The PNW Components Pebble bicycle multi-tool is claimed to offer the most commonly used tools to help you fix the most frequent issues you’ll encounter while riding.
Its size (65x21x15mm) plus weight (51g), plus its smooth edges, make it suitable for storing in the pockets of your riding shorts or trousers, and are also claimed to reduce hand pain when wrenching trail-side.
In its arsenal are 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm Allen keys, and a Torx T-25 key that’s hidden by the screwed-on Dynaplug brass-headed, gummy rubber tubeless tyre repair plug.
The particular plug’s brass nose fits in a recess in the particular 6mm Allen key to help keep it in place.
Although it ships with only a single Dynaplug bung, replacements can be purchased online, costing $12. 99 for a five-pack.
Each bit sits on one of four tension-adjustable (using a 2 . 5mm Allen key) pivots.
The multi-tool has an anodised finish with a choice associated with four colours (black, purple, red plus orange).
PNW Components Pebbled Tool performance
The particular extent of the Pebble tool’s utility caught me off-guard, having assumed the rather spartan quantity associated with bits would seriously limit its usefulness trail-side.
Clearly, the Canadian company offers done the research on which tools to include, and maybe more importantly, which ones not to.
I’ve been using the Pebbled for just over two months and have yet to find myself in a scenario where I wished I had different equipment available.
Still, it strikes me that not getting an 8mm Allen key adaptor, that could slide over the 5mm or even 6mm bits, or screw onto the particular T25 in lieu of the Dynaplug, is the bit of a missed opportunity.
It could be stored comfortably within the hollowed-out central portion of the tool when not within use, and add only a relatively small amount of bulk. Maybe something will be in the pipeline.
That said, the Pebble’s bits are usually well shaped and, when open, offset from its body.
This means being able to access bolts in nooks plus crannies, such as the seat clamp, is way easier than their stubby length (9mm) would suggest.
It’s true you can’t reach probably the most hidden bolts. For example, the particular 3mm Allen bolt used to adjust Shimano I-SPEC EV mounted shifters is simply out of reach.
A smooth body and rounded edges make performing torque-heavy operations, such as removing pedals, pain-free.
Equally, I felt comfortable keeping it within the pocket associated with my driving trousers without fear of it causing serious injury in the event of a crash.
It also has the quality, solid and dependable feel, helping justify the price tag.
That quality feel is usually helped by the tension-adjustable pivot mounting bolts. As PNW states on its website, these are very sensitive, and a little adjustment increases tension vastly.
Dynaplug’s restoration barb is definitely a great feature, especially if you can plug a tyre before it goes flat. The likelihood of that will happening can be quite high, given the particular quick-draw nature of the tool.
However, replacing or re-filling the particular plug into its hollow store is certainly tricky because of the plug’s sticky, rubberised and flexible design.
The plugs are also quite expensive, and the tool’s style limits you to using Dynaplug’s own barbs or an identical design made by a third-party.
PNW Parts Pebble Tool bottom line
Despite its small form, low weight plus relatively limited tool count, the Pebbled has the right amount associated with must-haves with regard to repairing your bike trail-side .
I suspect it’ll appeal in order to people who choose to trip without a pack and stash things on their person or bike instead of taking the kitchen sink.
The lack of an 8mm Allen key and its cost – both for the tool itself and replacement Dynaplug barbs – are usually my only gripes.
Overall, the particular Pebble is impressive, plus performs as PNW claims it should.