Granite Design Introduces New Portaledge Tube & Tool Holders

Sep 21, 2021
by Mike Kazimer  

Earlier this year I wrote a hard-hitting piece titled 'Where Are All the Affordable Bolt-On Tube Holders?' Deep stuff, I know. At the time it seemed like every new bike had two bolts under the top tube, but there was a decided lack of useful things to actually bolt to them. That changed quickly, and it wasn't long before I started receiving messages about all sorts of new products that were exactly what I was looking for.

The latest option for those two bolts comes from Granite Design in the form of their new Portaledge and Portaledge XE. The Portaledge uses a 6061 aluminum plate with a 30mm hook-and-loop strap to secure a tube, tire levers, or maybe a summer sausage underneath your top tube. The $16.99 price is quite reasonable, and that combined with the 40 gram weight nicely fulfills the criteria I'd set out in my original article.

The Portaledge...
...and the Portaledge XE

The Portaledge XE adds a storage plate below your water bottle. The plate has mounting holes for a bottle cage, and can be slid up or down to ensure there's room for the bottle and the tube that's strapped below it – Granite says the plate should work as long as there's at least a fist-sized space behind the water bottle. The XE is 186mm long, and 54mm wide at the base. Claimed weight is 50 grams, and the price is $21.99 USD.



More info: granite-design.com/products/portaledge


103 Comments

  • 121 4
 On my ebike I dont carry tubes, I just hit my Spot rescue button and my chopper pilot brings the mechanic with a wheel and chain ( if you need to ask "why a chain?" please stop reading). Sometimes I just have them bring a whole new bike if the battery is below 50%.
  • 11 0
 What would one do if the Spot battery fails? Hypothetically, of course.
  • 43 0
 @noapathy: perhaps I mispoke, my coach/guide would hit the spot button and wait for the chopper. I would decide to either wait so all could see my chopper drop off my mech or if not in the mood for flexing I would ride their bike. Obviously if the spot didn't work the guide would just hike the bike out.
  • 6 0
 @pink505: with you on his back I assume?
  • 5 0
 I'd hope that mechanic brings a sandwich and a beer while I sit and wait for my bike to be fixed.
  • 6 0
 @Philthy503: That sounds positively dreadful. They'd better be catering a 7 course meal via drone in a situation that desperate.
  • 7 0
 My ebike has an electronic shock and fork. I don't even bother riding it, it rides by itself and uploads sic edits. If it gets a flat on the trail the mechanic will fly out and service it for me.
  • 1 0
 @noapathy: His Spot is modified to take power from his ebike battery.
  • 1 0
 @oscartheballer: well played!
  • 1 4
 @ChiefSilverback: So you're saying the only way an electronic component can fail is due to lack of battery power? You have been biking before, right? Like with rocks and stuff and not just down the street?
  • 1 1
 @noapathy: late back to this party but I’ll quote you: “ flag noapathy (Sep 21, 2021 at 12:56)

What would one do if the Spot battery fails? Hypothetically, of course.”
  • 29 0
 What we really need is something to attach this to before attaching directly to the bike.
  • 3 10
flag vemegen (Sep 21, 2021 at 12:16) (Below Threshold)
 There’s this amazing tech for that called water bottle mount
  • 1 0
 @Burningbird: Maybe it's just genius cleverly disguised.

I'm now imagining a second water bottle mount connected to a second water bottle holder which is placed upside down over the top of the water bottle itself. Brilliant!
  • 20 2
 Wolf Tooth already did this, arguably better because of the whole B-RAD system adding so much flexibility. Costs more, but that price gets you more options, and knowing it's made in the USA by people who get paid decently and also ride bikes.
  • 1 0
 Highly recommend the roll-up bag mounted below a side load bottle cage with the b-rad 3 bracket.
  • 1 0
 @sOOper-nOOb: its a massive 40gram c02 canister.
  • 20 0
 Granite strap-on...
  • 6 0
 I much prefer a wooden one
  • 4 1
 My Salsa strap-on comes with a very nice sack.
  • 3 0
 @Almostredbike: watch out for splinters...
  • 8 0
 It'll rock your world.
  • 5 1
 put on your new tranny spire
  • 3 0
 @Almostredbike: Reminds me of a certain NSFW joke about Pinocchio and his girlfriend.
  • 6 0
 Remember to measure with your fist before ordering.
  • 2 0
 I'd want a heated case for a granite strap-on, otherwise it could be a bit cold!
  • 18 0
 This product is igneous
  • 12 0
 Yeah, I was thinking it looked pretty gneiss.
  • 9 2
 Rock solid design
  • 9 0
 @letsgoridebikes18: It's the schist.
  • 7 0
 I see no faults in this
  • 1 0
 I definitely have the apatite for one.
  • 7 0
 Spare Tubes strapped on bike frames need a cover to keep them clean and tidy. nothing like installing a muddy/sandy tube into a tire filled with Stans.

