It’s about time we brought you a review here at ProBikeKit, we know it’s been a while and so we got our pro riders on the case as soon as we could.
Joanne Clay of Torq Performance Elite MTB team and Andy Magnier of Velosure Giordana Pro Racing, each picked up a Scicon AeroComfort Case and headed for the windy terrains of Fuerteventura. The trip may have been filled with 6mph uphill climbs and an endless onslaught of head-on wind, but the Scicon AeroComfort at least made the travelling aspect of it run quite smoothly. Read on to see what Jo and Andy thought of the bags and how well they fared on their overseas journey.
Joanne Clay’s review – “An ideal choice for someone wanting to save weight on those budget airlines and protect their beloved bike without breaking the bank!”
“It was one of those feelings where you’re excited about taking your most loved bike away, but then it dawns on you that you have to get it there safely! This is where the Scicon AeroComfort 2.0 comes in play: an ideal choice for someone wanting to save weight on those budget airlines and protect their beloved bike without breaking the bank.
The thought of trying to pack away a bike safely and securely into this bag was extremely daunting at first, having never done this before, I didn’t know what to expect. Thanks to the simplicity of the AeroComfort 2.0 case with the clear step by step instructions included, I couldn’t go far wrong.
The case has a three sided zip, so the opening to the bag can be accessed as much as possible, and inside you’ll see an aluminum skeletal structure lining the bottom of the case. This makes the bottom of the case ridged. The front wheel of the bike comes out and the forks drop into the quick release skewer provided, same goes for the rear end but you’ll find a protective metal cage that slots over the rear mechanism to protect it from any knocks.
The padded bag accommodates all sizes of bikes with no need to take the seat post, pedals or saddle off. The skeletal structure is also adjustable by simply sliding it to the required length.
Once neatly in, there is enough room to pack a few extras like a track pump and some tools if needed. The joy and simplicity of the case doesn’t end there, once at your chosen destination it stores away under a bed or on top of a wardrobe easily as it folds downs neatly.
The baggage handlers were clearly rough with it as I lost a wheel from the case but this shows how much protection the Scicon AeroComfort offers as the bikes were still perfect inside. Just so happens that the AeroComfort comes with spare wheels just in case this unfortunate event may occur.
A few little nice touches include: personal details zip pouch, an airport safe combination lock, spare wheels, rear mechanism protective guard, extra padded corners over the handlebars and a protective saddle cover.”
Andy Magnier’s review – “If you planning a cycling trip away the AeroComfort is a well designed and convenient case to transport your pride and joy safely and securely.”
“I’ve been quite fortunate to have taken my bike all over the world with varying degrees of hassle and stress, so I was quite interested to see how the new Scicon AeroComfort 2.0 case would fare on a short training camp to Fuerteventura.
As with most European cycling trips the airline was budget so I had absolutely no confidence that my bike would be well looked after in the hands of the baggage handlers. The case needed to be bomb proof. However, with luggage allowances getting even stricter each year, the case needed to be light with space to fit in the essential extras.
In the past, the hard cases I’ve used have always offered fantastic protection but have also been a nightmare to pack and normally take you way over your baggage limit. Cardboard boxes on the other hand, are lightweight, cheap and will visibly show you if there is any damage: barely lasting the trip there and back. Having now returned to the UK I can now report that the AeroComfort offers a fantastic compromise between all of the above.
Packing the AeroComfort 2.0 case, you’ll find a steel sub-frame in the base of a soft shell. With the length of the frame being adjustable, you can simply remove the wheels from your bike and clamp into the sub-frame with the provided quick release skewers. Straps over your saddle, top tube and handlebars help to pull the bike down into the frame and the metal guard that protects your rear mech was a nice touch of detail.
In the case I also managed to pack; a track pump, tools, spares, clothes, helmet and shoes with the weight coming in around 27kg. The handlebars remain straight, there’s no need to turn these around or down and even with my 59cm frame you don’t need to move or remove your seat post. This made assembly once we arrived nice and simple.
Both bikes we took abroad made it there and back without issue. One case appeared to have taken quite a significant knock on the return trip to the UK, but had performed well with the bike was fine inside. If you planning a cycling trip away the AeroComfort is a well designed and convenient case to transport your pride and joy safely and securely.”
So as you can see, the Scicon AeroComfort Case is a hit with our riders, and if you’d like to pick one up yourself, you can do so here.