Crank Brothers Y-Shaped Multi Tool
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- Handle: stainless steel
- Screwdrivers: Phillips #2, flat #2
- Other Tools: Torx (t-25, t-10), hex wrenches (2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8), patch kit, storage kit
- Claimed Weight: 166 g
- Recommended Use: bike maintenance
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Stash the Crank Brothers Y-Tool 12 in your pack before you hit the trail and you'll be ready for anything. This compact stainless steel case packs two screwdrivers, an assortment of hex wrenches and Torx bits, and comes with a patch kit and storage container, so you'll be ready to fix whatever comes up.
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The only reservation I have, and the reason I give 4 stars instead of 5, is that the small driver parts would be really easy to lose on the trail.
I don't know whether the chain tool will work on an 11 speed chain. I'm told that they "probably" will and I don't like "probably" but I haven't found a good multi-tool that claims to have an 11 speed chain tool so I can't really complain much about this one.
My first instinct when opening was the weight. It's a little heavy...or so it seemed. Just for kicks, I pulled out the scale. It weighed 257 g and is labeled at 260 g, so a little lighter than listed. But I weighed my little saddle bag that has a standard (Lezyne) multi tool, tube, little patch kit, two CO2 cartridges, cartridge inflator and in came in 15 g LESS than the Y-16 and a tube, patch kit, 2 CO2 cartridges. So in other words, overall this is a little bit heavier, even though there's no saddle bag since the stuff would go in your pockets. This is due to the black plastic frame of the tool and the little compartments, plus the heavier Y-tools. Those weight penalties are more than the saddle bag. But only a little, so I like it! I'd rather add a teeny bit more weight to be able to use real Y-tools instead of a little standard multi tool!
I used the Y- hex wrenches at home as a test. No problems there. The steel quality isn't top-notch, but this isn't for everyday use. It'll last a lifetime for saddle height changes, etc. every couple months - which is the intended use for a pocket tool. The little bits that fit in the container are great; held in by magnet on the Y-tool. My only long term concern is here: those bits are held into that container by foam so they don't rattle. By taking that foam out to access the bits regularly, perhaps the foam will no longer stay in place? Time will tell. But this will not only lead to rattling, which would drive me crazy, but also possibly to the bits falling out. I don't anticipate that problem, but I see it as a possibility over the course of a year or two of use.
Again, I haven't had to use it in a real situation yet. But as long as the inflator works, it'll be worth the 5 stars I'm giving it. (The chain breaker seems slightly poor quality, the pin in particular. But as long as it works once or twice in emergencies, that's all that matters...and I hopefully will never have to find out!) I like the shape; it fits in a jersey pocket easily. Plus the ingenuity makes it a fun tool!
At the beginning I thought it was too big, but now I take it in the bag of the jersey and not even feel it is there. The accessory to attach the co2 container have never been used, but the rest of the tool is really helpful. In the reservoir for the small parts there's space for a small sand paper and few patches. So now I'm complete for a ride :)