By now I'm sure you've all seen the online-purchase-only One Up Components EDC (every day carry ) tool and have marveled at the nifty design and maybe scoffed at the cost and stress of having to thread your fork steerer to accommodate said tool. Yes it does seem a tad expensive when you factor in the tool and top cap.
But have you seen the tool in the flesh? I knew it would be good. I have met these genius bike parts inventors/designers and know how fricken anal they are and also witnessed their passion with bikes and riding and getting the most out of technology today. But even I was surprised when I finally got my hands on their tools (sorry I can't resist my dad tool jokes). The ingenuity and design that has gone onto the "multi-tool" is astounding. And the way it all fits together...insane!. If these boys didn't like biking so much, they'd earn a lot more $$$ helping NASA getting a shuttle to Mars that's for sure.
It has a world first portable mini chain link spreader (just can't work on Sram 12 speed though) and the top cap adjuster/chainlink tool mates with the 5mm key to make an 8mm key. The add-ons like the chain breaker have all the spoke nipple sizes and the shroud holds a tyre lever and spare chain links.
If you don't want to fit the tool inside your steerer tube then you are a fool (I just can't really impress how cool it is to have these tools always on your bike and in perfectly clean condition ready to go). You know that a spare CO2 screws into the base right? or a hollow canister for your stash (tyre plugs, cash, lawn clippings etc.)
If you are a fool, then the whole shebang will fit inside the hollow tube of the larger of their handpumps. The smaller one, like my one pictured, will fit the tools and shroud, just not the CO2 or hollow canister.
The pump. It's a thing of excellent engineering ability. Supposedly pumps the highest volume of air for its size in the world. No screwing, just ram it on your presta valve and pump. Unscew the valve head and it doubles as a chuck for your CO2 cannister. I have the smaller one and it fits in all my bumbags easy as pie.
The multi tool has a T25 and 2/2.5/3/4/5 and 6mm hex along with the link and top cap tool which has a flat blade screwdriver at the end. It is very compact and therefore not the greatest for wrenching stubborn bolts, but it fits in tight places and really is there to get you out of trouble...perfect for adjusting your headset,shifter, derailleur, brakes, pedals and keeping any loose bolts tight until you can get home and do things properly. The chain breaker and spoke keys work as they should and the tyre lever is shaped well and holds an errant tyre bead pretty good.
I don't even like using the tools, especially lending them out. Why? I want them to stay looking like this and just keep whipping out my tool whenever we stop and playing with it. It has a seriously calming effect on me and I don't want to ruin it with scratches and greasy dirt.
If I have convinced you that you need to slip this tool in your steerer tube, then with the wonders of social media, start a group chat and buy just one threading tool and share it around, It'll do 10 steerer tubes (so they say, I bet it'll do more if you look after it and use the good cutting oil. But if that still freaks you out, then why not get the pump too. It's one mighty compact unit, keeps everything together, is great to fiddle with and is way better for you than constantly fidgeting with your phone.
THE GOOD: There is so much good...does what you want and keeps it all together, in a very lightweight package
THE BAD: The CO2 is a bit tight in my boost fork steerer plug (not so in my non boost steerer), I need to sandpaper the recess in the butt plug a little for a quicker draw.
THE UGLY: If you haven't got any facebook friends to share the cost of the steerer thread tapper then it gets a bit pricey.