SKS TOM 18 Test – Price-performance tip with many strengths and hardly any weaknesses

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SKS Germany is one of the best known manufacturers of bicycle tools and accessories. With the SKS TOM 18 I test the most popular multitool of the Sauerland. The mini-tool directly deserves the price-performance victory and thus belongs to the best multitools. Why this is so, what the TOur Mechanic can and can’t do, you’ll find out here in the test:

The SKS TOM 18 is the price tip in the bike multitool test! From the German company SKS Germany comes the TOur Mechanic or short TOM 18. SKS Germany stands for high-quality bike tools and accessories. What the most popular multitool of the German company (Sauerländer) can do, you will find out in this test.

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Angebot
SKS TOM 18 bike mini tool
Weight: 184 grams
Dimensions: 15 x 8 x 8 cm
Number of functions: 18
Special features: 2 x tire levers, brake pad opener, bottle opener, chain rivet compartment for chain pin, neoprene sleeve.

* Aktualisierung am 2022-01-20, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

The SKS TOM 18 is the multitool price-performance winner! You can buy the mini tool for a small price. Nevertheless, the important tools for a bike repair on the road are available. All edges are pleasantly rounded and thus the bike tool lies securely in the hand. Even with heavy loads nothing twists and thus the SKS TOM 18 is a mini tool with many strengths and hardly any weaknesses.

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SKS TOM Tool 18 all tools
SKS TOM Tool 18 with all tools – all important functions are included in the TOM 18

SKS TOM 18 highlights & features

What are the big features of the SKS TOM 18 Multitool?

Weight: 184 grams
Dimensions: 15 x 8 x 8 cm
Number of functions: 18
Special features: 2 x tire levers, brake pad opener, bottle opener, chain rivet compartment for chain pin, neoprene sleeve.

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The SKS TOM 18 is an all-round successful multitool with sensible equipment. The multitool is compact and with 184 grams pleasantly light. It is possible to work sensibly with the tools and therefore the SKS TOM 18 is the price-performance winner.

SKS TOM 18 Test Multitool Neoprene Cover
SKS TOM 18 in test: The multitool comes with a practical neoprene sleeve

In the hand – SKS TOM 18

The compact dimensions and the light weight of 184 grams are immediately noticeable. So good values for the multi-talent. The workmanship is solid and the minitool is immediately comfortable in the hand. The 18 functions are chosen sensibly:

  • Basic tools: The TOM 18 has all the important Allen keys (2.5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm). The tools are even clearly labelled. This means you have the right tool quickly at hand and don’t have to spend a lot of time fiddling around. Torx T25 as well as Phillips and crosshead screwdrivers complete the package. Thus, the important basic tools are available.
  • Chain rivet and nipple tensioner: A well-functioning chain rivet is installed. It contains nipple clamps for nipple sizes G14 and G15.
  • Special features: The extras are extensive but not always useful. The integrated brake pad opener is handy when you sit in full sun in front of a wonderful bottle of beer, then the integrated bottle opener also becomes a savior in distress 🙂 with the tire lever can not be useful and I therefore recommend a set Pedros tire levers (pair)* to have with you. Then you don’t get any unpleasant surprises. The large orange plastic piece is a storage compartment for just one chain pin. For reasons of space, the compartment could have been spared.

The SKS TOM 18 is stored in a neoprene sleeve that fits perfectly. This is included in the scope of delivery and the possibly dirty multitool conveniently finds space in it.

In practice

Good

✅ The SKS TOM 18 multitool is solidly made and thanks to the rounded edges, it fits comfortably in your hand. The tools can be extended comfortably. The SKS TOM 18 is also convincing when it comes to screwing with a lot of force.

✅ The chain rivet is minimally longer than comparable models. When working, the chain pins are pleasantly easy to unscrew. Also the lever on the chain riveter is a bit longer than usual.

Thanks to the already mentioned rounded edges, you can apply a lot of force without the firm grip causing pain.

SKS TOM Tool 18 multitool chain riveter
Excellent chain rivet with easy operation on the SKS TOM 18

SKS TOM 18 Test Tour Mechanic
Could have been saved: The orange plastic compartment is only for storing a chain pin

Bad

❌ The tire lever seems less robust and will give way under heavy load and the orange plastic compartment for storing a chain pin could have been saved.

