Crank Brothers PICA Plus Premium Multi-Tool $69.95
It's much easier to fix a mechanical when you have the right tools. And since getting stranded with a mechanical is a drag, Crank Brothers created the Pica Plus Premium Multi-Tool.
The Premium designation stems from the 6061 aluminum frame and stainless steel tools. Neither material will rust, which gives the service life of the Pica Plus a massive boost -- especially for those who live in wet areas. There's an assortment of metric Allen wrenches, from 2.5 to 8mm, as well as a chain tool that works on 8-, 9-, and 10-speed chains. But, it's the four spoke wrenches, 8mm and 10mm sockets, and the T10 and T25 torx wrenches that really round out the Pica Plus. Basically, if you add tire levers, a pump and a patch kit to the equation, you have just about everything that you'll need to avoid walking back to the trailhead.
The Crank Brothers Pica Plus Premium Multi-Tool is available in one size and in the color Silver.
Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
this tool is compact, fits my hand well when using it. I love the detents that hold the bits in place every 90 degrees, means that I place the angle and just use the tool. Like that the allen wrenches have the size stamped on each one, makes it simple to choose the right size, a good small little detail. Socket set fits very snugly into the tool will not come loose. Only comment to improve the tool would be to have the sockets lock onto the drive, currently they slip off if used upside down.
Cool description but it seems pretty douchey...
Cool description but it seems pretty douchey that this glamorized version of their old tool is almost $60. The douchebag boss probably would be the guy buying this. For having so many features, too many to name it would be nice to see an actual photo of them.
As a long-time owner of the Crank Brothers Multi 17 tool, I can see some features on the Pika ( and Crank Brothers' other premiu tools) that would justify the higher price. Stainless steel means it won't rust, as my other Multi 17l did after a few years. the Pica's tools are centered on the axis of the pivot where the Multi 17's are offset and more awkward to turn. The Pica has detents that hold the bits in place every 90 degrees, where the regular Crank Brothers tools can get pretty sloppy, especially if they are not kept tightened. Finally, the premium tools have a streamlined shape that makes them fit much better in a small saddle bag. It seems to me Crank Brothers is charging more for something that is genuinely better. It's up to you whether the improvements justify the cost.
I own the 17 too and have purchased many of the original CB bike tools as gifts to family members and biking pals. I have seen some of them get loose but that's just a quick tighten to fix and you're good. I would love to see some pics of the actual tool open with attention to the details and make some judgment calls from there. Show me the goods!