The Story behind Daysaver

Hi, we’re Daniel, Elam and Peter – and we’re Daysaver. We are bike addicts doing it all: downhill and enduro shredding, marathon racing and road cycling. Beyond this passion we are outdoor enthusiasts in general and connected by a long-standing friendship.

We know from our own experience that bad equipment like bike tools can ruin your day on the ride. That’s why Daysaver stands for the swiss engineering expertise to develop innovative and high quality solutions for problems that can happen to you outdoors. To save our customers’ day.

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The Original9 Story

It has always bothered us that we bikers must choose between having either a useful but heavy and bulky tool or a small and light one – as we want it to be – but inconvenient to use. The common concepts are based on foldable tools. The disadvantage of such concepts is that many screws are not accessible because of the bulky design, and you do not have the right lever when it comes to applying the proper torque. So we either had to accept the situation or tackle the problem ourselves.


Tinkering for the Best Multitool to Take on your Ride 


In winter 2020, goofing around in the snow, Daniel brought up the idea of solving the multitool problem cyclists face once and for all. So we started thinking about it. Especially Daniel, the tinkerer among us, occasionally called MacGyver, couldn’t get the challenge out of his head. Every minute his wife and kids were busy or sleeping, he tossed around the perfect bike multi-tool problem.



Features Original9

So far, so good. As a result of such sessions, we got a clearer idea of what a mini-tool could look like. Now we wanted our vision to materialize. So we hopped over to our trusted 3D printer. And we were more than thrilled with the first shot! And along our journey from idea to product, there were of course even more prototype stages with different focuses.


Ambushing our Desired Partner

Prototype Original9 with PB Swiss logo

With this first plastic prototype, we approached PB Swiss Tools, not knowing how they would react. Would they partner with us? Their reaction was overwhelming. They liked our idea so much that they started refining the tool with us. In the following months, we started working on the prototype development of Daysaver with the engineers of PB Swiss Tools. And then came the day we held the first metal prototype in our hands, only a few months after the first sketches. That feeling was indescribable.


Daysaver has Become Reality

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We scraped together our savings to pay for the first steps in developing the tool out of our pocket. We were so convinced of our tool that we agreed to accept the financial risk. Together with PB Swiss Tools, we have achieved our first goal and have completed the prototype phase. We have drawn up and processed an extensive specification sheet: Torque levels for each bit, handling, form factor, coating, rust resistance, weight, ecology, and security. Then we were ready for the next phase and started our Kickstarter campaign in order to take the second important step in tool development: bringing the tool from the prototype to series production. That means defining and testing the manufacturing process, adjusting the settings on machines and material, producing 0-series, etc. And then to take the final step: the actual production of the tool.

We were overwhelmed with the success of our campaign. After only three days, we achieved  our funding goal. At the end of our 30 days campaign, we convinced 1220 backers and funded CHF 121’261.–. We will always be thankful for the trust and support we experienced. It allowed us not only to offer Daysaver to a worldwide audience, but also to further develop the tool and bring in all the great ideas and inputs the community came up with. So the journey has just begun.


The Coworking5 Story

Our community basically kicked off the next stage of the Daysaver journey with us during the launch of the Original9. With all the kudos for our tool, it was clear what was still missing to save our bikers’ day for good: a tire lever and a chain breaker. Challenge accepted!


Reduced To The Max

Coworking5 OptionsWe wouldn’t be Daysaver if we hadn’t thought about how to pack the maximum functionality into the smallest possible form factor. Of course, usability must not be compromised in the process. This is true in general, but especially for the chain breaker. How can we ensure optimized use of force? How do we facilitate correct placement with an innovative chain guide? Which additional functions can be helpful? Well, obviously 5, as the name suggests.


Not Just Another Tool, But a Coworker 

Original9 and Coworking5 layoutThe key idea in the development of the Coworking5 was that of modularity. We don’t want our customers to buy different products depending on their bike adventure. But that they can configure the Daysaver solutions according to their needs. So a tire lever not only had to perfectly complement the Original9, but together form a next-level workshop-quality solution for on the ride. 


