Wolf Tooth Announces 8-Bit Multi-Tool System

Oct 14, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  

Wolf Tooth has announced the new 8-Bit System, which builds on the previous 8-Bit Pack Pliers to create a more comprehensive multi-tool. Now a three-part system, the pieces all nest together using magnets and a clever design to keep the tool compact enough to fit in a tool roll or pocket.


The original Pack Pliers tool includes eight bits that fit into a swiveling hex driver, a spoke wrench, a valve core tool, a rasp, and a master link storage spot all integrated into the handle of the master link pliers and magnetically held in place.

The two new pieces are a rim dent remover / tire lever and a chainbreaker / utility knife / tire plug tool. There's also a storage spot inside the chainbreaker piece for tire plugs, a valve core, and a spare utility knife blade. As one of the biggest things that was missing from the Pack Pliers was a chainbreaker, the tool system now has all the most important multi-tool features, plus some.


The 8-Bit System is designed and machined at Wolf Tooth's Minnesota headquarters from 7075-T6 aluminum. The system can be purchased as the complete 8-Bit Kit One or as individual tools, and is available at wolftoothcomponents.com and through Wolf Tooth dealers.

Pricing:
8-Bit Pack Pliers: $69.95 USD
8-Bit Chainbreaker + Utility Knife Multi-Tool: $69.95 USD
8-Bit Tire Lever + Rim Dent Remover Multi-Tool: $19.95 USD
8-Bit Kit One: $139.95 USD




