What is it
Slim enough to fit in most any jersey pocket or seat pack, Spurcycle’s Tool has a machined titanium socket and arm accompanied by 10, chrome-coated bits. To keep things tidy, a small cloth snap pocket houses the tool.
- Made in USA, 10-bit multi-tool
- Small overall size fits nicely in a jersey pocket or seat bag
- 90-gram weight is great
- No detents on the arm means it can slide while in use
Spurcycle made its name with a series of well-crafted bells that quickly became a lust-worthy accessory for the cyclist who has it all. The Tool from Spurcycle brings the same quality materials, titanium and hardened steel in this case, to a small, carry-along multi-tool. Instead of going the fold-out route that most of us imagine when thinking of a multi-tool, Spurcycle went with a bit/socket tool.
As a minimalist who also puts a priority on utility, I’m a fan of bit/socket tools. Why carry multiple handles if one will suffice? A series of bits means that you can loosen or tighten a series of bolts without carrying unnecessary weight. The Spurcycle Tool includes 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm Allen, T10 and T25 Torx, and a #2 Phillips. For most cyclists, this spread will cover trailside/roadside adjustments with ease. In some cases, this is all you need when packing a bike for travel. That all of it comes in a 90-gram package is impressive.
Like many socket tools, a magnet holds each bit in place. The lever of the tool slides along the socket, allowing for more or less leverage depending on the bolt in question. While sliding the socket, you can appreciate the tight tolerances of the machined pieces.
But no tool is perfect. In the case of the Spurcycle, I think it’s a fantastic first stab. But I have two qualms. First, at $69 this thing is super pricey. I get it. Titanium ain’t cheap. But did it really need to be made of titanium?
Secondly, I would love to have seen detents along the lever arm. This would keep the socket in place, whether at one of the ends or centered, along the arm. While in use, the arm can slide inside the socket and when tightening a carbon component you want a better feel on the bolt in need of adjustment.
For my money, I’ll stick with Victorinox’s BikeTool. It may be heavier (98 grams). It may have fewer bits (8). But I like its $40 price tag and that it comes with a pair of integrated tire levers. The lever arm of it is also a 5 mm Allen key, so you effectively get 10 tools in one.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
More Info: www.spurcycle.com