Topeak Ninja TC road — Review
Tool integration has been fashionable for a while now. Manufacturers offer a variety of different ways to carry all the necessary tools without ruining the looks of your bike too much. Topeak’s answer to this is their Ninja -tools. Currently available there is a micro pump that fits into your seat post, a chain tool that hides inside your handlebar like bar end plugs, and two different bottle cages with included tools. In this review, we’ll be focusing on the road specific bottle cage.
Topeak Ninja TC road at first glance
Topeak Ninja TC road bottle cage comes with a Ninja T8+ multi-tool and two tire levers. The waterproof storage box at the bottom of the bottle cage is meant for the multi-tool. The box rotates 180 degrees from on side to the other, and locks in place automatically on each side, but also in the middle. The tire levers are attached to the sides simply by pushing them down and they come off easily with a little push to the opposite direction. They are held solidly in place though, and they certainly won’t be falling off during your rides. When you put the included rubber sleeve on the multi-tool it sits nice and snug in the storage box.
All in all the bottle cage seems to be a rattle free way of carrying your basic tools. It is also fairly light at 175 grams, certainly good for light weight bike setups.
The multi-tool and tire levers
Topeak Ninja T8+ multi-tool comes with 2 | 2.5 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 mm Allen wrenches, Phillips head and T25 Torx wrench. The tool is very well made and the quality seems to be very good. Even though this tool is “road-specific” it comes with nearly all the necessary tools you could need while mountain biking. The only necessary thing missing is the chain tool, which you have to carry separately.
The included tire levers are quite thin and lightweight. To be honest, I’m not hundred percent positive if they are going to survive regular usage, so I’d leave those for emergencies only. So far I have only used them once and they flexed quite a bit even though the tire wasn’t particularly tight. If I end up breaking one I will give you an update for sure!
The bottle cage
As a bottle cage, Topeak Ninja TC is quite average. The cage is quite stiff to a point that inserting and pulling out a bottle takes some effort. This is partly due to the high “lip” on top of the cage where you insert the bottle. It’s supposed to prevent the bottles from being pulled out by accident. In reality, it just makes the bottle cage only fit some specific bottles well. Many others end up not sitting flush against the cage as the lip pushes their side up.
Topeak Ninja TC road bottle cage is a great way to carry the minimal tools on your bike. It’s rattle free and relatively light weight, but also affordable. In most cases, it will also be enough for mountain bikers, as long as you carry a chain tool separately. For around 30-40€ it’s also very reasonably priced considering what you get alongside with it.
Just be prepared to look for different kinds of bottles if you want your bottles to sit well on it.
- Lightweight and compact
- Rattle free way of carrying the basic tools
- Fairly affordable
- The bottle cage itself only fits some specific bottles well
- No chain tool included