17
Jul
2013

Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

7/17/2013 : sicklines

For 2014, Specialized is selling and equipping select models with Storage, Water, and Air Tools (SWAT). SWAT is intended to provide a clean setup for storage of the key tools we most often use. The SWAT idea is carried throughout a variety of products within road, mountain, and tri. Check out some of the mountain highlights inside.

Often times it can be a struggle to quickly find a tool in a pack or pocket. Forgetting a tool at home or in the car is really quite annoying, especially if it would’ve saved you from doing the walk of shame home or back to the truck. Specialized has come up with some neat new tools and ways to store the esseintal ones on the bike in a clean fashion.

Some of their 2014 Specialized bikes come equipped with SWAT tools installed already so keep an eye out for them. Even if the bike doesn’t come equipped with a SWAT tool, be sure to check if it has any built in slots for SWAT as the EPIC has a pretty neat one.

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

Epic SWAT multi-tool storage

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

SWAT Options for MTB

Before you go out and purchase a SWAT toolset like the Plastic SWAT box, be sure your frame is compatible as this pack requires an extra mounting hole on the frame.  The SWAT multi-tool setup however should work on any bike provided there is enough clearance for the cage and tool.

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

SWAT Box

Most bikers should carry a multi-tool with them and Specialized makes it pretty easy to bring one along.

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

SWAT - Multi-tool storage

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

SWAT tool release

The multi-tool has pretty much all of the common size allens / torx that are on most modern bikes

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

SWAT multi-tool

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

SWAT multi tool

Taking things up a notch, the Specialized EMT tool replaces your top-cap with a chain-breaker tool. The kit comes with everything you need for carbon steerer tubes or standard star-nut. It fits in any standard 1 1/8 steerer tube. The star nut has to be pushed in a little deeper so they include an adapter to install on a Nut Setter to get the right depth when installing.

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

EMT Top Cap Chain Breaker Tool (carbon steerer adapter, EMT tool, extended star nut depth setter)

The tool also can store a spare chain pin (not included)

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

EMS installed

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

EMS Tool - Chain breaker and extra pin storage

The chain breaker tool is a neat device to store and doesn’t add much weight.

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

EMT Chain Tool

The EMT tool you see is only 29.2g (add 2.5g for a 10speed SRAM quick link). In comparison, a Cane Creek 40 series top cap and nut is 16.6g. A small weight penalty to have a spare chain tool at all times.

Moving things up a notch, the Specialized SWAT Box carries more for frames that are compatible.  The SWAT box can hold 25g CO2 with custom inflator head, turbo tube, tirelever, and more.

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

SWAT Box - installed

, Specialized – 2014 Storage Water Air Tools (SWAT) Lineup

SWAT Box - opened

The Specialized Zee cages you see here are pretty neat as well.  They offer left or right hand options to allow you to load a water bottle in the left or the right.  Typically a water bottle cage only allows for top entry but these side entry cages give you more clearance to get the bottle in and out easier.

Pricing:

  • ZEE CAGE II CARBON RIGHT DT $ 60.00
  • ZEE CAGE II CARBON LEFT DT $ 60.00
  • ZEE CAGE II RIGHT DT $ 60.00
  • ZEE CAGE II LEFT DT $ 60.00
  • RESERVE RACK $ 30.00
  • MTB XC KIT $ 150.00
  • EMT TOP CAP CHAIN TOOL $ 25.00

You can see some additional shots of select SWAT tools in our gallery.  Check out Specialized’s website (or your local dealer) for more SWAT options for other bikes as well as SWAT clothing designs.

Stay tuned for more 2014 Specialized product details.


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