Round Up: EWS Carrying Solutions From the NZ Enduro

Mar 9, 2019 at 4:54
by Kike Abelleira  
NZ Enduro 2019 tech

From the classic duct tape to the trendy tube straps wrapped around a frame, let's take a look at some of the solutions used by the amateurs and pros at the NZ Enduro. Hydration packs used to be the norm, but nowadays there are all sorts of clever products that make it possible for riders to ditch their pack entirely, or at least carry a much lighter load on their shoulders.

NZ Enduro 2019 tech


NZ Enduro 2019 tech


NZ Enduro 2019 tech


NZ Enduro 2019 tech

NZ Enduro 2019 tech
Tube straps are a simple and effective way to carry the basics needed to fix a flat.


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NZ Enduro 2019 tech
Anita Gehrig's Norco Range.


NZ Enduro 2019 tech


NZ Enduro 2019 tech


NZ Enduro 2019 tech
Using duct tape is a classic cheap and easy solution, as many people already have it at home.


NZ Enduro 2019 tech
Iago Garay with the SRAM strap.


NZ Enduro 2019 tech

NZ Enduro 2019 tech
Pretty cool having a tube strap that matches your frame colors.


NZ Enduro 2019 tech
Not suitable for all rider heights..


NZ Enduro 2019 tech


NZ Enduro 2019 tech



Previously:
Day 1 Photo Epic - NZ Enduro 2019
Day 2 Photo Epic - NZ Enduro 2019
5 Privateer Bikes From the NZ Enduro
Tire Combos From the NZ Enduro


108 Comments

  • + 318
 did i just scroll through 17 pics of tubes strapped to frames? the only bigger waste of time would be to post a comment about it... dammit
  • + 45
 someone forgot to show the stumpy owner the SWAT box, kids these days.....
  • + 22
 @viatch: they had weed in there duh
  • + 1
 @specialH: lots of weed!
  • + 1
 @viatch: Was there an E bike category at this event? The Levo and Kenevo dont have a swat box.
  • + 1
 Anyone tried the holy rail system? Seems like a great idea: www.on-lynecomponents.com/collections/the-holy-rail
  • + 123
 I must say that I’m very much partial to a strap on, especially in the rear
  • - 9
flag Gosfgiants (Mar 10, 2019 at 3:48) (Below Threshold)
 ????
  • + 11
 Just missed international women's day Maximum effort!!
  • + 77
 the vast majority of those tubes will be useless as soon as you throw it into a tyre and then the grinding paste of gravel and mud wears a hole in it, 10/10 for fashion 0/10 for function
  • + 35
 Indeed, wrap it in a biodegradable dog poo bag to keep it clean then turn bag inside out and put in pocket when it’s been used
  • + 3
 Exactly, why I wrap mine in a bit of bin liner first
  • + 9
 @sewer-rat: yes, but....fashion!
  • + 6
 Or just keep it in your back pack or hip pack and be done with it. Mine only gets strapped to the frame when its not going to get covered in sh!t.
  • + 20
 Had a tube strapped to my frame for a year and had to use it last week. Zero problems. Bar having to ride at tube tire speed :-(
The tube is wrapped up tight . 95% of the tube is spotless and clean and the inside of the tires clean bar some dried up sealant (doh).
If your dumping a load of mud and muck inside while putting a tube in your doing it very wrong.
  • + 18
 Because apparently professional racers haven't ever used the equipment they carry. I'm sure they just strapped it on in hopes of some day securing a spot in a PinkBike article.
  • + 7
 Entry level road sadle bag from decathlon. 5 euros aprox. Able to carry one tube, 2 levers, blackburn multitool, CO2 canister, one gel or food bar and car key. Only one Velcro strap, but keeps nice in the seat/top tube joint, front under the seat im my mondraker dune
  • + 0
 Probably a requirement in the race rules vs. something any of the elites will ever use.
  • + 2
 I usually clean mine before they go in.... Not sure why you wouldn't
  • + 2
 Cool story bro...


