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REVIEW

OneUp EDC Lite Tool

Words Andrew Major
Photos Andrew Major
Date Dec 16, 2020
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If OneUp's EDC Lite tool was an absolute piece of sh*t, they would still own the crown for the single greatest product launch video of all time. Make that, videos. They were all good. The first I saw was Brenda's Bench by Miranda Miller. I laughed. Then Jesse Melamed installing his EDC Lite while riding. WTF? All those years of that beyond-boring mechanic-challenge at Interbike and they never thought to have the wrenches riding bikes whilst working on said bikes to spice things up.

I'm guessing it's the cost of insurance that's keeping OneUp from giving away an EDC Lite tool every month to the most creative install video that's submitted. I'd watch all the good ones.

Once I finished the awesome product release and had a tool in my hands, it was obvious the EDC Lite had another thing going for it. It's decidedly not a piece of sh*t. Actually, EDC Lite is beautifully simple to install and use. I mean, technically you can install it while riding - and the system uses the same multi-tool as the more complex steerer-tube-threading EDC tool.

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The system is 40 USD and the tool includes 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm hex keys, Torx T-25, and a Philips screwdriver. It also comes with a long bolt to sink your star nut deeper in your steerer.

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The multi-tool itself is interchangeable with the one from the regular EDC tool. The major difference is the absence of a chain breaker in the package. Oh, and no steerer tube threading required.

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The carriers are sold separately for 15 USD each for riders who already own the mini-tool. They come in six colours: Black, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Turq.

Some folks will lament the lack of a chain breaker with the EDC Lite, but I think the design more than makes up for the inconvenience of having to stash one elsewhere. I actually still ride with a larger, individual, 5mm and 6mm hex for bigger jobs but for 99% of the stuff that comes up on the trail, the EDC Lite is a winner. It's ridiculously easy to install and deploy, stores quietly and securely and it sells for less than half the price of the excellent, Bontrager BITS system which adds a chain breaker.

The only stash-tool system I've used that provides the leverage to do every job on my bikes is the Wolf Tooth EnCase. I love to use the EnCase system for more in-depth repairs, but in the dark or with cold hands fidgeting with the various bits is a lot less pleasant than the ultra-fast grab-and-go EDC tool. I've used it most commonly for adjusting a crooked stem or cockpit controls.

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Straightening stems and other minor fit or cockpit adjustments are all I've use the EDC tool for to date, and it's be faultless.

Install is bone simple and the only tool you'll need to add is a hammer. It's nice to have a proper long 4mm hex key to tighten down my headset but it can be done with the EDC tool itself. It's a lovely example of keeping things simple and deriving a great result. I've had no issue with my headset coming loose, despite the plastic preloader, and that's a nice sign of quality. I like it much more than the original EDC concept. So much that I'm going to buy an extra 15 USD carrier to use the original EDC multi-tool I have on another bicycle.

I plan to keep using the tool regularly and will report back if anything comes up. OneUp has a lot more information and photos of all six colours of the EDC Lite posted on their site.

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rnayel
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RNAYEL  - Dec. 15, 2020, 10:26 p.m.

But what will you do with your amazing collection of stem top caps Andrew?

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AndrewMajor
+1 Zero-cool
Andrew Major  - Dec. 15, 2020, 11:47 p.m.

I have two Live Like Vic stem caps on my cargo bike - still representing! 

I used to have quite a few others (that the LLV caps replaced) but The Clairebarian and I assembled most of them together to make ornaments for our tree.

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mrbrett
+1 Andrew Major
mrbrett  - Dec. 16, 2020, 6:27 a.m.

Alternate idea: Super glue + hardware store magnets + stem caps = interesting fridge magnets

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - Dec. 16, 2020, 6:54 a.m.

My fridge is both a POS and has a stainless front - so it’s useless for magnetic displays as well.

Guess I could stick them to my tool box.

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cooperquinn
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Cooper Quinn  - Dec. 23, 2020, 11:12 a.m.

You could fix this problem with a blowtorch.

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fartymarty
+1 Andrew Major
fartymarty  - Dec. 15, 2020, 11:41 p.m.

I've got one of these a few weeks ago and love it.  So easy to install and the tool is good quality.  I ended up buying another carrier for my other bike.

One thing that could be improved on is replacing the star nut (which I hate with a passion and haven't used for 20+ years) with the bottom section of something like the Brand X Headlock. Then you could use a longer plastic insert and full length tool with gas without the hassle of threading your steerer. It would also make installation quicker and be a much better solution than the star nut which are a crap solution to pre loading your headset.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - Dec. 15, 2020, 11:55 p.m.

