The Lezyne SV-7 Multi Tool is a lovely shiny thing, and it's very nicely made, but the price is steep for what you get.
As the name suggests, the SV-7 incorporates seven tools: 6mm, 5mm, 4mm and 2mm Allen keys, a flat-blade screwdriver and T25 and T30 Torx drivers.
That selection is a little odd. The larger Allen keys are uncontroversial, but Torx bolts are still relatively uncommon on road bikes, except at the high end where you'll find T30 screws holding chainrings in place. The most common use of T25 screws is mounting disc rotors.
We're convinced of the advantages of disc brakes, but they've got a way to go before they're ubiquitous. The L-shaped 2mm Allen key is supposed to be for adjusting brake lever reach and other titchy grub screws, but I can't find anything in my road bike fleet that it fits.
All this means for many of us, the SV-7 won't be the most useful multi-tool ever.
The bits are very nicely made. Each is forged and mounted to the handle by what Lezyne called "center-pivot technology". The bits aren't bent around the the mounting rod in the handle, each has a broad, forged end with a drilled hole so that they're supported all round the base. As a result, the whole tool is stiffer; it doesn't twist in your hand like cheaper multi-tools.
The SV-7 is expensive, even if you need its exact combination of tools. Wiggle's very similar LifeLine Professional 7-in-1 Multi-Tool is currently just over seven quid; their 14-bit tool is still under a tenner, less than half the price of the SV-7, and it includes the missing 2.5mm and 3mm Allen keys.
The SV-7 is very nicely finished and you get a little faux-leather loop to wrap round it. It has the kind of shiny that makes you feel slightly guilty about using it to fix a grubby bike.
Lovely quality, but expensive and of limited use to most road cyclists
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Make and model: Lezyne SV-7 Multi Tool
Size tested: Leather Strap
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Lezyne SV Tools are compact, low profile tools made with lightweight and durable materials. They feature CNC machined aluminum side plates and a forged and CNC-machined aluminum chain breaker (9/10/11 speed chain - SV10 and 11). The Stainless Steel bits and fastening hardware are durable and corrosion resistant. Forged, Center-pivot bits increase tool rigidity and improve ergonomics.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* Lightweight, low profile multi-tools optimized for modern component groups
* CNC machined aluminium side plates
* Forged, Centre-pivot, stainless steel bits
* Durable stainless steel fastening hardware
* Hex: 2.5, 4, 5, 6 mm
* Star-Shaped: T25, T30
* Flat Head
Lovely though the SV-7 is, it's very expensive.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Poor selection of bits for road bike use.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? No,
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No,
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
The SV-7 is flawed as a road bike multi-tool as its selection of bits isn't right for most bikes, and it's also very expensive. It's shiny loveliness pulls its score up to 5, but it only deserves that if it happens to provide a set of bits you do need.
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I usually ride: Scapin Style My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding,
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He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
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