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SciCon Compact 430 Saddlebag

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Compact 430 Saddlebag

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
  • Item #SCI0024

carbon fiber, Cordura
430 cc
1 zippered
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Love this bag. Haven't had any problems.

I've used it several times

I've had one of these on my road bike for years and I love it, so when I came to order another one for my girlfriend's bike I was surprised to see all the negative reviews. I haven't had any of the issues described by other reviewers. It's never fallen off the bike and it's still in good shape after thousands of miles of riding.

>Rating: 2

Needs a better anchoring system

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a very nice saddle bag but has a design flaw. The clamp that secures it has very narrow fingers such that contact with the seat frame is minimal. Even if you crank it as tight as you can the anchor clamp can twist off when you install or take of the bag (a quarter turn motion). A simple redesign of the clamp would make this perfect. I returned mine because of this.

>Rating: 1

Defective Design

I've put it through the wringer

The "rivets" on the first bag that I owned failed causing the bag to detach (permanently) from the mount. I thought it was just bad luck so I ordered a 2nd bag. The exact failure just occurred on my 2nd bag. Clearly there is a design/manufacturing defect. Even if this bag was free I would not use since I would be risking losing the contents of the bag on a ride. This bag is not for someone that rides seriously, it's a joke.

>Rating: 2

Might be fine for a road bike

I returned this product before using it

I looked at it for quite a while but could not take the risk of using this on my mtb. It did not look like it would hold up to the abuse. Great idea though as it would mount away from the dropper post

>Rating: 3

Could be great but the rivets fail.

I've put it through the wringer

This is a perfectly sized bag. Yes , you can get 2 tubes, 2 CO2s etc in it with just a little work. It attaches easily and does not chaff the seat post. It would be perfect if the rivets did not keep failing and the bag then detaches from the plate. I lost one bag on a ride ( returned home to see only the plate attached) and rescued another bag that had only 2 of the 4 rivets fail. This is clearly a major design issue and needs fixing. However , I still love the bag and will slavishly buy another one and copy the wire trick -provided by puckmasterc -and hope this resolves the issue.

>Rating: 5


I've used it several times

Highly recommend

>Rating: 5

great bag great mount

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.

>Rating: 4

Could be better

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.


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.