There are plenty of unique takes on multi-tools that cram all manner of trail-side tools for pocketable bike repair, with its unique design the Canyon’s Fix 3-in-1 tool stood out to us as soon as we saw it. The tool combines a useful selection of functions that are rarely packaged together on the best mountain bike multi-tools and manages to fit everything into a very compact package.
Design and build
The Fix 3-in-1 tool unscrews into three sections, each featuring the three main functions of the multi-tool. The black zinc-coated upper half of the tool has a ratchet which is paired with four S2 steel tool double-bit attachments, featuring 2 / T6, 2.5 / 4, 3 / 5, and T25 / 6 combinations.
On the other end, the anodized lower half is a small CO2 inflator for quickly curing flaccid tires. Sandwiched between the sections there's a loaded Dynaplug tool that unscrews from the ratchet section and uses the CO2 inflator as a handle.
The Fix 3-in-1 tool comes with three spare Dynaplug plugs and a neat neoprene tool roll to store the tool and the double bits safely.
The combination of tools not only saves on having to carry a separate Dynaplug tool and CO2 inflator, but Canyon has also managed to integrate everything into an extremely compact tool. The all-metal construction feels very durable and the three sections screw neatly into each other.
Using a ratchet tool makes working on the bike considerably easier and faster and the Fix 3-in-1 makes light work of most bolt tightening and loosening jobs. It maxes out at 30Nm though, so it's not the tool to be removing things like stubborn pedals, but will easily cover almost every other bolt on your bike with ease.
The Dynaplug is quick to access and simple to use, as is the CO2 inflator which is a simple push-on design for Presta and screw-on for Schrader valves. As the inflator is made from metal, be sure to wear gloves so that your skin doesn’t stick to the tool (from the chill caused by the out-rushing CO2) when in use.
While the selection of bits should cover most of your bike fixing needs, if I was being picky I would drop the T6 for a Phillips screwdriver or 8mm hex key as I don’t think I’ve ever had a need for a T6. While the CO2 inflator will get your tire inflated quickly, it’s a basic unit with no flow control or ability to save part-used canisters for later. Lastly, my biggest gripe is there's no extra Dynaplug storage if you want to take more than one on a ride.
If you are looking for a super compact multi-tool for minimal bagless mountain biking or bikepacking, then Canyon’s Fix 3-in-1 is a superb option. Ratchet tools make working on the bike much easier and quicker, especially in tight spaces. While the double-ended bits might not be able to get into the tightest spots, it will make classically fiddly jobs like bottle cage tightening and handlebar setup quick and easy. Including a Dynaplug tool means I always had one with me on a ride and integrating the CO2 inflator helps stop it from getting separated and lost in bags, pockets, or dropped along the trail.
When compared to other ratchet tools it's definitely on the pricier end, however, when you factor in that you are getting a Dynaplug tool, four spare Dynaplugs, and a CO2 inflator, then the value seems a lot more reasonable. Rather than needing to carry three different tools, the fact all three functions are so compactly integrated into each other is even better.
The tool is available directly from Canyon.com.
Tech specs: Canyon Fix 3 in 1 multi-tool
- Price: $59.99 / £54.95 / €59.95
- Tools: Hex 2/2,5/3/4/5/6, Torx T6, T25, Dynaplug, and CO2 inflator
- Size: 10cm x 4cm x 2.5cm
- Weight: 94g