We reported in our tech round-up last week that accessories manufacturer Birzman will be available in the UK through i-ride.co.uk (importers of Merckx, 3T, De Rosa). This week we popped down to the distributors headquarters in East Sussex and were given a first look at some of the highlights from the company's range.
Birzman have actually been around for four years and are based in Taiwan. Not since Lezyne revolutionised the tool market and managed to make such items as multi-tools and pumps sexy, have we seen anything come even close. Birzman's products are exquisitely designed, functionally excellent and well priced.
Let's take a look at some of the highlights. A range of four track pumps with prices starting from £35 and rising to £100 ticks a lot of boxes; solid construction, stable base, pressure gauge and ergonomic handle.
And just when you think you've seen it all, i-ride's Tom Marchment showed us their neatest feature, the Snapit valve.
You simply push the chuck onto the valve, and slide the gold collar upwards, thus locking the chuck securely into place. A small metal collar clamps onto the valve. That small rubber button you can see is the air release button, so you can get the tyre pressure absolutely spot on with minimal hassle.
The same clever valve is also used on their range of mini-pumps. The slender one is the road pump (the large volume model is designed for mountain bikes). At the front is a a steel braided hose that doubles up as a CO2 hose, with the same Snapit chuck.
For those seeking the lightest and most compact mini pump, then look no further than these tiny pumps.
A range of multi-tools to cover all price points and repairability. We've actually tested one before, and were impressed.
Chain tools have no right to be stylish, but Birzman challenge that perception, check out these tools. There's some impressive attention to detail; a small rubber o-ring gives a nice feel to the tool as you wind it right it.
A tool bottle isn't something you see that often, but old school roadies still use them as a way to transport such essentials as Allen keys, spare tubes, gas canisters and other bits and bots. Sure beats stuffing your pockets to the brim. Foam lining stops everything rattling around inside.
From roadside repairs to workshop tools, the range also includes some reassuringly solid and hefty tools for servicing your bike. All these, and many more, will be hitting shops in September. Check out www.i-ride.co.uk for more info.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.