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The Tools of Las Vegas!

Words Zach White
Photos Zach White
Date Sep 25, 2017

Known mostly for repair stands and scales over the last decade, Feedback Sports introduced a tool line late last year. With cool, clean, and downright shiny products like the $250 Team Prep kit that comes with just about everything needed to keep things rolling (including a dental pick-style poker, and one of the coolest chain whip tools in the market), to their newest offering - the Chain Keeper. Compatible with 12mm thru-axle bikes and old fashioned dropouts, the $40 tool does what it sounds like it'd do when it comes time to give your bike a deep, wheel-free clean. 

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Feedback Sport's Chain Keeper probably won't see daily use, but is a nice problem solver for those who like to clean bikes with the wheels off. 

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The Chain Keeper in action. 

Fix It Sticks

Fix It Sticks was showing off a couple of things at Interbike, both of which include the already popular namesake t-handle style tool that can be broken down into two separate pieces. The Mountain Kit adds a chain breaker, two tire levers and a little zippered case to the original ‘Sticks. Unlike the typical packable chain tool, this one has plenty of real estate for grip once both ‘Sticks are attached. Removable bit tips allow more custom tool preference, and the small carrying case has plenty of room for a handful of extras, along with enough room for something like a CO2 canister and head. Look for the Mountain Kit in shops sometime this November for $50.


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The Mountain Kit has room for extra bits, as well as your extra bits.

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Slide rule sold separately.

Still in prototype phase, the Belt Clip is just that - a small holster style clip for carrying Fix It Sticks’ T-Way wrench, along with 8 extra tool bits. The current rendition uses a magnet and plastic flanking fins to house the tool, and a simple plastic clip molded from the same body for an attachment point. There’s no ETA or suggested retail price at the moment, but mechanics who appreciate having a T-handle tool within reach at all times might want to keep an eye out for the production version next year. More on their site.

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Hot off the 3D printer, Fix It Sticks’ Belt Clip prototype is probably a good representation of what the eventual production version will look like.

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One step closer to a complete multi-tool system, the new chain breaker uses both ‘Sticks as handles that happen to provide an impressive amount of leverage for a packable piece.

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Though introduced last year, Fit It Sticks’ Cage Clip was new to me (and isn’t currently on the website), and it's a clean and easily accessible way to carry the multi-tools. MSRP $25.

Park Tool

There’s a smattering of new, mostly blue tools and toolsets from Park Tool for 2018. Things like updated P-handle holders that come with PH 1.2 sets for $80 aren’t exactly worth going into detail about, but one interesting new offering is the THS-1. The trailhead tool station seconds as a basic stand by cradling seatposts and saddles on two rubberized prongs. Short of dirt jumpers without more than a few inches of post showing, it’s a pretty universal and easily usable system that’ll do for a quick tune in an emergency. 

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Put this in the “it’d be really cool if someone else bought it for me to occasionally use” category.

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Would it be bad form to open up a bottle of Two Buck Chuck with a $52 opener? 

The toolset is ED-coated for rust resistance, and Park Tool used a little more plastic coating throughout the kit for improved overall durability, too. The tools are tethered to the main body via coated metal cable, and the whole thing bolts directly to a wall, kiosk or trailhead post. Sure, it’s not something many people are going to run down to the local shop for and set up for personal use, but it’s a potential option for your local trail group to install at a trailhead, or the outside wall of a bike shop to keep those annoying tool borrowers from loitering inside. They’ll be available this November for $400.

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The SBS-1.2 is a 3/8” drive socket set with bicycle friendly sizes that retails for $48, while the SKT-6 is a set of flat sockets designed for suspension use that retails for $58. If both kits sound interesting, the SBS-3 combines the two, adds a few extra bits, and retails for $120. 

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 Chrome-plated ratchet set? Yes, please! The MWR-SET covers 6mm-17mm sizes, is shipping now, and retails for $116. 

Other Blue Light Specials include JIS standard (Philips head) DSD-2 and flathead DSD-4 professional grade screwdrivers for $35 each, a 12-speed compatible SR-12 chain whip for $30, and three new socket sets ranging from $48-120. And, just in time for your wine-loving aunt this holiday season, the BO-4 bottle opener can be bought using your local shop discount and remind her of her favorite nephew with every popped cork for $52 (before your bro-deal). All of Park Tools' new products can be found here.

