Bike multi-tools, while extremely helpful, generally is a bit unwieldy once you come to make use of them. Having a series breaker is nice ‘n’ all, however do you really want to rotate that chain instrument, plus 17 different ones, when all you need to do is tighten your outfront GPS mount?
The Daysaver 9-function multi-tool purports to unravel your on-ride ergonomic fixing woes with its easy design. And on this submit I’m going to overview it.
I purchased it on Kickstarter approach again in September 2020 it lastly arrived in April 2021. Which I perceive isn’t too lengthy a lead time on the planet of the Kickstarter (twisted firestarter).
Now this isn’t a long-term overview – at the least not but. On the time of writing, I’ve solely been utilizing it for a few months. That is extra a preliminary feedback-review-type submit (thingummy).
And likewise, simply to get it out of the way in which: that is an costly multi-tool. The Daysaver isn’t precisely giant and it prices CHF95 for the instrument and the devoted frame-mounted holder.
(For the non-Swiss, that’s ~$103 or £74).
Daysaver – The Background
The Daysaver is meant to be a lighter weight and extra modern different to your commonplace bike multi-tool.
It was designed by three younger Swiss males who determined to launch their concept on Kickstarter and have partnered with the instrument producer PB Swiss Instruments in an effort to make the factor.
They really wrote to me simply earlier than the launch of their marketing campaign in an effort to advertise. It appears I ignored that e-mail however i did go on when the Kickstarter launched and really buy one in all these multi-tools.
How The Daysaver Works
The instrument contains a typical (for a hex key) L-shaped deal with after which inside it we’ve 4 magnetic bits. Slotting collectively the bits in varied mixtures let you fulfill 9 totally different bike-related instrument jobs.
The deal with itself is a dimension 8 hex key (Allen key within the UK). For the bits we’ve received:
- Hex sizes 2.5, 4, 4, 5 and 6
- Torx 25 screwdriver
- Phillips #1 screwdriver
The thought is which you could slot the bits into both finish of the deal with right here in an effort to create the required instrument.
The advantage of having each ends is which you could each use it like this and get into smaller areas:
Alternatively, in the event you want greater leverage, you should utilize the marginally longer deal with bit finish in an effort to exert extra drive (physics!):
The opposite intelligent factor concerning the Daysaver is that every of the bits slots into one other one after which slots into the deal with so that you don’t lose them once you’re out and about.
A ‘Bit’ Extra Data (Har Har)
The bits are plasma coated, which apparently means they’re much less inclined to corrosion.
As you might be able to see within the pictures or within the video, they’re a barely totally different colour to the silvery deal with.
The 2 barely purplish bits slot collectively, as do the 2 goldish ones. You possibly can’t slot a purplish right into a goldish.
(And sure, purplish and goldish are recognised colors)
Lastly, in the event you yearn for a instrument bit that’s not provided with the Daysaver, you should utilize the scale 4 hex bit as a form of generic adapter to connect any form of different micro-bits.
Positive, you’re unlikely to hold an extra micro-bit in your saddlebag or your jersey pocket, however at the least you already know the choice is there.
Let’s examine the Daysaver to an everyday bike multi-tool. In my case meaning the Crank Brothers 19 Multi-tool, which I’ve owned and carried on rides for the perfect a part of a decade.
The Crank Brothers instrument is considerably heavier and bulkier than the Daysaver. Due to its dimension and weight, I’ve all the time carried the Crank Brothers instrument in my saddlebag (within the little mesh pocket on the again of the opening flap-door-thingy).
The modern design of the Daysaver provides extra flexibility over the place you carry it. I can see me carrying it in a jersey pocket, subsequent to my mini-pump. Alternatively, there’s a neat body mount, which I’ll come to in a minute.
So how a lot heavier is the Crank Brothers than the Daysaver. Being a critical investigative bikeblogger that does his personal analysis, I made a decision to weigh them with my kitchen scales.
The Daysaver got here out at 39 grams (the makers declare 45g, which casts doubt ‘pon the accuracy of my scales). The Crank Brothers 19 registers a whopping 178g.
Fast maths: that’s an additional 140 grams you’re lugging round with the Crank Brothers multi-tool versus the Daysaver.
Though it’s considerably heavier, you do get many extra (er, 10 extra) instruments with the Crank Brothers. It will probably doubtlessly prevent in a couple of extra bike upkeep jams than the Daysaver.
It has instruments to interrupt your chain, to fettle your spokes and there are extra hex key and screwdriver variants.
For those who like a mess of instruments on their multi-tool, the Crank Brothers (or equal) trumps the Daysaver. The latter goes to be of little use in case your chain breaks on a experience. A multi-tool with a series instrument at the least has a slim likelihood of saving your day.
Nonetheless, in terms of utilizing the Crank Brothers instrument, not one of the features are notably ultimate.
Being foldable is in fact useful, however the person instruments do generally tend to fold and transfer round when in use. The cumbersome physique of the multi-tool doesn’t make for a very ergonomic deal with.
The Daysaver is nicer to make use of and more practical for the features it does have.
