The more mini-tools I test, the more particular I become. And when I find one I really like, it tends to stay in my pack for a long, long time. The latest such gem is the Mineral Designs Mini Bar, which launched via Kickstarter in 2016 and went on sale in 2017. The tool uses a welded steel handle with three magnetic sockets for standard 1/4″ hex bits, which are held at the ready inside a plastic case with magnetic slots. Below, photos and our short video review!

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The case not only keeps the bits secure, it also holds the tool tightly to it when not in use. The result is a package that’s compact yet carries six bits…enough to take along just about anything your bike is likely to use.

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The kit comes with 10 bits: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm, Torx T25, Phillips, and Flat Screwdriver. Pick the six that your bike needs.

Tired of words? Here’s a video review!

Actual weight with six bits loaded is 113g, which can vary by up to ~8g depending on what you pack it with.

Much like another of my favorite tools, the design is easy to use in tight spots, but also gives you leverage for higher torque tasks like removing pedals or threading (or unthreading) stealth thru axles. The short side means you’re not twisting the arm in an awkward direction when trying to loosen a tight pedal. It’s also a bit quicker to start using, which gives the Mini Bar an edge.

Retail is $34.99 making this not just a great tool, but also a great deal.

MineralBikes.com

18 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe not quite as versatile, but the Park rescue wrench is like $11 and you can’t lose the bits, which would be my primary concern with this tool.

    • I’ve got one and it really does feel great in the hand

      I haven’t lost any bits yet despite using it for over a year, they are pretty secure in the bit holder.

    • If you check out the Mineral Bikes website (or the related links below the article) you’ll see that they also have a product which replaces your bar plugs, and contains a chain breaker.

    • Is this really an issue? I used to have the same belief but after multiple 10,000 mile seasons (several thousand miles of which on mtb) using KMC x 11 sl chains and Shimano SLX chains with kmc master links I have never broken a chain nor seen a broken chain and I ride with some big track sprinters who can put out close to 2,000 watts on a good day.

      • I snapped the inner link of a tandem timing chain 2000 miles into a cross-country trip. Master link was useless. It definitely can be an issue.

  2. Clean, simple, good in tight spots, and able to personalize so I’m only carrying the bits I need. Very nice. If they’ve got the corrosion under control (the #1 killer of all tools) them I’m 100% on board.

  3. I don’t see him carrying both. I’m sticking with fixit sticks: same weight (replaceable bit model), longer for better grip, cheaper.

  4. right… looks alot like a nockoff from the Swisstool bitset. swisstool bitset 7611160301208

    works great, have one with me for the last 18 years now.

  5. I have one of these, along with their bar plug chain tool. The multi tool is easy to use, light weight, with no sharp edges that can dig in to the other things in my saddle bag. The chain tool works fine, and has a clever little holder for a spare chain link.

  6. I have one and really like it. The whole package is small and comfortable to hold. It fits in my pocket or nicely in my camelback. The tool handle is sized well and works great for a bunch of situations. I like it so much I use it when I’m working in my garage on my bikes or motorcycles. It also works great for Ikea furniture.

    The bar end with the chain breaker and link holder works great too. It’s been a while since I’ve broken a chain but it’s cheap insurance and I like that the extra link stays with my bike as opposed to in my camelback which is used for lots of other things other than biking.

  7. I was just looking around at all these different tools and see that fix it sticks has a couple of “AR” specific gun kits. I know this is their right and not all feel the way I do, but f*ck them, I see that sh*t and WILL NOT BUY FROM THEM.

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