Dakine Hot Laps Gripper is a really good one that holds tire levers and c02's neatly and securely for only $3 more.

www.dakine.com/products/gripper?variant=33209067307088&gclid=CjwKCAjwhaaKBhBcEiwA8acsHK7v3vMpXJrYonKmeAVFpI5g36yGGPoAckgPMwjRrA0CLyeKE0gTWRoCje0QAvD_BwE
  • 5 1
 I just cut a section of an XC tube and then rolled it over my tube like a tube sock on a foot. A strip of electrical tape on each end & done.

That being said my crappy old 2018 Kona Process 153SE has NO (reasonable) room for even a tube inside the frame.
I bought the Nukeproof bolt on strap that looks identical to the Granite Designs one & installed on the underside/downtube water bottle mounting holes.
I like it OK, but I may go back to the One Up "ski straps". Just something I don't like about the design/setup of the big, wide strap & excessive bolt on plate.
  • 4 0
 I thought these extra gear mounts in the frames would bring someone making some kind of boxes or something alike to keep the stuff tidy and dry but nope...
  • 1 3
 @islandforlife: your such an a*shole
  • 1 0
 @likeittacky: what?! I was being serious! It’s a good idea, people would buy it! Someone needs to make them, why not him?
  • 6 0
 @islandforlife: been thinkg about it, that was just the spark I needed, thanks.

Gonna order bulk, drill two holes and sell them at £20 couse now is bike specific. For only £25 it comes with sponge inside to stop things rattling.
www.amazon.co.uk/Lock-Rectangular-Storage-Container-Clear/dp/B0000AN4CG/ref=asc_df_B0000AN4CG/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=256256967002&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15936094726046684792&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006886&hvtargid=pla-331746021991&psc=1&th=1&psc=1

Maybe in the future sales slow down, I'll then make an alloy one marketed to ebikes. With kashima.
  • 1 1
 @iiman: would be smarter.if anyone just bought a Pelican Micro Case, drilled 2 small holes in it, dropped a rubber grommet onto the water bottle bolt head and screwed it straight to the frame. Anything in the little micro case like snack or bolts, der. Hanger, etc...just in a thin baggie
  • 1 0
 re: dirty tube, CO2, tools, etc

Here's the item I use, loaded into a bottle cage under the downtube. To keep it from bouncing loose I have it affixed with a Voile ski strap tucked through the gap between bottle cage and frame. I have two 29'ers so just quickly swap it from bike to bike before heading out for a ride. It holds a 29" tube, 2 CO2's + inflator, tire levers, tire boot, spare derailleur hanger, quick links, spare derailleur cable, cable end crimp caps, zip ties, first aid supplies (ie: maxi-pads).

www.zefal.com/en/front-bags/311-z-box-l.html
  • 1 0
 I vacuum seal my tube ...keeps its size down as well.....especially the monster fat bike tubes .
  • 1 0
 @stevil-1: What do you use to do this?
  • 1 0
 @likeittacky: a vacuum sealer the type used for food. .
  • 1 0
 @stevil-1: Brilliant ! A good marketing name for a start up company- "Vaccis Tubes."
  • 5 0
 I might be old skool but I dont get the tube on the frame thing. Considering everyone is running tubeless and you can buy a tyre plug setup that sits in your handle bars and tools that can sit in your stem, I dont seem the point of carrying a tube. If you really are riding far enough out that you cannot walk your bike back to the car then you probably ought to be carrying more than a tube for safety and mechanicals. It just feels like an image thing to me. Back 25 years ago we used to strap this stuff to frames, we stopped doing it because it wasnt practical. Im not complaining however, I find plenty of spare tyre levers, tools and co2 bottles on the trail these days so thats a win for me.
  • 4 0
 I’m currently nursing some smashed ribs and a possible concussion from poorly attaching a spare tube to my down tube. It came loose, unraveled and got caught up in the front end of my bike. I was catapulted into the dirt and my long awaited trip to Squamish was over. Whatever you attach to your bike, made sure it’s done right! I’ll be zip tying my tube to itself before I firmly attach it to the bike, whatever system I use.
  • 7 0
 I apologize for my reaction to the story, which I will not describe. How was it fixed to the frame?
  • 2 0
 @BenPea: Please do, haha. Poorly, with a velcro strap, to the downtube. I hurriedly removed it for inspection at the airport security, and just as hurriedly reattached it, I guess.
  • 3 0
 @Bobosgalore666: watch out as that zip tie(zap strap, up in Canada) will chew through the tube pretty quick. Maybe a few rounds of electrical tape would do the same job and if you need tape on the trail you also have that.
  • 3 0
 Similar story: I was following my riding buddy over a jump and on landing she just slammed instantly, OTB, scorpion, face scrape - the works. Ugly. Worrying.

