2017 Pinkbike Awards - Gear Accessory of the Year Nominees

Dec 5, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  
PB Awards


Best Gear Accessory Nominees


While the pricey suspension bits and carbon enduro bikes get the lion's share of oohs and ahhs, this year's three Best Gear Accessory nominees are truly clever little gizmos. And that's exactly what it takes to be nominated: while not required for a ride, the product must be useful enough to have around or enhance the experience in some way. These three nominees check those boxes.

First up is the Quarq ShockWiz. Never heard of Quarq? Think of them as SRAM's personal RadioShack, although the ShockWiz was the creation of a guy named Nigel Wade and his tuning company, Dusty Dynamics. This little thing monitors the air pressure inside of your air-sprung fork or shock as it extends and compresses in order to keep track of things like sag, number of deep compressions, rebound speed, and even how long you were in the air for over a jump. The future is now, it seems.

Less computer-y but much handier when you have a flat is the Dynaplug Air tool that uses a CO2 canister combined with their tire plug delivery system to both seal the puncture and instantly inflate your tire. Talk about easy; at this rate, we'll soon have bikes that pedal for us! There's no 'Stuffing As Many Tools Into Your Steerer Tube As Possible' award, but OneUp would surely win that one with their clever EDC tool that pretty much does exactly that. They might also win the Best Gear Accessory award to boot.

So, what's it going to be; the suspension computer, the stabbing tire tool, or the concealed carry tool?








Why it's nominated:

Here's one for the nerds out there. The pint-sized ShockWiz is a way to keep track of your suspension's behavior over the course of a ride. It does this by constantly measuring a fork or shock's air pressure as it compresses and rebounds, and then uses that data to come up with metrics for sag, number of deep compressions, rebound speed, and more.

The $399 USD unit is both waterproof and dustproof, and it's powered by a common CR2032 battery that you can find at a corner store. In addition to monitoring the changing air pressure, it even has an accelerometer that can tell you the average amount of time spent in the air per jump. Because knowledge is power!

From the review:
bigquotesAs it is, ShockWiz is sort of like a game for bike nerds, with the end goal of achieving a perfect score, that elusive 100%. Is it an absolute necessity? Of course not – the ShockWiz is simply one tool that can help take some of the mystery out of suspension setup. In particular, I can see it as being useful for bike shops working with customers to dial in their ride; the customer can go out with the device attached, come back, and the shop employee can take a look at the data gathered and see what steps might be worth taking. The same goes for coaches, or avid consumers keen to keep a close eye on their suspension's behavior. Mike Kazimer







Why it's nominated:

The $74.99 USD Dynaplug Air is just the ticket for riders who're in a hurry. Not racing? Then the comparatively tortoise-like standard puncture repair routine will do you just fine, but if the clock is the enemy, you might want to consider the ability to both seal the hole and inflate your tire all in one quick stabbing motion. Here's how it works: the business end of the straw-sized steel tube is what the plug is inserted into, and behind that is a CO2 cartridge that's threaded into the anodized aluminum body. When you hear that dreaded 'psssssssss' sound, all you need to do is your best Norman Bates impression and jab the business end of the tool into the wound before turning the CO2 cartridge to release the pressure. When you do that, the air escapes from two small vents on the side of the steel tube while the plug seals the hole; boom, your tire is both plugged and inflated.

Our test unit plugged a handful of differently sized stab wounds quickly and flawlessly, which makes it ideal for those racing cross-country, enduro, or any other timed event where losing only a handful of seconds doesn't necessarily mean the day is over.

From the review:
bigquotesThe price of the Dynaplug Air is a little steep, but keep in mind that it's made in the USA, and the lack of moving parts means it should last for years, assuming your riding buddies don't get jealous and steal it when you're not looking. It's definitely a specialty item, but it makes a lot of sense for riders looking for a simple, lightweight tool that can fix a puncture and get you back on the trail as quickly as possible. Mike Kazimer







Why it's nominated:

In my review, I needed roughly six million words to describe OneUp's $59.00 USD tool system and how it performed simply because there's so much to it. OneUp has managed to stuff 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm hex keys, T25 Torx key, quick link tool, EDC top cap tool, and a flat head driver onto the tool itself, while a separate chain breaker is mounted onto a tire lever that doubles as the latch to hold the tool onto the carrier. Oh, and it's also home to four different spoke keys and a spare chain ring bolt. All that goes into the handle of OneUp's 100cc mini-pump or down your steerer tube, and if you choose the latter option you can thread either a small and very hidden stash container or CO2 cartridge onto the bottom of it. For real.

