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!
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.
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.