It really works similar to a very nice hex key. You may get into narrower areas when utilizing it size methods. Swap the bits to the shorter finish and you should utilize the longer deal with to exert extra drive.
The Daysaver avoids the annoyance of foldable multi-tools, er, as a result of it’s not foldable.
Normal multi-tools are undoubtedly extra unwieldy (much less wieldy?) than the Daysaver.
Each Day (Journey) Carry
I’ve talked about that I maintain my previous multi-tool in my saddle bag. It’s induced some injury to the mesh pocket the place I maintain it.
One of many promoting factors of the Daysaver is that it’s not going to trigger that very same degree of harm .
In truth, as a part of the package deal, you get two rubber caps that go on every finish. This prevents injury to your clothes in the event you determine to maintain it in a jersey pocket when driving.
The caps additionally maintain the bits safely in place to keep away from dropping them (which might be extremely annoying).
The draw back of those rubbery finish items are that they reasonably take away from the Daysaver’s industrial magnificence and cleanness of line. It doesn’t look fairly as premium when you’ve these rubber finish bits on.
You don’t need to maintain the Daysaver in your jersey pocket or in your saddle bag. There’s an alternate resolution.
In for a penny, in for a pound (Swiss franc), I additionally invested within the Daysaver’s devoted body mount.
It’s 3D printed (which is kind of cool – maybe the primary time I’ve purchased or seen one thing that has been 3D printed).
The mount bolts to the usual bottle cage mounting factors in your body. It’s low profile and provided with spacers so you’ll be able to nonetheless connect the bottle cage on prime.
Becoming the bottle cage on prime of the mount does elevate it up barely (12.5mm in keeping with the web site), which is one thing to pay attention to if house is proscribed within the triangle under your prime tube. However most individuals (like me) gained’t have any points.
As soon as bolted in place, the mount is delicate to the purpose of hardly being noticeable. The Daysaver clips in with a satisfying clunk. It doesn’t rattle. The design of the mount reduces the chance of bits falling out.
The Daysaver gained’t match within the mount whether it is sporting the rubber finish caps. That is in all probability a constructive from an aesthetic perspective.
Utilizing The Daysaver
I’ve been utilizing the Daysaver for a couple of months now. I have to admit, I’ve discovered it very helpful.
In lots of respects it really works similar to a typical, good high quality hex key (which shouldn’t come as a shock).
The truth that you’ll be able to change the bits at every finish doesn’t impression efficiency.
The bits match snuggly into the deal with ends – they don’t jiggle round, impacting ‘hand really feel’ (a time period I really feel ought to exist however presumably doesn’t). Every respective bit/deal with mixture works in addition to a devoted, single use model of that very same instrument.
All of which suggests, along with grabbing the Daysaver from the body mount whence engaged on the bike the place the instrument resides (i.e. hooked up to my fundamental Trek Domane street bike), I usually discover myself reaching for it for little jobs on different bikes.
Living proof. My son simply received a brand new bike and the saddle top wanted adjusted. I went off and grabbed the Daysaver.
Past seeing that it required a hex key of some kind, I didn’t want to determine the scale of instrument required. I didn’t must convey again a variety of potential choices.
Like every multi-tool, the Daysaver has a variety of hex keys and I knew one would match. In contrast to most multi-tools, utilizing the Daysaver was as ergonomic because the devoted single-function instrument equal.
As talked about on the outset, while the Daysaver is a extremely useful and pleasant-to-use multi-tool, it comes at a not-insubstantial value.
The instrument by itself prices CHF79. This interprets to roughly ~£62 or ~$85, however the precise price may be barely totally different (much less? extra? who is aware of?) as soon as you are taking off Swiss gross sales tax (and possibly add again your individual).
The instrument plus body mount combo prices CHF95 (£74/$103, once more with some gross sales tax associated confusionty).
Both approach, this isn’t an affordable multi-tool.
The Crank Brothers multi-tool, or comparable, will set you again about £30. And for that, you get extra features than the Daysaver.
There will certainly be some people who worth the general premium nature of this product. The truth that it’s manufactured by a premium Swiss instrument producer. It’s undoubtedly top quality. I don’t assume you’ll be let down when it comes to its efficiency
Others will likely be swayed by saving 140 grams versus a typical multi-tool. However my guess is that you’ve 140g you possibly can lose off your, er, particular person, with a larger increase to efficiency, than merely shopping for an costly light-weight multi-tool.
Summing It All Up
The query: would I’ve purchased the Daysaver at this value if I didn’t have a web site and YouTube channel to make content material for?
Brief reply: in all probability not.
Longer reply: it’s a very good instrument. I’m really very comfortable that I purchased it. I’m certain I’ll get plenty of use out of it (which reduces the cost-per-use massively). However 75 squids for a multi-tool that has 9 features. Ooof…
If you wish to take a look at and buy a Daysaver multi-tool, right here is the hyperlink to the web site. It’s not an affiliate hyperlink, so I don’t get a fee.
I’ve additionally executed a video model of this submit, which you’ll watch…. right here:
And here’s a hyperlink to my submit my Prime 6 Bike Instruments I personal and use.