A good multi-tool is one of the most essential pieces of equipment in any mountain bikers pack. I have been testing the Topeak HEXUS™ II for this past season and I have been impressed.
The Topeak HEXUS II has a folding design with two sides that store 18 different tools. The 18 chosen tools are very thoughtfully selected. In making trailside repairs and adjustments this last year I never found myself lacking the correct tool. The function list itself is impressive.
|Secondary chain link fence, Air release button
|2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 (2 pcs) / 5 / 6 / 8mm
|Engineering grade plastic
|#2 Phillips / Flat Head
|9.5 x 4.4 x 2.6 cm / 3.7” x 1.7” x 1”
|14G / 15G
|Two engineering grade plastic levers
|Chrome vanadium steel
In addition to the shear number of functions, Topeak has thoughtfully integrated each tool to make them easy to use and multi-function. Often multi-tools sacrifice usability in the name of weight and size savings. Topeak has walked this line carefully and ensured that all the included tools are very usable. In fact, they are so handy I often find myself whipping out this little multi-tool when working at home in my shop.
Some of the most innovative features include a chain breaker whose hand is also a tire lever and magnetic bits that attach to the 5mm and 4mm allen wrenches to convert them to 8mm and T25 Torx. These types of little touches make this tool a joy to use.
Durability, Construction and Value
The Hexus II has a plastic body, but honestly, holding it in your hands you wouldn’t be able to tell. It feels very substantial and has been banged around on the ground, in my pack, etc and it shows no worse for the wear. All of the metal tools have held up well. They are within an acceptable tolerance for wrenching on bikes regularly. The only part of the tool that I would not completely trust are the tire levers, but they are definitely better than nothing. I often carry a pair of my Pedros levers as well.
With a size of 3.7” x 1.7” x 1” and a weight of 167g the Hexus II is mid pack in terms of weight and you are getting a lot of functionality for that weight. At a current price of $15.97 on Amazon this multi-tool is a steal. Even at the list price of $27.95 this tool is a great value. I’ve been using one for over two years and I haven’t had any reason to use anything different.Buy Now