OneUp Components EDC Lite Tool - First Look

OneUp Components EDC Lite tool everyday carry tool

Subtle and low profile, the EDC Lite is out of mind and out of sight until you need it most!

About the new OneUp EDC Lite Tool

     A few years back OneUp Components released their innovative EDC Tool which allowed you to carry nearly every tool you could ever want (including tire plugs and CO2 inside your fork steerer tube. While many riders were quick to adopt the original EDC Tool, many opted out due to the high cost of entry, complicated install that required specialty tools, and the addition of significant weight.

    Fast forward to 2020- we're now on the second iteration of the EDC tool and OneUp has finally given the people what they wanted with a simpler, lighter weight, and easier to install offering in the EDC Lite. The new EDC Lite promises much of the same utility as the original EDC tool without some of the bells and whistles like the ability to carry other bits and bobs and requires no specialty tools to install (you don't even have to extract your existing starnut!) Read on for our first impressions on the EDC Lite...

At a Glance:

  • 9 Functions:
    • 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm    
    • T25 Torx
    • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Available in Black, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, or Turquoise.
  • Easy install (no threading)
  • Weight: 75g
  • Cost: $40.00 ($53.00 CAD)
OneUp Components EDC Lite tool everyday carry tool

The Tool

    The EDC Lite is, at its core, the EDC Multitool inside of your headtube. Sure you lose some of the utility like the ability to carry a CO2 cartridge, chain links, tire plugs, and tire levers- but if you're like me and already run a tube strap like the one made by Backcountry Research, that's no big deal at all. Admittedly, I have never run the original EDC tool on any of my bikes but when I saw the new EDC Lite, I knew it was something special.

    The tool itself is about as basic as they come, featuring a 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm, T25 Torx, and a Flat Head Screwdriver. To me this is perfect and the only thing missing that I would have loved to see is a chain tool. That said, I'm somewhat of an idiot and carry a basically everything I need for tire issues on my frame but generally don't carry a multitool- so this is a great solution. The build quality of this tool is super nice, and the overall look us super clean and stealthy (if you want a pop of color, that's an option too!) Overall, the EDC Lite is simple yet functional and offers plenty of utility.

OneUp Components EDC Lite tool everyday carry tool

Installing the EDC Lite

    As I mentioned previously, the install process of the fully featured EDC tool was definitely one of its biggest roadblocks. That said, I'm stoked to report that the install process does not carry over to the EDC Lite. Installing the EDC Lite took all of 5 minutes and basically just requires you to tap the star nut into the steerer another 3 inches or so with a longer bolt (OneUp provides all the necessary materials other than a mallet) and thread the EDC Tool in like you would any traditional star nut. If that sounds complicated at all, OneUp provides super detailed instructions on their website that should make it fairly straightforward for any somewhat competent home mechanic. Install of the EDC Lite is headache free and super quick!

OneUp Components EDC Lite tool everyday carry tool on display on a fencepost

Final Thoughts & Recommendations

    I'm a huge fan of this tool and for $40 price point, it's very hard to beat. While it definitely doesn't offer the same level of utility as it's fully featured counterpart, that's okay. The EDC Lite is the perfect addition to any rider that already rocks some sort of on frame storage like a tube strap or swat box to carry a tube, CO2, and Tire Levers. For those who want more features- the EDC V2 isn't going anywhere, but if you're like me and just want to have easy access to a simple multitool with an easy install, the EDC Lite is definitely a promising choice! If you fit that description, the EDC Lite is certainly worth a look!

OneUp Components EDC Lite tool everyday carry tool being used on a mountain bike handlebar

Well that's my take on the new EDC Lite- thanks for reading!

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Henry Hibbeln



Bellingham, WA

Current Bikes: Transition Patrol, Surly Straggler

Bike Size: Large

Favorite Trails: Chuckanut Trails in Bellingham/Glorieta Trails in Santa Fe

About Me: Transplanted from New Mexico and Michigan before that, Henry is a fan of spicy food, chunky trails, and endless bike park laps! Henry bounces back and forth between creating media content, taking photos, and helping customers get gear that will get them out on the trails. Looking for shock recommendations or where to get the best green chili? Henry might just be your guy.