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Win the space race.

SciCon might sound like a yearly gathering of cosmically-focused tech nerds, but it's actually way less scary: the company makes bike bags, and only bike bags. Since its focus is so narrow, it's safe to assume it knows what it's talking about, an assumption that's confirmed when you take gear like the Compact 430 Saddlebag for a test spin.

At 430 cubic inches, the Compact 430 sits towards the middle of SciCon's saddle bag lineup, with enough room for two tubes, patch kit, CO2 cartridge, inflator, and multitool. No tire levers? Well, SciCon actually built special sleeves for them to increase packing efficiency, and thoughtfully included two of their own levers. The bag itself is made from a shape-holding combination of Cordura and carbon fiber, has a giant maw of an opening, and sports an internal hook-and-loop strap to keep small loads from bouncing around. Reflective details wrap around the bag, and SciCon's unique Roller 2.1 mounting system uses a plastic cleat to attach securely to saddle rails instead of seatposts, so the bag won't bounce around or work itself loose during a bumpy ride.

  • Cordura with carbon-fiber side panels
  • Two tire levers included
  • Reflective details
  • SciCon Roller 2.1 saddle-rail mounting system
  • Internal hook-and-loop compression strap

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great bag great mount

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This is a good size bag for a tube, 2 co's and valve, tire levers, money and a little room left over. I add my own tire levers because I'm afraid the included ones my break. luckily I haven't had to use them to find out. If they work then you have even more room in the bag.
The bag size fits well under the saddle and my legs do not rub on the bag.
The mounting system is great and I do have the adapter on my other bikes so switching is easy but it is important you make sure you have a positive lock. If you are not careful you may not have it fully locked.
I like the fact that it does not strap to the seat post, I think that look is cheesy and it creates a friction point. I have ridden this bike on the rough roads of CT and It has never rattled off.
I do remove the bag when transporting the bike. Why subject it to unnecessary vibrations. I also only use on my road bikes and I think it is great. I would not recommend for mountain biking.


Could be better

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Ive had two of these. Both failed with the rivets that hold the fabric of the bag to the plastic mounting mechanism. These work really nice for swapping a single bag between multiple bikes except when they fail. The first one competitive cyclist replaced, the second one they wouldnt warranty so I used safety wire to keep it together. Now its more secure than ever and cheaper than buying more bags.

Could be better

Mine just failed the same way today. Other than the failure, I really like the bag and the locking mechanism has not ever let the bag fall off. I think I will feed a couple of zip ties between the bag and the plate to reattach the the plate to the bag. That should permanently solve the problem.