There are a lot of different ways to carry a multi-tool, but being able to jump on your bike and not have to worry about it? Now that is ideal. Obviously, the Granite Design STASH tool is not the first option out there steerer tube related tool storage, it offers a simple solution for a fairly affordable price.
While the concept of steerer tube tool storage goes back at least to the days of the Cannondale Headwrench, lately there have been a number of newer versions from companies like OneUp and Specialized. The new Granite Design STASH is closest in design to that Specialized SWAT Conceal Carry MTB tool as it doesn’t require threading the steerer tube or the use of a special stem like the OneUp EDC Tool – though it also doesn’t offer as many tools and features of the EDC.
Like the old Headlock systems, the STASH tool uses a long bolt and an upper and lower plug that pulls the headset together instead of using a star-fangled nut. The bolt goes through the upper plug and slots in at the bottom, which leaves the top of the plug open for storing the STASH multi-tool. Compatible with both 1 1/8″ straight and 1 1/8″ to 1 1/2″ tapered steerer tubes, the STASH tool comes with multiple bolts to work with steerer tubes from 150 – 240mm in length. Once the tool ‘carrier’ is in place, it never needs to be removed or adjusted to use the tool.
When not in use, the multi-tool sits flush with the carrier and it has a cap that holds the tool together and acts as a handle to remove the tool from the steerer.
The multi-tool itself breaks down into two pieces, one with a 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm allen key plus a T25 torx and flat head screw driver. The other piece includes four spoke wrench options and a valve core tool.
The Specialized SWAT Conceal Carry MTB tool includes a chain tool and quick link holder, but it also requires complete removal from the steerer tube in order to use those features. Since Granite Gear already offers their STASH chain tool for the handlebar, the STASH Multi-tool leaves chain tool duties to it. Combine the Multi-tool with both the STASH Chain Tool and STASH Tire Plug on the other side of the bar, and you have a complete hidden tool kit minus the pump.
Claimed weight for the entire system is listed at 145g, with the tool coming in at 57g. Offered in orange and black, the tool will retail for $54.99 and is available for purchase through BTI stocking dealers, or direct through Amazon.