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FIRST PASS: Super B – Multi Tool

FIRST PASS: Super B – Multi Tool

What is it about multi-tools that draw us like magpies to sparkly things? It’s seems to be one of those tools that gets us all gooey. 

We have one, you have one, everybody we know has one (at least) in their garage. When someone pulls it out on the trailside (excuse the pun), we can’t resist having a sneak peak at it. Quietly judging and thinking how ours is much better or “oh, that one is better than mine, I want one of those now”…Oh dear.

So, when we were recently asked to test one of the multi-tools from SuperB, we thought, hell yes! The tool we received was their 10-in 1 multi tool.

Who are SuperB anyway?

Super Bike Tool have been manufacturing tools and providing bike shops, professional mechanics, home mechanics and athletes with a full range of tools and repair service solutions, since 1990.  They currently offer a fairly comprehensive range of tools. They have about 200 items with 20 to 30 new products being launched every year!

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The 10 in 1 Multi Tool by Super B. Pic:©Tyres and Soles
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The Super B – Multi Tool. Not a bad package. Pic:©Tyres and Soles
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The Super B – Multi Tool. Great finish!  Pic:©Tyres and Soles

Construction Quality

As you pull out each individual tool, it has a satisfyingly stiff feel to the hinge where all the tools rotate from. All the individual parts move as they should and nothing feels loose or weak. Each tool is easy to access with no tricky folding techniques required to get them out. Some tools we’ve had over the years can be bloody frustrating. Fold this, tuck that, flip this arghhh!

The Super B is just easy. It does help that it has a limited amount of tools than those other more complex ones on the market. However, Super B do offer a large range of multi tools, so if the more complex multi tool is your thing, they’ll have one for you.

Key Features

  • 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 mm hex key wrench
  • Phillips 2 screwdriver
  • Torx® 25
  • CO2 inflator w/ control valve
  • Tire lever x 2

In-Action

We’ve had the tool in our pack for the past couple of months and have been using it to nip up key areas on the bike and all the individual tools work as you’d expect. The finish seems to be of good quality with no wearing as of yet.

The tool itself feels sturdy and solid in your hand when adding pressure on a turn. Some tools we’ve tested feel as if they could fall apart in your hands. Not this one. It’s a very solid package.

We love the inflator tool! It allows you to fine tune the air inflation with a sweet little + – dial. We use it as our main cO2 inflator device now and it’s just bloody handy having it clipped to the tool. No more rummaging around in the bottom of the pack looking for it.

The tyre levers however are a little too small for my liking. With big aggressive tyres and big hands I need something with more leverage but that said, they do the job but we can’t help feeling they were just an unnecessary addition to the tool.

Price

Conclusions

All in all, we can’t complain about this tool. It does what it says on the packet and seems to do it admirably.  It’s well made, feels strong and durable in your hand and the price is about right. The individual tools have all been working fine, but we’ll keep you posted on that if anything changes.

Our only gripe would be the tyre levers. Apart from them being a little too small, when I used them for the first time, they wouldn’t clip back on the side of the tool. But I guess that’s a very low priority, as the whole tool sits in a small pocket in my pack anyway. Doh! I don’t know why I mentioned that, it’s such a small issue, so don’t let that cloud your judgement.

So if you’re looking for a new multi-tool, or just another one to add to your treasure trove, then why not give these guys a go. The price is on the mid to low end of the scale for a 10 in 1 multi-tool, plus it has the additional inflator device. So that’s not a bad little package.

The Super B multi-tools are available at most bike shops. Ask the staff next time you’re there.

 

Jason Lorch

Author: Jason Lorch

Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I’m also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).

I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience first hand, the natural wonders that surround them.

So, pump up those tyres, don your favourite boots. Grab a mate, a partner, a pet… and head out into nature. But tell us all about it when you get back.

Editor at Tyres and Soles.

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