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A reinforced soft bike case for safe and secure travel with your road or mountain bike. With smooth rolling wheels, frame padding, separate wheel bags and a collapsible upper, the Evoc Bike Travel Bag is perfect for riding holidays, races and flights.
Top Features of the Evoc Bike Travel Bag - 280 Litres
- Accommodates Road bikes and mountain bikes (including Downhill bikes and 29ers)
- Tough collapsible upper
- Smooth rolling skate wheels
- PU Coated 600D nylon tarpaulin
- Glass fibre reinforced support rods
- Frame padding
- 2 separate wheel compartments on the sides
- Separate compartments for smaller parts
- 8 carry handles (2 on each side) for smooth handling
- Volume: 280l
- Weight: 8600g
- Dimensions 135 cm x 80 cm x 38 cm (Inside: 128 cm x 78 cm x 25 cm)
|Dimensions:||135 x 80 x 38 cm|
|Handles:||8 carry handles (2 on each side)|
|Pockets:||Internal storage pockets|
|Wheel Storage:||Internal Wheel Compartments|
The Evoc Bike Travel Bag offers convenient loading of virtually any bike easily and safely. It accommodates road bikes, downhill bikes and cross country bikes, including 29er models. Simply remove the bars, wheels and pedals.
The upper features glass-fibre reinforced plastic support rods which can be removed allowing the bag to fold down to 30cm in height.
Maximum Protection with Minimum Weight
The more fragile portions are protected by plastic plates, rods and foam reinforcements for effective impact protection without the weight and bulk of a hard case.
Optimal Force Distribution
As the frame is positioned upright, the areas of the bike that can take stress (saddle-saddle post-down tube; front set-head tube-fork) are actively used to deflect impact and pressure from the exterior.
The wheel compartments and the major part of the weight are in the rear area of the bag, which means that the centre of gravity is focussed on the wide, stable running gear. This makes it easy to pull the bag and numerous, cleverly positioned handles make it easy to handle the bag when loading it anywhere.
About Soft Bike Bags
Travelling by car with your bike is much easier if you can carry it on the outside. It doesn't take up any room inside the vehicle and you don't get mud and grease all over your upholstery. The simplest racks to use fit onto the rear of the car. Most grip the vehicle with plastic-coated hooks which must be positioned where they can spread the load. With all these racks, it's vital that the rack is firmly attached to the car and it's best if you then fix the bikes to the car itself, not just to the rack. If you have a tow-ball, use it! That way, the rack won't even touch the car and the whole setup is really secure. If your car has roof rails, you can mount cycle carriers to them. This works well but be careful when entering car parks with height barriers! Whichever type you choose, make sure you lock the bikes to the car if you want to keep them.
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Magazine reviews for Evoc Bike Travel Bag - 280 Litres
Review from road.cc
EVOC are specialists in the field of bicycle transport, and the voc 280L Bike Travel Bag is a case in point, with many great features only gained through experience.
Packing up and then lugging a bike around an airport is the part of going away with a bike everyone dreads. Anything that can improve the situation is worth a look in my eyes.
When buying a bike bag, you'll notice there are two types: soft shell and hard shell (well, and a few hybrids too). The EVOC is the former, able to fold down to the length of its rigid base (1300mm), making it perfect for stowing neatly under a bed when not in use. A soft shell also means it is relatively light. Coming in at 8.6kg, it saves around 3kg over most rigid plastic boxes.
The argument for whether soft or hard shell provides better protection is polarized: a hard shell may be more protected from hard outer knocks, but the bike is able to knock against the inside if not cushioned well. The EVOC is fairly well padded inside, with space along each side to stuff some lycra to help cushion any blows.
Often the problem with soft bags is that their lack of structure makes loading difficult and moving the bag around a bit like trying to get a drunk friend home. EVOC have developed structural rods, which slot in front, at rear and in wheel pockets, and act like bones, allowing the bag to maintain shape without a bike inside.
