On a recent trip with my bike, I pulled out the Fabric Chamber from my pocket to remove the thru axle on my front wheel to load it into the car. I quickly identified the hex bit I needed, placed it in the axle and ratcheted it out. The mechanism made the manoeuver quick and easy. After a weekend of riding it was nice not to have to wrestle with the bike to get it into a car.
Later in the trip, I wanted to make an adjustment to my handlebars on a ride. With my Garmin mount, there wasn’t much space to make the adjustment but the smart design allowed me to get to the bolts and get the bar where I wanted it. No stress or fiddling around with a tricky to use tool.
The Chamber is a stylish little tool and while less compact than traditional multitools, the increased functionality and ease of use you get out of it make bike adjustments a breeze. The silver aluminum body is attractive and comfortable in the hand. At 170 g, it’s heavier than many multitools. The Chamber should fit in most saddlebags and sits comfortably at the bottom of a cycling jersey pocket.
Housed inside the silver tool are six double-sided bits with an additional large hex head attachment in the centre. In the chamber you will find Hex 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 mm tools, Phillips 1 and 2 mm bits, a flat head 3 mm, and torque 10 and 25. The combination makes adjustments to stems, steaposts, bottle cages, handlebars, headsets, cleats, derailleurs and more parts of your bike possible.
Tools can be inserted into the ratchet mechanism in either direction making tightening or loosening parts easy. The ratchet has an audible click and smooth motion. While spinning a traditional tool in tight or hard to reach places can be tricky often increasing the risk of stripping a bolt, using the Chamber we were able to access parts making adjustments with confidence. The ratchet mechanism means you don’t need a lot of space to make the adjustment.
Whether travelling or on rides, the Chamber was rarely left at home. The ratchet makes it easier to work with and with 13 bits it covered everything we needed when on the road. The inclusion of the rachet is really what makes this tool so excellent decreasing the likelihood of stripping bolts and making adjustments in tight places a breeze.