We see if the Park Tool MT-20 multi-tool deserves a spot in your saddle bag
The Park Tool MT-20 multi-tool offers the main think that you’d expect from Park Tool: quality. However unfortunately that quality has to come at a price that makes this tool look like a bit of a lightweight alongside its competitors.
The thing that first impresses you about the Park Tool MT-20 multi-tool is its size. Just 6cm long and 3cm wide, it’s absolutely tiny, and should be small enough to fit into even the most compact of saddle bags. That also means that it’s fairly light too at 93g, so if you’re struggling for space in your saddle bag then you can put it in your rear jersey pocket without it beginning to sag. The only downside of its size is that it doesn’t offer much leverage if you’ve got an overtightened bolt although to be fair to Park Tool that’s not really what this multi-tool is designed for.
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Despite its compact dimensions, the Park Tool MT-20 multi-tool manages to pack in a fair number of functions: eight in total (as long as you count the key ring holder as a function). You get the standard set of Allen keys (3mm, 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm) plus a flat head screwdriver, a T25 Torx key, and a CO2 adaptor. That final function is probably my favourite of the lot, working very well, and meaning you don’t have to carry around a separate adaptor.
All of the tools are very well made, and I never had any problems using them even through a few months of having the Park Tool MT-20 multi-tool stored in a very un-waterproof saddle bag.
That means that there is nothing wrong with the multi-tool itself, but it’s impossible to ignore the price. At a penny under £30, this is at the upper end of what you should be paying for a multi-tool, and yet offers relatively few functions. For the same price or less, you can easily find multi-tools such as the Topeak Pro 20 multi-tool that offer 20 or more functions (even if some of those might be a little surplus to requirements), so the eight on offer from the Park Tool MT-20 multi-tool is a figure that is significantly below par.
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If it was half the price, then the Park Tool MT-20 multi-tool would be impossible to fault, with well-made tools and a lightweight, compact design. However its £29.99 pricetag seems far too high for a multi-tool with only 8 functions