Bikepacking Randoms - Eurobike 2022 - Pinkbike

Bikepacking Randoms – Eurobike 2022 – Pinkbike

Aero
New Zealand brand aeroe had some innovative solutions for bags and racks that fit any frame, full suspension or not. The Spider stand is intended for work with rolling or compression bags. The stand alone can hold up to 35lbs / 16kg, with each cradle rated at 9lbs or 4kg.
The mount attaches to the chainstay with a simple system of nylon webbing and rubber washers. It is safe and solid. Bag cradles can be placed on top or on the sides and can be oriented parallel or perpendicular to the rack tubes. The stand alone is $199.00 NZD and each individual cradle (you can carry up to three) is $129.00
The Spider Cradle on the handlebars uses a similar system and is also remarkably stable. Impressive for a package category that usually holds brake hoses. The Spider Cradle holds 11 pounds or 5 kg and costs $129.00 NZD

Old Man Mountain

If you prefer a little more traditional stands, Old Man Mountain just released the Elkhorn stand. A lighter alternative to their Divide, the Elkhorn is designed to carry 25lbs or 11kg. The stand alone is 660 grams, over 300 grams lighter than the Divide stand. It also features three-bolt vertical mounts for gear cages or water bottles.
The Elkhorn is not as adjustable as the Divide. The Elkhorn has two different heights, one 390mm from the axis to the bottom of the deck and 430mm. Although we found there to be a little more breathing room than Old Man Mountain claims, the shorter rack is designed for 27.5″ mountain tires or 700×50 gravel tires, while the 430mm rack is designed for almost all 29″ mountain bike tires. Old Man Mountain racks mount on axles made by sister brand Robert Axle Project. Rack struts are attached to the frame or fork with threaded inserts in Old Man Mountain plastic “buds” that are attached to the frame or fork with heavy-duty zippers. Kits vary in price , but the Elkhorn stand alone costs $148.

Ortlieb

Ortlieb have thoroughly updated their bikepacking lineup and packed in a few more options, configurations and features. The Seat Pack QR is a full-sized, dropper and post compatible 13 liter seat bag that uses a clever system that bolts to the seat rails and post, but allows the bag itself to be removed for easy loading and unloading.
The system offers an impressively robust connection to the bike. You sacrifice about 40mm of drop, but there’s a lot more purchase on the seat and post than most dropper compatible bags. The Seat Pack QR also includes clever features like a bungee net for excess luggage and a vent hole that makes it easy to roll everything up nice and tight. The Seat Pack QR has a load capacity of 11lb or 5kg and costs €159.99.
Ortlieb’s Frame-Pack Toptube carries forward as is, but they’ve added a slightly smaller 3-liter version to better fit smaller frames or leave room for rear suspension or extra bottles. It uses an updated TIZIP waterproof zipper that doesn’t actually look like a traditional waterproof zipper. It’s bigger and smoother and should hold better. But if you just don’t trust zips, there’s also a rolling version of the Frame-Pack Toptube.

Acepac

Acepac is a Czech bag company specializing in high-tech, lightweight backpacks. Their bikepacking gear follows suit with simple yet smart products aimed at the minimalist adventurer or short-distance weekend warrior. The Minima Bag Nylon has just enough capacity to carry a cook set or frankly anything else that can fit in it. It weighs only 85 grams and costs CZK 670.
Of course, if you don’t think you can fit enough in a bag called “Minima”, there’s also the Acepac Bar Roll Nylon. The double roll bag can be as narrow as 30cm or as wide as 60cm and the maximum capacity is 16 litres. Still, it’s a pretty impressive 460 grams and costs CZK 1,900.

The Acepac frame bags were probably the star of the show, with seams on the inside that add stability and look really cool in our opinion. The large zip bag has a waterproof YKK zip on each side, holds 4.5 liters and weighs just 265 grams. Zip Frame Bag Large costs 1,450 CZK.

To fasten

Restrap, based in the remote Yorkshire Dales of central Great Britain, started making pedal straps for fixed gear bikes. Fast forward 12 years and they’ve moved on to gravel racing, which, let’s face it, is probably what dethroned markers as the world’s most hipster cycling trend. But their products, all still made in the UK, are also perfect for minimalist bikepackers, such as the easily removable Race Saddle Bag. The lightweight rolling bag sits securely in the always-on cradle, so you can quickly and easily get six hours of sleep between 18 hours of ordeal… or just wear a few extra layers. The Race Saddle bag holds 7 liters, weighs 250 grams and costs €143.99. Keep in mind that it’s not quite dropper friendly.
The Race Bar Bag uses a similar system in the front. But instead of a traditional rolling bag, it uses custom packaging that includes mesh pockets on both sides for snacks. The 7 liter Race Bar Bag weighs 325 grams and costs €131.99
The Bumper Bar may look like a tiny little Jeep grill, but it’s actually a clever way to keep your handlebar bag from doing what handlebar bags do: Droop. It works like it looks like it works. Swap a few millimeters of the headset spacer for a bumper and your bag will stay upright and locked for €47.99

appeal

In 2019, Evoc made a then surprising step into bikepacking bags. It looks like they’ve been pretty into it, as this year there’s been a major update to almost every bike bag they make. Handlebar Pack BOA WP 2.5 and 5 use a double roll bag with a unique strap in the middle. The BOA-based system uses two easy-to-detach and reattach clips that hold the wrap around the handlebars, while the knob holds them tight. There is also now a bungee net for adding what doesn’t fit inside. Both the 2.5 liter and 5 liter Handlebar Packs cost €130
The BOA WP 6, 8, 12 and 16 Seat Pack also received major updates. They now have a robust seatpost clamp that keeps the pack impressively stable. It holds tight with a similar clip-and-BOA system to the Handlebar Pack. Evoc also added a bungee net on the top of these full size packs. They cost €130 each. There are also more compact 2- and 4-litre versions, which use a more traditional Velcro fastening, but are just as waterproof thanks to a roll-top closure on the back. These simpler packages cost €60
Evoc’s marketing manager, Jan Sallawitz, put the new bikepacking equipment to the test when he made the over 400km journey from Munich to the Eurobike show in Frankfurt.

SON Nabendynamo

Last and technically least, SON, Germany’s premiere generator-hub manufacturer, was showing off a new hub that is still in the prototyping phase. The power generation game is about squeezing out tiny gains in energy efficiency without adding friction. How tiny? Existing SON hubs offer about 65% efficiency when connected to a light or charger. And that’s pretty good considering how little of your energy they take in the process. This new design offers an incredible 70% efficiency.
Again, it’s still early days, and for now this new design is only available with a USB output, without the headlight option. And it’s only available in a gravel-focused 12mm front axle size. But things are being learned along the way and the concept could theoretically be extended to work with a 15mm axle.

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