“Lezyne is a combination of a love for cycling and a passion for design – Exquisitely designed, intelligently engineered, and functionally complete. Our goal is to engineer and produce premium quality bicycle accessories using the best materials available.” – Lezyne
In the crowded market of multi-tools, there are plenty of choices, but so many of them come with compromises. Reducing the size of a toolkit lowers weight but inevitably drops usability. Utilizing a thoughtful and clever design, Lezyne has produced a toolkit that is small but usable, the T-Drive multi-tool.
As the diagram above alludes to, the T-Drive relies on a removable handle to make for more compact stowing.
Cutouts inside the T-Drive’s zippered case provide convenient and secure storage.
The included bits are:
- Hex / Allen for 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 8mm
- Torx T10, T25 and T30
- Phillips head
All of which pair with the T-handle piece of the tool.
The Lezyne T-Drive features machined aluminium construction, whilst an integrated magnet keeps the included bits in place when the tool is being used.
Gram counting on a tool kit is stupid, particularly if the tool doesn’t get the job done. As such, Lezyne lists the T-Drive with a claimed weight of 153 grams. Surprise surprise, my sample T-Drive weighs much less, case included, at 134 grams. That’s 19 grams below manufacturer spec, almost unheard of!
The T-Drive stows away inside its zippered carrying pouch and measures 12cm x 6cm x 3cm. It isn’t the smallest toolkit going but it is among the handiest.
How does the Lezyne T-Drive Perform?
I didn’t record video of the tool in action, but the photos below show the tool in scenarios one would commonly expect in the “field”.
Above, a wheel swap with a 6mm bolt-on thru-axle is an essential requirement for a multi-tool. Because the T-drive lever slides, one can position it for extra leverage if required.
Tightening down a pedal with an 8mm allen key head installed into the T-Drive.
Above and below, the T25 torx bit and the Look “Gravel Design” stem of the Look 765 Gravel RS.
Above and below, the T30 torx bit easily tightens the seatpost clamp for the Look 765 Gravel RS.
In the photo sequence below, tightening a recessed two-bolt seatpost did pose an issue for the tool, but this likely applies for most multi-tools I can think of.
With the exception of the seatpost bolt pictured above, I used the Lezyne T-Drive kit to make final adjustments and a tightness check over the Look 765 Gravel RS review bike. The T-handle’s adjustable is super handy for most tight spots or when you extra leverage.
In the field, the T-Drive will take up more of your jersey pocket real estate that other multi-tools on the market, but your average gravel bike may have additional spots for storage, so I don’t see the T-Drive’s stowed physical size being an issue.
The final word on this review. The Lezyne T-Drive is a beautifully made bit of gear and a toolkit I turn to regularly for my rides, whether they be on gravel, roadie or otherwise.
Priced at $US 34.99, the Lezyne T-Drive is inexpensive, lightweight, super handy and should last for years. Highly recommended!
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