Everyone has their preferred method of carrying the essentials with them when out on the trail. Some are more elaborate than others, some riders carry an entire toolbox just in case, and some don't carry anything at all (we're looking right at you out there). However, if you just need the basics, the Backcountry Research frame straps are the way to go. Fellow rider, Alvin Nieves-Rosario just recently purchased one and gave us his thoughts below. Check it out!
One important thing in mountain biking is being able to carry some parts and tools for the ride in case the unexpected occurs. While most of us may skimp of this because “it won't happen to me” or “someone will bail me out”, being self-sufficient always makes the day better. The parts and tools to carry may vary per person, but then the question turns to “how do I carry them?” Some prefer to carry in a backpack, while others engineer ways to get the parts on the bike to lighten the load on their back.
This Backcountry Research Mutherload Frame Mount Strap is a great addition for anyone that prefers to carry their tools and parts on the frame in a compact design. One thing that surprised me was the amount of stuff I got packed into this. For my preference, I got a spare 29” tube, two CO2 cartridges, one Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers and a Crankbrothers M19 multitool. Because of the limited options on my Orbea Rallon, I went on top of the bag that comes with it. The bag has some spare parts that I will use only in a real emergency, so this configuration works well for me.
Now on to the most important question: is it able to hold everything while shredding? Absolutely! I went on a two day trip to Bentonville, AR and went through everything I can ride: jumps, rock gardens, roots, fast sections and drops, and all my parts were still in there without a problem. The only time I had to use anything from the frame strap was to access my multitool and I just twisted everything to the side and pulled my tool out. After I was done I just placed everything back in place and kept riding. Considering that this is for an enduro bike, I would say that it passed the test.
I definitely recommend this Backcountry Research Mutherload Frame Mount Strap. For the price, I don't think there is a better frame strap out there that can hold so many parts and do it in a neat way to keep the riding at a maximum. I may consider getting a second strap if going for more carrying.
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