2021 Bike travel cases

If you are planning on purchasing a new bike travel case in 2021 then this page is for you. We have researched what is currently available on the market and listed it in the table below to give you a head start in working out which is the best case for you. Each listing shows the weight, dimensions, price and bike type and links back to the manufacturers web site. The table can be viewed in both metric or imperial measurements so you don’t need to worry about converting from one to the other yourself.

Read on below for our explanation of the different types of bike travel cases and some of the factors you need to consider when you choose one

for you. Alternatively click on the button to jump to the list directly.

What should I consider when choosing a bike travel case?

When you choose a bike travel case for the first time we think there are five main factors you need to consider:

  • the type of bike you have
  • the combined weight of your bike and the case
  • your budget
  • frequency and type of travel and,
  • how easy the bag is to pack

We will go through each of these in turn after a quick overview of the types of travel cases available.

The differences between hard, light and soft bike travel cases

Bike travel cases come in three broad categories which we have called hard, light and soft.

Bike travel case by Buxum box

Hard bike travel cases are constructed from moulded plastic, aluminium or another rigid material. The biggest advantage of hard cases is the level of protection they offer your bike. This comes at the expense of weight though and you will need to keep in mind the combined weight of the case and your bike, especially when considering airline luggage restrictions. The hard cases in our table range from 18 lbs to 41 lbs. Given their rigid construction there is no ability to reduce the size of the case for storage purposes.

Soft bike travel case by Polaris

Light bike travel cases are made from nylon or plastic and provide the least protection for your bike. In our opinion they are only suitable for travel in a car or on a train where you are looking after the bike yourself. These cases weigh anywhere from 1 lbs to 10 lbs. When not in use these cases fold up and take little space.

Bike travel bag by Orucase

Soft bike travel cases combine the benefits of the other types to offer good protection without significant weight. These cases generally have a rigid base with wheels and a tough nylon top section supported by battens or a frame. Cases in this category weigh between 11 lbs and 22 lbs. When you get to your destination or return home, you can reduce the size of these cases to make storage easier. We have included the folded dimensions in our table where possible.

Now that you have an understanding of the difference between cases we will go through each of our 5 factors to help you choose the most suitable bag for your needs.

  1. Bike types and bike travel bags

One of the first things you need to consider is the type of bike that you want to put in the travel case. Are you looking to put a road bike, mountain bike or another type of bike in the bag? Not all bike travel cases will fit all types and styles of bike and it is important to check that the case you are considering is suitable for the type of bike you have. While many cases will accommodation multiple bike types, others are designed with a specific bike type in mind. If you have an especially large frame you may also find that some cases will not fit your bike. Given the range of bike travel cases available on the market you will find a case to suit the type of bike you have, but you need to be aware of this up front.

2 The combined weight of your bike and the travel bag

If you are planning to use airlines with your bike and travel case then the combined weight of the bike and case is another important factor to consider. Many airlines impose a 23kg limit on bikes while others will allow up to 30kg. The heaviest case on the market weighs in at 18.5kg which does not leave much room for your bike if the airline you are intending to use has a 23kg limit. So make sure you know the weight of your bike when you are looking at different options and consider the combined weight of both.

3 Your budget

The next factor is how much you are able to spend on your bike case. The cost of bike cases varies significantly. In our table the cheapest bag on the market is $US 42 (£30) while the most expensive is $US 1,190 (£852).

The range of prices for each of the types of bags is as follows.

Hard cases – US$ 165 to US 1,190 (£120 to £852)

Light bags – US$ 42 to US$ 250 (£30 to £180)

Soft bags – US$ 160 to US$ 912 (£117 to £655)

Ultimately it is a personal decision on how much you want to spend on a travel case and there are cases to suit everyone’s budget.

4 Frequency and type of travel

How you intend to use your bike travel case is the fourth factor we think you should consider. Will you be using it on airlines? Will you need to fit it in hire cars? How often are you likely to travel? There is no point getting a light bag offering no protection if you are going to be doing lots of air travel and handing your bike over to baggage handlers. When looking at different cases consider the level of protection offered, maneuverability, size and durability.

5 Ease of packing

The final factor we think you should consider is how easy it is to pack your bike in a travel case. Some bags will simply require you to remove the wheels and place the bike inside while others will require handlebars and/or forks to be removed. If you are not comfortable taking your bike apart you may want to consider cases that don’t require too much dismantling. Likewise if you will be packing and unpacking your bike multiple times in a short period you would probably want a case that is quicker to pack.

