RRP: From £7.50 delivered

From: MTBstrapon

In the apparent new world order of trying to ditch the hydration pack and the goal of riding or racing with literally minimal baggage and only taking what’s absolutely necessary, riders and racers have been taping spare inner tubes and tools to their bikes for a while now. I tried it at an enduro race early last year, using electrical tape, only to have my spare tube fling off at the bottom of Stage 1 as if the bike had decided to jettison some weight like a hot air balloonist desperately ditching some sandbags to get back up in the air. So, a fat lot of use that turned out to be…lesson learned and not done since!

Getting in on this trend, ‘MTBstrapon’, is a new Cornish micro-business and has started producing ‘enduro retention devices’ aka Velcro straps, for attaching ‘things’ to your bike. You might be aware of the Back Country Research straps that Enduro World Series Champion, Richie Rude uses but these appear to be difficult to get hold of in the UK at present. These are very similar and step in to fill the void. Yep, essentially it IS ‘just’ a strap but what MTBstrapon offers however are custom colours to match your bike and at a cheap price of £9.50. Being handmade in the UK, you also get the warm fuzzy glow of supporting a local rider producing useful stuff for…well, local riders.

Check out the rubber coating on the inside to stop your Strapon moving when things get dirty

The strap is made of sturdy webbing and has an appropriately chunky plastic buckle so looks very unlikely to break when cinching stuff up tight. The Velcro material covers a good length of the strap so will fix chunky inner tubes to chunky frame tubes, with a multitool, tyre lever and CO2 cartridge in without too much of a problem.

Now that we’re dropping into winter and dark evenings, it would also work well attaching light batteries to your frame, or probably a small LED torch to your helmet for that ‘ghetto Exposure Joystick’ look.

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The Strapon – great for your rubber fetish

The early sample given to me by MTBstrapon to try was given a good seeing to at a recent trip to Bikepark Wales, and clung on to my goods very well on Rowan Sorell’s finest berms, drops and jumps. I got a little paranoid about my multitool slipping out halfway through the day, but to be honest it had barely moved and a quick re-jig ‘just to be sure’ had it nice and snug again without concern after.

Ideally, some sort of further retention integrated in to the strap, like the rubber bands on the Back Country Research straps or similar, would certainly be a great idea and no doubt provide some extra assurance, but as it is, if something falls out then it’ll be user error most likely rather than the strap failing.

I asked Sam at MTBstrapon about further retention ideas and he’s currently got a new design in the works so keep an eye on the Facebook page for info in the near future.

Sorry… I’ve run out if Strapon innuendo now

Summary

Ideal for strapping on the bare essentials when out for a quick ride or racing a mini-enduro, the MTBstrapon will keep them attached securely and doesn’t break the bank. Custom colours of your choice provides that personal touch as well.

As a bonus, it’s also great for endless hours of innuendo fun when out on the trails with your mates….which is almost worth the cost in itself!

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