That's a whole lot of stuff squeezed into a pretty small piece of real estate, but it's executed in a way so as not to feel clumsy and overdone, especially because the multi-tool and chain breaker/tire lever are two separate items.

From the review:
bigquotesI've often poked fun at a lot of these carry solutions, and I get immense amounts of joy when pointing out my very un-cool yet very functional seat bag, but I have to admit that OneUp has created something pretty cool with their EDC Tool System. Sure, I still need my dorky seat bag to carry my tube, but my go-to tool is now the one stashed inside of my bike's mini-pump. Mike Levy




I can think of good reasons for owning each of the three nominees but, as the adage goes, there can only be one winner. And what it should come down to is how useful the item is to a rider, and what it can add to the ride. - Mike Levy







88 Comments

  • + 54
 why can't shockwiz be $200 or even $100
  • + 57
 considering a co2 inflater with a stabby bit and some purple ano is $75 it doesn't seem out of line haha

give it couple years?
  • + 4
 because it's the only product currently like it. sussmybike missed their production timeline and have had some setbacks but look to be ready early next year for ~$250 US. their product also works on coil suspension.
  • + 1
 it's the same crap for guitar amps...Tubes for an amp are like $50-75 each and then Orange amps has the gall to come out with a "tube tester" that's $500. price just doesn't seem to fit the actual need.
www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/VT1000?rkg_attid=1001801565&SID=0&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIn4rf6tvz1wIVl0wNCh1TNgZ3EAAYASAAEgLcu_D_BwE
  • - 27
flag Tr011 (Dec 5, 2017 at 12:36) (Below Threshold)
 Because its not made for people like you, if your spending $5000+ on a bike then a shock wiz is a great tool to have. If your some internet shopping joey you probably dont need it
  • + 11
 Or you can go to a smart bike shop which will lend you one for a fraction of the price...
  • + 12
 @Tr011: so your sayin that I’m not a dentist
  • + 4
 For sure, the shockwiz is expensive. But if you go in on it with a bunch of friends, it's pretty reasonable especially if you each have a bunch of bikes you want to dial in.
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: One of the few times I am agreeing with Waki. Here. Two local bike shops in the Denver area are renting the Shockwiz systems out.
  • + 3
 Well the good news is the CR2032 batteries that it runs on can be had from DealExtreme for about $2 for a 5-pack, so over the next 25-30 years you'll make it back...
  • + 5
 @thedriftisreal: @Tr011: *You’re

*(you are) both idiots.
  • + 2
 How often do you actually need this? Get together with a group of riding buddies and buy it together. I mean, you problably won't be using it more than a couple of rides a season. After that you should have a clue how to best set up your bike for different scenarios.

Or, check if your LBS has one, and ask if you can rent one. The shop I work in has one, that all the shop guys can borrow, and all customers can rent for a weekend. (Just like travel bike bags) Typical stuff you use once in a while, but not every ride.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Yeah totally, some shops are already proposing this. To me, everyday riders who just set and forget their suspension shouldn't buy it. You rent two of those once or twice a year for a couple of days and your suspension is dialled. In France, rental for a shockwiz is 20€ for 3 days.
  • + 1
 Cuz' they would make less money..got one for 260 pounds..so a bit cheaper..doesn't have to be new..
  • + 1
 Shockwiz - why? Experiment and set the suspension with the seat of your pants. Dynaplug. Great, but what a rip off. The Oneup has to win - its cheap in comparison and has all the tools you need. Winner!
  • + 17
 I run the EDC, but have it nested in the pump. I find that to be wayyy better than messing with topcap. I got an extra pump mounts, so when I switch bikes I only have to move one thing over.
  • + 7
 Same, I prefer it inside the 100cc pump.
  • + 2
 I'm curious as to why anyone would have the EDC tool in the steerer tube as opposed to just storing it inside the pump. I don't have one but from what I understand you need to buy both the tool and the pump if you want to be able to fix a flat, and therefore, given that you need to have the pump on you anyways, why would you want to have it in the steerer tube? Sounds like additional complexity for no reason, unless I am missing something.
  • + 9
 @bull-dozer: I like the concept of the EDC tool in the pump (much better than the steertube, like i'd actually consider using it that way)
...BUT I'm so sold on flexy-hose pumps that I'm never buying another "you must hold this at 90deg from valve or ruin everything" kinda pump again. Lezyne or other flexy hose for me.
  • + 5
 @bull-dozer: Because you don't need the pump if you have a CO2 cartridge.