What is the best bike travel case available?

Our table has nearly 60 different bike travel cases that are currently on the market from a range of different suppliers. So how do you work out which is the best one for you? Is one brand better than another?

To help answer some of these questions we suggest a little more research online. These days there are lots of product reviews available through bike magazines and online bike shops. A quick google search will turn up articles such as “Six best bike bags and boxes for travel” and “Best Bike travel case (updated 2020) – Buyers guide” providing plenty of information. The brands listed in our table have all been in business for a number of years and online reviews highlight any quality issues with a particular brand or model.

Online forums are another great tool and there are plenty of discussions about bike travel cases and the different brands to help you make your choice. You can even start your own topic to get information about a particular bag you are considering. This extends also to Youtube where you can find videos reviewing different bags or demonstrating how to pack them.

Our personal opinion is that the best bag for you comes down to a trade-off between our five factors. For example, if you are looking for a high level of protection then that is generally going to come at the expense of weight and cost. So we suggest working through our factors in your order of preference to end up with a short list which you can then research a little further and make your choice.

What’s on the market – 2021 bike travel case list

ModelTypeWeight (lbs)Length (In)Height (In)Width (In)Total linear (In)FoldableDimension folded cm (where available)Bike typesPrice guide (USD)
B + W Bike Box IIhttps://www.b-w-international.com/product/bike-box-ii/Hard25.846.935.011.693.5NoN/ARoad bikes224310
B + W Bike Casehttps://www.b-w-international.com/product/bike-case-ii/Hard27.153.034.613.6101.2NoN/AAll290405
B + W Bike Guardhttps://www.b-w-international.com/product/bike-guard-curv/Hard27.151.635.812.499.8NoN/AAll495690
Bikebox Alanhttps://www.bikeboxalan.com/product-category/bba-original/?v=d2cb7bbc0d23Hard24.745.737.814.297.6NoN/AAll438610
Bikebox Alan Traithlon Easyfithttps://www.bikeboxalan.com/product-category/easyfit/?v=d2cb7bbc0d23Hard28.752.437.019.7109.1NoN/AAll575800
Bonza Bike boxhttps://bonzabikekit.com/collections/bike-boxesHard26.548.837.013.499.2NoN/AAll500695
Buxumbox Tourmalet - Largehttps://www.buxumbox.com/which-box/Hard27.644.533.911.890.2NoN/ARoad, Track, TT and Cross7441035
Buxumbox Tourmalet - Mediumhttps://www.buxumbox.com/which-box/Hard27.644.532.311.888.6NoN/ARoad, Track, TT and Cross7441035
Buxumbox Tourmalet - Smallhttps://www.buxumbox.com/which-box/Hard27.644.530.711.887.0NoN/ARoad, Track, TT and Cross7441035
Buxumbox Ventoux Mtbhttps://www.buxumbox.com/which-box/Hard33.152.634.215.0101.8NoN/AMountain bikes, Trekking bike and City bikes8521185
Buxumbox Ventoux Roadhttps://www.buxumbox.com/which-box/Hard33.152.634.215.0101.8NoN/ARoad, Track, TT and Cross8521185
Elite Vaisonhttps://www.elite-it.com/en/products/bicycle-transport/bike-transport-bags/vaisonHard40.847.231.513.492.1NoN/AAll344480
Lifeline EVA Bike Podhttps://www.wiggle.co.uk/lifeline-eva-bike-pod-1/Hard17.647.235.711.094.0NoN/AAll120165
Polaris EVA Pod Plushttps://www.polaris-bikewear.co.uk/EVA-POD-PLUS-Black-One-size-p/pol01-5784.htmHard24.646.138.29.493.7NoN/AAll325450
