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Why are (many) bike multitools not stainless, unlike penknives?

I believe the reason is hardness for the tool steel. With carbon steel you can achieve harder steel, at the cost of some brittleness, at much lower cost. There are some very hard stainless powder ...
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Which bike multitool should I get for a cannondale trail 3 2019? Which other tools will I need?

I wouldn’t get a multi tool. All the tools you need for a modern bicycle (if you are not replacing bearings, crankset or cassette) are: 4mm hex key for: seat post clamp stem+handlebars bottle ...
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How to remove the broken ball end of a small hex key that is now stuck inside the socket

Chances are you were turning it clockwise when it broke. By tapping it anti-clockwise with a small drift or cold chisel, it may unjam it, when a magnet along with gravity and tapping should release it....
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What tool do I need to use for this specific Crankset (picture) FSA M17 38-41 Nm from Giant TOUGHROAD SLR 2

It appears to be a self-extracting crank, which means that there are two separate black pieces in there; the one that says LH and the one that says M17. The arrows show how they have different thread ...
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Replacing disk brake pads with multi-tool only

Some models of Shimano calipers do use a pad retaining bolt so what you've pictured should be viable. I would make sure the bolt's diameter is small enough so it has a little play in when through the ...
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How to remove the broken ball end of a small hex key that is now stuck inside the socket

Option 1: You say you've tried a magnet; was it a regular ferromagnet or a rare earth magnet? It might be worth trying to extract it using a strong rare earth magnet. I have a pair of small ones ...
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What's the purpose of this part of Topeak Hexus II multitool?

This is the other clip end of the tire lever. The tire lever with the clip is intended to go in first and hold the lever in place (by clipping onto a spoke) while you use the other lever (with your ...
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Which bike multitool should I get for a cannondale trail 3 2019? Which other tools will I need?

It's not a great idea to assemble the bike with a multitool. Multitools are short, which means you can't exert as much leverage as with a regular tool; and have a joint between the handle and tool ...
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Replacing disk brake pads with multi-tool only

It seems like you are using Shimano brakes. If that's the case, you can use the pad axle and snap ring of higher groups (slx, xt...) if you cut an m4 thread on this side of the brake saddle:
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Which bike multitool should I get for a cannondale trail 3 2019? Which other tools will I need?

Check what type of fasteners you have on your bike. Usually its bolts with allen key heads or torx heads. Most multitools have both but you could choose only allen/torx after you've checked that your ...
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Which bike multitool should I get for a cannondale trail 3 2019? Which other tools will I need?

In my experience it's difficult at best to find individual hex and torx wrenches. They all seem to come in sets, and when I can find an individual wrench it's usually really expensive compared to just ...
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How to remove the broken ball end of a small hex key that is now stuck inside the socket

You could try using an angle grinder or Dremel or similar multitool or iron saw to cut a slot into the bolt in which you can insert a flathead screwdriver to remove the old bolt. Then replace it with ...
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Which bike multitool should I get for a cannondale trail 3 2019? Which other tools will I need?

If the bike has been pre-assembled before shipping, there should be minimal work for you to do in the first instance. This should include turning the handlebars, attaching the pedals, adjusting the ...
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How to remove the broken ball end of a small hex key that is now stuck inside the socket

Another option could be to put a tiny drop of CA adhesive (cyanoacrylate, aka "super glue") on the broken end of the hex key still attached to the multi-tool, and then touch that end to the broken end ...
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How to remove the broken ball end of a small hex key that is now stuck inside the socket

How about a shop-vac? Use some thin tubing, seal everything well with duct tape on the vacuum hose and some oil or something at the other end. With a strong enough vacuum, might work.
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Replacing disk brake pads with multi-tool only

Those pins can be done by hand, or at least without pliers. My Promax brakes use the same arrangement. I normally straighten the pin by hand, but pressing with a wide screwdriver blade (or tyre ...
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How to remove the broken ball end of a small hex key that is now stuck inside the socket

we used a magnet and it worked fine!
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Why are (many) bike multitools not stainless, unlike penknives?

Basically, with stainless, it's either soft, or brittle, or both, or ten times more expensive. There are stainless bike multitools in the usual (unergonomic) format but... meh, one of the comments ...
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