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Topeak Alien Multi Tool

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The Alien Tool 23 Function Folding Tool: This one you will want in a real bicycle jam. Self contained and easy to access, with 23 functions it's the right tool for any size job. In the tradition of your favorite Swiss Army Knife, once the job is done … see full wiki

1 review about Topeak Alien Multi Tool

Versatile On or Off-Road Tool Kit

  • Nov 4, 2004
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Rating:
+5
Pros: An all-in-one tool kit that easily gets the job done.

Cons: Weight and bulkiness.

The Bottom Line: A quality product with a great design which executes it's functions flawlessly.

This review is based on two-years of use for both on and off-road environments. I will try to share with you my experiences with the various aspects of the included tools in this all-in-one tool kit.

Build Quality-
It is first rate. Made of stainless steel and nylon, this product will never rust. Unlike other all-in-one tools that I have used in the past like the Cool Tool which rusted badly. There is an interlocking mechanism for the Alien so that both halves fit compactly and tightly but doesn't bind.

Features-
Constructed of two halves that interlock to make it more compact, this tool boasts 23 functions. Some are very necessary while out on the road while a couple of them are useful after finishing your ride. You will see what I mean below.

Tools include:
2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8 mm Allen Wrenches.
8, 9, 10 mm Box Wrenches.
A Philips and flat head screwdrivers.
A universal chain tool.
Spoke wrenches for 14g and 15g.
Mini 15mm pedal wrench.
T25 Torx bit which fits on 4mm allen for disc rotors.
Two integrated tire levers.
Stainless steel knife.
Bottle opener for beer carbo loading after the ride.
Lock and unlock Device for the box wrenches, bottle opener/flat head screwdriver combo, 2.5 allen, chain tool and handle for mini pedal wrench to attach to for safer and easier use of these tools.
Nylon case with belt clip to carry the Alien.

Actual Use-
The allen wrenches are long enough and the body of the Alien gives you a platform to easily torque things tight or loose on your bike. Unlike other tool kits, most everything except the mini pedal wrench and torx bit are attached to the body of the Alien. This means no lost tools or fumbling of tools especially during off-road situations.

The box end wrenches combine to become spoke wrenches. I never had to use the box end wrench functions but have used the spoke wrench and I am happy to report that it works very well. No sloppiness and it fits snuggly onto the spoke nut. Just be prepared to slowly tighten/loosen the spoke nut a little at a time due to the design of the tool. It can't spin on the spoke axis like a Park spoke wrench can.

The chain tool also works very well. It works so well that I would rather use it over a standard chain tool. You get more leverage because since the Alien comes apart in two pieces, you use the 5mm allen to torque the chain tool.

In regards to the pedal wrench, it works but only if the pedal is already loose. Topeak does not recommend you to try to free a pedal with this tool if it is not loose. You can break or strip it.

Having used tubular road tires, the stainless steel knife was indispensible to help me repair flats. It is very sharp and serrated. Speaking of flats, the tire levers do work but there is no provision to clip the levers to the spokes to like typical tire levers. You need to hold the first lever in place before you use the second lever. Once that is done, you can easily take a tire off the rim.

The Phillips and flat head screwdriver works but slowly again because of their design. You will be spinning the whole body of the Alien in order to tighten or loosen a screw.

Back to the bottle opener. Yes, it does work extremely well. So well in fact, that you become the most popular person after the ride. People always seem to never find a bottle opener when you need one.

The included nylon case makes it easy to store or carry the Alien tool with you wherever you go.

Weight-
Advertised weight is 280 grams but on my Pelouze digital scale it read 274 grams and another 28 grams for the nylon case. Total combined weight then is 302 grams.

Warranty-
90 days from date of purchase.

Conclusion-
The only caveats to this tool are it's bulk and weight. I could see the weight weenies complain that it is too heavy to carry or others complaining about it being too bulky. But without the right tool available, you are either stuck on the road or in the woods. Yes, there are alternatives to the Alien that weigh less but does not offer more. If you are seeking an all-in-one tool kit that offers just about everything you need for piece of mind, then this product is highly recommended for you to try. Don't forgot, you can also be the hit of the beer party after the ride! Hope this information proved useful. Happy riding!



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