Test: BikeBox Alan Triathlon Aero Easyfit Bikebox
The BikeBox Alan Triathlon Aero Easyfit Bikebox is a safe, easy to store and brilliantly designed thing. The wide handlebar section means there’s no need to start disassembling your bike, but that extra bulk can cause some issues with car trunks and records.
We did this to test it around January 2020, but you can probably guess why this review was delayed …
Almost two years later, the world is going perfectly fine (conditions apply), so I was very happy to fly to the south of France for a week with a brand new Merida Scultura Team E. I know , I know; it’s still a bit of a chore, but please don’t feel sorry for me.
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Team E wore the new Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 groupset, and with the price of the set easily reaching five digits, I thought some serious protection would be a good idea.
The Triathlon Aero Easyfit immediately has a significant advantage over other boxes, because it does not require you to remove your handlebars. It’s not only a good feature for those who are picky about position, it’s also nice not to struggle with a built-in front end – something we commonly see on road racing bikes these days. .
To put the 54cm Merida in the box, I had to remove the wheels and pedals. That was it. The wheels go into clearly labeled slots and are held by Velcro straps. I thought it would be a little shaky, but soon realized that the wheels were going nowhere.
Then you tilt the bars in the large space in the lower corner and secure the frame with even more Velcro straps. Once again, I was impressed with the firmness with which everything was held in place.
Foam cutouts separate the wheels from the frame to prevent scratches, and an anti-crush bar forms when the box is closed.
There’s plenty of space left for a spare kit, tools and even a crawler pump. You just need to wrap and wedge it all neatly. Your pedals can also be secured with dedicated straps, although I prefer to carry mine in hand luggage with my shoes on. It makes renting a bike a bit easier, if the airline misplaces yours. Your own ten big bike …
Rolling the box from the parking lot to the airport through check-in is a snap. Even the tight corners of the rat-in-a-maze queues were no problem thanks to the steerable wheels up front.
The only problem I see is with the width of the base. Where I was, the base did not fit on the weigh belt at check-in. It wasn’t a problem this time – my box weighed only 8kg – but I can envision a scenario where a jobworth becomes funny not being able to weigh it with perfect precision. And by jobsworth, I mean âperson responsible for stopping your overweight plane diving into a fieldâ.
Still, you can still flip it over and place it on the narrowest edge (the box, not the jobworth).
The wide base was also the cause of a slight (ish) denting of the box in a Peugeot rental car, but I’ll gladly blame the designer of the wavy Peugeot boot for this one. The box is closed with a number of clasps, and they can be locked in place with a small combination lock if you’re worried they’ll snap open.
On the other end, the lack of assembly means you can smash a beer, order a pizza / fire up the barbecue, and build your bike in minutes. Remember to use pad spacers if you have disc brakes.
At Â£ 610, the Aero Easyfit is a bit of an investment, but the ease of use and sturdiness make it a potentially very good bike, especially if you have a great value bike. The lack of damage from this theft suggests that it will also last for years.
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If you don’t need to keep your front end assembled, you can save a bit of money with a standard Â£ 438 Alan BikeBox, while The Savage by Douchebags is very safe and easier to store due to the fact that ‘this is a bag. It’s now called The DjÃ¤rv and, at Â£ 519, is actually Â£ 106 cheaper than it was when we reviewed it in 2019.
The most affordable option we’ve tested recently is the Â£ 380 Merlin Cycles Elite travel bike bag, although it gets a constant discount that brings it down to Â£ 199.
Fittingly, the Easyfit is one of the easiest bicycle flight cases I’ve had the pleasure of packing. Its design is a bit bulkier than the others, but the benefits of not having to disassemble the front of your bike are welcome. If you have the money and want an easy life, this is a great choice.
Easy to pack and very secure, with the added bonus of fully assembled front swallow ends
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Brand and model : BikeBox Alan Triathlon Aero Easyfit Bikebox
Tell us what the product is for and who it is for. What do the manufacturers say? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
From BikeBox Alan: âThe Triathlon Aero Easyfit is the latest addition to the Alan line of bikes. The Easyfit is the largest bike box available in the world, so it’s no surprise that all triathlon bikes and road fit, with plenty of space for Wet Suits, Shoes and Kit.
As you might expect, the Easyfit inherits the same DNA as its multi-award winning Bike Box cousin Alan, the Premium.
If you own a triathlon bike or the latest generation of Aero road bikes with or without hydraulic disc brakes, usually all you need to do is remove the wheels and pedals! *
So if the TT handlebar or the Road handlebar assembly cannot be disassembled. Or if you just want the absolute minimum of component disassembly, this is the bike box for you.
The precious handlebar and seat adjustments can remain. Even hydration systems can usually stay in place. Packaging can be done in as little as 5 minutes!
The Easyfit is also designed for regular road bikes, larger ENDURO mountain bikes, gravel and cyclocross bikes, as well as some types of touring bikes. “
Tell us a little more about the technical aspects of the product?
Dimensions: approx. L 133 cm x H 94 cm xl 50 cm
7 year guarantee
1 x anti-crush post (stays in place if TSA Security opens the bike trunk)
Includes 2 layers of foam padding
Padded black Velcro fastening straps
Only takes a few minutes to pack
Custom graphics available
Minimal disassembly – Requires only the removal of the pedals from the wheels, in rare cases Rear mechanism (1 Allen key bolt) *
Designed to accommodate the latest generation of premium triathlon, TT, aero, large frames, 29 inch mountain bikes, 26B plus size mountain bikes, sort bars and bikes with fully integrated wiring
Tubeless Road and MTB tires can remain inflated
Also suitable for regular road and triathlon bikes
3 lightweight wheels fit inside
Solid Disc Wheel Adjustment – Optional free solid disc wheel anti-crush post available on request.
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Evaluate the product for its value:
It deserves its reasonably high price tag.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its intended purpose
Very well. He protected a very expensive bike while on vacation.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Do not have to remove the front of the bike.
Tell us what you didn’t particularly like about the product
The width of the base can make it difficult to access the registration scales.
How does the price compare to similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?
It’s up there in the high end, but it’s not the most you can spend on a bike box.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider purchasing the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Very easy to pack, with the advantage of not having to remove the bars. The box is secure and protects its contents well.
I usually drive: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 My best bike is:
I have been driving since: Less than 5 years I ride: Most days I would classify myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trial, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialize in Cafe Ride!