The Park Tool MT-1 multi-tool is the epitome of minimalism. While other multi-tools have as many as twenty features, this tool has just nine of the most essential. It includes five hex wrenches, three socket wrenches, and a flat head screwdriver.
These nine features were designed into a package so compact and lightweight, there is no excuse to leave home without a multi-tool. Measuring just 4.5 inches by 1.5 inches and weighing only 1.5 ounces, it’s one of the smallest tools available. Though small, it’s made of investment cast steel to ensure durability.
The MT-1 is ideal for making minor, unexpected adjustments during a ride. It easily adjusts stems, seatposts, derailleurs, and brakes. Since its small size doesn’t produce great leverage, it’s a good tool to use if you are worried about over-tightening carbon parts. Consequently, using the tool’s 8mm hex wrench to tighten bigger bolts, like cranks bolts, can prove difficult because of the lack of leverage.
While road riders might find this tool ideal, it’s not the best option for mountain bikers. The most obvious feature it lacks is a chain tool. It also doesn’t feature any torx wrenches, which are essential now that many mountain bike component manufacturers are switching from hex bolts to torx bolts.
In all, the MT-1 is the ideal tool for riders who like to pack light and simple. It’s not a tool you’ll want to use for home repairs, but it’s a great tool to toss into your seat bag for emergencies.
The MT-1 retails for $10 and can be found at any Park Tool dealer. Like all Park Tools, it has a limited lifetime warranty.
By Katie Arehart-Rose – Boulder, CO