Fix Manufacturing

Take a snowboard tool belt buckle and tweak it for mountain biking, and that’s essentially what Fix Manufacturing is offering. Except instead of basic tools that can’t be removed from the belt, there’s a proper multitool that pops out of a holster. It’s pretty cool, actually, and a much more practical improvement over something like a couple of screwdriver heads that can’t be used without running around the trailhead with your pants falling down like some kinda wannabe gangster. Buy britches that fit, wear belts, and stay the hell off my lawn!… Anyway, there are two belt options - the $50 All Time belt is made of stretch-free webbing, and has an alloy Payload Pocket that the separately sold tool slides into. The All Out belt will be available this December and feature a stretchy material belt with what’s said to be a cleaner tool carry interface. The Wheelie Wrench is their bike-specific multi-tool with 17 essentials, and retails for $30. Snowboard-biased multitools are available for $25-$35 that slide into the same Payload Pocket for those who do a bit of both in the same belt.


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 CAD drawings and 3D prints are a sign of things to come from Fix Manufacturing.

Another carry option is the aptly named Strap On. Sold separately from their tools as well, the $20 holster fits nicely on hydration pack straps, or similar webbing-style spots. Both the Strap On and the belt options will be compatible with a new multitool in the works that Fix Manufacturing had CAD drawings of, as well as a 3D printed mockup. There’s no ETA or specific price just yet, but it’ll have longer tool shafts and carry a spare chain link. Speaking of shaft lengths, while the current Wheelie Wrench’s T-25 looks like it might be too short to access SRAM rear derailleur bolts, the guys at Fix Manufacturing say it works in that specific situation. 


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I wonder if Batman has a T-25 on his belt? 

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Sold separately, but made for each other.


I saw some interesting toolish items as well so I'll add them here. - CM

Lezyne

Lezyne

Lezyne has joined the ranks producing a floor pump with a separate reservoir to help seat even difficult tubeless tires without a compressor - and without access to power. The Pressure Over Drive comes in both digital and analog form, will pressure up to 220 PSI, includes a new high pressure ABS 1 Pro chuck and will bruise you for US $140  for a conventional gauge and US $165 for the digital version. More here.

Lezyne Porta Shop

Lezyne's boldly named Port-a-Shop kit gives much of what you might need at a race or on the road. And for many this might be a good starter kit for your home shop. The Classic chain tool will have its own cutout for the production version. Yours for US $340.

Crankbrothers

Crankbrothers F15

Crankbrothers has always made stylish and good looking products but lately they have been pushing hard to get function, quality and durability up to the same standard. The f15 multi tool looks to fit into the new CB mold. On top of the usual functions it will open a bottle and crack and repair 8 to 12 spd chains. 

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And of course it comes in a slick looking case. The fit is good and magnets hold things into place. The case doubles as a leverage extender and it's where you'll find the beer liberator as well. And for a high quality tool with many functions the price is reasonable as well at US $43.  Learn all the functions here.

Comments

coexist
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COEXIST  - Sept. 25, 2017, 10:03 a.m.

That fix it sticks belt clip looks like a real panty dropper. Save some for the rest of us fix it sticks.

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cam@nsmb.com
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Cam McRae  - Sept. 25, 2017, 10:21 a.m.

Fifty shades of bike nerd. 

"Would you like to see my chain whip?"

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davetolnai
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Dave Tolnai  - Sept. 25, 2017, 1:48 p.m.

I could honestly see my relationship ending over me choosing to wear something like that.  "Your'e just not the person I thought you were.  I'm sorry.  Have the rest of your stuff out of the house by tomorrow."

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coexist
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COEXIST  - Sept. 25, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

If I wore that utility belt I would be divorce lawyer shopping the next day.  They should name it the irreconcilable differences belt.

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craw
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Cr4w  - Sept. 25, 2017, 10:21 a.m.

Buy pants that fit! Lol. In case you haven't noticed most cyclists (including mountain bikers have tiny little legs). If you've got any quads at all most current mountain bike gear fits really tight. I usually have to go up a size to get enough thigh room but then the waist is too big and I have to run a belt. Maybe it's not that I don't know how to shop but it's more likely that most people have skinny legs and big waists and manufacturers accommodate that. Sorry for the rant. Yes, I know you're kidding.

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rvoi
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rvoi  - Sept. 25, 2017, 2:46 p.m.

Two Buck Chuck is plain awful! They basically use a frontend loader to harvest so the resulting product is fermented sticks and bugs with trace amounts of grape juice... and then they add flavoring agents to "finish it." The only way to properly enjoy that bottle of wine is to practice your hook shots into the dumpster with it, IMHO.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Sept. 26, 2017, 8:01 a.m.

I'm with this guy. But don't worry,rvoi, I don't think Zach drinks 2 dollar charlie, either - at least not around us!

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