Australian Mountain Bike
LEATHERMAN MAKO TI MULTITOOL
Bike tools tend to be quite specific – at least I know my requirements are. I don’t leave home without a quality multitool unless it really is just a roll down the road to get milk. There are a few things I look for in the tool: a chain breaker, all the Allen keys I need, and a flathead screwdriver, plus relevant Torx keys.
The Mako Ti is a very flat tool, using titanium for the main body, and steel for the tool attachments that are held in the body of the tool by rubber. It’s listed as a pocket tool by Leatherman, meaning they don’t expect it to do everything. It carries nine different tools and four attached ones: A bottle opener, 1/4” driver, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16mm Box wrenches, 14 and 15 guage spoke wrenches, 5 and 6mm Allen keys, and T25 Torx head and a Phillips head screwdriver.
It’s only 42grams, and at 9.5cm long, you can actually get more leverage with it than some of the common multitools. The Allen keys, Torx head and screwdriver are all attachments that sit into the 1/4” driver, but they don’t stay there securely. The quality of the materials is very high, as you would expect, but this isn’t a complete tool to get you out of trouble. Without a 4mm Allen key, let alone the smaller sizes needed for derailleur hangers or a chain breaker, it’s not a do it all tool.
However, the Mako Ti has found a permanent place in my backpack that I use for longer epic rides. It adds very little weight and takes up minimal space. It offers more leverage than my typical multitool, and has box wrenches that I don’t need but the bikes of others might on an all day epic. Plus, it has a bottle opener. The quality of material and construction means that I know it’s always going to be in good shape, no matter what else is lurking in my backpack.