At a glance
Price: Magura tool: 19,95 EUR / Wolf Tooth 8 Bit tool: 66 EURBuy Multi Tools on
Wolf Tooth has its name linked to clever and functional design. Their 8 Bit tool is a feat of modern engineering, offering 17 functions in a tight lightweight package. Magura decided to do a collaboration with Wolf Tooth and create a Magura specific add on to the already popular tool adding 5 more functions to the list.
The 8-Bit tool is a lightweight multi-tool with 17 functions. Eight attachments nest inside the handles of master link pliers using magnets and a clever storage system. These attachments then fit into an 8mm ball detent swivel head that has a 4mm opening for hex bits, which adds functionality to the already-versatile master link pliers. This new multi-tool was created to solve almost any minor repair on MTB and road rides alike.
The 17 functions:
Spoke wrench; valve core wrench; flat head #3.5 and Phillips #2 screwdriver bits; 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm hex; and T10, T25 Torx-compatible bits; install and remove master links; clear tire sealant clogs from valve stem; tighten valve stem lock nut.
The 8-Bit Pack Pliers are part of the 8-Bit System that is a group of multi-tools designed to work together to solve most trailside fixes. They are lightweight, strong, versatile, and small enough to fit in a jersey pocket or riding tool wrap. With other tools available like the 8-Bit Chainbreaker + Utility Knife Multi-Tool and the 8-Bit Tire Lever + Rim Dent Remover Multi-Tool join the 8-Bit Pack Pliers to begin the system. The three neatly nest together using magnets and clever machining for compact storage.
The Magura tool neatly clips onto the 8-Bit System using magnets and adds another 5 features to the tool. It includes a tyre lever, a rotor truing tool , a slotted 8-millimetre pin wrench for tightening the compression sleeve nut on the brake master and two gauges for checking the wear of brake pads and rotors.
Out on the trail
I have a love hate relationship with multi tools. They can look so smooth, well engineered and sleek, but if they can’t perform then you might as well not bring them. Functionality and ease of use is key, as you’re most likely in the outdoors and in some kind of hurry to solve the issue.
The Wolf Tooth tool walks a thin line here, as some of the tool bits can be tricky to get out of the handle. Once you’ve managed however they clip into place nicely and the swivel head lets you access and apply force to anything that needs tightening or loosening. The chain tool is a winner for sure. Gone are the days of lugging the big pliers around in the backpack. The storage compartment for the quick links is also a genius idea.
The Magura tool addition is definitely nice, even if you don’t use Magura brakes. From the tools included you’ll use the tire lever most, quickly followed up by the rotor truing tool. If you need to whip out the 8mm you’re already in a pickle, and I hope you're also carrying a bleed kit and olives to sort out the mess. The brake pad and rotor measurement tools are gold. It takes away any guesswork and hopefully it will result in people checking their disc rotors more often. You’d be surprised how much they can wear in a few months!
From a functionality point of view the Wolf Tooth x Magura setup ticks a lot of boxes. It’s multi functional, easy to use and has almost anything you need to sort a trailside issue. It looks and feels ace, the quality workmanship is easy to be seen here. Price wise, it is a decent amount of money to spend and you can definitely find other tools with similar functionality out there for less. Then again, if you got a trick 8k bike in between your legs, it’s clear you like nice things and this tool matches it perfectly.Buy Multi Tools on
This review was in Issue 73 of IMB.For more information visit Wolf Tooth Components
By Jarno HooglandJarno's life has revolved around two wheels ever since he swung a leg over his first BMX at age 4. After a BMX and DH racing career, he moved on to work for bike shops, distributors and brands before ending up in the editors seat at IMB. Based in the ultimate testing ground in the Swiss mountains, he runs his guiding operation and makes sure every IMB issue is filled with top notch content.