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    29er bike travel cases?

    Anyone know of an airline travel case for a FS 29er that ACTUALLY does fit the bike inside. Not having to remove fork etc. And, internal wheel sleeves that ACTUALLY do fit a fully inflated tubeless big wheel. Does such a critter exist? I'm not finding one yet, I'm sayin' it again, it ACTUALLY does fit the big bikes.

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    I've successfully used a Pika Packworks case

    I've used a Pika Packworks XL case with both my hardtail and my spider 29 (I ride a medium) . It takes some wrangling and if you run high volume tires you will need to take some (but not all of the air out). The maker of these packs works in his basement and he may be able to work with you on something special. I've put the bike on some airlines and not been charged at all (Frontier out of DCA) and I've been charged full frieght. It is a really nice and thoughtfully designed soft case.

    http://www.pikapackworks.com/

    Here's a review with photos from the dirtrag foums:

    http://dirtragmag.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20750

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    I used an Air Cady on a recent flight . It held my large 2010 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29r with no problem. I did have to let the air out of the front fork, turn it around and remove the handlebars.

    I like the Air Cady system because you don't have to remove your pedals, and depending on your frame's size, not even your seatpost.

    http://www.aircaddy.com/

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    I'm using a sette soft travel case. I just take out both wheels and loosen the stem. Just for added safety I wrapped the fork stancion and rear shock. Goodluck!

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    My Flash Carbon 29 is sitting in an AirCaddy right now. Pedals are on, stem spun, bar , chain, and rear derailleur removed. I could have left the derailleur on but it's so easy to remove with external cable routing the whole way and so is cheap insurance.
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    i had my Flash boxed in that Scott bag...

    handlebar is out until brake body
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    ......too bad you're 2 years late.

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    It is a good thread to keep updated, there are still people looking for these, and they're still not common. I ran across it googling 29er case

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffreyjhsu View Post
    I used an Air Cady on a recent flight . It held my large 2010 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29r with no problem. I did have to let the air out of the front fork, turn it around and remove the handlebars.



    I like the Air Cady system because you don't have to remove your pedals, and depending on your frame's size, not even your seatpost.

    AirCaddy.com | Home
    I have a air caddy its great

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    I use this one. Fits a XXL tallboy no problem if you undo the RD. internal mounting frame is too small, so I pad out with foam/bubble wrap. B and W International.

    Not light, but bombproof.

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    I have the Pica Packworks XL or EEP. (The big version). It barely fits my Medium Tallboy. It does not fit fully inflated 29er tires, you'll rip the pockets trying to make it fit. It is however my favorite bike case.

    I remove the brake rotors, derailleur hanger and let the air out of the tires (not breaking the bead) and let the air out of the fork, and it fits snug. It does a good job of protecting the bike, and carrying all your gear.

    I always carry a small box to hold my pedals, rotors, hangers, tools and extras and it works out pretty well. I also have enough room for shoes, helmet, and all the rest of my riding gear. It all travels well and stays relatively in place.

    The only other one that I have experience with is the THULE hard case. I haven't put my FS29er in it, but if I had to guess..it fit with the tires fully inflated. The case is bigger, but in my opinion, it doesn't hold as much gear nor does it keep it very organized. You have to carefully place the items in to fit under the straps and not move around.

    DO NOT GO WITH A BAG!!! I regret the first and only time my bike went in a nylon bag...doesn't matter if has a semi-vinyl sides or not, your stuff will get wrecked!!! I did it once and had about $150 in damages...no bueno!
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    My RIP fits in the EVOC travel bag, you'll have to slightly deflate the tires to stuff the wheels in the side pockets.
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    there are still people looking for these, and they're still not common.
    Last edited by corbidougu; 12-05-2012 at 01:19 AM.

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    any gear out there that will keep the weight under 50 lbs and < 62 linear inches? those are the requirements from united for a free checked bag

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinfony78 View Post
    any gear out there that will keep the weight under 50 lbs and < 62 linear inches? those are the requirements from united for a free checked bag
    Nothing that I have found will keep 29er mountain bike frame to fit those dimensions. I think the only way to accomplish this would to have a light hardtail "break away" frame bike. The reason why this is so hard is you need a minimum amount of linear inches to cover the wheels and 135mm width of the rear dropouts. This is even hard to accomplish with a road bike.
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    Are there any posts about airline fees or how to get around them? I am going to have to travel with my bike a few times this year up to Colorado.

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    I emailed the guy from Pika to see if he can make 2 cases, one for the frame and one for the wheels. Rather than pay overage of $100 on united, maybe first case can be free if it falls under their guidelines (< 62 linear inches and 50 lbs) and i can pay $25 for second checked bag

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    Check United's website. They now charge $25 for each bag checked, but still cheap if you can ship the whole bike for $50 in two bags. Southwest still will take the first bag for free.
    I ride at ludicrous speed

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    From Mark @ Pika
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    I make a 2 bag system; the fork is removed for the frame bag and it still is larger than 62 linear inches, but I don't think anyone using this system gets charged the bike fee. to see a picture for the design look on the rustersports.com site. I designed these bags with them-and manufactured them for the first two years they were marketing them. My price is $430.
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    however on some really quick browsing, i see that at least the hen house is under 62"
    not sure which bag mark is talking about
    but before dropping several hundred on a travel case, i'd like to know that airlines are good with the size and not go from anecdotal evidence

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    New EVOC bike bags can fit 29er rigs no problem.

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    A company located in Des Moines, IA makes a great case that will fit your 29er and will fly as a checked bag. I bought a bag from Ruster Sports dubbed the Hen House and have flow numerous times with my 29er, and the thing works! It meets the requirement for standard luggage and flies as a checked bag.

    Check it out www dot rustersports dot com (sorry new to forum)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDresden View Post
    A company located in Des Moines, IA makes a great case that will fit your 29er and will fly as a checked bag. I bought a bag from Ruster Sports dubbed the Hen House and have flow numerous times with my 29er, and the thing works! It meets the requirement for standard luggage and flies as a checked bag.

    Check it out www dot rustersports dot com (sorry new to forum)
    What kind of 29er do you have EDresden?

    I have not seen this bag in person, but in my experience. 3/8" foam lined bag isn't enough to keep the baggage handlers from damaging something in the case. By the dimensions, it looks like it would have a hard time fitting my Tallboy size medium (23"TT) and a modest length CS. I would say even a Niner Rip9 size M would be out of the question due to longer stays and slacker HTA which would give me 37.3" linear..and that is a average size in terms of FS mountain bikes.

    I would be willing to bet that it would fit my Cervelo S2 fine, but I think the padding would be to big of a risk to damage a $4500 bicycle to save ~$50-60 each way. #1 Priority for me is getting my bike from point A-B safely, and I know the Pika Packworks works. I still take the precautions of removing the derailleur hanger and disc rotors along with deflating the fork and tires to fit the bag properly, but I know it travels well with those things done.
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    I've got one of those Performance's Team hard case. Fits my scalpel 29 just fine. You have to take off the RD and let some air out of the tires to get the case to close. I've flown it twice now. No issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sakucee View Post
    New EVOC bike bags can fit 29er rigs no problem.
    I'm liking that EVOC bag. Looks well built, and not as ridiculously priced as you would think it would be.
    What bike do you have sakucee?
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