One of my favorite tools, for both on the trail and in my toolbox, is the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition multitool. As the most versatile tool in the Fix It Sticks lineup, the Replaceable Edition multitool comes with a slight weight penalty. You should be happy to know this increased weight is due to the all steel construction of these Made in America tools. My personal set weighed in at 118g with bits, whereas the Original version carries a claimed weight of 55g. But, with a gain in weight comes a large gain in versatility.
The Original model follows the same genius design of two sticks that use a hex-shaped hole in the center to lock them together in a t-shape. However, the bits are non-removable and the sticks are constructed of anodized aluminum. This does in fact equate to a lighter tool, yet a reduced torque capacity (15nm) and a limit of 4 bits to work with. JensonUSA.com stocks the Original version in 3 different bit configurations with some combination of 3mm/4mm/5mm/6mm hex, Phillips #2, or torx #25 bits.
Compare this to the Replaceable Edition which has 8 removable bits ranging from 2-6mm hex, a Phillips #2, and a torx #25 bit. Not only does this come with a pack of various bits, but they are standard ¼” sizing. This means that if the tool does not include the specific bit that you need, you could just jump on your bike and head to your local hardware store to expand the capabilities of this tool. The bits and sticks snap in place and are held there by neodymium magnets which give the tool a much more solid and permanent feel when wrenching on your bike.
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Furthermore, thanks to the steel construction of the sticks, the torque capacity of the Replaceable Edition tool is bumped way up to a whopping 54nm. It is not very often that you’ll find a bolt on your bike that requires more torque than this tool will deliver. I’d be more worried about my ability to apply that much torque. As a warning, just because you are capable of applying that much torque to a bolt definitely doesn’t mean you should. Please use the appropriate torque on every bolt on your bike.
I do have one gripe with this product beyond it carrying a bit of heft. It comes in a clear flexible plastic sleeve. At first, I was pretty stoked on this as it has sealed off channels that hold the tube of bits and the sticks so they don’t just flop about and make noise. It also seemed as if I would be able to roll it up for a more compact fit when riding with this tool. However, the plastic is moderately stiff, and began to tear early on. The tear has yet to make the sleeve unusable, but it progresses a bit every ride so I’ve decided that I can make a better, more compact and functional tool sleeve using old tubes and a little ingenuity when this sleeve finally gives up the ghost. I’ll be sure to post up a tutorial on upcycling old tubes into tool rolls in the future.
Final Take: While there are other tools that may be lighter or have more bit heads, the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition multitool is my go-to for versatility, compactness, and build quality, relegating my other multi-tools to my loaner hydration packs and tool boxes. As a note, I do carry an individual chain tool since the Fix It Sticks does not have one. Beyond a bit of weight and a not-quite-perfect sleeve, I have yet to find an issue with this tool that would have me trade it for another.