A Box Full Of Topeak: Introduction – by Guitar Ted
Recently Riding Gravel was sent a box from Topeak containing a varied array of products. This post is intended to introduce to you what we have. Individual and group posts will follow with reviews. Let’s dig in now and see what was in that box!
Tubi 18 Mini-tool: First up we have a mini-tool, which Topeak has many of. This time we are going to look at the Tubi – 18, an eighteen function mini-tool with the capability of being a tubeless puncture repair tool and your basic mini-tool kit in one package. The following is what the webpage for the Tubi – 18 has to say:
“18 function, pro-quality, precision mini tool with integrated tubeless tire repair functions. Tubeless repair tools and tire repair plug compartment store inside the tool body for a streamlined profile. Perfect for any road or trailside repair.“
The Tubi – 18 retails for $54.99 USD and can be found at many online retailer outlets.
Power Lever X Tool: This is a unique two-in-one tool which combines a tire lever set with a quick-link tool. It was part of our Topeak Gravel Gear Bag review recently. The extra length in the tire lever combined with the steel core should prove to be a boon for those tight tubeless tire removals. The quick-link part of the tool reverses for installation and back again for removal with ease.
Here is what the webpage for the Power X Tool has to say:
“An ingenious master link tire lever tool! Two levers connect to form heavy-duty pliers for removing or installing all types of chain master links. An integrated chain hook keeps chain from separating while removing or installing master links. One complete master link stores within a compartment. Tool separates for use as two tire levers for quick flat repairs and also features a Presta core tool for removing valve cores.“
The Power Lever X tool retails for around $15.00 USD, give or take, at most online retail outlets.
Power Link Pro Tool: Here is a quick-link tool for home use. Once again, Topeak has found an ingenious way to allow the tool to be used for both removal and installation of a quick-link. More here from the webpage:
“Shop-grade, pro-quality master link pliers for removing or installing all types of chain master links. Durable padded grip for secure handling and comfortable usage.“
The Power Link Pro retails at most online sources at $47.95 USD.
Tubi Master+ Tool With 16gm Cartridge: This is an all-in-one inflation/tubeless repair kit aimed at the gravel rider complete with a C02 cartridge. The Topeak webpage describes the Tubi Master + w/cartridge as follows:
“A compact, all-in-one tubeless tire repair kit and CO2 inflator makes quick work of repairing flats on the road or trail. CO2 inflator head fits Presta & Schrader valves and carries a single threaded 16g or 25g CO2 cartridge. Tire reamer, serrated knife and plug insertion tools fold away into tool body while a special concealed compartment holds repair plugs. A mounting module lets Tubi Master+ attach to seatposts or bike frames with included strap.“
The Tubi Master+ w/Cartridge retails for $84.95 USD at most online retailers.
Tubi Valve Cleaner: Here’s an interesting tool that makes you wonder why you don’t see more things like this. It’s a reamer to clean out clogged or fouled tubeless Presta valves. Here’s the description:
“Precision CNC machined aluminum Tubi Valve Cleaner allows to remove or tighten two-piece Presta valve core and clear tire sealant clogs from valve stem for tubeless tire maintenance. Compact size easily fits in a jersey pocket or saddle, or mount with TubiPod Max for a ride.“
The Tubi Valve Cleaner sells for $14.95 USD at most online retail outlets.
Backloader X Seat Bags: We also received these two Backloader X bike packing bags. The main differences between the two are volume: One is 10L and the other is listed at 15L. They feature a holster style attachment to the bike via hook and loop fasteners. Then you have waterproof dry bags with roll top enclosures which feature air purge valves. Here’s the webpage description:
“A large capacity seat bag specifically designed for bikepackers wanting a streamlined way to carry gear without the need for a rear rack. The reinforced, anti-slip/scratch fabric protects the saddle while the advanced mounting system enables convenient and secure mounting to seatpost and saddle rails. Easy access waterproof carry bag and built-in air release purge valve keeps bag compact and dry while you’re on your next adventure.“
Topeak also offers a “Backloader Wishbone” at an additional cost which can stabilize the load if need be. We do not have this on test.
Backloader X seat bags sell for $114.00USD for the 10L size and $119.00 USD for the 15L size and come in black or green.
The plan from here is to do a Quick Review on the tools and a separate review on the bags in two more additional parts. Stay tuned for updates on these Topeak products.
Note: Riding Gravel received these Topeak products from a distributor for test and review. We are not being paid nor bribed for this review and we strive to give our honest thoughts and views throughout.