Smile But seriously, the tube is static against the frame. Heck the tube in my pack pry gets more wear, it's squished in there with tools and is constantly moving around.
  • + 6
 The best solultion is to wrap the tubes in heavy duty nitril gloves that also come in handy when dealing with a brokes chain or messy sealant dripping tires.
  • + 1
 I decided to give strap-bare-tube-and-levers-to-bike a try for a while. After 5 rides I pulled the tube off and it had a hole in it. I didn't even need to throw it in the tire to make it useless. I'm back to keeping it in a pouch.
  • + 1
 @ertman: did it have a hole b4 u strapped on your bike ?
  • + 2
 @jm2e: yeah I'm sure it's just for looks and none of these racers actually tries to fix their bike to save a race. They don't really care about trying to win. They don't really want to keep their repair tools out where they can get to them as fast as possible and where they have the least effect on how they ride their bikes. Heck, once you put a tube on your bike it gets a hole in it anyway. So all of those tubes are just strapped on their for "endurobro" anyway...
  • + 0
 @sewer-rat: "dog poo bag... turn bag inside out and put in pocket when it's been used" What the... I guess if you're a sewer rat, maybe, but I'm NEVER doing that! Wink
  • + 35
 Saddle bags and frame packs... can you imagine telling a gnarly gravity bro 10 years ago that this was in his/ her future Big Grin
  • + 0
 Well, saddle bags have been around a lot longer than 10 years....and they work really well
  • + 6
 @GlassGuy: Well, to be fair, that kinda was his point: that gravity bros 10 years ago knew riders had evolved past saddle bags and frame packs, to backpacks. They would never believe that gear and water storage would be taking a step backward in the future, back to bottle/cage and bike-mounted packs (for better or worse, according to who you ask).
  • + 1
 @tmargeson: ah yes....and why I should ignore my urge to make comments and stick to looking at pretty pictures, ha ha
  • + 1
 @tmargeson: to be fair
  • + 6
 Old schooler here...Keep all the shit off your bike. I HATE adding weight to the bike Smile
  • + 2
 THIS ^^^
  • + 1
 Old Schooler tip#2...started mtb in '88...started wearing "fanny" packs in......'88 ..haha
  • + 1
 @loopie: all my shit is on my frame in a small frame bag or cage mount. As a lighter rider I hate adding weight to my body and much prefer it lower on the bike instead
  • + 1
 @generationfourth: Oh yeah, all just personal preference really. For the record....I also hate carrying a pack, lol...but prefer it to adding to the bike
  • + 1
 @loopie: yeah personal, funny that lately I couldn’t give a shit less about bike weight (steel frame, Alu rims, inserts, coil), and now super vigilante about what I’m carrying
  • + 2
 @generationfourth: 1st rule of BikeClub: Leave the house. 2nd rule: See rule #1. The rest is gravy...hahaha
  • + 1
 @loopie: I hate adding that weight to my back....
  • + 24
 The real question is : why the guy with the stump doesn't use the Swat box?
  • + 66
 Full of weed already
  • - 1
 Aluminum
  • - 1
 @karoliusz: thought it was cocaine !!
  • - 3
 The Swat box is great but you really can’t fit a lot in there. For example, I can get a tube and Co2 but not a jacket also.
  • + 3
 @jeremiahwas: Mine holds tubes, tools, and a burrito. Never wearing a pack!
  • + 1
 @panchocampbell: not in New Zealand lol
  • + 2
 @Lokirides: I don’t wear a pack either; certainly not complaining about Swat box. For the life of me though I can’t get a tube, Co2 and a jacket in the downtube though.
  • + 2
 @jeremiahwas:Crazy! I managed to fit a tube, pump, tire levers, shifter cable, quick link, chain break, jacket, 2-3 clif bars, and two packs of shot bloks in mine haha
  • + 3
 @stokalation: Ok I’m genuinely interested in a video of you accomplishing this. I must be doing something wrong.
  • + 2
 @stokalation: Were you able to get all of it out?
  • + 1
 @jeremiahwas: haha definitely took some jimmy rigging and it’s on an enduro so maybe slightly larger? Plus the word jacket might be a stretch, it’s a super thin windbreaker but it goes
  • + 1
 @stokalation: Yah I’ve got an Enduro and a super light rain jacket.
  • + 19
 To be fair , I'm not seeing much there that I'd class as 'inventive'.
  • + 15
 I carry my innertubes inside the tyres, also to save time and having to carry co2, I pump them up first.... Rolleyes

