Zefal AFA 8 Plus bottle cage tool holder review – a surefire way of never forgetting your multi-tool

The Zefal AFA 8 Plus is a good accessory to add to your gravel bike before your next adventure, just try and keep it behind a full bidon

Zefal Afa 8 Plus open on bike
(Image credit: Jack Elton-Walters)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A well made tool that is a great solution to carrying a multi-tool that will ensure you’ll always have one to hand. It would be a great addition to a gravel bike, especially with a metal frame, but I don’t think I’ll keep it attached to my carbon road bike.

Reasons to buy
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    A surefire way of ensuring you’ve always got a multi-tool with you

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    Negligible additional weight to your bike

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    Well made tool in sleek holder

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    Longer bolts included so it fits with a bottle cage, as intended

Reasons to avoid
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    Some movement when attached to the bike

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From minor adjustments to more major roadside repairs like relinking a snapped chain, the best bike multi-tools can be the difference between a completed ride and the defeat of a lift home. Small and lightweight, you’ll rarely realize you’re carrying one. Which can also be a problem.

It’s easy to forget something so small and rarely needed that when you find your multi-tool isn’t in your pocket or bike saddlebag as expected, annoyance will ensue.

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Zefal Afa 8 Plus
Tools included2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6mm hex keys, T25 Torx, flathead screwdriver, 8/9/10/11/12 speed compatible chain tool, bottle opener
Price€44.95 / £43.99
MaterialSteel and aluminium tools, fibre reinforced polypropylene holder
Read more and buyhttps://www.zefal.com/en/repair/639-afa-8-plus.html

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.