Wolf Tooth EnCase System Bar Kit review

A handy on-bike storage solution for multi-tools

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Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £127.00 RRP | USD $120.00 | EUR €130.00 | AUD $195.00
Wolf Tooth EnCase System Bar Kit multi-tools

Our review

An impressively useful tool, but it won’t fit every bar, can be fiddly to use and is pretty pricey
Pros: Well-built and neat on-bike tool storage solution; should be able to fix most trailside issues
Cons: High price; it’s fiddly and there’s the potential to lose tool bits; not compatible with all bars and grips
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Wolf Tooth’s clever two-part EnCase System Bar Kit stores tools in the ends of your mountain bike handlebar, and it’s very well made, with a decent selection of tools.

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The main multi-tool includes a spoke key, valve core remover, flat-head and Phillips screwdrivers, 2/2.5/3/4/5/6/8mm Allen keys and T10/25/30 Torx bits. The second includes a chain-breaker and tyre plug inserter with five strips.

Both are wrapped in flexible rubber that you can trim to get the best fit for your bar. Unfortunately, I still couldn’t fit the tools inside carbon Renthal or ENVE bars. I had more luck with OneUp’s carbon bar, and no problem with all aluminium bars I tried.

If the tools do fit in your bar, they offer impressive functionality. The tool-bit holder (which is also an 8mm Allen key) has a magnet to keep the bits secure in use. It also pivots, giving you the choice of holding the tool like a screwdriver or turning it into an L-shaped tool for more torque. I had no problem reaching awkward bolts, and the tool is comfy to hold.

The tool-bits are held in their slots with magnets and a rubber band, so they’re rattle-free when riding. However, it’s a fiddle to remove them and they’re quite easy to lose.

Because the two parts of the tool act as bar end-plugs, you can only use grips that don’t have built-in end-caps.

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The EnCase System is a wad of money for essentially a fancy multi-tool, but it’s a quality piece of kit.

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $195.00EUR €130.00GBP £127.00USD $120.00
Brand Wolf tooth

Features

Features Screwdrivers: Flat-head, Phillips
Allen keys: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm
Torx bits: T10, 25, 30