Topeak has updated its top-of-the-line Alien bike multi-tool making it smaller and lighter, and easier than ever to carry an almost full bike toolkit in your pocket.
The ALiEN III CB DX comes in stainless steel (the other Aliens are CrMo steel) and has a carbon-fiber shell to keep the weight down. The rather childish alien-head on the side does serve one purpose: it helps you realign the two halves of the tool when putting them back together.
As for tools, what does it have? Everything, pretty much. There are Allen-wrenches, screwdrivers, a chain-tool, 8,9 and 10mm box-wrenches, a tire-lever (just one, and it’s metal), a knife and even a place to store two spare chain pins. The tool weighs in at a not-bad 260 g, or 9.15 oz, so it might not be comfy in a jersey pocket, but in a bag you shouldn’t notice it.
I have a Topeak Hexus tool and I love it. I snapped the tip off one of its two plastic tire-levers, and the chain tool could be a little more spacious for the fat track-chains I use, but other than that it just keeps on working. The Alien should be just as durable and, tossed in a bag with a 15mm wrench, a spare tube and a mini-pump, should make sure you’re ready for anything. $104.
ALiEN III CB DX product page [Topeak via Urban Velo]
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