Fizik Launches the Alpaca Tool Carrier to Quickly Store Tools Under Your Saddle

Nov 16, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

Fizik has released a new discreet tool storage solution that mounts onto the underside of their Terra and Gravity MTB Alpaca saddles.

The handily named Alpaca Tool Carrier fits onto Fizik's Terra and Gravity MTB Alpaca saddles using a single bolt at the rear and comes with a small twelve tool multi-tool and space for two CO2 cartridges. Also, the design of the storage device means you can still utilise the full length of your dropper post and it won't get in the way of the battery if you are running an AXS Reverb dropper.

The mini multi-tool contains 2-8mm hex keys, both a T10 and T25 Torx Phillips and flathead screwdrivers and an adaptor to use CO2 cartridges. Fizik also claims there is some extra stash space for some zip ties and a couple of other smaller items that you might need while out for a ride.




The Alpaca Tool Carrier will cost $40 and you can find out more here.


110 Comments

  • 95 20
 Pockets. Someone should invent pockets.
  • 169 1
 I might be in the minority, but I really hate the feeling of stuff in my pockets riding, plus the prospect of crashing on my outer thigh with a hard metal object in my pocket seems super painful!
  • 8 1
 @N-60: Great point. I will say, my phone has saved my leg from some pretty nasty spills on occasion
  • 9 0
 @Buffsfan3493: Wasn't there a guy who got serious burns from his damaged phone in a crash?
  • 8 1
 @Buffsfan3493: I'd rather bruise my leg. It will heal eventually, not a big deal. However the phone.... it is a pretty decent penny down the drain.
  • 4 0
 What has he got in his pockets...
  • 3 0
 @Buffsfan3493: try an impact short like Leatt 4.0. Comes with a comfortable chamois and decent padding to take the edge off most falls. Sure beats smashing your phone and at only 1/6th to 1/10th the cost.
  • 1 0
 @mfoga: Oof, I hadn't heard that but i guess i should preface by saying that i have a pretty burly case on my phone.
  • 2 0
 @MattyBoyR6: I'll check it out! Cheers for the recommendation!
  • 5 0
 @MattyBoyR6: not a bad shout. I’ve smashed so many phones over the years it’s ridiculous. Fortunately my old company provided the same phone, so I’d swap the screens across and they’d repair my work phone.

And before anyone calls me immoral, I worked for a large bank. A bit of a Robin Hood move imo /s
  • 3 0
 @N-60: that's because it is super painful.

no stretch in the world makes having things in your pocket feel alright while riding.
  • 1 0
 No Chain Tool! So convenient, yet missing a key component...
  • 63 0
 Tire Buzz to C02 Turbo Boost!
  • 19 0
 I'm gonna upgrade my CO2 to N2O and really get moving.
  • 7 0
 @akoukov: As long as you're upgrading you may as well get C10H16N5O13P3. Quite a kick.
  • 3 0
 @akoukov: danger to manifold!!
  • 1 0
 Not sure which direction your wheels roll north of the 49th...
  • 3 0
 The Slow and the Disgruntled.
  • 35 3
 if only someone came up with something we could attach to the rails of the saddle to keep stuff inside, like a bag with a zipper or something... Nah, that's too simple, it'll never work.
  • 7 5
 most of those won't work with a dropper post.
  • 11 1
 @hardtailRockhopper: That's not really true, there are lots of options that work fine with a dropper.
  • 8 1
 @landscapeben: there's people who can't manage to make them work together
youtu.be/qM4zMofsI7w
  • 12 1
 Imagine a bag that would rest upon ones back. It could be almost infinite in storage compared to taping crap to your frame. No. Don't listen to me either. Thats crazy talk, it'll never work.
  • 3 1
 @iiman: Yep that looks about right Beer
  • 1 0
 @hardtailRockhopper: This one clears mine just fine. And super light. www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WDCYNH1
  • 1 1
 @landscapeben: I was wondering about this as well, I've heard that it can accelerate play developing in the dropper but have yet to confirm or deny
  • 3 1
 @SpencerS: So like backpacking then? Sounds horrible!
  • 3 0
 @landscapeben: Bags work fine for hardtails, but they hit your wheel under compression with a lot of fs 29er + long travel dropper setups.
  • 1 2
 @hardtailRockhopper: Not an issue on my bike. Even with 29" tires.... although..... it IS a hardtail......
  • 1 0
 www.bike24.com/p2472.html