94 Comments

  • 272 2
 I'll wait for the 64-bit version. 8-bit is so 1980's.
  • 8 2
 Nintendo style Big Grin
  • 29 0
 @Artikay13: Super Nintendo Chalmers
  • 5 0
 @Artikay13: pfft, I bet it doesn't even have blast processing.
  • 10 1
 @grnmachine02: Sega does what Nintendont
  • 6 0
 Nah, I'd hate to see how huge it'll be with all the bloat it'll carry. A 10-bit version with 2 parity bits for e-bikes Wink
  • 11 0
 @ctrailbiker: And my mom still won't let me have any of them
  • 6 0
 going by price per bit, you're looking at $1,120 multi-tool!
  • 1 0
 Lol, came here to post the same comment.
  • 2 0
 @conoat: Sounds about right. It's the average price of a 64-bit system? It'll cost you less in quids (1/3 less to half depending on whether the $ is USD or CAD) Wink
  • 6 0
 In their defense this tool has 64-bit pricing
  • 1 0
 @grnmachine02: F for grnmachine02
  • 1 0
 Came here for that comment. Gawan, have an upvote!
  • 40 0
 Probably won't dethrone my One-up EDC, lovingly jammed into my One-up pump... But this looks pretty cool, especially for longer/more adventurous rides. I really like having the simple utility blade included... This one will be a hit with the bikepackers and endurance crowd, which WT is always courting.
  • 11 0
 I really like my EDC pump and tool as well, especially as it’s easy to move from bike to bike. But, I think this tool is pretty awesome and will do well with the crowd with in-frame storage options, ie Swat. And you are right, the blade is a pretty cool inclusion that is often neglected.
  • 5 0
 I have the 8-bit pack pliers and I just got a EDC tool to put in my EDC pumps as well. I like how easy it is to ride without any sort of bag with the EDC, but the 8-Bit tool is my favorite multi tool yet. The 8-Bit actually allows you to get some decent torque on bolts that require it, like when I had to remove and re-install my Shimano crank on my gravel bike midride. Quick rides, I like the EDC. But if I'm heading out for a long ride or in the wilderness I'm bringing the 8-Bit.
  • 1 0
 @FrankS29: Same reason I got the 8bit. EDC is neat, but the 8-bit allows you to really get more torque. I've had situations myself or where I donated my EDC to someone on the trail only to find out that they/myself can't really loosen something because the tool doesn't have enough leverage.
  • 2 4
 @whambat: We decided to quit doing big maintenance (cutting, trimming) sessions and instead just do it on our rides. So now I'm just carrying a decent pocket knife and chainsaw (8cm Opinel and a Nordic Pocket Saw) in my pack. I feel for the one who brings that cute Wolftooth knife.
  • 1 0
 Is the pump/tool at all noisy when fixed to the bike? I've had experience with some pumps rattling as I rode and drove me nuts.
  • 2 0
 @whateverbr0: I don’t have any issue. I have mine adjusted so that the pump can’t hit the frame, and the holder is pretty stout and holds the pump tightly.
  • 2 0
 @whateverbr0: I have the EDC pump/tool setup and sometimes the upper half of the pump can slip off the adjustable rubber stopper and the pump rattles as it extends. When this happens you hear it pretty quick and then just re-adjust the position of the rubber stopper. Maybe happens to me on like three rides a season. Generally I find the setup is really solid. I use the EDC pump with the EDC tool, pliers, plugs and tire boot stored in it on both my mountain bike (Transition Sentinel) and my gravel Bike (Surly Ogre) using the one up holster for it that attaches to the bottle cage mount. I just swap between the two... and onto my wife's bike. I find it really convenient for that as it takes zero time to clip it onto a new bike if you have the holster installed. On a longer trip I will make sure to use the o-ring on the mount but most of the time don't bother. The holster that comes with the pump holds the pump really secure. Whether or not the contents in the pump's storage rattle is really up to how you pack it- I find stuffing the extra bacon/tire boot in and around the pliers holds everything really secure and tight so I don't notice any rattling from it. The wolftooth does look nice and I agree the tiny EDC tool has some huge limitations for function especially as it related to leverage and flex...but the convenience is hard to beat.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: yeah, not a big knife but good enough to cut off the extra bit of a zip tie that you had maybe had to use mid ride.
  • 1 0
 @snl1200: I'm glad you've had such a good experience with it. I didn't even think about other limitations of the EDC tool, so thanks for the insight. The Crank Brothers multitool I've used for years is pretty beefy so haven't had to consider stuff like flex/leverage on a tool before.
  • 1 0
 @Phazz470: use the pump as s lever...
  • 1 0
 @whambat: Ok, good to know there are several alternatives out there that have a small knife too. Topeak Tubi (I think the largest model) comes with one, I think Topeak has one too. These are the ones that spring to mind when someone is looking for such a small knife.
  • 41 5
 But can I shove it in my a$$ so I dont have to carry a bag? Carrying tools in a bag is so 2017
  • 31 0
 I'm sure you could, but make sure the knife-blade is stowed first. At least there is a rim-dent remover if it doesn't work out for you.
  • 14 0
 u can shove anything in ur a$$, if u try hard enough.
  • 3 44
flag my-life-through-skating (Oct 14, 2021 at 8:28) (Below Threshold)
 I didn't know u were a girl
  • 48 1
 Hate to be the one to break it to you @woyshnis-media, but boys have bum holes too!
  • 4 0
 Would you like to be kissed first?
  • 1 0
 Sure. The ole prison purse was the original SWAT box after all.
  • 23 1
 $140 for a multi-tool. They're out of their damn minds. I'd be raising an eyebrow at $70-80, but they just had to go and double up.
I can get all of those tools separately for under $50. I'll just stick with separate tools.
  • 7 0
 Seriously. I went back up to check the price and saw 140. I would’ve bought one for 50 - 80 for my bike-packing rig, but damn. Still, I imagine my tools are probably more useful on their own than crammed into one multitool anyway.
  • 19 0
 Thought the rim dent remover was a bottle opener. Where is the built in weed pipe?
  • 16 16
 I don't need a rim dent tool. I ride carbon wheels. Unrelated, but I also stopped riding clipless pedals, as flat shoes are easier to hike in.
  • 9 0
 @hamncheez:

