- Solid and very rigid
- Tools to tackle pretty much anything
- Sharp edges
- Some smaller tools are difficult to use
Price as reviewed:
The Topeak Tool Monster Air has pretty much everything you’ll ever need to keep yourself going on the road, all wrapped up in a package which feels super chunky and eschews the conventional Swiss Army Knife design.
Packed away in its two pieces are eight different allen keys, two torx bits, three spanner heads, two spoke wrenches, a cross-head screwdriver and a chain breaker. It’s designed so that you can get an extra large hand-hold to free those pesky frozen bolts and link the two parts together for extra leverage.
The whole lot’s held together by a non-catching velcro-like cuff and it’s topped off with a CO2 inflator. There’s also a version with the same tools but which swaps the inflator for a chain tool, which is arguably more useful. It’s also a bit cheaper at £44.99.
Although the major allen keys and tools are easy to use, I found that the smaller allen keys, such as those used to take derailleur cages apart, were a bit tucked away and fiddly to use on small bolts, which are often recessed on the bike and difficult to get to anyway.
The Topeak Tool Monster Air is a weighty and expensive beast, so although it replaces a whole plethora of separate bits of kit, it’s not one for the weight weenie or the budget conscious. And there are quite a few sharp edges to catch in your jersey pocket – or you – or rub against other kit which you might be carrying. The crosshead screwdriver comes with a rubber protector to stop it from getting stuck into anything, but it’s still quite protrusive.
For more details visit the Extra UK website.
The Topeak Tool Monster Air is an impressive-looking bit of kit, but it's expensive and some tools are not too usable