Polaris Pod Prohttps://www.polaris-bikewear.co.uk/Bike-Pod-Pro-Bike-Case-p/pol01-4859-p.htmHard27.844.934.113.092.0NoN/ARoad and MTB 26" and 650B only550765
Scicon Aerotech Evolution Xhttps://sciconsports.com/eu_en/aerotech-evolution-x-tsa-bike-travel-caseHard26.544.937.014.296.1NoN/ARoad and triathlon700975
Sherpr premium bike boxhttps://sherprbikebox.com/collections/sherpr-bike-box/products/sherpr-premium-bike-boxHard11.043.029.511.083.5Yes43 x 29.5 x .5Road to 58cm frame6895
Sherpr Pro plastic semi-rigidhttps://sherprbikebox.com/collections/sherpr-bike-box/products/plastic-bike-boxHard21.044.529.011.084.5NoN/ARoad to 58cm frame200280
Shokbox premium bike boxhttps://www.shokbox.co.uk/product/shokbox-black-premium/Hard27.647.235.813.096.1NoN/AAll599830
Shokbox classic bike boxhttps://www.shokbox.co.uk/product/shokbox-classic-bike-box-2020-range/Hard27.647.235.813.096.1NoN/AAll499695
Thule Roundtrip transition Xhttps://www.thule.com/en-us/luggage/bike-travel-cases/thule-roundtrip-transition-_-1683469Hard38.853.937.015.5106.4NoN/AAll600835
Topeak Pakgo X Bike Casehttps://www.topeak.com/global/en/products/bike-travel-cases/1284-pakgo%C2%AE-xHard28.250.033.513.897.2NoN/AAll700973
Topeak Pakgo XS Bike Casehttps://www.topeak.com/global/en/products/bike-travel-cases/1282-pakgo%C2%AE-xsHard25.444.531.513.889.8NoN/ARoad and MTB 26" and 650B only550765
Velovault 2https://velovault2.com/product/velovault-2/Hard27.648.035.811.895.7NoN/AAll510710
B + W Bike Sackhttps://www.b-w-international.com/product/bike-sack/Light4.747.
B'Twin bike coverhttps://www.decathlon.ie/ie_en/1-bike-transport-cover-en-s594-748277.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw4f35BRDBARIsAPePBHxIvlKlDj0KUJ_PjV-3RbEs7h3-KIkwhsl9xkR1vchOuL3ZTBtPVeEaAm2kEALw_wcB#benefitsLight7.953.133.510.697.2Yes15 x 13 x 4.7Road and MTB 26" and 650B only5475
Evoc Bike Coverhttps://www.evocsports.com/products/bags/bike-coverLight4.980.729.59.8120.1YesAll115160
Polaris Cargo Baghttps://www.polaris-bikewear.co.uk/Polaris-Cargo-Bag-p/pol01-7509.htmLight10.549.631.57.989.0YesAll160220
Scicon Pocket bike baghttps://sciconsports.com/eu_en/foldable-pocket-bicycle-transportation-bagLight1.147.235.411.093.7Yes13 x 3.5 x 13.4All5575
Scicon Travel basic bike baghttps://sciconsports.com/eu_en/soft-bike-bag-travel-basicLight4.651.236.611.098.8Yes12.2 x 4.5 x 16.5Road bikes89125
Scicon Travel plus soft mtbhttps://sciconsports.com/eu_en/soft-bike-bag-travel-plus-mtbLight5.549.235.49.494.1Yes15.7 x 3.1 x 18.9Mountain bikes180250
Scicon Travel plus soft travel baghttps://sciconsports.com/eu_en/soft-bike-bag-travel-plus-racingLight5.347.235.411.093.7Yes16.5 x 4.5 x 18.5Road bikes179250
Scicon Travel plus soft triathlonhttps://sciconsports.com/eu_en/soft-bike-bag-travel-plus-triathlonLight6. x 4.5 x 18.5Triathlon bikes179250
Tifosi Bike Baghttps://www.wiggle.com/tifosi-bike-bag/Light4.451.
Vaude Big Bike Baghttps://www.vaude.com/en-INT/Equipment/Bike-Bags/Bikebag-Accessories/109/Big-Bike-Bag?number=152560400Light5.146.537.410.694.5Yes15.7 x 11 x 10.6All95130
Vaude Bike Bag Prohttps://www.vaude.com/en-INT/Equipment/Bike-Bags/Bikebag-Accessories/112/Big-Bike-Bag-ProLight6.951.233.511.095.7YesAll150210
B + W Bike Bag IIhttps://www.b-w-international.com/product/bw-bike-bag-ii/Soft19.053.533.611.798.9YesAll299415
Bonza Bike Baghttps://bonzabikekit.com/collections/bike-bags/products/black-bonza-bike-bagSoft19.851.638.217.7107.5Yes34.3 x 12.2 x 12.2Road bikes400555