Personally, I hate the look of having a pump strapped or clipped to my frame. It ruins the lines of a bike and is a pain to clean because mud sticks in every crack and crevice. If it is inside my steerer tube this is a non-issue.

I don't like the disposable nature of CO2 cartridges but I rare flat anymore with a good tubeless setup so really not a big deal.
  • + 7
 @bull-dozer: because it's pimp when it pops up.
  • - 2
 @bogey: "Because you don't need the pump if you have a CO2 cartridge."... I dont think thats entirely accurate, because the CO2 head is part of the pump, not part of the tool. Obviously you can buy a separate CO2 pump and just stick it in your pocket though.
  • + 4
 @bull-dozer: Because it’s out of the mud. I carry my pump in a pack with tools and a tube and spares. Under the saddle gets muddy. Pump on the down tube gets sprayed with crud. I had an incident with my Lezyne pump. The valve end had gotten corroded unbeknownst to me and I limped home with about 4 psi. While I should have been more attentive on done some maintenance to the pump, carrying stuff in a clean and dry place just works better
  • + 1
 @bull-dozer: I don’t need a pump if I have a co2 cartridge - true story. I need to carry a tube anyways so I wrap an extra cartridge, tire lever and co2 head in the tube. Bingo!
  • + 1
 @bull-dozer: I have the EDC in the steerer and the dynaplug fits in the holder below it - perfect
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: I placed a Tubeless Tire Repair Kit www.genuineinnovations.com/es/products/tools-accessories/tubeless-repair-kit.php inside the EDC steer tool with a patch kit, that repair kit is incredible small. As well I carry an spare tube, a pair of Lezyne 25gr CO2 cartridges, and a pair of Lezyne alloy tire levers all attached in my top tube. I have the EDC 70cc Pump but just carry it when is a longer ride than 20k also I add an extra tube in a Race Face stash shirt and an extra water bottle. If the ride get longer than 30k, I prefer a back pack.
  • + 1
 @bull-dozer: I have the steerer-tube version; I already had a pump I really like bolted to my frame. I also kind of hate star nuts, so I was glad to get rid of that, but that's just me. If I was starting from scratch I think? I'd probably get the pump, but either way I like it.
  • + 14
 I hacked my EDC to include a threaded dynaplug (ready to go) under the cap. What do i get for having two nominees built into one?
  • + 3
 @monts: details please? Curious on how you made that work.
  • + 3
 @dah96004: It just threads on in place of the stash container.
  • + 4
 @dah96004: Used a 10-24NC [#25] tap on the inside of a CO2 cartridge head, cut the head off, threaded the dynaplug inside it and then it goes in the EDC where you would normally hold a CO2. Your giving up the CO2 threads to carry the Dynaplug, but I use the 100cc pump so I don't really need the CO2.
  • + 2
 @mikelevy: Mike, I think Dynaplug was working on making one that threads in but I haven't found it yet. Is that what you mean? Is it available?
  • + 10
 EDC - whether its in a pump or in the steerer tube the main thing is that unlike the swat stuff the tool and chain links etc are kept out of the elements. No muc etc.... Also the tool is good - really good, I built my kids bike up with it for practice. You would not believe now many people never use their gear before stuff hits the fan! Its a great little tool! I never get flats in the dirt of central BC and do not want to mortgage my house to know my shock tune so I vote EDC. 3 great choices regardless. Also regarding Cannondale - they have to put a tool in a lefty - because you are always fixing them!
  • + 2
 Sahmurai Sword in ends of the handlebars great bit of kit.

