Prestacycle LLC was kind enough to let me test out a new product of theirs called the Prestaratchet Multi-Tool. Some readers of this site may recall our Prestaratchet review from 2012. It was a sleek hex drive tool with different bits that you could use with the tiny ratchet. We also did a review of the original Prestalever tire tool the same year, and not long ago shared a review of the Prestalever II. With the success of these tools, Prestacycle created the Prestaratchet Multi-Tool.
The Prestacycle Prestaratchet Multi-Tool includes all of the features of the original, but has a red mini Prestalever II tire lever for a handle. The 20 piece bit set is well rounded, with tools of all kinds including allen, Torx, phillips, and standard sizes. To save space in your tool box or bike bag, the sleeves that hold the bits are molded out of silicone. This design makes it easy to break the sleeves apart. A reason for doing this is that it allows the user to choose the bits they need vs taking the whole kit along for the ride. Four 100mm bits are also part of the set that includes a magnetic 1/4 inch socket extension, 4mm & 5mm hex, and a T25 Torx bit. I’m glad they thought to include the T25, as it is a common size now, used to adjust brake levers and install disc brake rotors.
This tool is handy to have, and easy to use. The 1/4 bit reversible gear is easily spun with your fingers to manually tighten or loosen fasteners. With a quick flick of your finger, it can be reversed, like most ratchets. Much to my surprise, using a tire lever for a grip doesn’t feel awkward at all. The molded tire lever handle fits easily in the palm of your hand, and you can get more than enough torque to loosen or tighten any bolt or screw. The business end of the handle, while looking smaller than the Prestalever II, operates just as well if not maybe a bit better. Installing or removing a tire was still just as easy. It stows nicely in the seat bag on my cross-bike, and I found the multi-tool very handy to take along on rides. I don’t like to fumble with allen wrenches and other multi-tools, but the Prestaratchet Multi-Tool really fits my hand well, where I don’t constantly drop it or bust my knuckles.
I really enjoyed reviewing the Prestaratchet Multi-Tool and believe it would make a nice addition to anyone’s toolbox, especially if you are trying to get some basic tools to maintain your bicycle. The MSRP doesn’t hurt your wallet, as it starts at $24.95. How often can you spend less than 30 bucks and have 5 year limited warranty on a great set of tools? Not very often, so snag a set for yourself from your local bike shop or at Prestacycle.com