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Reinvented multitool launches on KickStarter

Following twelve months of development, new cycling accessory brand, 'Stique launched on 27th June, when their first product - a reinvented multitool - will go live on Kickstarter.

'Stique has been formed by a collective from London and the mountain biking trails of Cannock Chase, who have come together to design beautiful, strong, lightweight, reinvented bike tools and accessories, and champion their manufacture in the UK.

First off the production line is the ML123, which combines three multi-function levers that have proven in lab. tests to be 90% stronger than market leading levers.

This integrated tool-set made from metal-replacement, engineering-grade polymer includes space for key accessories such as coins, heart-rate monitor battery, split chain-links and puncture repair pads.

The ML123 has gone through extensive field trials with road cyclists and mountain bikers, from ex-Olympic mountain bike rider, and UK Team Coach, Gary Foord's team at Mammoth Lifestyle; as well as road cyclists from the Birmingham Running, Athletics and Triathlon club (BRAT).

Greg McDonald, 'Stique's founder, who came up with the idea of the ML123, comments, "Our name comes from the love of the bicycle, a thirst to break new ground for bike riders, and the sweat, toil and personal sacrifice personified by the legendary domestiques.

"As 'Stique develops, we're committed to producing a range of high quality, metal-grade plastic tools and accessories, with components sourced in the UK. We have an exciting product development pipeline in place, that will extend our range, reinventing tools and accessories for every type of bike rider".

The team estimate they have invested around £15,000 to-date in producing the ML123, and aim to raise at least a further £15,000 through the Kickstarter project, which will be used to contribute to the production tooling costs to make the three levers, the cast alloy work-piece holder and the over-moulded tool bank. Kickstarter also gives the brand the opportunity to get in front of an active early-adopter cycling community, who 'Stique hope will help shape their story over the coming years.