Biknd Helium v4https://www.biknd.com/helium-v4-travel-case-2Soft19.851.233.512.296.9Yes51.2 x 12.2 x 15All400555
Biknd Jetpackhttps://www.biknd.com/jetpack/jetpack-fs1000318-groupSoft21.651.231.59.892.5Yes51.2 x 9.8 x 10.2All290405
Biknd Jetpack XLhttps://www.biknd.com/jetpack/jetpack-fs1000318-groupSoft22.956.731.513.8102.0Yes51.2 x 13.8 x 12.6All290405
Chain Reaction Cycles Complete Bike and Wheel Baghttps://www.chainreactioncycles.com/chain-reaction-cycles-pro-bike-bag/rp-prod114204Soft14.849.231.58.789.4Yes49.2 x 12.6 x 8.7All140195
Chain Reaction Cycles Pro Bike Baghttps://www.chainreactioncycles.com/chain-reaction-cycles-pro-bike-bag/rp-prod114204Soft19.455.127.611.093.7Yes55.1 x 11.8 x 11All140195
Douchebags Savagehttps://douchebags.com/the-savage-bike-bag-blackSoft26.057.134.311.8103.1Yes57.1 x 15 x 11.8All540750
Elite Borsonhttps://www.elite-it.com/en/products/bicycle-transport/bike-transport-bags/borsonSoft20.951.235.414.2100.8YesAll400555
Evoc Bike travel baghttps://www.evocsports.com/products/bags/bike-travel-bagSoft20.154.333.515.4103.1Yes53.5 x 15.4 x 9.8All400555
Evoc Bike travel bag XLhttps://www.evocsports.com/products/bags/bike-travel-bag-xlSoft21.256.333.116.5105.9Yes56.3 x 16.1 x 11All450625
Evoc Bike travel bag prohttps://www.evocsports.com/products/bags/bike-travel-bag-proSoft22.157.933.514.2105.5Yes57.9 x 14.2 x 8.7All550765
Evoc Road bike bag prohttps://www.evocsports.com/products/bags/new-road-bike-bag-proSoft24.351.236.212.6100.0YesRoad and triathlon655910
Orucase - Airport Ninjahttps://www.orucase.com/products/the-airport-ninja-bicycle-travel-case?variant=373891551Soft10.831.926.811.870.5YesAll377525
Orucase - B2https://www.orucase.com/products/b2?variant=29128838905909Soft17.033.926.89.169.7yes33.9 x 9.8 x 9.1All451625
Polaris Axial Bike Casehttps://www.polaris-bikewear.co.uk/Axial-Pod-Bike-Case-p/pol01-5781-p.htmSoft18.
Pro Bike Travel Casehttps://www.pro-bikegear.com/global/en-gb/accessories/Travel_Bags/PRO_BA_TRAVELCASESoft19.253.133.911.898.8YesAll117165
Scicon Aerocomfort MTB TSAhttps://sciconsports.com/eu_en/aerocomfort-mtb-tsa-bike-travel-bagSoft19.848.838.69.897.2Yes42.5 x 16.5 x 12.2Mountain bikes529735
Scicon Aerocomfort Road 3.0https://sciconsports.com/eu_en/aerocomfort-3-0-tsa-road-bike-travel-bagSoft17.642.940.619.7103.1Yes38.6 x 13.4 x 16.1Road bikes529735
Scicon Aerocomfort Triathlon 3.0https://sciconsports.com/eu_en/aerocomfort-3-0-tsa-triathlon-bike-travel-bagSoft17.650.838.617.7107.1Yes38.6 x 16.1 x 12.6Triathlon bikes529735
Scicon Aerocomfort Tandemhttps://sciconsports.com/eu_en/aerocomfort-tandem-bike-travel-bagSoft31.674.837.49.8122.0Yes8991250
Thule Roundtrip Pro XThttps://www.thule.com/en-us/luggage/bike-travel-cases/thule-roundtrip-pro-xt-_-100505Soft19.049.635.011.896.4YesAll520720
Thule Roundtrip Travellerhttps://www.thule.com/en-us/luggage/bike-travel-cases/thule-roundtrip-traveler-_-1684935Soft17.051.631.914.798.2YesAll350485
Post Carry Co Transfer 135 lhttps://postcarry.co/products/transfer-caseSoft12. x 14 x 14Road and gravel to 56cm frame max305425
Post Carry Co Transfer 150 lhttps://postcarry.co/products/transfer-caseSoft12.638. x 17 x 17Road and gravel to 62cm frame max305425
Wiggle Pro bike baghttps://www.wiggle.co.uk/wiggle-pro-bike-bagSoft19.455. x 11.8 x 11All100140

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