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5 MTB Tools that Live in your Bike

November 9, 2019


Welcome to Grand Junction Colorado, home of
the Lunch Loops trail system. You’ll find quite a few riders spending
their lunch breaks here, as any one of these loops takes just a few minutes. Because the trailhead is always within reach,
you don’t need a lot of gear to ride the lunch loops. On the other hand, some rides require a lot
of gear, which of course comes at the expense of comfort. But there’s a sweet spot around two hours,
where you only need a bottle of water and a few tools to get by. And that’s what we’ll be talking about
today: products that keep the essentials on your bike so you don’t need to worry about
them or sacrifice any comfort. First, let’s have a look at my two hour
ride setup. Like most setups, mine starts at the water
bottle, but then on the other side is my crankbrothers clic pump. This pump has an inflation hose hidden inside,
which keeps stress off the valve stem when you’re really giving it hell. There’s actually some space inside the handle
of this pump, where I keep a valve core—wrapped in tissue paper to prevent rattling. Here we have an inner tube, strapped to my
frame with self stick hook and loop. A lot of people try to correct me and call
this velcro, but velcro is just one of many brands that make hook and loop. I digress. Up here at the fork is where things get interesting. This is my Industry Nine Matchstix multitool. The Matchstix is a thru axle, which means
installing it is easy. If you’re replacing a Maxle you’ll only
net an extra 25 grams by installing the Matchstix, which is impressive, as the matchstick comes
with a chain tool, a spoke wrench, a valve core wrench, quick link storage, and whatever
selection of hex and torx bits you need. A few videos ago I was kinda hard on this
tool for being pricey, but for its capabilities the matchstix is the lightest lowest impact
integrated tool, period. So there’s definitely a market willing to
pay $145 for this. I wish I could say the same for the all in
multi tool, which fits in hollow bottom brackets and costs $110. At that price, it doesn’t even have a chain
tool, spoke wrenches, or valve core wrenches. This thing is barebones. With that said, it’s still impressive. Although it doesn’t fit all cranksets, it
fits most, and it does so magnetically which makes it surprisingly secure. Once you have the tool in your hand it’s
very easy to change bits, and it even turns sideways to give you leverage—maybe the
most leverage. But while the All in Multitool is stealthy,
secure, high quality, and attractive, it lags behind the competition in terms of capability. Speaking of a tool that’s low on capability,
I’m now installing the Topeak Ninja which is actually designed for road bikes. Why is it called the ninja? Although it’s just a bottle cage with a
micro multi tool in it, the Ninja costs only $33—and as you would expect from topeak,
it’s nice. The bottle cage is very good, the compartment
is slick, and for some riders the Ninja will be an inexpensive way to never leave their
tool behind—this, coming from a guy who would definitely leave his tool at home if
it wasn’t attached to him. Although the Ninja has the same capabilities
as the all in multi tool, it costs less than a third and comes with a good bottle cage. For that, I can give it some latitude. In terms of value, I think this next tool
may be the winner. This is the Synchros Matchbox Tailor Cage,
which costs $80. It’s a bottle cage, which reveals a slide
out tool kit. It features a chain tool, spoke wrenches,
and all the allen keys you need including an 8 mil. It even comes with a tiny pump that telescopes
to give you more air volume. Although the pump doesn’t have a strain
relief hose, I would give it a chance for it’s compact size. You could also swap it out if you really wanted
to. But one of the best things about the Tailor
