Bikepacking bags tend to follow a very narrow design path. Where there were once a few innovators in the space there are now dozens. Most of them make products you could say are more or less all the same. It takes a forward thinker to reinvent the bikepacking bag. And someone just did with the new Aereo BikePack modular system.

New Zealander Pat Maguire made a name for himself with his popular Freeload bike rack system which Thule liked so much they bought it in 2012. It has been a huge success and helped get many riders out on the road. Maguire’s latest system, now on Kickstarter with just a few days remaining in the campaign, will no doubt be just as big a hit as his first product.

the Aeroe BikePack system is a new modular luggage kit from New Zealand.

The Aeroe BikePack system is a bag and mount kit that allows users to customize the placement of their bags on the bike. The bane of the bikepacker has always been straps and attachment points and the Aeroe kit uses revolutionary twist-lock mounts to quickly affix the bags.

To offer the most flexibility, the kit includes optional fork, frame, seatpost, and handlebar mounts. The BikePack bag is available in three sizes. The smallest is 9-liters. The medium bag is 11-liters and the large 14-liters. Each bag is made of lightweight double-laminate TPU fabric. The 600-denier fabric is waterproof and made to endure the rigors of multi-day epics.

the Aeroe BikePack system is a new modular luggage kit from New Zealand.

The 7-piece system includes bags starting at just $66 and mounts at $42. Once the mounts are bolted to the bike, the bags clip into their circular docks with a simple twist. It’s like a giant Garmin mount. The bags can be attached in vertical or horizontal positions to help balance the load, provide clearance for feet, or just to slice into the wind more Aeroe-dynamically. In fact, the bags can be mounted at any angle.

One of the most significant benefits of the system for people riding full suspension bikes is the ability to place the load on the un-sprung portions of the frame and fork. Rather than place the bags where the suspension shoulders the load, the Aeroe mounts place the bags on the chainstays and lower fork legs.

There is only one day left in the Kickstarter campaign. The flexible reward system allows backers to customize their own kit. The Aeroe BikePack campaign already doubled its goal and plans to have kits ready for delivery in November.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign to learn more: Aeroe BikePack


    • that is a hard stop for me. too many never get funded or have other issues and your cold hard cash is like dust in the wind.

      • I’ve bought three things from kickstarter, and actually found all of them via this site. One I use constantly in the winter (the magnetic neck/head thing) one was neat but a touch useless so I gave it away (the ring tool) and the other is one of the best tools I’ve ever had – (the under bottle mount fixit sticks).

        The platform as a whole works, and can be used to do exactly what it intends – get small business ideas off the ground. Can it also be abused, host bad ideas and bad business people? Absolutely, but those aren’t problems with the platform.

        Keep the interesting things coming BR – some of us love seeing people like us innovating and succeeding.

  1. Of the two options, adding weight to unsprung components is the less desireable option. Why would this be considered a benefit?

    Sprung weight can easily be accommodated via changes in suspension settings. Unsprung weight just hurts dynamics with no real ability to adjust

  2. These could end up being pretty slick items. Sure, they don’t have all the benefits of the bikepack bags we’ve already become used to seeing/using but- for the gravel crowd it seemed perfect.

    I doubt we’ll see them make a traverse of the Iditarod or the more gnarly terrain people are stumbling around on bikepack bikes these days but, for that city person? Maybe a perfect commuting tool. Perhaps easier to detach and then stuff your bike on a crowded train?

    Maybe worth considering for some uses.
    But- only their systems work so when that bracket breaks? You’ll bin the mount and then Voile strap the bags to your bars.


  3. The idea seems to have merit, I just for the life of me can’t think of what I’d use it for…. This may be its downfall.

  4. Neat idea for a much broader scope than bike packing. They’re pretty heavy but most users outside of BP won’t mind as much.

  5. How to you prevent your gear and brake cable housing from eventually wearing thru from the use of a handlebar bag?

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