With its laser-etched alloy frame, single blood-red anodized tool and crisply-cut long-lasting chrome vanadium bits, the Heist is a stylish, rugged and simple multitool.
At a generous 8cm its leverage is good, and the well-rounded edges of the V-section frame and its bolts mean comfort is decent when un-seizing bolts. There are no detents to hold the bits in place, but the tight build means the bits mostly stay at the angle you set them – friction stops them just flopping around their axles.
The bits are stamped with their sizes bar the thinnest two Allen keys. The Heist is 10 fairly hefty, especially as you’ll need a separate chain tool as well, which does impact on the Heist’s value, given the range of options out there.
The Blackburn has a feel of quality and strength that’s immediately appealing, and while we should be clear for legal reasons that the Heist won’t actually pull off daringly-choreographed art and diamond thefts, it will undo many things on a bicycle and then, later, do them back up again.
- 2-6mm, 8mm and 2.5mm Allen keys
- T25 Torx
- Crosshead and flat screwdrivers
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.