Review: Lezyne Storage Drive Multitool – elegant, simple, good

The Lezyne Storage drive is one of those pieces of gear that, sometimes, to a gear nerd like me, seems to simple to be true. I have some multitools in my gear box, and most of them are of the jackknife design. Short and compact tools with the center-pivot steel bits that you can flip out depending on what you need. What I ran in sometimes with these multitools is that with bolts that are really tightened, sometimes you miss a bit of torque.

Enter de Lezyne Storage drive. 

It’s a two piece tool with the various bits cleverly stored away inside the purple long tube machined from lightweight aluminium. Once you screw off one of the caps on either end of the tube, slip over the crossbar/handle, choose the bit you need and screw back on the cap, you are ready to go.

Tightening or releasing any bolt on your bike is really a cinch. The tool fits really well in your hand, the material feels strong. And sliding the tube through the crossbar, from an L to a T position, gives you exactly the sort and amount of torque you need.

The bits snap into the cross bar and are held there by a small integrated magnet. The tool comes with five bits 4, 5, 6mm, and T25/T30 and depending on what fits your bike you could exchange those with other sizes.

The two part tool fits into a little sleeve outfitted with a velcro strap mount you could be able to fix to your bike’s downtube or wherever you want to store it. I always have a backpack with me so I just keep the tool in the sleeve in there.

Since I have had the tool I have used it a lot. Even though you need to screw on and off the cap, put the tool together and make sure you don’t drop the bits as you choose the right one (when on the trail in tall grass for example, that could be annoying) I really liked the tool and it works great. If you handle it with your bike gloves on, it can become a bit fiddly. So on the one hand, when put together the ease of use is amazing, putting it together requires a bit more fine motor skills and patience. (Not my forte per se).

All in all a great tool, although what I would always want along on bike rides is a chain breaker tool, and that’s something that is missing from the tool. But perhaps seeing the price point ( at around €25,- is really good. ) and that is clearly was designed to help you with basic bike adjustment tasks it is a bit much to expect the versatility of the tool to be really broad. In that case you would look back, once more to the jack-of-all-trades-jackknife multitools. But then again, you wouldn’t have something this simple working this well.

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Mark Stokmans
Mark Stokmans
Since I can remember I have been very active in many different sports: started with baseball, tennis and riding later hockey, football, running and aikido. In addition, since twelve years old I've been into actionports: at first windsurfing, later climbing, inline skating, snowboarding, mountain biking. With the first action cams coming onto the market I've been making action sports videos. Furthermore, I've worked in the sports industry since 1990, sports marketing, media and live TV and until the end of 2016 at the Dutch Olympic Committee. Besides being partner in GearLimits I work as a digital freelancer. Based in the Netherlands, Married with Children (11 and 13 years old)

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