Speaking Of Modularity 

Cradle mount with Original9Modularity in the configuration of the ideal tool setup also means the choice between different mounts. Needless to say that you can carry all Daysaver tools in your pants or jacket pocket or obviously in your backpack. But there are also customers who like to have everything attached to the bike. That’s why we also introduced a new mount with the Coworking5: the Cradle. It not only holds the combination of the Essential8 or Original9 and Coworking5, but also a spare tube, CO2 cartridge or whatever else you want to have with you on the ride.


Kick It Off – Again 

Details chain and Original9Of course, a new product also involves new investments. In this case, injection molds. This is the only way to produce a top quality tire lever that is both strong and responsive enough to function but not break. To cover these expenses, we have again launched a Kickstarter campaign. This not only gave us feedback from our community on whether the Coworking5 is a product worth buying. The rate of returning customers would also tell us if our concept of modularity is desirable and understood. We can say yes to all of it. After 48 hours and with 40% returning customers, we had reached our funding goal. With this success came great pride and the question: what’s next?


The Essential8 Story

Essential8 detail


The Learnings

The Original9 multitool has now been on the market for some time and we have been able to gain a few learnings from our own experience and from customer feedback. One of the most important findings is that accessibility is not guaranteed with some SRAM derailleurs. Another interesting customer feedback is that the Philips bit is not important for a majority. Last but not least, many bikers find the Original9 fantastic, but cannot or do not want to spend so much money on a multitool. So how can we address these optimisations and achieve at least the same quality at a lower price to save the day for even more bikers?


Making the excellent even better

Essential8 33 gramsThe solution seems logical. The form factor must be adapted to solve the accessibility problem. We can do this by dispensing with the hex8 in the long lever and thus achieving smaller dimensions.

As a consequence, one bit needs to be dropped – you guessed right, the Philips turned out not to be important for everyone anyway. We will offer it as an optional bit for all customers who nevertheless do not want to do without it.

Multitool optimised and quality increased, weight decreased, price reduced – we guess mission accomplished.


Supported by Our Community

We are constantly in touch with our customers and ambassadors to discover new needs. So we are already in the process of fulfilling the next customer requests that the community has addressed to us…

 The Optimising-the-Details Story

Real Customer-Centred Product Development

We are proud to have such a great community that supports us in developing and improving our products in a user-centric way. Even small tweaks can have a significant impact on the user experience. That’s why we’ve taken on the topic of “protection and covers”.


Protection in Style

Original9 detail and HugThe rubber end caps were not very popular from the beginning. Neither with ourselves nor with our customers. We are not exactly proud of this solution.
On the one hand, they are aesthetically questionable, on the other hand, they are not convincing from a usability point of view.

That’s why we developed the Hug. A much more elegant solution that also protects the entire multitool. And if necessary, it can also serve as bit storage.

For those who like to carry their multitool in their trouser or jacket pocket or throw it in their backpack: here you go!


Protection Made Smart

Guard detailA wish that many customers have expressed is a cover for the multitool/Coworking5 combination. Mainly to protect themselves when carrying the tools in their trouser or jacket pockets. Or the tools as such, no matter where you stow them. Also, some customers were worried that they might lose the bits of the multitool.

Various solutions were considered in this regard. In the end, we and the test users were convinced by the Guard. The protective functionality is ideal, as is the accessibility. And the case also offers space for patches, glue tubes or cash. Or whatever else you want to put there.

The Guard is the basic product. Of course, it’s a no brainer to think about whether you can attach it to the bike in a useful way. Let’s see…


Ultimate Fixture

We have taken up the bikers’ need to attach gear to the bike with the Cradle mount. And the customer feedback has taught us a lot again. Most importantly, that they appreciate this fixing option and want more flexibility and possible applications.

Our new Whip lives up to this. Not only does it give Cradle owners more options as to whether and what they want to attach to the mount. The new strap offers all bikers the possibility of using the strap anywhere on the bike, completely independently of the Cradle. And to attach anything from a spare tube to a jacket to a lunch pack – no matter where on the bike.