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Specialized EMT Comp Multi-Tool

They say a chain is only as good as its weakest link. I’ve got my own saying: a multi-tool is only as good as it’s chainbreaker. Because when the need arises, it’s pretty much a matter of finishing the ride or walking home.

I’ve had the Specialized EMT Comp tool for a few years now. It’s served me well and performed as expected until just recently. It’s well designed—not too big, not too heavy, but not weak or chintzy. It’s got 2.5 to 8mm allen keys, a flat and Phillips head screwdriver, T25 torx driver, bottle opener, chain tool and just about everything else you would expect on a multi-tool and then some. The teflon-coated metal tire lever isn’t a terribly bad idea, and the disc-brake pad-spreading tool is pretty unique.

Unfortunately, my EMT let me down this past weekend, when I noticed I wasn’t having any luck reassembling a broken chain. The links kept sliding out of the tool as I tightened it, and after several tries I inspected the chain tool mechanism. To my surprise, the tool wasn’t just bent, it was cracked. Thankfully, my friend had a multi-tool and I had a spare Power Link in my backpack, which saved the day. I imagine Specialized would likely warranty the tool, but if not they sell replacement parts.

The EMT Comp retails for $33, and a replacement chain tool is $10. Visit www.specialized.com for more information.

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2 Comments

  1. Ikon O'KlasstSeptember 24, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    One issue with most multi-tools–for me– is that the chain tool typically won’t work with track chains a la KMC because they are too wide. If you run, for example, a Sugnio 75 track crankset (1/8) as I do, most multi-tools will let you down in the chainbreaker department.

  2. artSeptember 25, 2008 at 8:30 am

    That looks nice. Do the disc brake shims detach, or do you need to carry an extra wrench to actually use them?

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