OneUp has been casually rolling out awesome solutions to mountain bikers looking to reduce the need for a pack and de-clutter their ride. The EDC (Every Day Carry) Tool system is an elegant solution to finding somewhere to stash tools and is offered in two different styles. One slides into your steerer tube while the other slides into a pump which is strapped to the frame of your bike. Due to the nature of testing, I swap bikes a lot, so the pump tool was my choice and saves threading your steerer tube (OneUp have recently launched a stem which negates the need to thread the steerer tube).Buy Tools on
The system features a high volume (100cc) pump which houses the tool system that slides inside and the valve doubles as a CO2 inflator. There is then a small multitool with 2,2.5,3,4,6,8mm hex, flat head screwdriver and t25 torx. This is neatly held in place by a tyre lever and the chain breaker (with added spoke keys) and nestled behind al this is space to hide a chain link. Clever stuff! The lower portion of the tool has options to be used simply as storage, hold a CO2 cartridge or as a tyre plug and pliers holder.
There is something very reassuring about having all the tools you need in one handy spot. Providing you have bottle cage mounts then the EDC Pump easily bolts onto those and sits next to a bottle happily and unobtrusively. It feels slightly weighty, but when you consider all the goodies inside I'm more than happy to take it along for the ride.
Most of the time tools aren't needed often on the trail, other than tweaks, and the EDC sits quietly, securely and with no rattles. Orientating the pump with the tool at the top is sensible as although it's a tight fit and nothing is coming out, it works for quick access on the bike. Just slide up the tool, pull it apart and you're good to go.
In use, the mini multitool is comfortable and easy to use. You certainly can't get huge leverage, but there is certainly enough to hold onto to tighten most bolts easily. The chain breaker sits attached to the tyre lever and rotates to make life easier and is operated with the multitool, it requires the chain to be at right angles to break, so it's awkward, but works. The function of all the tools is pretty good, but they are all quite small, and you won't find yourself reaching for them for any home mechanic action, they're certainly tools for emergencies on the trail.
The chainlink storage is simple but inspired, and if they could fit another one in there it would be great to carry both SRAM and Shimano, but this tool is really for your 'one bike' so it works just fine. The lower storage portion is a plastic container which screws on to hold, well, whatever you like. Mine has the tyre plug adaptor which can be loaded up and ready to stab at a moments notice. This system works really well with the big handle and having the plug preloaded is great. The pliers haven't seen any use, and splitting a link on a chain is a pretty rare occurrence, so I'd probably not carry them in the future and swap for something else. I did manage to squeeze in some zip ties in there as well which was helpful.
Inflating tyres with the pump is an efficient affair, with the high volume working wonders on large tyres. It's definitely the best standard (not a track pump style) pump I've used out on the trail and won't give you a heart attack trying to get a proper sized tyre on the bead.
The only issues I've had have been with access to the tools as the seals have become stiff and made it difficult to open and close. This was remedied with the application of some grease to the upper seal, but it's something that needs monitoring as at one point I couldn't push the tool into the pump. Once closed, however, the seals are good, and despite huge amounts of rainfall and mud, the EDC does remain watertight.
The Pump and Tool have become my go-to set up for any bike with a bottle cage, providing me with a reliable set up for every ride. It doesn't come cheap, and the tools may be a little small and fiddly, but it's hard to think of a better all-around package for taking tools on the trail.
An ingenious use of space, the EDC Pump and Tool work exceptionally well together and spare the need to thread your steerer or buy a new stem. Despite minor niggles with the seals, the system provides a truly brilliant system for stashing tools and ditching your pack in an elegant and compact fashion.
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By Ewen TurnerEwen Turner is a self-confessed bike geek from Kendal in the Lake District of England. He runs a coaching and guiding business up there and has a plethora of knowledge about bikes with an analytical approach to testing. His passion for bicycles is infectious, and he’s a ripper on the trails who prefers to fit his working life around his time on the bike.