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Turns out, some people don’t want to carve threads into the steerer tube of their $1,000 forks. But when OneUp introduced EDC, that was exactly what they were asking us to do. The special hollow “bolt” that matched those threads made it possible to remove the star nut and leave room for OneUp’s in-frame tool and accessory system. And it is absolutely fine. I spoke with Fox and RockShox at the time and, although they weren’t ready to go on the record and say that they endorsed tapping your steerer tube, no fork brand came out and said plainly that you’d be voiding your warranty or endangering your life. And you can fit quite a lot in there.
But it’s a little intimidating. It requires a special tool to do the tapping, and another special tool (integrated in the EDC multitool) to adjust your headset bearing preload. That’s part of why OneUp released the EDC Lite tool. You don’t need to tap your fork, you can keep your star nut, and you have a little compartment for the modest folding tool of the EDC ecosystem. It’s a non-spring-loaded version of the Specialized SWAT tool. But it’s not the full EDC experience. There’s no tire lever, no chain tool, no spoke wrenches, and no option to piggy back a plug kit, master link pliers or spare CO2 cartridge like there is with the original full-commitment EDC kit.
That’s why, today, OneUp is launching the Threadless Carrier. Similar to the Bontrager Bits and above mentioned Specialized SWAT, this is a device that, replacing the star nut, extends from the base of the crown, through the steerer tube and up to the top cap. Inside is plenty of room to fit the slightly slimmer, slightly nicer EDC V2 assembly. That means more than just the folding tool. The Threadless Carrier isn’t bottomless, so there isn’t room to thread in a spare CO2 cartridge or large storage compartment, but there is room for a covered tire plug kit, and of course a tire lever, chain tool and spoke wrenches.
The Threadless Carrier is sold on its own for $40. That’s on top of the $60 EDC V2 tool and, if you choose, the $35 plug and master-link pliers kit. Of course, going with the classic threaded approach forgoes the $40 carrier for a $25 top cap. And that option will work in Fox 38 forks with ovalized steerer tubes, which won’t work with the Threadless Carrier.
But of course, it means you’ll have to thread your steerer tube.
Find it at oneupcomponents.com/edc