Park Tool's blue (what other color would it be?) MT-40 multi-tool is on the large side of thing when talking about pocket-sized helpers, but it certainly packs a bigger punch than a more race-focused multi-tool. The $54.99 MT-40 includes 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm hex keys, both a T25 and T35 Torx bits, a flat blade screwdriver, a nifty C02 inflator, and a burly chain tool that rivals what some people use in their home shops. All of that adds up to 235 grams on my scale and a not so small package, but its flat shape should mean that it won't be too bothersome in most pockets. www.parktool.com
• 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm hex
• T25, T30 Torx
• Flat blade screwdriver
• 11-speed compatible chain tool
• C02 inflator
• Keyring holder
• Dimensions: 8cm x 5.5cm x 2cm
• Weight: 235 grams
• MSRP: $54.99
Multi-tools come in all shapes and sizes, so it's easy to get what you need without having too little or too much, but I feel like they should be split into two distinct categories regardless of how many tools they include. One group consists of multi-tools that should be thought of as nearly disposable given that they seem to last about one season before they fall apart, and they often have tool bits that don't fit snug enough or are so flexible that you're worried they might snap on you. The other, higher-quality group is comprised of tools that you might have in your backpack for years on end - they're always there, they don't rattle apart, and the bits fit properly, so you're not worried about rounding off every bolt you touch.
Park Tools' MT-40 fits into that second category. The tolerances of all of the hex keys are spot-on, so much so that I wouldn't hesitate to grab the MT-40 when I'm working in the shop. Each key can also be rotated out from the tool body easily, but without them being so loose that they rattle around and require snugging up. The 8mm slip-on adapter that slides on over the 5mm hex key is a clever way to save some space, and it functions just fine for a trail-side repair, but I think I'd still prefer a standalone 8mm key as I keep expecting to lose the adapter. The thread-on C02 inflator is interesting, and it's worked pretty well the couple of times that I've needed it - simply push it onto the valve firmly and then thread the C02 canister into it until air begins to flow.
Most pint-sized chain tools can make you feel like you're drunk and like you have the largest hands in the world. They can be finicky to use due to companies trying to make them as small as possible, but that's not the case with the chain tool on the MT-40. This thing feels super solid, especially the fold-down handle, but it doesn't make for a lightweight multi-tool. I'll take that tradeoff any day.
As impressed as I am with the MT-40, I was surprised to see some of the plated hex keys have a bit of rust on them already. This might be down to how I'm carrying it, slipped into a bib short pocket up against my back, where it probably sees more than its fair share of salty sweat. Pinkbike’s Take:
|You can find lighter and smaller multi-tools, so look elsewhere if you're all about having the smallest package possible. But if you want a sturdy feeling multi-tool that you'll probably have for years on end, the kind of multi-tool that you hesitate to lend to other riders for fear of not getting it back, the MT-40 is it. - Mike Levy|
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