The ultimate integrated bike TOOL
The Matchstix bike tool replaces your 15mm thru axle and contains everything you need to fix your bike on the trail. The main 'handle' sits on the left side of the fork and is available in a myriad of gorgeous colours. I opted for turquoise for my Yeti SB5C because as we all know they are the rules with owning a Yeti!
The Matchstix ships with 6 stainless steel bits of which 4 slide into the sleeve on the right-hand side of the thru axle. Amazingly both the anodized handle on the left and the sleeve on right are rock solid and after multiple runs have never come loose.
In use, the tool is solid and serves its purpose. It's far from being a workshop tool but will get you out of a bind when the wheels fall off.
The chain tool takes some getting used to but it works and I guess that's all you need to worry about. The nifty little sleeve also contains a spare chain link which I must admit I had completely forgotten about until I had to use it!
All in all it's an amazing tool and after 6 months on the bike hasn't come dislodged, hasn't shown any signs of wear and all the components in the sleeve have remained dry and rust free.
If you are after a new multi-tool or are just trying to shed the load out of your pack then the Matchstix is worth a look. It's expensive but it's the price you pay for such good quality engineering.
If I made one change I would make the bits titanium!
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