what has everyone done to keep from loosing them? Dab of heavy grease ... Read More »