At Sea Otter a common question among attendees is, “What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen?” This year the answer, more often than not, was, “OneUp’s EDC Tool.” OneUp was displaying the EDC Tool, which can be mounted inside your head tube, but the how was a bit of a mystery until now.
EDC Tool System
Gerber Shard Keychain Tool - Silver [30-001501]
$5.14 Amazon AD
The heart of the system is the EDC Tool itself. It’s got everything you’d expect out of a full-featured multitool, with a couple of welcome extra additions, like the storage capsule. Here’s the full list from OneUp:
- EDC Top Cap Tool (used to tighten the top cap when tool is mounted in steerer tube)
- 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm Hex
- T25 Torx
- Tire Lever
- Chain Breaker
- Flat Head Screwdriver
- 0, 1, 2, 3 Spoke Keys
- Quick Link Breaker (10 & 11spd)
- Spare Quick Link Storage
- Presta Valve Core Wrench
- Spare Chainring Bolt
- Sealed Storage Capsule or 12,16, 20g CO2 Cartridge Storage
Claimed weight for the EDC Tool is 112g and it retails for $59 (US). The tool can be mounted either inside your steerer tube (more on that later) or inside one of OneUp’s new EDC Pumps.
OneUp offers two versions of its sleek EDC Pump. One is a 246mm long, high-volume pump pushing out 100cc of air with each stroke. The compact version is 195mm long and pushes 70cc. Both pumps feature OneUp’s unique “Fast-On” head. Attaching the pump is as simple as pressing the head firmly onto the valve stem, no threading or locking levers. Note that the Fast-On head will only work with Presta valves. The pump head also works as a CO2 cracker, a nice touch we’re seeing more companies incorporate.
The EDC Tool will fit inside either pump, although the larger pump allows room for the tool and a CO2 cartridge, while it’s an either/or proposition on the smaller version. The 70cc EDC Pump retails for $55 (US) and weighs 132g, while the 100cc pump costs $59 and weighs 155g.
Tap that Tube
Should you choose to mount your EDC Tool inside your steerer tube, you’ll need to tap it — that is, add threads to the top portion of your steerer. OneUp has pared the process down so that any competent home mechanic can tackle this in their shop. If this is the route you go, you will need to purchase (or find a shop with) the EDC Tap Kit ($35) as well as the EDC Top Cap and Steerer Plug ($25). It’s more complicated to explain than to watch, so luckily OneUp put together an installation video:
All in, you’re looking at $119 for the EDC Tool, Top Cap, and Tap Kit should you opt for steerer tube mounting. While I hate wearing a pack as much as anyone, I personally would go for the EDC Pump and Tool combo, since I always bring a pump along on rides. It works out to the same price, and you’re getting a sweet pump out of the deal.
What do you think about all the different ways companies are coming up with to stash tools? Do you want to see more integration, or are you fine using jersey pockets, saddlebags, or hydration packs? Let us know!