sahmurai.com
  • + 11
 Calling it: EDC wins because it's the only thing normal people buy.
  • + 6
 You should try Dynaplug(s) then. Makes for a clean tubeless tyre puncture repair, instead of putting a tube in and getting covered in sealant by the side of a mud pool. Which is a very unpleasant experience, even with Peaty's load. And that tube can get punctured...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Didn't say it's a bad product; I think they're very cool. At $75 though a lot of people won't buy them. Personally? I want a Dynaplug and have no interest in the EDC (also a very cool product) but the EDC makes a bigger difference to a bigger number of riders.
  • + 1
 double post
  • + 6
 If One Up Components could make a version of their tool that could fit a Dynaplug... anyways, I hope One Up wins. Love these products. They could have been "yet another company making narrow wide chainrings and cassette expanders" but they are pushing it. I am an official fanboi.

Dynaplug is super cool too. Have to get the thumb out of my bum and finally order their tubeless repair kit
  • + 2
 Dynaplug has been the best investment ive made in a while.I have used it like 10 times since I got it on buddies bikes and once on mine.Its so quick and easy.Under 60 seconds and I'm back riding.
  • + 8
 Great choices! Cheers to OneUp on the clever EDC. I have one installed and love not having to worry anymore about which pack my multi-tool is in.
  • + 3
 I used a normal non-CO2 Dynaplug at the top of the Downieville Classic trail. Plugged the tire, topped it off with a hand pump and rode the entire trail with no air loss. Just the normal Dynaplug kit is a great product and made in USA. The Dynaplug pill kit is a must carry for me on all rides. Also, a Dynaplug was used to fix a flat on Sam Hill's bike during the last EWS race of the season.
  • + 3
 Given Radio Shack's less than glorious demise, I'm thinking calling Quarq "SRAM's personal RadioShack" is either a bit of a backhanded compliment, or just delightfully retro/old-school...
  • + 7
 EDC Cause 007
  • + 0
 @Chickenwithshovel: Ya but Q wouldn’t ride with one. And M would use it for something else.
  • + 1
 Shockwiz: most innovative bringing suspension nerdery to the masses (and helping Joey set up his squish)
Want: Yes
Usefulness: if you nerd, suck at setting sag, or like gadgets only

Dynaplug: neat race/timecrunch Inflator
Want: Yes
Usefulness: racing, getting home before it's dark

EDC: thread your steertube and stuff tools in there because even enduro hip chaos pouches aren't cool anymore
Want: No. I don't want that much stuff in my steer tube. Or to cut thread into it. Or to have to stuff everything back in there every time I have to use it. Neat tho
Usefulness: If you REALLY hate carrying anything on your body and can't strap shit anywhere else on your bike.