Squirrel!
  • 5 1
 @yyc650b: its a joke about how carbon rims don't dent, they explode.
  • 6 21
flag conoat (Oct 14, 2021 at 8:46) (Below Threshold)
 @hamncheez: lol. always the line from people without the bank balance to afford carbon....sour grapes.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: Yes, I'd like to see the next version include a tool to fix a shattered carbon rim please.
  • 1 0
 My buddy has one with a weed pipe. @yyc650b:
  • 18 0
 Why do they have to make the small bits black? A nice bright color would be best. You drop one of these in the leaves or grass, good luck.
  • 6 0
 Coating bits is a unique challenge. They see a lot of wear/abuse so painting/plating will chip. You can't anodize steel. Which leaves you with a pretty limited selection for coatings, doubly so if you want to prioritize corrosion resistance.
  • 2 0
 @quesoenfuego: Some bits do come with a coloured band. But unless these bits are also 1/4" hex, you can't use these aftermarket bits. I'm actually more worried about that small L tool. Makes for a horrible tire jabber and if you lose it, you can't operate your chain tool anymore either.

I always think that the ergonomics of portable tools shouldn't be that much worse than what you're using at home. You often don't get to pick the conditions you're working in. It may be messy, dark, wet. You may be tired, shaking, hungry and with frozen hands. Are you really going compromise on ergonomics just so that you can ride with less baggage?
  • 9 1
 Winner winner chicken dinner! On long rides I usually carry a Leatherman in my pack as well as a small multi-tool and a plug kit. Been looking for a way to shave some weight off of that without ending up stranded somewhere. This checks all the boxes for me.
  • 2 0
 This is sweet and I would buy one, but still doesn't replace a leatherman. But yeah, even a small leatherman is pretty heavy.
  • 12 1
 $140 lol gtfo
  • 6 0
 I have the orignal version of this tool. It's a bit fiddly, when you open it up its really easy for bits to fall out into the dirt. That said, nice tool if you don't lose anything.
  • 5 0
 So many little things for my butter fingers to drop. I'd want those painted hunter organge so I can see them on the ground.
  • 1 2
 @slightlyoutofcontrol: at least the smallest bits appear to be normal sized, not tiny little things like that other 40g tool (I think both a really cool)
  • 3 0
 We have the original one as well, bits are too small/short to be super useful and we have already broken one off. Biggest pain is the fiddly magnetic bits and we have had to pick them out of the dirt, car seats, seems in backpack, etc.
  • 5 0
 After needing something like on the trail the other week I was shopping and said to myself the 8bit is nice but still missing the chain breaker. Certainly this fixes that and is a great idea, but $140 is a bit much for my wallet.
  • 5 1
 I have the 8-bit pliers and they are without a doubt the worst multi tool I have ever used. Bits are super difficult to pull out and every single magnet that keeps everything together has fallen out and requires me to press back in.
  • 5 0
 Wolf tooth is really sticking to these bits huh? Who wants to deal with a bunch of bits while on the trail?
  • 7 1
 Still can’t beat the Topeak Alien
  • 5 0
 I like how they have included a "utility knife" for trail-side tracheostomys!
  • 5 0
 No thanks. I'll wait for the 16-bit version in 18 months.
  • 1 0
 We're all waiting for the 8-byte version.
  • 1 0
 Hold on a sec, the 8-Bit Kit One is 24-bits! It's just 1 byte short of a 32-bit system!
  • 2 1
 The best on trail multitool really has nothing to do with brand - it has to do with whether or not you actually know how to use it its components, bits and widgets. Personally I agree with the others that have commentated that they use the one up EDC tool. I have a lot of bikes Road, Gravel, MTB etc....-Each has a separate EDC set up on it customized to the individual bikes needs. This wolftooth tool seems fantastic but I'm not going to spend 200 Canadian to see if it's better than my current set up. Also will make a point because everyone seems to love that little cutting blade. If you go to any hardware store you can get razor blade type scraper blades that come with cardboard cover over them for less than a dollar and throw it in your kit. There I may have just saved you two hundred dollars Canadian............
  • 5 0
 139.95 USD...now you know why the bike industry likes this enduro thing.
  • 4 0
 not gonna be able to fly with that
  • 1 1
 I'd take out the razor beforehand
  • 3 0
 They have great ideas but glued parts/magnets come UNglued after short timeFrown
  • 5 0
 so its a 1 byte tool?
  • 1 0
 Yes, as a packet. You'd be disappointed that the 8-bit is all analog! Wonder why Wolf Tooth should've named it "The Byte"!
  • 3 3
 I have one of the Wolf Tooth powerlink pliers as I thought they looked easy to carry around and well designed. Never ever again. Yes they look cool, yes they are light, but I am yet to unlock and relock a link without doing myself bodily harm… they can’t do the only thing they are designed for. They cut into your hands just looking at them and I can’t believe they were ever put through any ergonomics testing.

