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Old 03-16-09, 06:02 PM   #1
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Pedros Trixie Tool Review

I got a trixie for my birthday as a tool to carry as I ride (nice to fix loose stuff, lockring, saddle, bars, etc) and here is a review of my first impressions.

Size, the trixie is a very managable size to carry about. it is about 7.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide and .19 inches thick. The thickness impressed me the most. I initially thought that it would bend under too much stress, but is very thick. I don't have a scale to measure mass or weight, but it is a very solidly built tool. It also fits quite nicely in one of the front pouches of my Chrome bag, which is a plus.

Here i have size compare to a USA dollar, as well as thickness shown with my calipers.





tools: The 15mm box end wrench is great. A wonderful replacement for those of you carrying around PB wrenches. It is thin, long enough to give you the torque you need to tighten down the wheels and gives an _ok_ feel. Keep in mind that you will be holding the lockring part, so its not totally ergonomically good. The 5mm hex is a nice tool too. Provides ample length to torque on seatpost/saddle/headsets/bars. The 8/9/10mm box end wrenches seem a little difficult to use. My bike does not have any use for them, but I imagine using the 8mm might slide a bit and does not looks ideal for using. also these provide less torque than then 15mm due to the placement (t=f(d)) Lockring tool. Again, a great tool. Length allows for proper torquing (easly get the 40n*m required, and I'm not extremely strong) Chainwhip: I didn't have any spare lengths of chain to make one. It doesnt come with chain, you have to provide it yourself. Bottle opener: srsly, why a bottle opener. A larger hex for tightening cranks and/or a spoke wrench would be much more useful. Most stuff that is good for you has twist off anyway
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Overall, I am very pleased. As an emergency tool, it really can't be beaten. The slim design is easy to carry, thin, yet seems durable enough + the lifetime warranty. It lacks a few things that I would like (mainly a larger hex for cranks, as I've had one go loose on me before) but seems to have all of the things to rescue something gone wrong. I'd give a grade of 9/10
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Old 03-16-09, 06:19 PM   #2
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I got one too, and I like it. It seems well made, but I am not sure it is worth $30. $15 or $20 I think is more appropriate.
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where would one attach a chain to make it a chainwhip?
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Do you need a chainwhip when you can Rotafix?
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Do you need a chainwhip when you can Rotafix?
yes!
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where would one attach a chain to make it a chainwhip?
That small hole in the second picture is where the chain is supposed to go for the whip.
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I'm sure this thing will sell, but I just don't get it. I'd rather just use real tools.
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Nice review, I've been thinking of getting one of these for a one-stop, basic tool to throw in my bag.
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I have one too and I really like it. For those saying it's overpriced- Where can you get a lockring tool, a 15mm wrench, an 8, 9, and 10mm wrench, a 5mm allen wrench, and a beer opener (all of which combined weigh and take up the space that is about the same as just the 15mm wrench) for $30?Great tool.
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