It's so silly but I'd give it to Shockwiz for actually providing something new to the public; dynaplug probably more useful but I think shockwiz has more potential to add to the ride for many ppl.
  • - 1
 +
If you ask me, this category is filled with entirely unnecessary QOL products. Nobody NEEDS a dynaplug, but it's topping my Christmas list this year. Given this, I'm surprised the Oneup is the go-to integrated tool, I'd much prefer the simplicity of the one Sam Hill uses, or even the Specialized SWAT bottle cage/tool. Oneup needing a tapped steerer negates it's benefits and ease of use in my eyes.
  • + 3
 I REALLY hate carrying anything on my body, so I got SWAT and its awesome, but if i didn't I would get the EDC. I'm also getting the Dylaplug for Christmas btw
  • + 4
 The only downside to the EDC is how much I use it in the trailside scenario: 'does anyone have a multitool?'
  • + 4
 My EDC...sig and benchmade!
  • + 4
 Didn't cannondale make a tool that stashed in the steerer?
  • + 5
 Yup, the Head Wrench. It gets the credit it deserves in the EDC tool review: www.pinkbike.com/news/oneup-edc-tool-system-review.html
  • + 2
 @mikelevy: What's the name of the other tool kit that allows you stash it in your steerer tube without having to thread it? I just saw it at my lbs and can't remember the name. The google isn't helping me either.
  • + 2
 @pdxkid: Specialized also has a nice unit that goes in the steerer tube, but I think it has fewer tools on it.
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: They have a chain breaker and a spare link in the head tube, the rest of the tools are attached to the bottle cage.
  • - 1
 @mikelevy: yeah a lefty worst bike parts ever ugly af and stupid
  • + 6
 @ybsurf: Eesh, so aggressive. Tell me how the Lefty hurt you, please.
  • + 2
 @mikelevy: haha yeah a bit much I'd say but it's just so ugly and just doesn't make sense to me one oversize one sided fork when fox rockshox suntour Manitou evo bos and more make awesome good fork that's all.
  • + 3
 @ybsurf: Fair enough. I'm a big fan of the Lefty's chassis but it's always been let down by its internals. There's some very sound thinking behind the one-sided, square stanchion design.
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: I'm sure their is some advantages my friend love it and I always bug him with it but I'm shallow and for me biking is all about how I and my bike looks Smile
  • + 1
 Dynaplug gets my vote. One mile into a recent solo ride and it would've been done if it wasn't for my Dynaplug. I was able finish the ride, this is priceless.
  • + 2
 That stabber is a thing of beauty, probably because it looks like Pyongyang's latest firework.
  • + 1
 Dynaplug air looks great, except my Schwalbe Magic Mary 26x2.6 on a Stans Notubes Flow MKIII needs a car tyre compressor to inflate.
  • + 3
 OneUp and Dynaplug in handlebar end, loose the tube
  • + 1
 Thumbs down for the shock wiz, there are so many places money is spent much better. Like a park pass or shuttle fuel.
  • + 4
 and who needs proper suspension setup when all you're doing is going down?
  • + 1
 You can get your shock custom valved for $400.
  • + 1
 @dthomp325: does that custom valving for $400 include front and rear? does it also tell you whether to increase rebound? how about air pressure? HSC?

have you actually used shock wiz?
  • + 1
 @biker245: I've never scene someone buy a high end bike and not know how to set there suspension.... ever... Shock wiz is a product for people with money buying way to much bike IMO. Don't know how to set it up, than why the f*ck are you buying it.
  • + 1
 @biker245:

> does that custom valving for $400 include front and rear?
You can typically get custom valving for around $250 for a shock or fork.

> does it also tell you whether to increase rebound? how about air pressure? HSC?
Yes, that's the literally the entire point of a custom tune. They customize the rebound, compression, and airspring for you and run the shock on an actual dyno to validate.

> have you actually used shock wiz?
Nope, but I doubt it can tune your shim stack.
  • + 2
 Top three Christmas stocking stuffer items for the dentist in your family
  • + 3
 from* the dentist in your family
  • + 1
 Shock Wiz for sure! awesome toy!
  • + 2
 Edc hands down.
  • + 1
 When was the Luftkappe released?
  • + 2
 One up for sure!!!
  • + 0
 the shockwiz. turning middle aged mountain bikers with disposable income into so-called suspension experts.
  • + 1
 Quarq ShockWiz
  • + 0
 Whats wrong with using a normal CO2 adapter?
  • + 4
 you arent plugging the hole as well.
  • + 5
 "Not racing? Then the comparatively tortoise-like standard puncture repair routine will do you just fine, but if the clock is the enemy, you might want to consider the ability to both seal the hole and inflate your tire all in one quick stabbing motion."
  • + 31
 There's no time to explain!
  • + 1
 @lbsteinm: it’s top secret
  • + 3
 @brianpark: From the races I've seen, a flat tyre is the end of your hopes for a good finish position. So it really doesn't matter if you gain couple of seconds inflating your tire.
  • + 2
 @Archimonde: True. And if you don't care about a few seconds then the Genuine Innovations Tubeless Plug Kit works great for about $6. I've used it 3 times since getting it earlier this year and all 3 plugs are still holding fine.

www.amazon.com/Genuine-Innovations-Tubeless-Plug-Patch/dp/B00B139BA0

You can buy extra bacon strips too.
  • - 1
 I love it! Another title could have been:

"Three Items That Never Worked For Me On The Trail"

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