Words by: Reamonn Ryan
OneUp Components did what they do best and one-up'd the game with a more affordable and easier to install EDC Top Cap. The all-new EDC Lite Top Cap is constructed of a composite body that can be color matched to OneUp’s existing lineup of pedals, grips, chain guides and handlebar decals. The new EDC Lite will also work with your existing starnut, all you need to do is drive it down a little farther down your steerer tube to make room for the EDC Lite and you don’t have to worry about threading your steerer and potentially messing up your fork. Within 5 minutes of unboxing, you can have this installed and ready to ride.
The EDC Lite Top Cap allows you to carry a multi-tool with only the essential tools needed to fix most bikes. This can help you tremendously if something goes wrong and you are miles from civilization! The Multi-tool will feature 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm Hex, a T25 Torx head, and a Flat-Head Screwdriver.
The color options alone will catch the attention of many as riders will also have the option to customize and color match their bikes. There will initially be 6 color options (Black, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Turquoise) so finding the right fit for your bike shouldn’t be hard.
Includes: composite cap, multi-tool
Color options: (Black, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Turquoise)
Tools Included: 2,2.5,3,4,5,6, and 8mm Hex Wrenches, T25 Torx, Flat-Head Screwdriver
Hiding tools in the steerer tube certainly isn’t a new idea, however, in recent years we have scene more and more companies like OneUp utilizing every open space they can on the bike to house tools and other items. This makes it easier to ride without a pack or random items strapped to your bike, without having to worry about being stranded out in the wilderness. You never know when you are going to have something go wrong so prepping for the worst is always a good idea.
As mentioned above, installation realistically only takes around 5 minutes. There is no cutting or taping involved, really all you need is a hammer (inserting whining bike mechanic noises), a 4mm and 5mm Hex Wrench, and a tasty beverage of your choice to stay hydrated of course…
Install is as simple as removing your existing top cap bolt, screwing in the provided Setter Bolt a full 10-turns (DO NOT BOTTOM IT OUT) and hammering down, while keeping it straight, until it sits flush with your existing top cap. From here you will remove the Setter Bolt and top cap plate and slide in the composite EDC Lite Cap. It should slide right in… Then, just insert your EDC Lite bolt and tighten it down to 2Nm with a 4mm Hex Wrench
“What more do I have to say? Providing the general public with an extremely affordable tool and top cap is cool enough but going the extra step to make installation easier for everyone and providing multiple color options so riders can bling out their rides without breaking the bank is an incredible thing for a company to do right now. Times are tough and with more and more people hitting the trails of all skill levels, I think it’s important to have offerings like the EDC that can help riders be prepared for the worst. There is nothing worse than having to hike your bike out of 10-miles of wilderness or waiting for another rider to come by and hopefully have a tool to safe the day.” - Reamonn
This article was written / authored by Reamonn Ryan. Reamonn has worked in the bicycle industry for 6 years now and currently runs our Instagram account along with testing products, editing video content, and writing blogs like this one you just read. Reamonn was a die hard BMX kid for over 10 years and once he started at Worldwide Cyclery made the switch to mountain bikes where he can send stuff better than most guys at the shop. If you like any of our Instagram posts or have gotten any responses from your DM's it was most likely from Reamonn, so give him a thanks. As with all of our employees, Reamonn is a key part of making Worldwide Cyclery the "Best Damn Bike Shop in the World".