Review: Syncros Matchbox 16 Multi-Tool

More than just a great name for a teenage Matchbox Twenty cover band

I have a hard time reviewing multi-tools. I’ve made my choice, and it’s the Fix-It-Stix. But I know that that’s a love-it-or-hate it kind of product. A lot of riders don’t like having to assemble their tool like it’s a sniper rifle in a Bourne Identity movie.

So when traditional folding tools arise that have something unique to offer, I’m willing to experiment. And the Syncros Matchbox 16 has something unique to offer. The two-piece tool offers the standards, but what drew me to it is its choices in Torx bits. While the Torx takeover trend has plateaued of late, they’re still out there, so the Matchbox 16 includes T10, T20, T25, and T30 sizes. You still see T30 chainring bolts, SRAM bleed ports are mostly T10, and there are some surprise T20 handlebar hardware out there, especially among Scott bikes, who now own the Syncros name.

The Matchbox 16 tucks in nice and snug in its composite cage and rubber band.

And speaking of splines, the spoke wrench integrated into the chain tool includes a Mavic M7 splined nipple tool. There’s also traditional 3.45 and 3.22 millimeter options, or “red” and “black” by Park Tools’ standards. The chain tool also has a clever magnetic holster to keep a spare master link of your choice safely hidden within the rubber-band-enclosed tool.

Be warned, there is one conspicuously missing allen wrench size. There’s no 6 millimeter in the Matchbox 16. The only common 6 you see on today’s bikes might be the occasional bolt-on thru-axle, but you never know. Some saddle, stem, and seat clamps use a size 6, so check your hex. If you’re fine without one, the Matchbox 16 is a compact, comfortable, and complete addition to your pack.

$29 / syncros.com

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