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crank bros multi 17 tool

I had a Crank Brothers “Merca 19” mini tool years ago, but unfortunately, it was stolen. (It was in the seatbag that was on my stolen bike!)

I picked up a cheap little mini tool from a local shop since I needed a replacement, which worked alright, but it wasn’t the same. I really missed the Crank Bros one, especially since it has that neat chain tool built-in. So I picked up a new Multi 17 – it was on sale at PricePoint.com so I couldn’t resist! (It was only $17, instead of the $27 MSRP.)

The Multi 17 comes with these tools:

  • chain tool (8/9 speed)
  • spoke wrenches (#1, #2, #3, #4)
  • hex wrenches (2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 )
  • screw drivers (philips and flat blade)
  • torx wrench (t-25)
  • open wrenches (8mm, 10mm)

I’ve been using the Multi 17 for over a year now, so it’s about time for a review.

First thing, I really love this mini tool. The Crank Bros mini tools are just plain awesome!

It weighs in at 168g thanks to the (lightweight) 6061-t6 aluminum frame surrounding the (strong and durable) steel tools. The only thing it’s missing compared to the Multi 19 is a couple extra screwdrivers. That’s no problem though, since one of each style screwdriver is plenty. And you save 7 grams by choosing this tool.

My Multi 17 has been extremely durable. I have never had to question its durability, but if you do, it comes with a lifetime warranty so you could get a replacement.

crank bros multi 17 tool

In my experience, the Allen wrenches and screwdrivers worked great. I never had to use the spoke wrenches or open-end wrenches, but they seem to work as well.

The open wrenches and spoke wrenches are built into the chain tool, which folds out and unscrews from the main tool. That way you can use just that portion as the spoke wrench, as it would be tough to fit the entire tool between your spokes!

This chain tool, unlike the ones on many other multi-tools, works very well. It’s small and not comfortable, but it works, and that’s what matters. (I have had to use that during races, and it has really saved my butt!)

One more tip if you’re racing: definitely remove that little rubber sleeve that holds the tools together. It takes way too long to slide off in a race situation! It looks neat, but it’s unnecessary.

My only complaint was the packaging when I purchased this tool. The tool was held tight to the cardboard with these three tiny zip ties. I had to use a box cutter to remove them, and scratched the tool in the process. The damage is only cosmetic, but it’s unfortunate since this is such a pretty tool otherwise.

But guess what happened to that tool? It fell out of my jersey pocket when I wrecked during a mountain bike race! So that was my second Crank Bros tool lost or stolen!!

So I bought yet another Multi 17. That time I was able to cut out the tool without hassle. I think I used some very small but tough scissors to cut those zip ties.

In the end, I currently have a Multi 17, and I’m happy!

Folded up:

crank bros multi 17 tool

Unfolded:

crank bros multi 17 tool

My final verdict is…

I have been extremely pleased with my Crank Bros mini tools, and I’d say this Multi 17 is the best mini tool available for mountain bikers. Roadies don’t need the Torx wrench, and are far less likely to need a chain tool attachment, so weight weenies could opt for a lighter tool like the Multi 10.

But, if you are a mountain biker or do any sort of long distance cycling where you might need tools, this is a great choice for a multi-tool. Believe me, I’ve bought three of them so far!

Official website: www.CrankBrothers.com

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Product Review Details
Company: Crank Brothers
Product: Crank Brothers Multi 17 Tool
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2010-03-03
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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