Wolf Tooth and Otso Cycles are two different companies under the same ownership. Based in Minnesota, Otso offers six different bicycles, mostly all-road and gravel models made from carbon, stainless steel and titanium, along with one carbon hardtail mountain bike. Each bicycle model is also offered as a frameset, and there are options for customization.
Wolf Tooth offers an eclectic mix of components, including chainrings and chainring bolts, headsets, tools and other accessories. Dan from Wolf Tooth showed us the Geo Shift headset, which debuted at this year’s Philly Bike Expo. The Geo Shift headset allows for a 2 degree shift in the angle of the fork, slackening or steepening the head angle of the bike, which provides a significant difference in the bike’s handling characteristics. For all road bikes meant to cover a variety of terrain or different competition uses, this is a useful extra measure of adjustment.
Dan also showed us the 8-Bit Multi-Tool system, which has three functions. It has a chainbreaker on one end and a retractable utility blade on the other. The chain tool is operated by an included 3mm hex L key that doubles as a tire plug inserter. A machined slot fits the L key and converts the entire multi-tool into a tire plug inserter, with the forked end of the L key extending outward. The handles of this multi-tool slide open to provide storage for tire plug inserts, a valve core, and a spare mini utility blade.
This multi-tool is designed to work on its own or be grouped with other 8-Bit System multi-tools. All three multi-tools nest together via magnets and clever machining. These were designed to solve most trailside fixes to get you back to the trailhead or next town. They are strong, versatile, lightweight, and small enough to fit in a jersey pocket or riding tool wrap.