CONTEC PG1 Multi-tool — Review
A proper multi-tool is like the Swiss Army knife for cyclists. A good multi-tool will save you in case any bolt comes loose or you snap the chain, or pretty much anything in-between. Nowadays, there are so many different multi-tools on the market that it’s hard to choose between them. The more features the multi-tool packs the heavier it tends to be. I like minimalistic approach, so the deciding factor for me was the weight. Hence I picked up the CONTEC PG1 multi-tool.
CONTEC PG1 multi-tool at first glance
CONTEC PG1 multi-tool comes attached to a piece of cardboard with a zip tie. On the cardboard, you can find the main features and other information of the tool. After detaching the tool from the cardboard the first thing you are going to notice is just how light and small the tool is. Thanks to its clever design the tool still manages to pack all the necessary bits and a chain tool into a compact package. It’s impressive that the tool weighs mere 89 grams. With overall dimensions of 51 x 52 x 10 mm, the tool is guaranteed to fit into pretty much any pocket. Unfortunately, an 8 mm Allen key is not included, so you won’t be undoing pedals with this multi-tool. On the other hand, I doubt a multi-tool this small would offer enough leverage anyway.
The quality of the tool seems solid and the rubberized coating on the handlebar provides good grip. There’s nothing that rattles in the tool and everything stays in place well. For just 15€ the tool seems like a bargain, but let’s dig further.
In depth review
The design of PG1 is quite clever. The chain tool is placed right on top of the tool, connected to the hollow body. Inside the body, there are seven bits in total. 3, 4, 5, and 6 mm Hex keys are included, as well as a Torx 25, Philips head and a flat head bit. The handle as has a 4 mm Hex key included on one end, which makes using the chain tool possible without taking out any bits.
In order to access the bits, you need to detach the handle from the main body of the multi-tool. To detach the handle from the main body you simply pull it off from the Hex key side. There’s a small mark on the body indicating the place. The handle attaches to the body by a simple groove in the rubber coating rather than a magnet. The fit is snug, so the handle won’t be falling off by accident. On the other end of the handle, there’s a hole for the bits to be inserted into. A magnet makes sure that the bits stay in place once inserted.
The bits have a nice finish and during my testing, I didn’t manage to come even close to rounding any bolt heads. This is often the part where cheap multi-tools let you down due to bad quality control and tolerances being off. I assume it’s fair to say that the tolerances seem to be fine on CONTEC PG1 multi-tool.
The chain breaker
The chain breaker is claimed to work with 9, 10, and 11-speed chains. I’m yet to test the chain breaker properly, but it seems to be a lot more solid than those you find on other cheap multi-tools. Especially the tip of the screw that pushes out the pin is much thicker than on many other cheap multi-tools. Once I have tested the chain tool thoroughly, I will post an update and let you know how it fared!
CONTEC PG1 multi-tool is an impressive tool for just 15€. Thanks to its clever and minimalistic design, the multi-tool packs all the necessary features into a very lightweight package. In this price range, the tool simply has no competition when it comes to weight and overall size. I can totally recommend this multi-tool to anyone.
- Lightweight and compact
- Clever design
- Includes all the necessary features
- Good quality for the price
- An 8 mm Allen key is not included