I have this bag. It's very small, cheap, light and works with a dropper post. It's just enough space for my tools. Beside you get tube for a road bike, but I just gave it to my friend.
  • 1 0
 Frame bag anyone? If you attach it low down in the frame it helps keep the C.O.G down. Protected from the mud and fits everything you need for a 2-3 hour ride. I even stash a 500ml water bottle in mine.
  • 1 0
 www.decathlon.co.uk/p/100-cycling-saddle-bag-0-5l/_/R-p-119977

I use this, £6, fits inner tube and levers, multitool, quick link, hanger, spare cable, a few coils of duct tape, zip ties and I could sneak in a bit more if I wanted. Sometimes I put it under the downtube too, near the BB.
Watever else, the pockets in my pants and I'm good for whatever ride that doesn't require extra layers or food other than snacks.
  • 2 0
 @hardtailRockhopper:

I've ran two different saddle bags on two different dropper posts.

Non-issue
  • 2 0
 @Chuckolicious: looks like a good option, thank you.
  • 2 0
 @Buffsfan3493: I doubt it. Your body weighs so much more than a saddle bag ever could.
  • 1 0
 @landscapeben: not on a full suspension bike! lol. go ahead......ask how I know...
  • 1 0
 @conoat: I run one on my full sus with a dropper without any issues and it's the second I've had that works... All depends on variables I guess, so it's not an issue on my Nukeproof but I can see it being an issue on your Mondraker as it seems you have far less clearance when that wheel moves up and your dropper is down. Intrigued though... What's your story?
  • 2 0
 @landscapeben: I've seen so many people get saddle bags ripped off it's not even funny. I did it with the super tidy Specialized tool kit that connects with the Power Saddles. Only protrudes like 1.5" and the first big drop the tire executed it with extreme prejudice. Lmao

Also, I will be relocating to the UK next month! Any good local forums/FB groups to figure out local riding from? I'll be in london(I know there's nothing immediate to the area. Will have a car)
  • 1 0
 @conoat: Heh... probably a good idea to air down rear shock and do a full compression test. More involved with a coil but can accomplish the same thing.
  • 2 0
 @conoat: you're kidding right!? I don't know about local forums but there's plenty of great riding to the south of London in the Surrey hills. This is where Brendan Fairclough lives. Miles on miles of natural trails plus Olympic standard road training routes and at least 3 major bike parks within half an hour of London to the south. Pm me and I'll share all my local knowledge, happy to meet up for a ride too if you're game, or your can join me and the boys on a ride if you like Beer
  • 1 0
 @landscapeben: is Aston Hill still running? That's not too far from London.
  • 2 0
 @conoat: I've been in London for 2 years now, you'd be surprised, I definitely am.
Send me a PM and I'll give you my details, I'm injured right now but hopefully I will ride again in a couple months
  • 1 0
 @conoat: the trick is to deflate the shock or take the spring off and test fit.
  • 1 0
 @tremeer023: Lots of them still are so I wouldn't be surprised, but Aston Hill is unknown to me as it's up to the North West of London and I'm due South with lots of riding within half an hour of where I live. @conoat: By no means an exhaustive list but here are some majors:

Bedgebury
Queen Elizabeth Country Park
The South Downs Way
Swinley Forest
Surrey Hills

We even have some rampage style big stuff tucked away down in Steyning on the South Downs and if you like slopestyle there's a secret invite only place in Leatherhead that looks incredible.

Remember the UK isn't a very big place either so you can easily throw your bike in the trunk and boot up to North or South wales in a couple of hours for a weekend of worldclass bike park and DH.
  • 2 0
 @landscapeben: Also Rogate on the West Sussex/Hampshire border. Chicksands is just north of London in Bedfordshire.
  • 1 0
 @tremeer023: Good shout yep! Really people only need to look at trail forks and scout around them a bit, there's a ton of riding to be had!
  • 1 0
 @landscapeben: yes, there are actually a lot of spots in S.E. England. We are a nation of cyclists for sure.
  • 15 0
 If this exists in a non-proprietary arrangement, post a link and I'll buy it right now
  • 5 3
 @iiman: not the same
  • 25 3
 @MMOF: I know, is even better since you can put inside whatever you feel like,
  • 1 1
 @iiman: This one similar, though maybe a bit lighter. Works on my dropper no problem. www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WDCYNH1
  • 1 0
 @iiman: glad someone else uses this. I've been running this exact one for a few years. I keep a tubolito tube, lever, zip ties, spare hanger, plugs/handle, and a tiny Leatherman tool.
  • 10 0
 Back to the nineties! What with bum bags and saddle bags, what’s next frame shoulder bags for hike a bike?
  • 2 0
 Pedals with clips... like real clips... like where the name "clipless pedals" came from.
  • 6 0
 I need to dig out some photos from 30 years ago where we rode around with water bottles and frame mounted pumps (Zefal FTW) and saddle bags.

