“Stefan is a perfectionist,” explains Vincent Durand, soigneur to Team Bulls and partner in Stage N9ne Distribution with Sahm and Karl Platt. “In terms of racing he likes to have things as convenient and functional as possible, and the SahmuraiSword grew out of that.”
“For Team Bulls it was a practical thing – carrying the plugs out of the way and making sure they’re on your bike and are not another extra thing you have to remember to pack in your pocket,” Durand says, outlining how the safety issue was also a big consideration in development. “That sharp tool in your back pocket could cause severe injury…or worse.”
In addition, it is not UCI legal to attach the reamer or fork to the frame or the stem, or anywhere it is deemed ‘dangerous’.
Because of it’s extra weight and very obvious danger as sharp object, many racers often forgo carrying the reamer tool. This means that when a tyre needs to be plugged the hole is usually not the right size for the plug, which often leads to much bigger tyre problems not too many kilometres later. “Carrying the reamer is imperative so that the hole can be made to be the same size as the plug,” Durand says. “This will then mean that your plugged tyre should also last a lot longer.”