is how stout the bottle cage is. It’s way overkill, which is perfect for
mountain biking! My only complaint is that the actual tool
feels kinda chintzy, but I think it would still get you back on the trail. While the Synchros Matchbox Tailor Cage won’t
win any marketing awards for its name, it gives you the most bang for your buck, period. And now the crown jewel of this segment, the
One Up Components EDC. This thing is seriously well made, and at
$60 the price seems too good to be true. That’s because the EDC is modular. You either spend $60 on a pump that it fits
inside of, or $60 on a kit that lets you install it in your steerer tube. So it’s more like $120 which puts it up
there with the most premium tools, but premium it is. In its pump configuration you’ll carry this
large, but not ridiculously large pump. It has tons of volume and can even hold a
20g CO2 inside with the tool. Ditch the CO2, and you get this storage compartment
which is probably large enough for a tubeless patch kit or an entire valve stem. If you want to install the EDC in your steerer
tube you’ll need the top cap and tap kit. The tap kit comes with everything you need
to remove your star nut, and actually cut threads into your steerer. Once you’ve threaded your steerer, you can
secure your headset bearings using the top cap and a cassette tool. The EDC then slides in and stays put. With a chain tool, a tire lever, CO2 storage,
and quick link storage, the EDC is well equipped, but it doesn’t end there. The multi tool lets you combine these two
wrenches to make one 8mm, which you’ll probably need to step on if you’re doing pedals. But that little piece serves another purpose:
quick link removal—you might want to watch this instructional video. I’m glad I figured this out in my garage
instead of, I don’t don’t know, the desert? So now that we’ve looked at some tools,
I want to show you a hack to extend your ride time. Filtering water bottles let you re-up from
any water source—even sketchy ones. But after searching my local REI and even
Amazon, I was unable to find one that fits a bike bottle cage. To be clear, I mean that the bottle would
need this indentation which keeps it from popping out. This one looked like it would work, but it’s
too wide and the indentation doesn’t line up. Life straw sells these filtering caps, which
I was sure would work. They didn’t. But ironically, this Life Straw bottle had
just the right top, for $45. Nevertheless, the cap fits a 26oz bike bottle,
and might just extend your ride with a carefully planned route. I’m going to see if I can ride all day with
with this once my wrist heals. So now that I have in front of me all the
major integrated tools, you’re probably wondering if my setup has changed. And it has. On my trail bike, I’m now running the Synchros
Matchbox with my custom lifestraw bottle. I love the compact pump and the robust bottle
cage. I also love how everything disconnects from
the bike into a mini toolkit. You probably thought I’d choose the EDC,
but I’m actually planning to use that on a special bike this summer. I did use the EDC tool strap for my inner
tube. You can really crank down on it. As for my single speed hardtail, aka the Murder
Machine, it’s getting the matchstix. I use it at parks, jumps, and quick loops
where I don’t need to bring anything. Since the matchstix has virtually zero impact
on a bike, it’s the perfect tool that I can never accidentally forget. It makes me think that the Matchstix could
be the perfect companion to a downhill bike, or a dirt jumper. Anyway I hope you guys enjoyed this mashup
of integrated tools. There were some others that I didn’t include,
like the ritchey barkeepers, and a few proprietary tools from specialized that won’t work on
my bikes. Integrated tool storage is an exciting category
that I want to see grow. As a very forgetful person, it’s nice to
know the essentials will always be with me.