You could argue the EVOC is a hybrid bag because of these but either way, they work to great effect. A simple feature but one of the bag's best.
Packing the bag is extremely easy and quick but still results in one of the most securely packed bike bags that I've used. You start by inserting the structural rods. Next, the handlebars must be removed from the stem - the only dismantling of the bike required. A frame pad then wraps around the top-tube/down-tube joint - this has velcro straps, which the removed handlebars attach to. Our test included the optional road fork protection; this pads out the forks so that they are more secure in the included fork strapping (the strapping is designed to take larger mountain bike forks). You would be fine without, but it just helps to hold the bike better.
A large foam block sits between the chainstays, with a groove for the bottom bracket to sit. The block can to moved to sort of wedge the frame in place. Along with two straps at the chainstay, seat-tube, steerer and the fork, the bike is certainly battened down. All that is left is to pack the wheels with their skewers removed (and discs if you have them).
Wheels are stowed in side pockets on each side of the bag, rather than in the main compartment. This helps to avoid damage to your frame because of an ill placed cassette and also, they provide an element of side protection. You might think the wheels are exposed this way but the axles are going to be the impact point, with extra 'PE Board' cushioning featured at these points. The bike placement isn't by chance, EVOC have designed it such that the areas of the bike naturally designed to take stress are where any impacts will occur.
Three additional pockets are included: a clear A4 size and A5 size inside, then an outer A4 size side pocket. These are useful for the pedals and skewers that you've removed but also a few tools, gels, etc. As with all the zips on the bag, these are high quality jobs which inspire confidence. Outer zips are large double zippers, which have loops for padlocks.
In all, it took me under 10 minutes to pack/unpack (it's the same process in reverse) the bike, once I'd followed the instructions. That is rapid compared with my other bike packing experiences: removing the mech, working out how to safely strap it to the frame, searching round for bubble wrap and pipe insulation, sticking the bike in, realising it doesn't fit, juggling it around...repeat. Part of what makes it a joy is that the bag's zip goes around the whole upper circumference, allowing full side access - equally for the wheel pockets.
Along with the structural rods, rear wheels sober up that drunk friend of a bike bag. If you've ever tried to get a bike bag onto an airport trolley, you'll know what a great feature this is. They are smooth and roll very well, thanks to 110mm wheels with sealed bearings. Most of the weight is at the rear, making the bag well balanced for lifting with front handle when wheelieing too. In all there are 8 handles, making it easy to pick up from all angles (think luggage carousels).
I've been extremely impressed by the EVOC Travel Bag. Having taken bikes abroad a number of times I've always resented the transportation stage to the point where it puts me off flying.
The bag caters equally well for mountain bikes, all the way up to 29ers. The bag retails for Â£299 (+Â£18.99 for our fork block). That is on the premium side of bike bags but it is full of premium features. You pays your money, you takes your choice; sure you can transport a bike in a f
Great design makes short work of the usual bike travel woes - a truly stellar bike bag
Rating: 4.5 / 5
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So if they dont run over it with a truck, i think your bike will travel safe!
Only issue was getting it to the airport. It is kind of big.
Make sure your have adequate travel insurance.
Wrap your frame in your cycling gear. to protect from scratches.
If you put the bag longwise into the trunk, you need to put down the backseat.
Is this the 2013 model?
Does it include the Evoc road bike adaptor http://www.wiggle.co.uk/evoc-road-bike-adaptor-for-bike-travel-bag/? Some website videos suggest new 2013 model does
Finally, does it also include the Evoc frame pad http://www.wiggle.co.uk/evoc-frame-pad-for-bike-travel-bag/? Evoc website suggests it does but Wiggle is not clear
The BB sits on a block and has tie downs to position frame
To lift the whole bag is a little tricky, cause its big and rather heavy with a bike inside. You use the handle on the left front and crosswise the handle on the right back.
There are solid pieces of plastic in the centre section of the wheel pockets which offer good protection wheels.
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