Introducing the Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Pliers
By Stan Portus – 1 December 2020
The new Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Pliers are a cycling multi-tool like no cycling multi-tool before. Bringing together master link pliers, hex keys, a valve core remover, and much more, the pliers pack 17 functions into a slim package full of Wolf Tooth’s signature innovation.
The Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Pliers continue the Minnesota based brand’s dedication to product innovation and problem solving, while also building on the tech it has developed over the last few years.
The 8-Bit Pliers look a lot like a beefed-up version of Wolf Tooth’s favourite Pack Pliers, but the precision machined, made in the USA 7075-T6 aluminium pliers are a lightweight multitool with 17 functions, that will solve virtually every roadside repair.
Nestled in the body of the master link pliers are eight attachments that are held in place with the magnets, a solution Wolf Tooth developed for its EnCase multi-tool.
Experts in machining, the design on the tool means that you can easily push the bits out with one finger, avoiding any difficulty with cold fingers. Inside, there is also a magnetic storage compartment for a master link and magnets hold both sides of the 8-Bit pliers closed too.
The end of the 8-Bit Pliers have a swivelling and magnetic bit holder at the opposite end to the pliers. The bit holder is built around a 4mm bit format instead of the more common ¼ inch format to reduce bulk. Each of the six attachments inside the pliers – some of which have double ends, so 2 functions – can attach to the bit holder and these include 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6mm hex bits, and T10 and T25 Torx bits, and a 3.5 flathead and a 2 Phillip screwdriver.
The swivel head also doubles as an 8mm hex bit, and if the smaller 4mm size of the bit holder is a concern, there is no need to worry. The Wolf Tooth Pliers can apply up to 40nm of torque, and with the swivel head turned 90˚ the entire length of the tool is 13cm, giving you plenty of leverage to get to those high Newton metres. Overall, this is ample for any roadside action, and if you need more torque than that things have probably reached a critical state. The less thought given to that the better…
You can also use the swivel head at 0˚ like a screwdriver, which is ideal for working in tight spaces on the bike or places like the stem faceplate where there are potentially lots of cables.
Despite being a bit larger than the Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers, the 8-Bit Pliers are still compact and lightweight. They are 147mm in length, 21mm wide, 9mm deep, and thanks to the high-grade materials, the whole package only weight 69g, which is significantly lighter than other standard multi tools. This makes it super easy to pack in a tool roll or saddle bag and with its functionality, punches far above its weight.
Dedicated to finding solutions, Wolf tooth has employed one other nifty trick in the design of the 8-Bit Pack Pliers. The Pliers are held together with a Wolf Tooth chainring bolt which is available in a variety of colours. “Form follows function” might be a guiding principle for Wolf Tooth, but fun is never far away.
Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Pliers Features
• 17 function multitool
• Magnet keeps parts in place
• Ball dent swivel head to add torque
• Machined from 7075-T6 aluminium
• Made in the USA
• Master link and valve stem lock nut pliers
• Master link storage
• Valve cleaner
• Spoke wrench
• Valve core wrench
• T10 and T25 Torx bits
• Flat head 3.5 and Phillips 2 screwdriver
• Hex 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm bits