100 Comments

  • Reply Seth's Bike Hacks March 9, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    My mistake on the Specialized. Apparently you can just buy their bottle cage and use MOST of the stuff. If I do a follow up I’ll include these products.

  • Reply Armand Kinghorn January 17, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    that right there is a lil pump

  • Reply Rei Ortiz January 25, 2019 at 5:50 am

    I want to buy tools for my mtb, sadly i cant even get enough money to buy even new fork

  • Reply Atticus Marks January 28, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Is the edc one up worth the money

  • Reply WhatAhDay January 29, 2019 at 6:23 am

    I like that bottle cage. Heck, they are all neat little gadgets.

  • Reply Muhammed Sinan February 4, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Cycle potence downing??

  • Reply Mark B February 10, 2019 at 1:44 am

    I'm a fan of my One Up EDC pump. I like that it's always on the bike so there's no thinking involved if I ride packless, and if I ride someone else's bike I can just bring the pump with me and be covered. The storage container fits a few zip ties, a brake pad, patch kit. If you go with the CO2 caniser, the end of the pump unscrews to be a CO2 inflator head.

  • Reply Cody Collier February 17, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Wher do I get the one after the ninja from

  • Reply Gilbert Diaz February 19, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Its velcrow

  • Reply Bogdan Miliu February 22, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    The Storage compartment on the EDC tool is roomy .. I can get a tubeless patch kit in there plus the EDC quicklink opener.

  • Reply Veljko Filipovic February 25, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    5.30

  • Reply Dakota Valdes February 26, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    It's not hock and loop its hook pile tape

  • Reply dosetti March 4, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I bought the multitool in the BB and it fell off during a bike ride. There goes $$ The magnet is too weak.

  • Reply Erik Silchuk March 4, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    You can store sealant in your tires for later

  • Reply SCEPTIS March 6, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Hey Seth have you tried puting the one up Edo in a standard seat post or maybe for a challenge the droper post

  • Reply xxpinecone March 10, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    7:30 had me screaming

  • Reply Michael Biddinger March 11, 2019 at 7:19 am

    The only reason you say hook and loop is because you want to sound smart. In any video that you’ve shown you buying it you buy Velcro so get over yourself

  • Reply Nolan freeride March 17, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    What is your gopro

  • Reply Brycen Killion March 20, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Can you put a water bottle holder on the 2017 Diamondback Mission Pro? I'm at the point where it would be nice to have a simple water bottle for quick rides and not have to lug my Camelbak around. I went to my local bike shop with the same question and with just a small glance of the frame design from one of the "experts" working there he basically told me the frame geometry is incompatible with a water bottle and that was that.

  • Reply Kampeerwijzer March 22, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    You've mist the Sahmurai, a kit for in your bar for reparation of tubeless tires.

  • Reply Jack Juliano March 24, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    D

  • Reply Jack Juliano March 24, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    W

  • Reply Jack Juliano March 24, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    W

  • Reply Owen brodie March 24, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    My bike brakes are so bad

  • Reply Oleg Petelevitch March 25, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Over priced market BS !

  • Reply A B Bikes Cars N’ Guitars March 25, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    That QR tool is awesome!

  • Reply Marcin Terlecki March 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Too much messing about

  • Reply David Rault March 27, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Soon my sandwhich is gona live in my bike, i would get the ninja sandwhich stocker, i would rather have a flat than an empty stomac😂🤣

  • Reply j stash March 28, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Where can said wuuuuhhhrddlebotle be bought?

  • Reply Kevin's Guitar Journey March 29, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    I ride street bike and bmx but wanna get mt bikes and ride trails and this is some great info. I've always used camel backs for water

  • Reply johola April 3, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    that bottle would be f*cking filthy though 😀

  • Reply Nevin Sharp April 7, 2019 at 1:08 am

    My friend said you sound like a add

  • Reply Modern Films April 7, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Please REVIEW BOX 2

  • Reply henry snake SS April 7, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Seth is alex jesus

  • Reply Shubhodeep Mandal April 8, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    My MTB cost only 90$ 😂😂😂 Avon Gutts 😁😁 and I am thinking why I am here

  • Reply Austin Norflet April 12, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    omfg "Whys it called the ninja?" makes those ninja sounds…i died laughing i love seth so much haha

  • Reply Max Stewart April 14, 2019 at 1:01 am

    I use a CookJoy portable repair kit. Had it for a few months and I’m blown away

  • Reply Jackson Geddings April 15, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Love the clip at food lion. Such a great skatepark!

  • Reply Roberts Smukulis April 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    7:35 holy shit, u scared me so bad

  • Reply Annieke Koegelenberg April 16, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Velcro is known as Ruffy and Fluffy where I come from 🤣🤣🤣

  • Reply Chris Pitchforth April 17, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Awesome video.
    I'm using an e-road bike, to help me get back in shape. So your video was basically useless for me. But was actually fun to watch. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Will French April 21, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Where do you put your car key mobile phone?