She had strapped her spare tube to the underside of her downtube near the headtube. When the fork compressed on landing the tyre hit the tube and stopped instantly. It looked like plenty of room when she strapped it there. Wrong.
  • 1 0
 @Bobosgalore666: Don't Canadians just use the velcro ski straps?
  • 4 1
 I'm frame storage crazy, and I like Granite Designs stuff, but if anyone wants something like this, check out 76 Projects too. They make pretty much the exact same thing. They're super cool people over there too. I had my Piggy for a little over a year and broke the strap tightening the hell out of it. When I asked them how much it would be to replace it (didn't see it on their site) they just sent me a new one all the way from the UK.
  • 4 0
 Those granite products are such a great price, compared to most mtb gear lol. Big fan of the strap and those tire levers/masterlink tool.
  • 6 2
 They're such a great price because they're made with ultra-cheap labor and questionable quality control, but that's mean it's an actual great product. Something like the WolfTooth link tool, which Granite ripped off, might cost more, but it's likely going to work better and last longer.
  • 5 0
 Now hooolllddd on a minute...
  • 7 6
 How is this solving anything? Rather than strapping your tube directly to the frame, you can bolt a $16.99 part onto your frame and then strap your tube to that. You are in the exact same place, but $17 poorer and just added weight.
  • 14 0
 Keeps your carbon frame looking fresher for when you flip it in 10 months.
  • 21 0
 This doesn't rub your paint or shift out of place. And lots of bikes have those bolts there now, so it makes sense to use 'em.
  • 5 0
 I've strapped my tube to the top tube. Over time it really trashes the paint. I like to keep my things looking nice.
  • 7 0
 On my steel frame the strap/load rotates on rough trails. I stopped using it. This solves the problem. It's a good idea.
  • 2 0
 for me, it would be no rubbing on the frame (but could be solved by invisframe material) and prevents tube from sliding around on your frame. Also might make it easier to tighten up the strap.
  • 2 0
 @Bro-LanDog: same here, tried using the strap on the top tube and quickly saw the paint getting hurt. I've got just enough dropper sticking out of the frame so now that's where the strap goes.
  • 2 0
 I had a tube wrapped to my brand new norco shore for a few rides, took it off and it definitely had faded out/rubbed the paint. i was pretty bummed out about it so if this solves the problem what's $17? because now i just don't carry a tube and hope for the best LOL
  • 4 4
 @crysvb: You can afford a Norco Range but want to save $17? OK. But ironic. I'm that guy too.
  • 3 0
 @nouseforaname: Ok, own up, who's treating their bike's paint better than their car's?
  • 4 0
 @blowmyfuse: reread what I said LOL I said $17 is nothing to save a paint job
  • 5 0
 I'd like to see companies making tool or snack boxes for those bolts under the top tube. That would be way more convenient. It took me almost a full day at work to find a pencil case on ebay with the right dimensions that I could modify to bolt it up.
  • 3 0
 Another option that does the same, comes in more color, is in stock, and has a larger strap. From High Above @~34$
www.highabove.net/the-shop/apollo-mk1
  • 1 0
 I've been pretty pleased with the KOM strap I bought. Works great for those with a shortage of bottle mounts and can strap it on just about anywhere, on the bike Wink

komcycling.com/collections/atop-products/products/tube-strap
  • 4 0
 And already following the industry trend of being sold out!
  • 4 1
 22 bucks!?!? That's like 50meters of ebay velcro
  • 1 0
 What about two bolts on the top of the top tube near the head tube like road and gravel bikes have? I've got a stash box on my gravel bike and it's great!
  • 3 0
 What's that folded bunch of rubber behind the tire levers for?
  • 4 0
 You can cut them up to make rubberbands and use a bunch of those to braid your hair in the woods. If you don't have hair, cut thinner strips and then braid those.
  • 1 0
 So you don't have to walk once attempts 2 and 3 for reinflating your annniliated tubeless tire fail.
  • 3 0
 @zstover: I see, I thought I could just ride my cushcore out and warranty the rims Wink
  • 1 0
 @Starsky686: you got me. I'd do that too.
Yeah, idk what tubes are for anymore actually. DH racing maybe.
  • 1 0
 I was expecting the price to be at least $60, the price seems very reasonable, to bad they are all sold out on their web page.
  • 2 1
 I can buy a whole bike at Walmart (29r, with front shocks) for Around $100. This thing is a fifth of that bike's cost! No, thank you.
  • 3 1
 has anybody else noticed how all the press releases have become editorials?
  • 2 0
 already sold out. I would have bought a bunch
  • 2 0
 These are in stock and made in US
www.highabove.net/the-shop/apollo-mk1
  • 1 0
 If they put master link storage in the baseplate then in might be worth it over a normal strap round the frame
  • 5 0
 If only another company, one with their own ideas, would have done this 4 years ago...
  • 1 0
 I'm seeing that Portaledge XE is held on by 3 bolts - what bike has 3 bottle cage bolts like that??
  • 2 0
 Does nobody have pockets anymore?
  • 1 0
 Kind of looks like the one I manufacture and sell on my online store. But far more expensive
  • 1 0
 22$ for a 50gr. part? Come on, give me something worth showing off!
  • 5 0
 Spoiler: it’s also not made of granite.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Rock climbers have a thing called a derailleur. Most people call it a bong, though.
  • 1 0
 $12 for Syncros IS Accessory mount
  • 1 0
 Now make a one bolt version for nicolai g1 owners
  • 1 0
 We need more options for bikes without bottle mounts...
  • 1 0
 No shipping to Canada = FAIL Frown
  • 1 0
 The next big debate in mtb, strap width, length and material.
  • 1 3
 When is this ugly trend going to die?

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