I’ll pass on this new tool thanks.
  • 1 0
 I carry a spare shoelace for this reason. It is the easiest way to open a quick link. Plus it has the potential to be a useful tie down strap. If you do not know what I am talking about, youtube shoelace quick link removal. Game changer.
  • 2 0
 @StinkyTO: I just looked this up. I learned something new today thanks for that
  • 1 0
 Has anyone had any issues the magnets messing with your cell phone or credit card if they are both in the same pocket or pack ?
Seems like the kind of thing that you wouldn’t think about, until they didn’t work anymore.
  • 3 0
 Weight? Yeah, I'm one of those.
  • 2 0
 Legitimately curious if people use the chain pliers enough to have them every ride.
  • 1 2
 When you need them you need them. I've used mine a couple times. Before that I would frustrate myself trying to open the link.
  • 4 0
 @rwgil370: But do you open the link on a ride? You'd more likely remove the broken link (or the pins and the outer link plates) and replace it with a quick link. But when would you open the quick link? To replace the chain because according to the portable chain wear indicator it is due for replacement?
  • 2 0
 @vinay: I've been wondering this same thing with these pliers that I see popping up everywhere. I'm not the raddest but I spend a lot of time on the trail and I've never needed to take the chain off, I've only ever needed to replace broken links.
  • 2 0
 I have a 2 foot piece of rope. Check out the shoelace YouTube video. No wrench required.
  • 1 0
 Every now and then a chain ends up coming off and getting stuck between spokes, chain device, linkages etc. If you have a quick link, it is so good to just undo it and reroute it.
  • 2 0
 Rim dent remover! Awesome! Does it work on carbon?
  • 1 0
 Are the bits standard 1/4 in ones? I'd like to be able to mix and match or use different bits, or just replace lost ones
  • 2 0
 Super nice but I can’t justify 140$ for a multi tool. That’s absurd.
  • 2 0
 $140? WTF, and I ride a Yeti (non Dentist)
  • 2 0
 But where do u stash ur axis battery on this thing?
  • 1 0
 When they said 8 bit, I thought it would only cost $1. Oh well..
  • 1 0
 stick in your short pocket and whohaaa ready made multi tool
  • 1 0
 I am waiting for the first tool with integrated voltmeter...
  • 1 0
 and a soldering iron...
  • 1 0
 Chances are if you go shopping for a voltmeter, you're getting one that measures current too. But agreed, you likely won't be able to get hold of the first one ever.
  • 1 0
 Camelbak with solar panels attached
  • 1 0
 Next version to be Called the 9-Bit ( a bit better than before).
  • 1 0
 Finally, a multi-tool with a rasp!!!
???
  • 1 0
 Yeah! Another overpriced multi-tool.
  • 1 0
 On second thought, Can you keep your weed in there?
  • 1 0
 How many multi tools need to exist in the world
  • 1 0
 Weight?

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