  • Reply Bryan Howk April 29, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Dear Seth. The hollow chamber in the back of the one up EDC you can get their MasterLink pliers and tire plug kit to go in that space works very well have actually saved several people on the trails with that love it thank you for Reviewing this tool

  • Reply DWGS April 29, 2019 at 7:54 am

    the lifestraw cap is a great idea!

  • Reply Rey Jr May 1, 2019 at 2:55 am

    hi seth..have u try miniwell for water filter?..

  • Reply Blair Aitken May 1, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Protip: Some forks are a tight fit for a 20g CO2. I could barely get the tool in-and-out with this configuration. I removed the label and used goo-gone and a scouring pad to remove all adhesive. This allowed for smooth in-and-out action on my 2018 Lyrik. Hope this helps someone using this tool.

  • Reply Clayton Horvat May 2, 2019 at 12:02 am

    I agree with you on the proliferation of on bike tools! They're a great idea. The EDC tool could be absolutely genius, and already is very smart idea. I think if like Topeak, or Park Tools teamed up with EDC, to make the tool portion better, it would become standard issue on every bike.

  • Reply bannanas lego technic workshop May 3, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Please call it a stem tube not steerer tube

  • Reply Dean45 May 5, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Great video! All I would suggest is time stamp the product. Matchbox has a ridiculous name to remember. Maybe you should email them a suggest there team to work on that. How are you going to refer a product if you can't remember the name!

  • Reply Hashim - May 6, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    This semen lives in my pp

  • Reply Nick Hughes May 7, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    I was born in that city beautiful place.

  • Reply Daniil Oxyuk May 17, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Have you ever deleted a video? Just wondering

  • Reply QRB May 18, 2019 at 3:57 am

    I live here In grand junction

  • Reply BREEEDAS May 18, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Some of these tools cost more than my entire bike

  • Reply Jack Morrison May 18, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    whats the song at 3:51 ?

  • Reply Rhylan Weekley May 19, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Where did you get your dropper

  • Reply Krazy Kit May 20, 2019 at 11:11 am

    1000comment yall

  • Reply Darkranger1701 _YT May 22, 2019 at 2:11 am

    doesn’t threading your steerer tube violate your warranty?

  • Reply -Edward - May 22, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I watched all your videos at less 5 times each

  • Reply Anže Svoljšak May 28, 2019 at 11:56 am

    I have one water bottle for water and the other one for tools.

  • Reply Bo Kiker June 1, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Can we acknowledge that Seth said at 5:04 that the compartment was large enough for a patch kit, and then they made a patch kit for the compartment?

  • Reply Sam Davenport June 14, 2019 at 1:06 am

    What strap do you use to hold your inner tube on your bike?

  • Reply Kris Monroe June 15, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    :O … All of these blow my mind.

  • Reply Joshua Tolley June 19, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Are carrera bikes good

  • Reply Bezza B June 20, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    In england we call it velcro

  • Reply the fuhrer epicness June 23, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    I can't really fit alot of stuff on my bike because the frame is thick and a full suspension

  • Reply Szymon Cichy June 26, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    How many mulitools do you have?

  • Reply Robert Misiuk June 28, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    If you contact LifeStraw, they will make some products for biking. Had the pleasure to test some of their stuff.

  • Reply JTMarlin8 June 29, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Can you do a video on a bike trailer hauling a Snap On cabinet? I want to know if it would be suitable for bike park days.

  • Reply Fiza Patwekar July 2, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Fat Bikes haks

  • Reply Good health Good life July 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Good tools but cost too much. Thanks anyway

  • Reply APPLEYKING July 8, 2019 at 3:39 am

    I can or wait to get a Norco Fluid 2019

  • Reply giggityeffyou July 13, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I definitely wouldn't drink straight from a river, lake, etc even with a filtered bottle of water unless it's an absolute survival situation. You're supposed to boil it first

  • Reply Big Sleeps July 18, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I too walk & hike as much as I ride trails. I find so many bike tools, pumps 'other bike bits' etc., that others have lost. So, walk, hike or ride? I use a small back come rucksack and small screw lock carabiners to ensure zips cannot open & I then lose my stuff. Most common finds are 'your' combination tools & pumps. I now have several!

