Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

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Recently announced, the Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump comes in two sizes with a Presta compression head, a smart locking system, and the ability to hide most of their tools and a new tubeless plugger with larger plugs. We had a chance to test both the 40 and 85cc models ahead of today's release in this first look review…

When I think about the hard tool craze that happened a few years ago, I initially covered my nose with small tools, designed for storage, convinced that I will never part with many hard tools or a complete tool. However, some useful and interesting options have emerged during that time that are very useful for day trips and long-distance bikepacking trips, or as a way to round out your repair kit. Wolf Tooth's EnCase and OneUp EDC systems come to mind. They are easy to store on the bike as they don't take up much room and are there in case you need them in a pinch. Today, two new Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump models expand the Minnesota brand's lineup with smaller 40 and 85cc pumps that allow their ECase tools to mount between them. I had the opportunity to try them before their release for this review.

Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review
  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

With a maximum pressure of 70 psi, both Wolf Tooth EnCase Pumps are designed for off-road bike tires—especially mountain and rock, and the larger of the two is also suitable for fat bike tires, according to Wolf Tooth. These pumps require minimal effort with each pump stroke to feed high volume tires and are built to be reliable and dependable. The EnCase Pump only works with Presta valves. Similar to other pumps I've tried, like the OneUp EDC Pump, it works by pushing the head directly into the valve stem without the need for a hose or locking lever. I generally prefer this design over all others; easy to use and eliminates the risk of dislodging the valve core.

  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review
  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

I have found ECase pumps to work very well. They feel solid, and the mechanical texture on the handle provides a good grip. The amorphic shape of the head provides a good place to place your thumb for stability while going uphill. Both pumps work well, and the time and strokes required to pump a flat tire are about what I would expect based on their capacity. On the 85cc model, it took about 60 pumps to inflate the 29 x 2.4” tires to 10 PSI, and 130 strokes on the 40cc model to inflate the same tire from flat to 10 PSI. EnCase pumps have a blue urethane gasket in the middle of the head that fits the pressure, but like similar pumps, you need to keep it to a certain level and sit well on the valve and avoid air leakage while increasing the air.

  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review
  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

Of course, the main attraction is that Wolf Tooth EnCase Pumps provide an additional storage solution for their EnCase line of multi-tools. We've already reviewed the ECase tools, so I won't delve into the features and specifications here (you can read that review for details, linked below). The pumps are designed to fit two main tools: the Hex Bit Wrench, a multi-tool with 14 functions, and the Chain + Tire Plug, which combines a chain tool at the end and a tire plug with a tube to store the plugs. Both tools are cylindrical and were originally designed to fit inside the handle sleeves, so it makes sense to store them inside a small pump as well. The smaller 40cc pump can fit one ECase tool (below photos), while the larger 85cc pump (above photos) can fit both tools in the included rubber sleeve. The rubber sleeve has an integrated cap that slides over the end of the pump, locking it in place. It is a well made design that is tamper proof and secure.

Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review
  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

Both pumps can fit the new Wolf Tooth EnCase Tire Plug, also introduced today. I was immediately impressed with the EnCase Tire Plug, especially because it comes with regular plugs and extra large plugs. It has a built-in rubber cap and the tube comes out with a secure O-ring fit, making it quick and easy to access. The only problem with it is when you use it, you can't store any other tools. I think one interesting way would be to make some kind of small bag to store the tire repair equipment, and then put it in the 85cc pump and the Tire Plug, and carry the tools somewhere else.

Wolf Tooth Pump vs. OneUp EDC

For many of you, the OneUp EDC pump probably came to mind when you clicked on this post. The Encase Pump shares many similarities with the seven-year-old EDC, like it's almost the same size and uses a Presta-only head, and the obvious: it stores tools inside its hollow tube. There is a difference, however. To illustrate, here is a list of advantages each has over the other.

