Syncros Coupe Cage AndrewM
TWO-MINUTE REVIEW

Syncros Integrated Matchbox Coupe Cage

Words Andrew Major
Photos Andrew Major
Date Jun 11, 2018

It's a Mini-Tool... 

not a Mirco-Tool and yet there is a fully-tucked-away elegance to this simple Syncros solution to always having a tool along for my rides. 

There is nothing new about a water bottle cage mounted multi-tool but the repair friendly size of the integrated Matchbox tool is much appreciated each time I use it. It's quick to remove and at the same time secure and silent whether my water bottle is installed or not.

Syncros Coupe Cage AndrewM

There are lots of takes on transporting tools on a bike. I think Syncros presents the best example of the cage carry. 

Syncros Coupe Cage AndrewM

Lots of tools I need. A few I don't. Personally, I'd prefer a slightly different mix. But presume this tool is optimized for Scott Bikes. 

I haven't ridden off road without a bottle in the cage. What would be the point? But I do suspect when trails are truly treacherous the tool could pop loose. That's based on how fast it is to remove the tool once my bottle is out. Speaking of which, install and removal of the few different bottles I use is thankfully tighter than other similar composite cages. In this case, the nylon and glass fiber combo snuggles a bottle tightly. Riding with a pack, I'm still very attached to my 20-years-true King Cage but a few friends who know my standard retort have been surprised how confident I am in this cage. No bottles dropped to date. 

Syncros Coupe Cage AndrewM

Bottle insertion and removal are quick & easy while still tight enough to hold a bottle securely. 

Syncros Coupe Cage AndrewM

The multi-tool pops in an out easily but fits in securely even without the bottle there to hold it in place. 

Syncros Coupe Cage AndrewM

Bolt head size is an issue. The cage includes some shallow button-head bolts to use which don't restrict tool installation. 

The tool selection is not perfect for me. The hex keys include 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, and 5mm. There are both three Torx keys sized T-10, T-20, and T-25 and a pair of screwdrivers one Phillips and one flat-head. The individual bits are very high quality, fit nicely into bolts and are long wearing. I'd like to trade the flat-head for a 6mm hex, the T-20 for a T-30, and, while I like to have a T-10 with me, I think a lot of riders would love to see an 8mm either in the form of a cap on the 6mm I just added. 

The bikes that I ride that still use chainring bolts are T-30 as do the brake caliper bolts on one of my bikes. My bolt-on axles use 6mm hex heads. So those are both mandatory tools for me in the woods. I think it's a testament to how conveniently un-buried this Syncros tool is that I've added a separate stubby 6mm hex and T-30 Torx key to my kit to make up the difference and I'm happy with that setup.  

Syncros Coupe Cage AndrewM

The heat-treated and nickel plated bits are forged and then machined so they plug beautifully into hex and Torx bolts. 

The tool is protected from direct rain and sweat ingress and stored in a heated room but I'm curious about how nice the Matchbox multi-tool will look after a lot of wet months on my bike. The resin body will not be an issue and the hex keys are plated so that concern may be unfounded. I will report back if there are any issues down the line.

As it stands now I think the 100-gram package is a good option for an always-there tool. With a couple of bit changes, it would be a fantastic package given the quality. For the all-around cyclists here, I think it's a brilliant tool for road riding and commuting that's easily transferred between bikes with a hex tool. 

Whether a minimalist looking to maximize the usability of their stash tool or a forgetful rider tryng to always have a tool on their bike for more information please check out the Integrate Coupe Cage here

Comments

DemonMike
0
mike  - June 11, 2018, 8:56 a.m.

Holy crap just looked at their site , Aaah they went balls deep with water bottles and cages LOL. Never seen so many designs. I do like the fact they offer a cage and bottle , this is something Camelbak can learn from. They have decent bottles but no cages really fit their shape . I am on my third cage trying to find a side load that will hold the Podium bottle in a tight frame triangle .

Reply

MTTCDA77
+2 Andy Eunson mike
MTTCDA77  - June 11, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

Have you tried the Arundel Side Loader?  I use the Dave-O model on my road bike, and the cheaper (plastic) Sport Bottle Cage on my mtb.  Those work great with the Camelbak bottles.

Reply

Endur-Bro
0
Endur-Bro  - June 12, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

Have you tried any Lenyze cages?

Reply

AndrewMajor
0
Andrew Major  - June 13, 2018, 7:41 a.m.

I never think of Scott as being the huge company they are because their presence in North America is rather small... then I see 18x Syncros cage options with 2-3 colourways each and I’m reminded!

Reply

Bushpilot
+2 Andrew Major mike
Bushpilot  - June 11, 2018, 10:17 a.m.

This product fits a small podium bottle well in a tight space (Hightower LT).  Just remove the base part of it and mount the curved part directly to your frame.  Never lost a bottle and never heard a rattle.  https://www.specialized.com/us/en/roll-cage/p/130385?color=220658-130385

Reply

AndrewMajor
0
Andrew Major  - June 13, 2018, 7:46 a.m.

I know a couple people who use the Roll Cage and swear by it - added space to run a larger bottle and no dropage. Can also take a hit apparently (have seen some broken plastic side loaders)

I’ve never had to deal with the space constraints but there are lots of interesting options.

Reply

JBV
+1 IslandLife
James Vasilyev  - June 12, 2018, 7:39 a.m.

i find my bike is so often covered in filth in every nook and cranny that i've gone back to everything off the bike. no tools, no straps, no tubes, everything in a pack of some sort. if i lived in the US southwest i'd be all over these solutions.

Reply

AndrewMajor
0
Andrew Major  - June 12, 2018, 8:41 a.m.

Just speaking of short local rides, in the winter I always carry a good sized pack - extra layer, food, space blanket, small light system, tools.

I’m on board with what you’re saying about crap on everything (still strap my tube to my bike but bag it).

In the summer when it’s dry and temperature and light aren’t concerns the same way I find this cage combined with a Dakine Hot Laps pouch and a small hip pack (phone, money, snack) are a nice lightweight way to roll.

Reply

RAHrider
0
Reed Holden  - June 16, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

I think one up has the market on tools  now. Why even look at comoetitors.

Best multi tool. Can be kept in the head Tube or inside a pump. I have one on a big pump the goes on the frame on dry rides. I have s short pump that I throw in my bag for wet days. 

Love it. OT sure about how I feel about tapping my fork to install this on my head tube. Besides I always like to have a pump in case I get difficulties with flat repair.

Reply

Please log in to leave a comment.

Trending on NSMB