Mineral Design Mini Bar multi-tool review

Unique 3-poisiton handle provides leverage and versatility of larger tool

Gear
Mineral Design Mini Bar

The Mini Bar comes with 10 bits: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm, plus Torx T25, Phillips and flathead screwdriver.

What is it

Born from a successful $20,000 Kickstarter campaign, the Mineral Design Mini Bar is a TIG welded, steel handled multi-tool with replaceable bits stored under an L-shaped handle. The compact shape allows for easy storage in a jersey pocket, saddlebag, or hydration pack, while the unique 3-poisiton handle provides the leverage and versatility of a larger tool.

Mineral Design Mini Bar

We’d much rather wrench with one of these than a standard folding multi-tool.

The TIG welded steel handle accepts any 1⁄4” hex bit. The Mini Bar comes with 10 bits: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm, plus Torx T25, Phillips and flathead screwdriver. The bits are stored in a rack that magnetically attaches to the handle, and the bar can store up to six bits at a time. Weight is 112 grams, including a fully loaded rack.

Mineral Design Mini Bar

The L-shaped handles is magnetized to keep the bits in place when in use.

The upstart company was founded by Justin Dodd and Mike Manzione, a pair of mechanical engineers with experience in the cycling and motocross industry, along with consumer electronics and construction equipment.

Pros
  • Includes most popular tool bits
  • Durable nickel finish is scratch resistant
  • Can be customized with most important tools for you
  • Three possible positions lends versatility
  • Magnets keep bits securely in place
  • Easily fits inside jersey pocket or hydration pack
  • Greater position versatility than folding multi-tool
  • More leverage than folding multi-tool
Cons
  • Small bits easier to lose than standard multi-tool
  • Does not include chain tool
  • Heavier than most multi-tools
Mineral Design Mini Bar

It’s that big. For reference, our tester wears size L gloves.

Mtbr’s Take

Unlike so many multi-tools, the Mineral Design Mini Bar is actually pleasant to use. With 10 included bits and three possible positions, you can do everything from tighten hard-to-reach bottle cage bolts to adjust rear derailleur screws. There’s even an 8mm bit for swapping pedals, and it’s small enough to stash in a jersey pocket, saddlebag, or hydration pack.

Mineral Design Mini Bar

The versatile tool has great hand feel.

The lone drawback, aside from dealing with such small bits, is the lack of a chaintool, a must carry for most mountain bikers. The easy answer is to pick up Mineral Design Barstow with chain tool, a clever device that slots inside the end of your handlebars.

Mineral Design Barstow System

The Mini Bar doesn’t include a chain tool, but Mineral Design has a clever answer.

Bottom line, whether riding mountain or road, the Mineral Design Mini Bar has become our go-to multi-tool of choice. The unique handle provides the leverage and usability of a much larger tool, which is why I often reach for it even in the garage when building up test bikes or swapping components. It has everything you need in a compact, user-friendly, and affordable package.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers 4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers
Price: $35
More Info: www.mineralbikes.com

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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