  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review
  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review
  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review
  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

Advantages with Encase Pump

  • Light weight
  • It's a bit expensive
  • Ergonomic/easy to use hex tool
  • Easy to access tire plug tool
  • It has a Philips head and T30 bits
  • EnviroLock does a better job of “locking” the pump
  • Encase tools can also be stored in the handle

Benefits with OneUp EDC

  • Easy/quick access to the tool
  • It has a wheel lever, a Presta valve core tool, and a spare rotor bolt
  • It can hold fast links
  • Optional chainbreaker pawls
  • The EDC tool can also be stored in the steerer tube

To summarize the main points, I think that the Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump – as in the pump itself – managed to squeeze in a few improvements that improve the same features in the tried and true EDC. The EnviroLock is a huge improvement over EDC's rubber slide-on fittings, which often don't stay pressed when attached to a bag. I also like the headband on the Wolf Tooth model; the rubber plug on the EDC is sometimes difficult to install and doesn't last. Plus, I think the ECase hex tool is easier to use than the fiddly Allen tool in the OneUp EDC kit.

On the other hand, EDC has several advantages that are worth noting. First, the Allen tool is much faster to access and use than the ECase version, which requires you to take it out, remove the O-rings, select the bit you need, and install it. Fragments are also unique to the ECase driver and can be lost. I think that's the biggest debate between hex bit tools and hex bit tools, and it really depends on the user's preference, but you get my drift. The 100cc EDC Pump has a slightly higher air stroke volume, although the difference was negligible in a side-by-side comparison. The EDC also has a few other features that I like: a wheel lever, chainbreaker pliers, and storage for a pair of master links.

Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

One thing that sets EnCase Pumps apart is the ingenious “EnviroLock” mechanism that secures the handle to the shaft, preventing it from slipping. After use, you simply press the pump, twist it clockwise, and it locks in place, ensuring it won't grow when stored in a frame bag or on the bike. A piece of rubber mounted on the shaft slides over the head freely but stays in place due to slight variations in mechanical thickness. In addition, it creates a waterproof seal to protect against mud and debris.

  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review
  • Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump Review

Similarly, Wolf Tooth also added a rubber cap that covers the entire head. These features, especially the EnviroLock, are especially beneficial when mounting the pump to a frame using a bottle cage mount. Unsurprisingly, the cap itself has a clever design that helps keep the pump closed: each of the two plastic handles has a different diameter—one for the shaft and the handle. It also has two rubber straps that are very secure.

  • Model/Size Tested: Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump 85cc and 45cc
  • Actual Weight (85cc) with both engines: 260 grams
  • Actual Weight (85cc) without tools: it's 149g
  • Actual Weight (40cc) with Installation Tool: 120 grams
  • Actual Weight (40cc) without tool: you are 91g
  • Production Location: Taiwan and Minnesota*
  • Price (40cc pump + mounting): $64.95
  • Price (40cc pump + mounting + Tubeless Plug Tool): $79.95
  • Price (85cc pump + mount): $69.95
  • Price (85cc pump + mount + Tubeless Plug Tool): $89.95
  • Price (85cc pump + mount + both ECase tools): $159.95
  • Manufacturer details: 85cc, 40cc

*Pump parts are made in Taiwan and pumps are assembled in Minnesota; many tools are machined and made in Minnesota.

Benefits

  • A quality little pump that is easy to use
  • Good ergonomics and form factor
  • The waterproof EnviroLock and head cap are very well designed and reflect Wolf Tooth's attention to detail
  • It keeps most of the tools easily accessible in one place
  • The new tire plug tool comes with extra large plugs
  • Individual parts and replacement parts are available

Evil

  • It lacks a few features compared to competing products
  • The Hex tool is slower to access and use than most other tools
  • Some people may want the Schrader valve option

Finish it

I feel like a broken record saying this, but Wolf Tooth never ceases to impress when it comes to attention to detail and innovation. ECase pumps are no different. Small non-nonse pumps of two different useful volumes suitable for off-road tires. The form factor is excellent, and the EnviroLock and headrest round out the well-crafted design. The ability to store multiple tools in the ECase is icing on the cake, and the Tire Connection Tool with large plugs is a nice addition. By far, my favorite configuration is to carry a 40cc pump with a Tire Plug Tool, and just throw in a small folding tool or my complete tool roll.

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