The bits on the EMT tool work as intended, but the fit is a bit sloppier than what you'll find with more purposeful tools. This makes it best suited for on-trail emergencies, which is exactly how it's intended to be used.
|I've ended up using the little EMT tool a lot more often than I thought I would, usually for minor things like headsets that have rattled loose or to make adjustments to shifter and brake lever positions on a test bike that I rushed out the door with. And for those tasks, jobs that don't require you to reach onto a confined space or to really snug a bolt up, the tool works perfectly fine. I rarely wear a backpack anymore, even on four or five hour days on the bike, and having the EMT means that I don't have to find a pocket to stuff a (likely heavier) tool, and because it's always attached to the bike, I never forget it at home. The fit between the cradle and the tool is snug enough that it can't possibly rattle, and it should never fall out so long as you've snapped the little door shut behind it. I did discover that the bottle cage and tool combo doesn't fit on every bike when in Sedona and transferring the kit between different test rigs, with the issue being that some bikes have their water bottle bosses low enough on the down tube that the cradle comes into contact with the seat tube. Something tells me that it'd fit on every Specialized, however, which seems fair. Compatibility aside, my only real complaint is that the tool bits fit a bit loose compared to the separate hex keys that I have at home, and that the cut-down 8mm doesn't have enough material left over to properly tighten down a crank bolt without worrying about rounding it out. Alas, the tool is short enough that I doubt I could ever get enough leverage to do any damage. Then again, the EMT tool isn't meant for performing surgery, but rather for minor issues. There's also no chain tool on the EMT, so you'll have to pick up Specialized's clever Top Cap Chain Tool if you really want to not carry anything on your person.|
I fully realize that we seem to be going back towards seat bags and the like, but I'm a big fan of ditching the pack (yes, even my bum bag) so long as I can still carry the essentials that I might need out in the bush. The Zee cage and EMT tool allow me to do exactly that, and I now find myself moving it between test bikes on a regular basis so that I can put less stuff in my pockets. - Mike Levy
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