The Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers were already great tools. But for those looking for packing the most functions into a single light weight tool, the new 8-Bit Pack Pliers look like a win.
Starting with the same design that allows you to open or close the master link on most chains, the 8-Bit pliers add an additional 8 bits with even more functions. All of the bits are stored inside the tool and are held in place with small magnets. Admittedly, you’ll probably have to remove your gloves to get at the bits, but there is a window through the back of the tool that helps you pop up the 6mm allen if you’re struggling to grab a bit.
The back of the tool also holds the spoke/valve core wrench, again held in place with a magnet.
All of the bits have a 4mm fitting that interfaces with the 4mm socket inside of the 8mm Allen that is fixed to the end of the tool (that also has a magnet inside to hold the bits in place). That 8mm Allen fitting is attached with a swivel head so you can use the tool like an L-wrench for torque, or a straight driver for accessing tight spots and speed. Like many multi tools, there are likely to be a few instances where you may find that the tool doesn’t work. But for the most part, it’s ergonomically pleasing and easy to use.
Thanks to clever optimization of the bits, there are actually 16 different functions for the tool when you include the 8mm Allen wrench, chainlink pliers and storage for a spare master link. All together, the tool weighs just 68g thanks to the 7075-T6 aluminum body that is machined at WTC in Minnesota (and tested to withstand more than 40Nm of torque). The design also makes it super thin and compact, so it’s easy to slip into a jersey pocket or a tool roll.
Available in black with multiple colors of chainring bolts for the pivot, the pliers are available now with price TBA.