‘Stique ML123 Multilever Bicycle Tool Combines Everything to Pry it’s Way Into Your Jersey Pocket

stique ml123 multilever bicycle multitool on kickstarter

What started out as an idea for a simple tire lever that wouldn’t break ended up, with the thinking time afforded by a transatlantic flight, becoming a rather clever multitool that packs in the essentials plus a few bonuses we’re not used to seeing.

The product has gone through a long development process, with more than £15,000 invested in the design and prototype process. It’s been tested by many bike mechanics and cyclists already, too. So, it’s pretty far along, and the ask is just £15,000 to get them into production (with hopes that it’s over funded to provide the capital to really kick things off).

The body is made from a metal replacement plastic (read: super strong, yet lightweight) that they say hasn’t broken or bent yet in any of their tire removal testing. A rubber segment, which will come in various colors, holds three 1/4″ key bits that slot into a hardened steel groove, plus storage compartments for small bits that you’re probably not carrying but could save the day. Check the video and full list below…

The complete parts list is:

  • 2x tyre lever in metal-replacement plastic
  • 2x Allen key (4 & 5mm)
  • Philips #2 screwdriver
  • T25 Torx wrench
  • 2x spoke nipple wrench (3.3 & 3.5mm)
  • 2x split (chain) link holders (8/9/10/11 gear)
  • 2x £1 coin holder (€1 & 25¢ to follow)
  • Bottle opener
  • Puncture pad holder
  • Thermometer
  • Heart Rate Monitor battery storage
  • Inner tube valve dust cap holder

In a move we wish more crowd funded items would follow, ‘Stique isn’t flooding the rewards list with a bunch of teeshirts and trinkets. Instead, they’re keeping it to just a single cycling jersey and cap before getting on to the main course. A single ‘Stique multilevel will come your way for a minimum £50 pledge. Check out the campaign on Kickstarter here.

Comments

Mike - 07/08/14 - 8:54am

It only helps if you know what you’re doing? : )

Chader - 07/08/14 - 9:00am

“We looked at multi-tools and decided to throw out what you don’t use on every ride”…
so you could make room for things people use on every ride, like heart rate monitor batteries? Logic fail.

The Conductor - 07/08/14 - 9:59am

Less is more.

Randall - 07/08/14 - 10:00am

The American version should hold the dollar coins!

pfs - 07/08/14 - 10:31am

I find that I have to replace the battery in my heart rate monitor almost every ride. It used to be a huge pain to find a way to properly store it while out on a ride. Who knows what would happen if my heart rate monitor were to stop working while I’m out, my heart could potentially explode!

MikeC - 07/08/14 - 10:54am

I would be missing a 6mm and 8mm hex key.

Room for a CR 2032 battery would cover many bike computers.

Inner tube valve dust cap holder…?!?

Ck - 07/08/14 - 11:09am

Yet it doesn’t have a phillips bit tiny enough to even access the battery on my Garmin strap. Thank god they made room to store a valve dust cap though, I have to keep mine in the trash can.

ObligatedToSay - 07/08/14 - 12:56pm

Thermometer? How about something useful, like a tire gauge?

Hoshie99 - 07/08/14 - 3:08pm

thank goodness for the bottle opener.

Jake - 07/08/14 - 3:39pm

The only cash I need is mountain money, in case I need to make a deposit on some land.

Damian - 07/08/14 - 5:42pm

You joke but most of the tools on a Swiss army penknife are hardly used – it just covers you for that rare occasion whilst giving you the basic tools that you definitely do need. Good product IMO, will be putting in a pledge tonight.

Knuckler - 07/09/14 - 8:43am

Does the compass point toward where you put the lever or is it just an ordinary point north type?

Chader - 07/09/14 - 8:58am

@Knuckler, it is a thermometer, not a compass.

@Damian, your Swiss army knife comparison points out why this idea is so lame. They specifically called out other multi-tools as having too many unused features, yet they add more that have arguably less need than what they left out (batteries and valve cap holder).

The material sounds interesting if it does hold up better, but I’d rather have just the tire levers and keep my other tool kit as-is.

The only useful thing they added was the open link chain holder. And that has limited use because you have to break or loose that specific piece. If you break a chain any other way, you still need a real breaker to do anything useful to repair it and ride home.

