GEAR: Granite Stash Multi-Tool
We’ve all been there, speeding along a trail when something goes ‘snap’. Whatever your mechanical trouble, it’s pretty important to make sure you’ve got a multi-tool handy to see you home before whipping out the big guns. But storing such an item can be a bit of a pain. There are bikepacking bags or backpacks but if you don’t always carry these around you’ll need another solution, one that preferably avoids putting metal objects in your pockets.
This is where the Granite Stash Multi-Tool comes in handy. As the name suggests it’s not merely a multi-tool but a storable one. Granite’s design isn’t the first multi-tool to be stored in the head tube but it is one of the simplest designs out there. It doesn’t require threading or a special stem, merely some DIY mechanics.
Unfortunately it’s not quite as straightforward as clipping it on and heading out, there is a bit of work to be done in the garage beforehand. Firstly, you need to remove the stem cap, it’s here the tool will sit when finished. You’ll then need a power drill in order to break the star nut located just inside the steerer tube. Once broken you’ll need to clear the tube (pliers work well). Once you have a clear steerer tube, you’ll need to measure the height and select to appropriate M6 socket bolt. Then grab the tool housing and slide it into the steerer tube. Insert the selected M6 bolt through the bottom of the housing. Then insert the lower assembly through the bottom of the steerer tube and tighten the M6 bolt.Then simply insert the multi-tool at the top and you're good to go. It’s also a good idea to tighten stem bolts just in case.
Overall the Granite multi-tool is a relatively simple solution to a common problem. While you can always carry a multi-tool in your bag or pockets, this is such a handy thing to do especially if you are forgetful. A bit pricy at almost $80 but worth the investment if you are regularly running into trouble.