I'm sure Camelbaks were invented for a reason....
  • 2 0
 I remember the ads in the magazines when camelbak first came around in a time where every frame had mounts for two bottles, their arguments were that cold water in your back would keep you cooler and it was more aero lol
  • 4 0
 No 30 torx? I buy into the AXS system which they now use a 30 torx for the derailleur and no makes a multi tool that has one? Even the multi tool that came with the $2k drivetrain doesn’t have one. Am getting punked?
  • 8 0
 You know what's even better? To not use T30, cause it's a stupid size. You know that there's derailleurs that still use the proven and common 5mm hex.
  • 5 0
 Take that complaint to SRAM.
  • 3 0
 yes. but you wont find out until AXS 2021 comes out with 5mm allen. Sram punks all on the first gen.
  • 3 0
 Not a multitool but syncros/dt swiss make a boost rear axle that has a T30 hidden in the lever (dropped a link to the first one I found on google).

soshanger.com/epages/box11137.mobile/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/box11137/Products/%22SCT+DIV+277032%22&Locale=en_GB
  • 1 0
 Or you can just replace the screw with something that doesn't need another tool. Mcmaster Carr has just about every fastener you can dream of.
  • 2 0
 I see more use for a tubeless plug/ reamer with sausages than for T10 and 8mm hex on the multitool. If they had plug tool on there it would be all you need. (Except I prefer a pump over co2, gotta think about the env/next generation and avoid those unless racing)
  • 4 2
 There are many concealed tools but the day I discovered I could mount my Dakine hotlaps pouch on the rear of my saddle rails and it did not interfere with my dropper was a revaluation. Seat storage is where its at.
  • 1 0
 I was juuust thinking this same thing. Gonna try it tomorrow.
  • 1 0
 Love the hot laps!
  • 3 0
 That's not bad for 40 USD...After paying for a saddle of 100 USD which will be fixed mainly for only one screw.... good luck.
  • 4 0
 I have 8 Fizik saddles and this tool storage solution wont fit any of them? Great job Fizik!
  • 1 0
 I don’t mind reaching into my rucksack for a tool but it would be nice to have my tire plug kit more ready to use. It is hard getting into your pack with one hand while plugging the hole with your finger. Anyone know of an easy access tire plug tool that attaches to your frame?
  • 2 0
 You can make your own out of a cheap tubeless strip inserter* tool and a piece of cork or semi hard rubber stopper that you stick in your crank axle. I have one in mine always loaded and ready to go. It takes about 10 seconds to grab and jab in the tire. I have even done it for other riders on the trail with barely a stop in my ride at all.
  • 2 0
 OneUp original EDC tool with the jabber option on the end. Super fast and easy access.
  • 1 0
 @garrisond5: that is pretty brilliant actually. Might have to rig something like that up.

