Bike journey bag comparability
We discipline examined three baggage for touring along with your bike: Evoc Bike Bag, Scicon AeroComfort MTB and the Shimano Professional Bike Mega. If you happen to’re able to ditch the cardboard field, contemplating placing certainly one of these merchandise in your Christmas/Hanukkah record this 12 months.
Evoc Bike Bag
Tester: Mike Cushionbury
Evoc is often referred to as the model that redefined how a motorcycle journey case must be made: smooth shell to maintain it very light-weight, collapsible for straightforward storage, and fast and simple to pack. Its Bike Journey Bag, proven right here, is the one which set the usual.
The underside of the case has exterior hard-plastic skid beams that help and shield the case. Two detachable glass-fiber rods at the back and front, together with two plastic rods inside all sides wheel pocket, give the case help and form. For portage, there are two inline skate wheels with sealed bearings on the again.
Evoc’s roomy wheel compartments are distinctive in that they zip open from the facet versus from the highest, flapping open nearly like little doorways to make it extremely straightforward to drop in your 27.5, 29 or 27plus wheel—and each pockets have hard-plastic reinforcement on the axle/rotor location. Inside, there’s a bigger pocket on the facet for pedals, instruments and the like, in addition to a smaller pocket on the again.
The bag clamshells open for straightforward bike set up. Take away each wheels and pedals, then decrease the saddle to make it match within the bag. Subsequent, take away the bars and stem, then use the included body pad to wrap across the prime tube and down tube. Evoc’s bag doesn’t have devoted axle mounts; as an alternative, the underside bracket rests on a big bolstered pad. You then slide the fork into its padded space, with the dropouts resting on the underside of the bag.
Due to the body angle this creates, rear derailleur removing isn’t crucial. Additionally, with this development there’s no want to fret about varied axle sizes and designs, and it’s one of many quickest and best to pack, taking simply minutes after you have the method down. With loads of Velcro and buckle straps, all the pieces snugs tightly into place, and there’s a lot of room for extras like a helmet, sneakers, a water pack and a few garments.
With a whopping seven handholds and huge, wide-stance wheels, maneuvering the bag round is straightforward. Weighing in at 19.6 kilos, relying on the model of motorbike you trip there would possibly or may not be a lot leeway to pack extras earlier than hitting that magic journey weight of fifty kilos. Nonetheless, Evoc’s fame as among the best bag makers on this planet is nicely earned and the Bike Journey Bag proves that.
- MSRP: $475
Scicon AeroComfort MTB case
Tester: Adam Newman
Scicon Luggage focuses on bicycle transportation instances and is utilized by a number of prime professional street groups and triathletes, nevertheless it additionally affords a mountain bike case, pictured right here.
The case begins with a steel chassis to which the body and fork are mounted. With each of the bike’s axles (QR or through axle) mounted into place, it retains the bike steady and off the bottom. Beneath the chassis is a set of 4 casters that rotate 360 levels, making it a breeze to roll via the airport.
The bag unzips completely, with all sides folding away to provide you complete entry to the bike, which is helpful for you and for the safety of us who can open it and see your bike with out having to unpack and repack something.
Both sides of the clamshell opening comprises a particular zippered pocket to your wheels, and I used to be happy to see that they match each 29-inch wheels and a 26×3.8-inch wheel and tire. They are going to doubtless match even 29-plus wheels and tires in the event you deflate them. There’s additionally a stash pocket on the within of the bag for issues like instruments, pedals and different small gadgets.
The handlebars are faraway from the bike and slide right into a padded sleeve to maintain them protected. The sleeve then Velcros into place so it’s not flopping round. Included is a small steel guard that bolts on to guard your rear derailleur, however I felt safer not taking any probabilities; I unbolted the derailleur completely and fixed it to the body with a toe strap. Professional tip: Toe straps are tremendous useful for all kinds of issues—besides securing your toes to your pedals.
The final piece is the saddle. You possibly can both take away it altogether and stuff it in someplace, or slam it down and slip the saddle cowl over it. I discovered that even with all of it the best way down, the strap wasn’t lengthy sufficient to achieve up and round to safe it in place, nevertheless it doesn’t appear to be a really very important step in securing the bike. After I traveled with a dropper put up, I eliminated it from the body and secured it in place with one other toe strap as a result of I didn’t need it popping up unexpectedly en route.
Some good touches on the skin of the bag embody plastic bumpers in high-wear areas on the edges, an built-in identify tag, and pull handles to roll it alongside. I would love the bag to have extra handles, although, particularly down decrease, as it’s fairly tall and might be tough to raise up over a curb or right into a car with solely the highest handles.
With fashionable axle “requirements” everywhere in the map, you’re going to have the ability to use the Scicon solely with conventional QR axles or 100×15 and 142×12 through axles. One hang-up is that the rear thru-axle adapter is a small spacer that requires three palms: one to carry the bike, one to carry the adapter piece and one to slip the axle via the bracket. Plus, in the event you lose it in your journey, you’re SOL.
Lastly, you must watch your weight when touring, and that is doubtless the case with every of those baggage. With simply my bike and a few small gadgets, my case was proper on the 50-pound mark, and a few airways could cost further in the event you go over it. If weight isn’t an issue, there may be loads of room to stuff in some garments, a helmet and different equipment.
Shimano Professional Bike Journey Case Mega
Tester: Mike Cushionbury
Shimano’s part arm, Professional, makes not solely high quality handlebars, stems, posts and saddles, but in addition this spectacular soft-shell bike bag designed to hold street and mountain bikes.
Holding its higher form through 4 detachable inflexible rods, the aluminum body can be detachable for straightforward entry; it’s suspended above the underside of the bag and has sliding resin brackets to compensate for varied wheelbases that connect to the fork and rear dropouts. The dropout mounts are designed to simply settle for fast releases or through axles, and the rear mount additionally has a built-in chain information to maintain the rear derailleur from hitting the underside of the bag. The bag rolls on 4 small casters that rotate 360 levels for straightforward rolling on clean surfaces. It has a protecting inside liner and loads of further foam blocks and specialty pads designed to guard the body from the handlebars.
Both sides of the bag has massive exterior wheel pockets that simply match 29er wheels and tires and a few 27-plus (although some tires could should be partially or fully deflated). Internally, there’s a useful stash pocket for smaller gadgets like instruments, pedals and extra-small components, together with a big pocket on the facet. It additionally consists of a big mesh bag for clothes. The wheel pockets have arduous plastic panels on the hub to guard rotors, and thick padding helps prevents injury.
What makes the Professional bag so wonderful is how straightforward it’s to pack. Take away the bag’s body, take off your wheels and pedals, safe the bike along with your wheel axles to the body, drop the seat simply sufficient to slot in the bag, then take away the handlebars and safe them to the body with the massive pad particularly designed for this, which Velcros into place. Now, merely slide the body into place—the bag fully unzips on one facet, so there may be ample room—safe it with the underside straps, tighten the seatpost strap and also you’re able to journey.
At a lightweight 17.2 kilos, there may be some leeway (and loads of house) to stash sneakers, a helmet, a water pack and a few clothes whereas staying beneath 50 kilos, which is the benchmark for airways and delivery firms. In use, I’ve by no means had any injury to my bike or wheels, and all zippers and straps are as sturdy as you’d anticipate.
The Professional Mega is without doubt one of the greatest journey baggage you’ll discover, and it sells for a comparably first rate value. It rolls properly, has 5 handholds for dragging or selecting it up and packing it’s extremely easy and quick. If you happen to journey along with your bike a good quantity, that is the bag for you.