It’s great that people are always looking to make improvements, but they also have to maintain a focus on real needs to do something that really matters.

BaconSexLobster - 07/09/14 - 1:16pm

FFS where do these people come from?

Jesus, when I got to the part about valve stem dust covers my brain cried out in f**king pain.

Patty Jo - 07/10/14 - 3:22am

Did I miss the part where he said Chain tool? They have link holders but no chain tool?

This also does not look any smaller or lighter than any other common multi tools, but then they got rid of 6mm and 8mm hex wrenches. This is stupid, and I wish people who keep trying to make lights and tools on kickstarted would really ask themselves should they really waste their time.

Between Park, Pedro, Birzman, Topeak, Crankbrothers, Specilized, Bontrager, MSW, and the list goes on and on and on I think the bike industry has multi tools covered. Don’t quit your day job.

Greg McDonald - 07/11/14 - 10:12am

Thanks for all your interest. As the creator of the product, let me answer a few questions and make a few statements in my defence.
1. We didn’t call it a multi-tool, because it isn’t a mult-tool. As Patty Jo clearly states, that market is crowded and taken care of. We didn’t call it a tyre lever either, because it’s not just a tyre lever.
2. So what is it? It’s an impressively strong pair of tyre levers made of a material so light and strong that it is possible to make it lighter still by taking plastic away where it’s not needed. So, what to put in the space left by the plastic we took out? Well, you can choose to put coins in, or leave them out. Either way, you still have a very strong lever. You can choose to store your split-links in there, or not; again, as you please. The Multilever, as we called it, doesn’t need them in to work any better than it does without them.
3. The puncture pad holder doubles as a clip, if you want to clip it to something inside your bag – think mountain biker or commuter here, not fast & light racer. If not, don’t use it. Or leave it behind completely when you go out for a ride. You don’t have to keep all three with you all the time.
4. The third ‘lever’ which holds the tools, has a bottle opener because you don’t need a third lever, so why not make it into something useful? it doesn’t add weight or detract from anything, so ignore it if you want.
5. And what about the thermometer? Yes, it’s a thermometer, Knuckler, not a compass. (A compass won’t work with the magnets we use to keep the three levers together). The thermometer, which weighs less than the plastic it replaces, is another way to keep weight down and, at the same time, perform a function. If the function doesn’t suit, don’t look at it. Or do look at it in the light of it being a weight-saver. If you want to save another 3 grammes, then we can ship it without a thermometer!
6. In future iterations of the Multilever, the space occupied by the thermometer and the raised clip will be used to house electronics that will bring new features to our Multilever; further differentiating our product from the array of multi-tools out there at the moment.
7. A fourth lever is in development already, with chain breaker and tyre pressure gauge. We’re with you, Chader and ObligatedToSay. This should be released early 2015.
8. Why a dust-cap holder? As it turns out, this material is very difficult to injection mould, so we have to make some channels wider, put some plastic in places you wouldn’t expect, to make the moulding easier and/or to avoid ‘sinking’. Rather than have everyone wondering why there’s a protruding column on the underside (to avoid sinks and save weight, we designed it like this) we decided to shape it in such a way to make it useful for those people who don’t throw dust caps away as soon as they fit a new tube. I know the Velominati wouldn’t be seen dead with them on their tyres, but there are people out there who do not follow The Rules.
9. The idea that a user is limited by the tool selection offered at the outset is missing the point that the Multilever is designed to accept an industry-standard tool-bit – the 1/4″ hex drive. That means you can buy off-the-shelf packs of tool bits from Amazon or wherever you please, and insert your preferred selection of tools into the slots provided. If you don’t need more than one on your ride, then leave the third lever behind and just take the bottom two with you. Again, we leave it to our customers to decide how to configure and ride with our Multilever.
10. The battery storage area, pfs, is just making use of empty space. If you don’t need CR batteries for anything, and you always know where your batteries are, you won’t need to fill this space; a space that was empty anyway will remain empty.
All of this has been useful for me, so I’ll use some of your comments and criticisms, and my answers to them, to add FAQs to our Kickstarter page.
Thanks, Greg.

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