Comparison: current bike multitool models

Vorschau
Multi Tool 19 Schwarz & Rot
Multitool / Fahrradwerkzeug 'Hummer 2'
Lezyne Multifunktionswerkzeug Blox-23, Polish-Glänzend, S, 1-MT-BLX-V123T06
Park Tool Mini-Faltwerkzeug IB-3 I-Beam g, 4000840
SKS Zubehör Tom Tool 18 Funktionen, 10016
Preis
34,75 EUR
21,25 EUR
Price not available
25,99 EUR
17,99 EUR
Titel
Crank Brothers Multi-19
Topeak Hummer 2
LezyneBlox - 23
Park Tool IB-3 I-Beam
SKS TOM 18
Anzahl Funktionen
19
18
23
13
18
Inbuschlüssel
2 / 2,5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm
2 / 2,5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm
2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm
1,5 / 2 / 2,5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm
2,5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm
Torx-Schlüssel
T25, T10
T25
T25, T30
T25
T25
Speichenschlüssel
4 Nippelgrößen
14G, 15G
3.22, 3.45, Mavic Mtv
2 Nippelgrößen (G14, G15)
Kettennieter
Kettennieter Kettengröße
8-Gang bis 10-Gang
1-Gang bis 12-Gang, nicht kompatibel mit Campagnolo 11-Gang Hollow Pin
9-Gang bis 11-Gang
12-Gang kompatibel
8-Gang bis 11-Gang & Campagnolo C10
Andere Schlüssel
Schlitz, 2x Kreuz, Maulschlüssel 8 & 10mm
Schlitz, Kreuz
Schlitz, Kreuzschlitz
Schlitz
Schlitz, Kreuzschlitz
Extras
Reifenheber, Kettenhalter
Reifenheber, Schraubenschlüssel 8 & 10 mm, Bremsbelagöffner, Flaschenöffner, Neoprenüberzieher
Reifenheber
2 x Reifenheber, Bremsbelagöffner, Flaschenöffner, Kettenniet-Fach für Kettenpin, Neoprenhülle
Maße
9 x 4,7 x 2 cm
9,5 x 4,4 x 2,6 cm
55 × 90 × 22 mm
8,9 x 4,1 x 2,5 cm
15 x 8 x 8 cm
Gewicht
175 Gramm
167 Gramm
230 Gramm
168 Gramm
184 Gramm
Vorschau
Multi Tool 19 Schwarz & Rot
Preis
34,75 EUR
Titel
Crank Brothers Multi-19
Weitere Infos
Anzahl Funktionen
19
Inbuschlüssel
2 / 2,5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm
Torx-Schlüssel
T25, T10
Speichenschlüssel
4 Nippelgrößen
Kettennieter
Kettennieter Kettengröße
8-Gang bis 10-Gang
Andere Schlüssel
Schlitz, 2x Kreuz, Maulschlüssel 8 & 10mm
Extras
Maße
9 x 4,7 x 2 cm
Gewicht
175 Gramm
Vorschau
Multitool / Fahrradwerkzeug 'Hummer 2'
Preis
21,25 EUR
Titel
Topeak Hummer 2
Weitere Infos
Anzahl Funktionen
18
Inbuschlüssel
2 / 2,5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm
Torx-Schlüssel
T25
Speichenschlüssel
14G, 15G
Kettennieter
Kettennieter Kettengröße
1-Gang bis 12-Gang, nicht kompatibel mit Campagnolo 11-Gang Hollow Pin
Andere Schlüssel
Schlitz, Kreuz
Extras
Reifenheber, Kettenhalter
Maße
9,5 x 4,4 x 2,6 cm
Gewicht
167 Gramm
Vorschau
Lezyne Multifunktionswerkzeug Blox-23, Polish-Glänzend, S, 1-MT-BLX-V123T06
Preis
Price not available
Titel
LezyneBlox - 23
Weitere Infos
Anzahl Funktionen
23
Inbuschlüssel
2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm
Torx-Schlüssel
T25, T30
Speichenschlüssel
3.22, 3.45, Mavic Mtv
Kettennieter
Kettennieter Kettengröße
9-Gang bis 11-Gang
Andere Schlüssel
Schlitz, Kreuzschlitz
Extras
Reifenheber, Schraubenschlüssel 8 & 10 mm, Bremsbelagöffner, Flaschenöffner, Neoprenüberzieher
Maße
55 × 90 × 22 mm
Gewicht
230 Gramm
Vorschau
Park Tool Mini-Faltwerkzeug IB-3 I-Beam g, 4000840
Preis
25,99 EUR
Titel
Park Tool IB-3 I-Beam
Weitere Infos
Anzahl Funktionen
13
Inbuschlüssel
1,5 / 2 / 2,5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm
Torx-Schlüssel
T25
Speichenschlüssel
Kettennieter
Kettennieter Kettengröße
12-Gang kompatibel
Andere Schlüssel
Schlitz
Extras
Reifenheber
Maße
8,9 x 4,1 x 2,5 cm
Gewicht
168 Gramm
Vorschau
SKS Zubehör Tom Tool 18 Funktionen, 10016
Preis
17,99 EUR
Titel
SKS TOM 18
Weitere Infos
Anzahl Funktionen
18
Inbuschlüssel
2,5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm
Torx-Schlüssel
T25
Speichenschlüssel
2 Nippelgrößen (G14, G15)
Kettennieter
Kettennieter Kettengröße
8-Gang bis 11-Gang & Campagnolo C10
Andere Schlüssel
Schlitz, Kreuzschlitz
Extras
2 x Reifenheber, Bremsbelagöffner, Flaschenöffner, Kettenniet-Fach für Kettenpin, Neoprenhülle
Maße
15 x 8 x 8 cm
Gewicht
184 Gramm