#stealthduro
  • + 10
 It would be cool if the MTB fashion designers put a pocket on the jersey to hold some of this gear. Say... around the lower lumbar area. It could carry all sorts of things. Bananas, begets, gels. Hell, you could even carry a water bottle or inner tube.
  • - 1
 Yeah and some stretchy fabric there to keep it snug. Road jerseys usually have at least two decent pockets by the way.
  • + 4
 SWAT bib or Raceface stash tank. Most MTB jerseys are tight enough to keep stuff secure.
  • + 9
 A bit of mud makes no difference to the tube letting you carry on with your ride give it a quick wipe if you are really bothered no big deal. Plus decent tools still work when wet. Weigh that up against riding with a backpack it's a no brainer. I really couldn't go back to riding with a backpack. The restriction really affects how you handle the bike plus I hate the weight on my mid-back it's emphasised by your position on a bike compared to hiking. We only started using rucksacks as it's what climbers and hikers do and the product was easily available in the 80's. A bike is more akin to a horse in the mountains than a hiker. Saddle up and strap your shotgun on.
  • + 1
 Couldn’t agree more. Grudgingly rode for a few years with a pack and still do on longer rides. The hip pack was nice until I went off a jump or tried to ride actively- negatively affected me more than the ol’ backpack. I cringe when I see someone with 3l+ strapped to their hip but I guess my 145 pound frame is more affected.

Now on most rides I have a bottle in the cage, and all necessities in a small frame bag, or stashed in steerer tube. Don’t even notice the weight unless it’s lifting the bike off the back of a truck in the car park.
  • + 0
 @generationfourth: your frame weighs 145 lbs? Eek
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: haha I guess using frame as a reference to my body on PB is a bad move
  • + 1
 @generationfourth: Yep, always someone willing to play stupid and poke fun. Sorry Razz
  • + 7
 Strapping tubes and the like to our expensive 'Enduro Weapons' with straps and tape is one of the things we'll look back at in 10 years and think "what the f*ck were we doing?'.

There's already a good number of frame bag options (I use a Wolftooth roll top one along with a separately mounted One Up EDC pump / tool. Props to Trek for having THREE sets of bottle cage type mounts for such fittings) so you can just put your tube / spares away and not worry about it getting cut by rocks etc.

Maybe frames will come designed around fitting a bag snugly like there is more attention paid to fitting a bottle cage now (or integrated storage by the 'S' word). Hopefully this trend will go away, along with matching horizontal brake levers Wink
  • + 2
 Yeh, I've been using an Alpkit frame bag for about 3 years now. It's decent quality, holds everything and looks fairly smart/subtle. Had a hip pack before that but frame bag is way better imo. Never going back to a backpack.
  • + 1
 A ~1l small frame bag does wonders... and doesn’t look too horrible. I use the micro EDC from bedrock.
  • + 6
 20+ liter backpack with water tools, spares, jacket, food, whiskey. Plus I have space to pack out the crap I find on the side of the trail these a*sholes left behind because their pocketless shorts and swat boxes are apparently no good for holding empty wrappers or spent CO2 cartridges.
Screw taping shit to my bike or jabbing it in some hole in the frame. Why is this better? Because I get to beg other riders for stuff I was unwilling to carry myself? Because I get to fill the new frame I bought that is 100 grams lighter than last year's with gummy bears and...my jacket? Some trends are stupid. I think this is one of them. Racing is one thing. The other 95% of riding should not be constrained by such foolishness.
Ima go refill my flask for tomorrow's ride now.
  • + 6
 >owning a stumpjumper and not using the box
>owning a specialized enduro and not using the box
  • + 0
 The only reason I'm upgrading my Enduro to carbon, the SWAT!
  • + 3
 TWAT NOT SWAT
  • + 0
 The Swat box is great but you really can’t fit a lot in there. For example, I can get a tube and Co2 but not a jacket also.

