Better known for their mountain biking tools, we tested the Crank Brothers b14 multi-tool in a road bike setting
Essentially (but say it quietly), a bike is a bike. As such, they function in a similar way, and sometimes unfortunately go wrong in similar ways. When you suffer minor mechanicals out on the road, a multi-tool can come to the rescue and see you home, whatever kind of bike you’re riding.
Crank Brothers are well known around the mountain bike scene and this tool is their move into the road market. You can see their MTB pedigree from the two Torx tools and both flat- and cross-head screwdrivers, great for mountain bike adjustments and with some use on road bikes.
Crank Brothers b14 multi-tool is nice and solid, and certainly feels worthy of its price tag. The solid feel giving it an assured performance when undertaking repairs.
Unfortunately, this multi-tool does lack some of the extra features we might hope for, such as a chain tool or tyre lever. These are tools that a lot of people may own anyway, and are small when put in a jersey pocket, but to have a does-it-all multi-tool is something a lot of people will look for.
Using it is a mixed experience. The tool pieces attach to the side of the tool with a magnet, offering great grip and a solid turn. However, the pieces not being used aren’t held as securely as I’d like and have a tendency to fall out. A good workshop option.