  • Reply Kevin Maldonado July 20, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    I know this is a little weird but I live in the desert and I’ve had times where my bottle leaked completely somehow or I just didn’t have enough, so now I fill my tires with urine just as a last resort. It’s just peace of mind really so I know I won’t ever have to die of dehydration

  • Reply Kottel Kannim July 26, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you for taking the effort.
    If you need all these tools for 2hr ride, maybe the bike you are riding is not compatible with the stresses exerted on it?
    Either the technology is not ripe or you are intentionally trying to break it so that you can savor the moment of fixing it.

  • Reply SuffuFFaffiss July 27, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    It's velcro, and when you cut yourself you use a band aid

  • Reply Maxi VL August 5, 2019 at 2:47 am

    what about a saddle bag ? XD

  • Reply Beckyboy August 9, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Bro i live in gj colorado

  • Reply Ken Smith August 10, 2019 at 8:50 am

    water bottle right behind tire, picking up all shit, nice one.

  • Reply Steven G August 11, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I think i´ll just use a small backpack with a large ziplock baggie or a small plastic tupperware container for all my tools and save a hundred dollars

  • Reply ZILL NIAZI August 18, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Very nice video review. I instantly added it to my favourites. Will definitely try some of these if I can get my hands on the tools.

    Thank you for your time and effort.

  • Reply air maxjordan August 19, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    This is not a bike dude… it’s a tool box🤣

  • Reply Leexfam August 19, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    OneUp is perfect for doobies!

  • Reply luck notskilled August 21, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Just carry a backpack, as I always do..

  • Reply LosAngelesWeedSmoker August 22, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Talks about dork discs, calls Velcro hook and loop. 😂 I would probably slap that midget for saying that. Turd.

  • Reply Caden Hinshaw August 22, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Omg i live there in grand junction! It was so cool seeing my hometown trails on your video! Thats for the great content man.

  • Reply Matthew Yaron September 4, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Nice vid

  • Reply 7bsummerz September 17, 2019 at 3:38 am

    why not a bunch of crap in handle bars or somthing

  • Reply Willian Bueno September 22, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Hey Seth. Nice review! If you can, please make a review about the Fork Cork. It seems to be a cheaper option

  • Reply Dark September 25, 2019 at 1:47 am

    I was at lunch loop an hour ago
    That’s insane

  • Reply Miles Campbell September 29, 2019 at 4:58 am

    My preference is to have original products if nothing else is better eg Kleenex, Windex, Velcro… Maybe they cost a little more but I don't dink-around trying to save pennies 😎

  • Reply Maciej Pilichowski September 30, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    As for threading head tube yourself you have aluminium frame, not steel one, correct? It looks really good, because I am short on space, but also I have steel bike :-).

  • Reply Jaxon IRONS October 3, 2019 at 3:35 am

    $33! Does it come with the bottle and the multi tool!

  • Reply Venkatlakshmiofficial Anand October 6, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Hey seth is there any bike that can be used as mtb ,road boke,dirt bike,as well as bmx

  • Reply Leland Hine October 12, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    What size wheels do you run Seth?

  • Reply Gamer kid 8 October 15, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Why do you say doooollaaaars instead of dollars

  • Reply Everything October 19, 2019 at 8:44 am

    All those combined costs more than my bike lol

  • Reply Chvos October 29, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    1:21 Cool Minion DHF. I want a DHF for front and DHR II for the back for my trail bike😁😁

  • Reply Hoop Kids November 1, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Is there a 3 speed hollow crankset anywhere? I want the "all in multitool" but my crankset isnt hollow.

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