Also that looks like the alloy Enduro which doesn’t have the swat box.
  • + 0
 The Enduro's the 18 Comp... the comp is aluminum, and SWAT box is only for carbon
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: its very clearly the carbon model.
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: theres no weld marks near where the down and top tube join the head tube and theres none by the seat tube.
  • + 5
 I’ve had a Dakine Hot Laps Gripper Bike Bag for a while now and couldn’t be happier
  • + 1
 Ohhh I just got one of those for this season and it looks like it'll be way more secure than a lot of these setups! Glad to hear it's working for you
  • + 6
 How is this even an article?
  • + 4
 I just dont get adding weight to a bike we spend so much money to make lighter. Also why add the weight so far from center of gravity.
  • + 4
 You’re looking at it the wrong way. I spend lots of money to make my bike indestructible, weight be damned.
  • + 1
 Got a top peak fuel tank on my top tube. Looks like ass bit my god its fricking ace to use it so handy to reach quick and easy frees up so much space on for longer rides and means I don't need a back pack at all on shorter ones
  • + 1
 How about a riding kit that has pockets in it again...you know you can reach around to the back pocket and grab a zip windbreaker, or protein bar or whatever. Make gear for riding not 15-minute downhill runs!!
  • + 4
 It's stupid/ugly and needs to stop. Stick it in a fanny pack.
  • + 1
 i just use the smallest shimano saddle bag. I dont like to ride with my dropper all the way down so i rarely bottom out on it. If im riding bike park and l just take it off. Dealing with these straps sucks
  • + 5
 1990 called..........
  • + 4
 And in the case of tubes/tools being *completely* exposed to the elements, instead of being carried inside of -- ohhh, I don't know -- some kind of covered and secured pouch, *1920* called... This trend is the dumbest thing ever.
  • + 1
 Rookies: Put your tube, plug kit, multi tool and levers in a stubby holder, then strap it to your frame. Also Anita Gherigs tube interferes with her rear travel.
  • + 2
 What so a pros mechanic doesn't run alongside incase of emergency and moral support? Wtf enduros are harder than I thought!
  • + 2
 Don't see the point of putting a mud covered tube into your tyre, with all the grit it wouldn't last long,
  • + 1
 "And that folks is why you wear a hydration pack with storage." (Article title fixed)
  • + 2
 That looks like electrical tape to me...not duct tape.
  • + 1
 Anyone know what the setup second from bottom is? Does that mount to bottle cage mounts?
  • + 1
 Is that the same grey Santa Cruz? So it has two Co2 pumps & a hand pump on board?
  • + 1
 No it is not. One has Aggressor the other DHR.
  • + 1
 I don't understand how much use tools and a tube covered on mud and dirt will be if you have to use them
  • + 1
 Someone forgot to tell the stumpy owner about the SWAT box
  • + 1
 No inventive ways of carrying water without a bottle cage?
  • + 1
 Fabric technically doesn't need a bottle cage.
  • + 1
 Dirtbag Utility nail this sweet custom fit bags.
  • + 0
 Wow..... would appear that everyone carries a tube , tyre lever and co2 strapped to there bike . That’s amazing
  • + 1
 Anyone know what top tube bag that is on the blue Spec?
  • + 1
 Any idea what that first bag is?
  • + 0
 With all that mud why would you not want a sealed drive to keep your chain clean?
  • + 1
 If you stick it in the ass, it is even invisible... Smile
  • + 12
 Next time just say first.
  • + 1
 Titan Staps represent!
  • + 0
 Gorilla tape rules.
  • + 1
 I do love it for many things, but I've had Gorilla tape pull the clearcoat off a carbon frame.
  • + 1
 I always wrap a good lot of tape around my pump. The more reason to bring a pump with you (instead of just CO2 cartridges). Considering how people always seem to be looking for ways to carry stuff on their bikes, most pumps are supplied with a clamp that goes under the bottle cage. You could even use the "useless" mounts under the downtube.

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