Syncros gives a complete vary of on-bike storage options for hydration and instruments for path facet repairs, and within the case of the iS Tailor Cage reviewed right here, each concurrently. This one caught our consideration due to its tremendous compact design, a spotlight function should you’re trying to mount your instruments and water to the entrance triangle of a bicycle the place area is at a premium.
The cage itself is ambidextrous, which means you’ll be able to mount it for simple entry on the correct or left hand facet. It features a bracket to mount a 16g CO2 canister, or a hand pump. And it homes a 19 operate multi-tool. The nice attraction is that, with all of these important objects residing in your bike, it’s unattainable to go using with out them. I mounted the Syncros iS Tailor Cage to my small Revel Rail this Spring time; right here is the way it fared.
Overview: Syncros iS Tailor Cage
Given the multi-tool lives on the Syncros iS Tailor Cage, it’s necessary to take it out and dry it off after each experience to forestall rust. Clearly, I uncared for to do that on various events, and the result’s shabby-looking, however nonetheless completely practical multi-tool. Earlier than we get into the element of the instrument’s features, let’s check out the flexibility of the cage itself.
The very first thing I famous was that the cage is fairly versatile. That helps you stuff the bottle into the cage once you’re in a rush, and it means the cage is much less more likely to snap in a crash. It holds an everyday water bottle securely, and I’m pleased to report no runaway bottles over the past 4 months of using.
It may be mounted in two potential methods; angled off to both facet to go well with the handedness of the rider. One other factor to think about when mounting the cage is clearance, with respect to the trajectory of the shock and any rotating hyperlinks because the rear wheel is pushed by way of the whole lot of its journey.
The CO2 bracket is designed to carry a 16g CO2 canister. For MTB, it will ideally maintain a 25g canister, to make sure correct inflation of excessive quantity 29″ tires. The 16g possibility was fantastic for my 27.5″ x 2.4″ WTB Choose. The inflator head is nice. It permits you to management the stream of CO2 into the tire, so that you don’t need to dump it abruptly. It additionally incorporates a sliding plastic cowl that protects the portion that attaches to the valve, protecting it away from dust.
The iS Tailor Cage, with CO2 canister mounted, does take up a good bit of area laterally. The canister juts out sideways, and I used to be initially involved that I’d catch it with my foot whereas pedaling or descending. There was no must be anxious; I haven’t knocked it even as soon as within the final 4 months of using. There may be just below one centimeter of area between the canister and the within face of my crank arm.
Nonetheless, I’d advocate you mount the CO2 bracket on the alternative facet to your entrance descending foot. In spite of everything, it’s normally solely whereas descending that we are inclined to get a bit out of form.
The multi-tool includes the next features:
- Hex 2/2.5/3/4/5/6/8
- Flat Head Screw Driver
- Torx T10/20/25/30
- Chain Software
- Disc pad wedge
- Spoke key 3.22/3.45/Mavic M7
- Chain hyperlink holder
- Tubeless valve core remover
The 8mm Hex is saved on the pin of the chain instrument. It’s a tiny standalone bit that may very well be very straightforward to lose should you’re in a rush, however a cautious proprietor will make certain it goes again into its rightful place. To make use of it, merely slip it onto the top of the 5mm Hex.
The multi-tool gives a safe mounting level for a quick-link, held in place by magnets recessed into the physique of the instrument.
I examined the instrument’s chain breaker operate on a 12-speed chain. I used to be in a position to drive the pin out of a hyperlink, but it surely wasn’t tremendous straightforward. The small measurement of the chain instrument means it gives little leverage. I pushed the instrument in opposition to the bottom as I turned the multi-tool, which appeared to work effectively.
The chain instrument portion threads off totally, leaving you with a brake pad spreader (once more, not a lot leverage), 14G and 15G and Mavic spoke instruments, and a valve core elimination instrument.
Total, I believed the standard of the multi-tool to be pretty good. During the last 4/5 months of use, I’ve solely needed to tighten the instrument meeting as soon as. It had loosened simply sufficient to trigger the instruments to rattle a short while using. Tightening them down with a 4mm Hex has them silent as soon as extra.
The composite that holds the meeting collectively is stiff and robust, and I used to be in a position to put numerous pressure by way of the instrument to tighten numerous bolts, together with among the body’s pivots bolts. That contrasts to the 10-function multi-tool of Syncros’ BC Matchbox Coupe Cage. That additionally has a composite body, but it surely’s fairly flimsy; I snapped it pretty early on, rendering the instrument virtually ineffective. This one held sturdy, and that i’m personally not too bothered in regards to the rust.
The CO2 mounting bracket comes fitted with inserts for the 16g CO2 canister. These may be popped out, making the clamp diameter a lot wider to suit a hand pump. Nonetheless, it doesn’t truly match the Syncros HV1.0 Hand Pump we have been despatched and moreover, it’s too lengthy to suit my body anyway. We predict the clamp is designed to suit one of many chunkier hand pumps, however we’re ready to listen to again on which one that’s.
Syncros iS Tailor Cage
- Holds instruments and CO2 canister securely and quietly
- Good worth for cash
- Wonderful means to make sure you have path facet restore instruments in any respect time
- Susceptible to rust
- Unfastened 8mm Hex may very well be simply misplaced
Priced at £59.99, the Syncros iS Tailor Cage may very well be thought of a really, very costly water bottle cage. Nonetheless, when you think about it comes with a good high quality 19 operate multitool, a 16g CO2 canister, inflator head and mounting bracket, I reckon it’s fairly good worth on the entire. Particularly when you think about its versatility, and total usability.
I’ll proceed to make use of the iS Tailor Cage on my private bike, and am pleased sufficient to advocate it to others.