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November 20, 2012 18 comments

Sneak Peek at the Brooks 21 Multi Tool

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Sneak Peek at the Brooks 21 Multi Tool
Soon to be your stout companion through thick and thin - The Brooks 21 Multi Tool In the past, browsing through the maintenance department of the Brooks Online Shop was a brief excursion to procure a standard spanner or perhaps a tin of Proofide. Now a stop by this humble section of the website is about to get much more interesting... A collaboration between Brooks designers, some of the world's greatest cycle travellers, and over 700 members of the Brooks community who responded to a tool questionnaire on the Brooks Despatch,  is about to produce the supreme multi tool for cyclists  and we are happy to offer a first glimpse of the technical drawings. 7 tools in one piece: Our chain breaker with integrated spoke wrenches 0, 1, 2, 3, a bottle opener, and even a Brooks saddle spanner, is sure to baffle those who believe that having it all is not possible. Rounding out the plentiful assortment of 21 tools are: 7 allen keys (hex wrenches) # 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8. 4 screwdrivers: 2 flat head, 2 phillips, #'s 1 and 2. 2 torx: T-10 and T-25 and finally, one very sharp knife.  Surely the only multi tool to feature such an endlessly useful item. The Brooks 21 Multi Tool will launch next  September at Eurobike 2013. The Adjustable Spanner from a Brooks patent catalog of 1909. Great ideas were never far to hand for John Boultbee Brooks, erstwhile founder and namesake of this great company. Hundreds of patents bear his name to this day, and among them a rather clever and simple solution for those cyclists in need of box spanners in a variety of sizes. Our unique solution, which is partially based on the above patent drawings, will also go into production in 2013.
Hi this is looking all good but for T-10?
As I tour with a Rohloff, I need a T-20 !
I'll order one if it has a T-20 only.
NZPeterG May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
Re: Marks comment. I have to agree entirely with what he says but the Government Website puts the default case most succinctly.......i.e. it is of itself illegal unless etc.
I don't think it would be worth the risk to try to explain myself to the satisfaction of a Policeman or a Court of Law.
If you at Brooks are still determined to include a blade in the tool my question is why?? You might do better to leave it out; charge less for the product; and invite those who feel that they really must have a permissible 3" folding blade to invest less than the difference in a basic SAK. The main advantage is a properly designed and comfortable grip.
Jaime Gill May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
A locking blade knife is NOT illegal in the UK. However you need 'good reason' to carry such a knife in public. Having it 'just in case I need it' as part of a multi tool is not considered 'good reason' and will land you in trouble with the law.
Mark May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
Frank May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
It looks great. Price is okay. I don´t know what I need T-10 for, Rohloff needs T-20. I have a collection of multitools and this one is a "must have". I am using a Thorn multitool now . It don`t has knife, but it has 21 other tools.
Andreas May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
I´l be curious about it ;) and the price ...
Nino May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
4 screwdrivers: 2 flat head, 2 phillips, #’s 1 and 2. ist to mutch - 1/1 is ok and the tool might be smaler!

And congratulation: the "7 tools piece" is fantastic !!!
Nino May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
Please check the Law on the issue of "lock knives" my understanding is that it is illegal in Great Britain to have a knife in public of any length with a locking blade. It may be that each person who has your multitool in their possession when they are out riding will be committing a criminal offence. Everything else looks very very desirable. I will not be putting my freedom at risk by having such an implement in my possession.May I refer you to this UK Government website for independent confirmation of my comments.https://www.gov.uk/find-out-if-i-can-buy-or-carry-a-knife.
Jaime Gill May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
Thanks, Jaime! You are absolutely correct. I guess we will have to make ours (somewhat regretfully) non-locking! Its a shame that a few bad apples spoil the bunch...
BREGAN May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
Good start, but the versatility of the original is lost. Where is the adjustable spanner? Or the BA/BS spanners I might need for my '50s-'60s lightweights or the trade bike of indeterminant vintage (with B90) which requires regular on-the-road adjustment of its rod brakes. And will the riveter cope with 3/16" chain?

Keep up the tradition.
Jon May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
Will the outer shells be padded with embossed leather?
Fran McHugh May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
Hope it will be manufactured in "Good old Brooks Quality"!
Whats about stainmarks when using a steel tool on inox-screws?
Andrew May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
My Topeak Alien multi-tool which I have had for about 8 years has a knife with locking blade in it.
It would be helpful if you could also publish a price for this item.
Tim Hoyle
Tim Hoyle May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
Our target sales price is about £40, so less than €50, but it is too early to confirm any price. I'm afraid you have to wait a few more months to know the price.
ANDREA May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
Can the tool and the saddles be made so that the tool clips under the saddle? Is it all corrosion resistant? Is there space to add a puncture kit in a saddle compartment?
Andrew Hague May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
The kit will be made in stainless steel. We are designing a leather case, which does not attach directly, but we have tool bags already and will also release more saddle bags next year.
ANDREA May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
This tool is just the what I have been waiting for. In your lingo.......Its the "Bees Knees". I am looking forward to it.
Martin Colucci May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM
Excellent tool. May I suggest a leather case that also functions as a belt sheath?
a. b. eddington May 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM