Granite Design adds a new Stash hidden bar end chain tool to their line-up of clever mountain bike gadget, and we play with their Juicy Nipples – the simple valve cap that you will actually want to use. Plus, sister component brand Funn has a reissue of their Funndamental pedals with a wide platform, tons of grip & decent price.
Granite Stash hidden, bar-end chain tool
Stashing tools on your bike is all the rage these days. Why carry gear on your back, when it can be on the bike ready anytime. You don’t find a chain tool on every mini multi-tool these days, so the Granite Stash makes sure you don’t get stranded in the woods when your chain does snap.
The $25 Stash is a simple 7075 alloy chain tool that slides up to 10cm deep inside a 18-21mm end of your handlebar and tightens in place with a simple rubber expander. It comes with endcaps to work with standard or locking grips. Designed to fit your bar, it can fit inside many hollow axle MTB cranks as well to get its 52g weight lower on your bike.
The anodized alloy Stash includes a couple of holes and a rubber O-ring to stash an extra quick link, and features a handle that you thread out to get leverage, and is used together with a compact multi-tool. Yes, you need a separate 3mm hex to install or remove it to repair your chain, plus a 4mm to break the chain. The new tool should be up on Granite’s website in the coming weeks, with availability by the end of April.
Granite Juicy Nipple valve core wrench caps
We actually got a first look at Granite’s latest valve caps back last November, but now we’ve had more of a chance to play with their Juicy Nipples. While I would always toss the plastic caps that came on tubes, with a tubeless setup I’m more likely to try to keep the valves protected. And what better way than adding a small $9 splash of color, and with actual functionality.
Sure, if you have a tubeless setup, you probably got some free plastic valve core tools along the way. But with a 2.5g pair of Juicy Nipples you won’t ever have to dig through your pack to find them, or suffer rounding off those cheap plastic tools when your sticky sealant-encrusted valves are stuck. This neat little machined alloy valve nut comes to the rescue, and can add a splash of ano color to your wheels too.
Funn Funndamental platform pedals
These Funndamental pedals are something of an update to an old machined alloy platform pedal Funn used to make. The new pedals were updated to deliver quality performance and tons of grip in an affordable package.
Instead of just using a single length & size of traction pin for grip, on each side the Funndamental gets 4 larger blunt pins in the middle of the body, then 7 more tall, thin pins along the front & back edges to offer more customized grip.
Across the middle, Funn machined the 6061 alloy body down over the axle for a bit of a concave shape. The $90 Funndamental pedals use a chromoly axle, and spin on an inner bushing & outer cartridge bearing. They use Funn’s Grease Renew System which makes it easy to keep them spinning smooth by regularly squeezing grease into the small port over the axle with a standard grease gun.
The Funndamentals have a upper platform 103mm deep x 106mm wide (112mm deep overall) and are 16.5mm thick at the axle. At 416g for the pair, the pedals hit a respectable weight and come in a six different anodized color options (to match your Juicy Nipples?)