* Aktualisierung am 2022-01-20, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

Conclusion

The tire lever will not last long in practice and the orange plastic compartment for the rivet pin could have been saved for space reasons. These are all the criticisms I have of the SKS TOM 18. Otherwise, an all-round successful multitool is delivered that also withstands heavy use. The workmanship is good quality and the price is small. Therefore, the SKS TOM 18 is the price-performance winner.

Angebot
SKS Zubehör Tom Tool 18 Funktionen, 10016
  • Perfektes Fahrradwerkzeug für unterwegs: Das Miniwerkzeug TOM 18 von SKS GERMANY ist mit seiner kleinen Größe der perfekte Begleiter für jeden Fahrradfahrer & lässt sich problemlos verstauen.
  • Durchdachtes System: Das Mini-Tool Fahrradwerkzeug hat 18 integrierte Werkzeug-Funktionen, welche sich beliebig herausnehmen lassen. Ein Highlight ist auch das praktische Fach für den Kettenniet.
  • Geeignet für jedes Fahrrad: Das Miniwerkzeug für Ihr Fahrrad ist ein Alleskönner und optimal für Trekking-, Reise-, Cross- Fitness-, Rennräder und Mountainbikes geeignet.

* Aktualisierung am 2022-01-20, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

Alternatives to the SKS TOM 18

Crankbrothers M 19

The SKS TOM has a more comfortable to use chain riveter and it is overall a top mulitool. However, the Crankbrothers multitool has even more to offer: The Crankbrothers M 19 has more tools than the SKS TOM 18, so you might think it’s just 18 vs. 19 tools. In fact, the Crankbrothers M 19 has two open-end wrenches in 8 & 10 mm ahead of the SKS multitool and it has an additional slotted screwdriver size. The two additional nipple clamps can also be particularly important (4 sizes on the M 19 vs. 2 sizes on the TOM 18). Overall, the extra charge for the Crankbrothers M19 is worth it.

Multi Tool 19 Schwarz & Rot
  • Inklusive 19 Werkzeugen
  • Wird mit einer Werkzeugflasche geliefert
  • Inklusive zwei Kreuzschlitz- und zwei Schlitzschraubendreher

* Aktualisierung am 2022-01-20, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

More info

About the manufacturer: SKS Germany has established itself over the years as a specialist of bicycle tools and accessories. Customers should associate the manufacturer with the motto For carefree cycling.
Home page link: https://www.sks-germany.com/

What do you think of the SKS TOM 18? Do you have any questions? Feel free to write me your comment.

Geschrieben von Michael Luplow
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