CrankBrothers y16 multi-tool review£40.00

Comprehensive trail tool

BikeRadar score3/5

CrankBrothers’ y16 comes packed with just about all the essential trail tools you could want - but the design isn't without its drawbacks.

At 257g it’s no featherweight and it’s bulky too, but much of that can be forgiven when you see what’s on offer. The twin Y-shaped tools at the heart of the package – which are magnetised so they stay in place – offer 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 8mm Allen keys, and provide plenty of leverage. Their shape can make jobs in hard-to-reach spots awkward and fiddly though.

There are a host of other Allen keys, Torx keys and screwdriver heads stowed in the bit compartment – handy, but easy to lose out on the trail.

The chain breaker is solid and uses both Y tools to hold and drive it. We really like the CO2 inflater too, with its spring-loaded actuation which helps with accurate inflation.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness

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