Aerotech Evolution X TSA Case
Let's face it, bikes are expensive. If you travel frequently with yours, it deserves the most protection you can provide and one of the better cases we've come across is the designed in Italy Aerotech Evolution X TSA Case from SciCon. It'll give your bike a fighting chance against heavy-handed baggage attendants and ensure that it arrives unscathed and ready to ride. SciCon uses a high-impact ABS composite for the ultimate in protection while keeping the weight incredibly low at only 11kg or just over 24-pounds. It's one of the most robust and lightest hard shell bike transport cases on the market and it's now compatible with thru-axle systems.
The case requires minimal disassembly of your bicycle with only the wheels, seatpost, and one pedal needing to be removed and the handlebar only needs to be loosened and turned. The bike’s wheels are stored safely in the wheel compartments of the bike travel case while everything is cocooned in padded protection. Furthermore, it maximizes space with dedicated storage areas for the pedals and seatpost and saddle fitting into a special storage bag. Its patented design also houses road and tri bikes with integrated seatposts.
This case gives you the confidence of knowing that your bike will arrive safe and sound at your destination. SciCon developed and tested this case with professional cycling teams and the request for quick release adapters for both thru-axle and quick-release systems was an ask as disc brakes have become more and more ubiquitous. The case is sleek and compact allowing it to fit easily into vehicles and while navigating busy airports. It's equipped with two Travel Sentry approved TSA key locks, making sure your bike is only accessible by TSA agents and protected from any other unwanted access. The dedicated compartments, included shock absorbing tube pads, and clever Suspended Frame System (SFS) hold everything firmly in place, providing extra stability and safety and allow easy visibility for security to inspect the contents without having to remove anything.
Travel, especially moving through busy airports is stressful enough so thankfully SciCon makes it as easy as possible to maneuver. The case features four ball bearing wheels that have 360-degree rotation letting you move with your bike upright and rolling in silence.
- A robust case with heavy-duty protection
- Suspended Frame System secures bike inside
- Made from durable and lightweight ABS composite
- Internal pockets secure parts and are padded for safe storing
- Lighter than most hard case, with maximum protection
- Fits most road and tri bikes and both 12mm thru-axles or QR skewers
- TSA locks only allow security to peek inside
- Q & A
Don't Buy This
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
While the case is designed very well, and packing is relatively easy, here are the main issues. For one, the plastic used is very thin and after just two times shipping my bike via FedEx, there was a sizable crack in the top of the case. After my third shipment, one of the silver latches on the side of the case nearly broke off. Of course when I reached out to both Scicon and Competitive Cyclist, they said neither of them bear any responsibility for this whatsoever. They blame the shipper, which is preposterous. The whole point of a hardback case is to PROTECT your bike during expected wear and tear and shipping back and forth. FedEx didn't do anything wrong; we expect boxes and such to face some banging around.
So now after three uses, I have a case that is pretty much non-functioning. And no one will help me. Not Scicon, not Competitive Cyclist. Everyone passes the buck.
Far more durable is the Thule hardback case, which I owned previously. But I was suckered into the nice design here. Telling you now, this is a huge waste of money on a poorly constructed product. And the second you buy it, Competitive Cyclist will walk away; they won't stand by a product they sell.
Probably the lightest bike travel case
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Makes travelling with my road bike easy and stress free. Takes me no more than 10 mins to pack. A great feature is that everything has its place in the case. Frame is secured with straps, wheels go into wheel compartments, saddle & pedal goes into a storage bag. With everything in place all components are easily accessible. Should TSA have to inspect the contents - which has happened to me - putting the components back into the case as TSA agents have found them is fool proof. Great product and hasn't let me down on several flights.