The Bontrager BITS is basically a Headlock with a tool at the top (and includes a chain breaker). I'd even argue that the multi-tool itself on the BITS is a bit better in use than the EDC. It works great. It is a lot more money though and a bit more complicated to install. 

I quite like the simple execution of the EDC Lite. Hammering the, included, longer bolt using the stem cap as the guide was a truly simple bit of genius. I haven't had many issues with star nuts over the year mind. 

That said, there's nothing stopping a rider from using a long bolt in the EDC Lite carrier along with a Headlock-style plate at the bottom of the steerer tube - that's all that BITS is doing. A Trek dealer can probably even get the BITS base plate to use.

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fartymarty
+1 Andrew Major
fartymarty  - Dec. 16, 2020, 2:11 a.m.

" there's nothing stopping a rider from using a long bolt in the EDC Lite carrier along with a Headlock-style plate at the bottom" - that's exactly what I did with my EDC.  It also means you can ignore the minimum steerer length requirements for the EDC Lite.

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AndrewMajor
+1 fartymarty
Andrew Major  - Dec. 16, 2020, 6:55 a.m.

Whose base plate did you use? Old headlock or something else?

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fartymarty
+1 Andrew Major
fartymarty  - Dec. 16, 2020, 6:59 a.m.

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will_mac
+3 Dustin Meyer Cr4w Carlos Matutes
Will McBeath  - Dec. 16, 2020, 3 a.m.

This looks really nice. I’m still a big fan of the pump and tool combo though. I’ve modified the CO2 holder so that is is threaded for a dynaplug and now I have a pump, multi tool and tubeless repair kit all in one. I even stash a bit of spare cash in the tube so I’m covered for pretty much anything

https://www.flickr.com/gp/91190581@N07/w90427 (photo of the dyanplug/EDC mashup)

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AndrewMajor
+1 bumVSmtn
Andrew Major  - Dec. 16, 2020, 6:57 a.m.

The tool-in-pump system is excellent. First off, it’s a really good pump and the modularity is great. Throw it in a pack or buy a frame mount for each bike.

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will_mac
+1 Andrew Major
Will McBeath  - Dec. 17, 2020, 12:16 a.m.

indeed.  tbh, i am actually most impressed by the pump, it's not only good considering it houses a multi-tool, it's good full stop.

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Losifer
+4 Andrew Major bumVSmtn Pete Roggeman Will McBeath
Carlos Matutes  - Dec. 16, 2020, 3:21 p.m.

That is just... pretty smart. I may have to steal your idea!

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will_mac
+1 Andrew Major
Will McBeath  - Dec. 17, 2020, 12:18 a.m.

go for it Carlos, i can't remember the tap size i used for the dynaplug insert but i just cut the neck out of a CO2 and tapped the inside of that to make the cross over between the dynaplug and edc bits. I've tried using anchovies in the past but nothing is as simple as dynaplug. the price seems ridiculous until you use it and then you quickly forget about it

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AndrewMajor
+1 Will McBeath
Andrew Major  - Dec. 17, 2020, 7:22 p.m.

I don't know anyone who has tried Dynaplug plugs and tried bacons and runs the bacons. The Dynaplug plugs are all I want when it actually comes time to repair a tire.

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Gbergevin
+1 Andrew Major
Gbergevin  - Dec. 16, 2020, 5:47 a.m.

Off topic - what is that helmet with the bunny and cross bones? My daughter is obsessed with bunnies, and going to need a new helmet this season as we add pedals to her Strider.

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AndrewMajor
+1 Gbergevin
Andrew Major  - Dec. 16, 2020, 6:59 a.m.

It’s a muddbunnies sticker on a Bell Super 3R.

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rigidjunkie
+1 Andrew Major
Allen Lloyd  - Dec. 16, 2020, 7:34 a.m.

I ended up buying these for all the groms in my life.  My son rides and he and his friends are always asking for tools, so now they will have them.  Ohh of course I bought one for myself as well, the quality is surprisingly high for the asking price.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - Dec. 16, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

My Grom definitely felt it wasn’t fair that she helped with this review but didn’t get the tool in her bike. Easy gift decision!

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - Dec. 25, 2020, 9:27 p.m.

Hope it’s been a great Christmas! How did everyone get on with their EDC Lite tool? Mine’s very stoked.

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bumVSmtn
+1 Andrew Major
bumVSmtn  - Dec. 17, 2020, 5:20 p.m.

Thoughts on compatibility with the Giant Clutch system? Our would one just be left with an absurdly long steer tube?

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AndrewMajor
+1 bumVSmtn
Andrew Major  - Dec. 17, 2020, 7:21 p.m.

It would fit in my steerer tube. I'm not into CO2, but I'd consider using it to carry my plugs, chain breaker, long 6mm hex, etc.

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