That you both for ideas
  • 4 0
 Is that a Maxxis Griffin?
  • 2 0
 ya mon
  • 1 0
 I miss that tire.
  • 1 0
 I thought the same. I think only available in UK.
  • 1 0
 Did the last TransSavoie with a Griffin DH on the back. Not used it since@McKai:
  • 1 0
 I've had a lot of "high quality" CO2 inflator heads go bad. Replacing a defunct CO2 head is lousy, but at least it's not attached to my entire multi tool... oh wait, now it's an even bigger paper weight.
  • 2 0
 Some day, there will be, a perfect tool caddy. When that day arrives bikes will be so dialed they will not need on board tools.
  • 2 0
 With this and the OneUp tool yesterday, does nobody snap chains anymore? Or are we meant to carry a separate chain tool in our hydration pack?
  • 3 0
 I think if you wear a hydration pack, you can put all that gear in there? No need for a tool on the frame?
  • 3 0
 I can try and explain why I don't need a chain breaker all the time. I live in Utah, and pretty much every ride I go on is straight up and straight back down. I often cross an access road of some sort on the way up. Depending on the length of my ride, it feels really nice to just toss a water bottle in the cage and go out without any pack. If I were to break a chain on the way up, I can just turn around and coast back down to my car. I do have hip packs for longer rides, and those are fully stocked with pumps/chainbreakers and all the goodies. But for my quick after work spins that are under 90 minutes, going packless just feels nicer and these tools let me at least tighten a bolt if something were to come loose.
  • 1 0
 This is part of the reason why I haven't been onboard with these tools. Something is usually missing. It's usually the chain breaker or the co2 adapter. Which means you would have to carry something anyway. The other part is that I don't have a water bottle cage on my capra, so I have to carry water in a pack of sorts anyway. I will say I have moved to storing the tube on bike. I have a 29er and a 27.5 and this eliminates needing to swap out tubes in the pack. Next year I will go with cushcore on the 29er. Won't be able to use tubes anyway so I can eliminate that piece.
  • 2 0
 @jojotherider1977: I haven't installed a tube trailside in....8 years? After carrying a tube around for a while I realized it was such a rare occurrence that I bought the Tubolito. It's seriously tiny, so I have one if I need it but I haven't needed one in almost a decade, so I figured the $30 was worth it.
  • 2 0
 @Austin014: ha, I didn't even pay extra for mine. It was the tube that was in the bike when I first bought it. Definitely worth the $0.

I actually got a flat about 2 summers ago. Overshot a landing and must have burped the air out. Only flat I've had since 2015 when I first went tubeless. I'll look into that tubolito for my 27.5 wheeled bike. I don't have a tube for it and won't be doing cushcore on that one.

I will say that carrying a tube is not without it's merits. Someone in my group may need it. Heck, I gave a tube to a complete stranger awhile back. Fortunately they had a pump and I didn't have to give up a co2 cartridge either. Though I have a few of those anyway.
  • 2 0
 Ok, this little multitool that doubles as the CO2 pump is a flipping clever of creating a compact trail side tool!
  • 1 0
 Got a strap under my DMR stage saddle can't even put a tube in it ,get tyre buzz all the time.Shame really,be okay for rigid seat posts.
  • 3 0
 The re'invention of the saddle bag Sarcastic slow clap for MTB
  • 3 1
 Oh, weak comment section here...
  • 2 0
 Glorified saddle bag, got it.
  • 1 1
 Innovative efforts but that seems like a lot of weight (by percentage) stuck so high up on the bike along with the AXS battery/motor.
  • 14 0
 You know what else is a lot of weight up high on a bike? A person.
  • 1 0
 @SkullsRoad: I don't keep a person on my bike... makes it too heavy. But the downside is that I have to pedal it myself.
  • 1 0
 At least they didn't place it somewhere where it would be exposed to the most corrosive elements of mountain biking
  • 2 0
 No Chain Tool! So convenient, yet missing a key component...
  • 1 0
 Fancy sht always gonna be slick. Can we make seat that does not crush our bits?
  • 2 1
 I'm lookin at WTB to start making something like this for their saddles
  • 3 3
 Specialized has for years. Two bolts. Metal bracket lasts about 6 mounts.
  • 4 0
 @DHhack: Im aware. I said WTB for a reason.
  • 1 3
 @newbermuda: and I told you it doesn’t work. Try to keep up.
  • 3 1
 @DHhack: Lol. Maybe, a different company can take a different approach, and make something that works. What a f*ckin concept!
  • 1 2
 @newbermuda: it’s called a strap. Works great. No proprietary bs required. If you don’t like your tube and tools caked in mud you could even use a strap that is attached to something that encapsulates everything keeping it clean and dry. I’d call it a bag and I’d use like a zipper or something to make it easy to put stuff in there. Then I’d use Velcro to make it easy to attach said bag to any saddle I own that has rails. It’s genius I tell you, genius! Have you caught up yet or do you need wtb to sell you some bs? Don’t come crying to me when your dropper post fails faster with the extra weight it’s got to lift back up every cycle.
  • 1 0
 Wow, they invented a saddle bag. Something that has been around for ages.
  • 1 0
 Yep that's mega enduro!
  • 1 0
 Will fall.
  • 1 0
 why no chain tool.
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