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So back at the start of the fourth month of the year, Silca promised a true innovation in how we carry spare tubes and inflation on our rides. While they were clearly unsatisfied with the current state of saddle bags, sadly a quick look at the date meant that the Silca Personal Support Drone wasn’t likely to materialize. But much to our pleasant surprise, it seems that the simple saddle bag was on their radar, and now Silca has a better solution. Pairing the simple classic structure of a tool roll, with the precise dial-to-fit security of a BOA closure, the new Seat Roll Premio will haul your everyday essentials in a more elegantly executed package. Check it out up close after the break, plus pricing and availability…

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Silca’s Seat Roll Premio stakes a claim to being the first on-the-bike storage system to incorporate a Boa dial. And while the addition of a Boa closure scared us at first (we know how much adding a pair of Boa dials to a pair of shoes really jacks up the price), since it only needs one dial, the price premium isn’t so bad.

The Premio is based of a simple high quality waxed canvas tool roll design. It is constructed of a heavy cotton canvas that is coated in hot wax to make it waterproof and then adds reflective stitching for visibility.

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The roll has three main pockets inside, design to house a spare road/cx/gravel tube in the largest, a pair of CO2 cartridges & an inflater off to one side, and a mini tool to the other. You simply stuff the contents in as needed, fold it over, then roll it up.

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Once rolled the Premio easily attaches to your bike by threading the red pull tab over your regular saddle rails. Then you just click the tab into the latch and dial the Boa in tight. The Boa solution is said to be lighter and more durable than regular strap layouts, but the real benefit here is security.

Regular saddlebag users know that it isn’t always easy to get your bag tightly secured under your saddle. That often means you’ll have a bag moving around a bit under the rails, especially on rough terrain. The Premio also looks like it might have better range of adjustment, so when you take something out mid ride, it’ll hopefully be easier to get the tool roll secured back in place no matter what.

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Silca has just opened the Seat Roll Premio up for pre-order on the web shop now for $49. If you order now, you can expect a November 15 ship date. If you want to have a fully packed version, Silca is also offering the Loaded Version for $98 that comes with their EOLO CO2 inflator head and their Italian Army Knife multi-tool. If you were already going to have to buy the kit, it’ll save you 12 bucks.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. Just how often is everyone accessing the stuff in their saddlebags? Mine goes months at a time without being opened to fix a flat, so adjusting some velcro to cinch it tight is hardly a major drama. This one looks pretty and all, but how is this style of bag more convenient than a zipper?

    • I gave up on saddle bags that attach to the seat post after I discovered a hole in my Assos bibs from hitting the velcro. Moved to a tool roll, but I’m still paranoid about the velcro on it. I’d be more comfortable using a BOA.

      And why does anyone think the cable will snap just from sitting there? The BOAs never broke on my snowboard boots and I was constantly slamming it with the sharp metal edge of my board. The reels wore out before the cables on my S-works shoes, replacements were free and simple to replace.

  2. Neat concept and execution.

    I’ve yet to see a tool roll offer enough room to stuff two CX tubes, though…and the lack of a rear light loop is a bit of a bummer.

  3. Lose weight, improve you bike handling skills & you’ll flat less. From personal experience I went 12 years running latex tubes without flatting. Gained 15lbs after a surgery and flatted 3x in one week in my first week back on the bike. Lost those 15lbs and haven’t flatted in 3 years. Lol.

  4. But, but, but weight….
    You buy fancy all carbon bike high modulus and carbon this and that, titanium screws and then add 50-100gr or so in a form of a bag when you can ride either tubeless or use tape to attach the inner tube to the bike

    • When you consume as much champagne and caviar as I do gear weight becomes a non-issue. This bag will be perfect to stash the inch of Benjamins I ride with.

      And yes, I did just order one.

    • My saddle bag weighs 40g. If I carried all the crap it held in my jersey I would still want a tool roll, which would be at least the same weight. I would also have a hunchback and the chance of additional injury in a crash. I finally just gave up trying to “look pro” on training and fun rides. The saddle bag stays on unless I am racing.

      Best part of that is I never forget a tool, and have way more space for food and whatnot in my jersey.

  5. For MTBs with droppers, conventional seat bags are out, so glad to see some innovation in this field. But for that price, I think I’ll stick with the BR race strap; http://backcountryresearch.com/race-strap-mtb-saddle-mount.html. I’ve been using it for a few months, and it does what it’s supposed to (holds a tube, some CO2 and tire levers). Small inflator and multi-tool in my Camelbak, and I’m covered for like 99% of mechanicals.
    And, unlike zip-ties or duct tape, it’s easy to take off when I’m riding local trails and I want to save the 300ish grams of weight 🙂

    • I’m also a fan of the Ortlieb saddle bag, but it rattles loose on rough terrain, and it’s actually fallen off of my MTB a couple times. Fortunately I noticed and was able to easily retrieve it.

  6. Do people still attach stuff under their seats? My repair kit goes in my jersey pocket so I can switch between road bikes. Just need to make sure spare tubes will fit in every wheelset. Much more practical, quiet, and elegant solution.

    Ditto my tail light which is strapped to my road helmet to come along with me for every road ride.

    • Yes, in our shed we have a saddle bag on each of the the road bikes and commuters, and backpack for the mountain bikes. Each bike has it’s own specific tool kit and tubes/patches, that always stays with the bike. Good luck using the same tubes between a commuter with skinny 26″ wheels, a 700c road bike, and a 27.5 MTB running 2.4″ tyres. And a separate set of workshop quality tools that stay in the shed.
      My set-up cost may be a little more than yours, but all up for 6 bikes I doubt I’ve spent much more than buying one of the “loaded version” of these hipster rolls. If you ever stop at a cafe for a post-ride lunch, you probably spend as much as a cheap saddle bag and set of tools would cost.

      As for “practical, quiet and elegant”, I never have to worry about forgetting to pick up the tool kit, don’t carry tools I don’t need, nothing rattles, and I have less lumps and bumps in my jersey pockets.

      Regarding lights, similar deal – one set always stays on the commuters, another set to stay on the road bikes for winter, and proper lights for mountain biking that go on for night rides.

      FWIW, having a tail light on your helmet is bordering on useless, just a slight change in the angle of your head and they will be pointing in the wrong direction. Set it up right for riding on the hoods, and when you ride with your hands on the tops the light will be angled down too far, riding in the drops and the light will be angled at the sky. Quite aside from which, the kinds of lights most people attach to a helmet are too dim, and too directional to start with. Get a bright light (e.g. planet bike superflash or similar) with lots of directional spill, attach it to your seat post, and don’t die.

      • I’m of the same mindset. 11 bikes in our house, and I think 4 tube sizes we’d need to have on hand. 11 speed, 10 speed, 8 speed, 1 speed. Each has it’s own quick link in it’s bag for it’s chain, and I found a great bulk deal on Lezyne multitools with saddle bags.

  7. Classy gentlemen such as myself tape a c02, inflator and tube together, then use a toe strap to cinch it under the seat. Secure fastening and style. Spend the $100 on rapha.

  8. Love the design of this and it is beautifully constructed, but mine has been sitting in the graveyard parts bin. With just a tube, 2 co2 cartridges, and a multi-tool, it looks like a burrito and does not fold as neatly as the photos. On the first rough ride, it managed to “flip” – where the back shifted forward enough to slip under the boa straps. This is partially due to the angle of the rails not being favorable on my saddle and folding the flaps to meet with the gap in the center instead of rolling it tightly. It does go on and off quite quickly, but I find myself constantly tightening on rides.

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