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Acepac is a newer brand of bike packing gear from Czech Republic with a solid collection of frame bags and this ultra simple tent shell that uses you and your mate’s bikes to create structure. Prefer higher ground? They make a hammock, too. Check out the collection along with a lot more killer pieces of gear below…


Ace pac’s bags are made of Cordura EcoMade, a polyester made of recycled PET (bottles, etc.). Their handlebar roll bag adjusts in size and holds a smaller (optional) roll top bar dry bag on top. Multiple top tube bags add small parts storage for quick access.


The saddle bag uses a Hypalon fabric at the front and saddle mount straps for durability and a tarp material on the bottom so it’s easier to clean. It, too, has an integrated (and removable) dry bag. They come in blue, green, black, gray and camo.


Check them out at Acepac.bike and download the catalog to see the full collection.



The Osprey Talon gets a new back panel that saves about 40% material waste compared to the more solid design in the past that had to have sections cut out of it.


For commuters, the Radial has a rigid internal kickstand design that lets it stand up on its own even when weighted down with a laptop and full load. A hidden rain cover keeps it all dry.


The new Speedsleev Ranger ($40) bumps up the capacity of their Smuggler ($35), making room for two road tubes, two CO2 cartridges, two tire levers and a mini tool.


The built in cover wraps around the back and bottom, keeping everything snugly in place. The wide Velcro straps wrap around it, running through the seat rails to keep it cinched tight and securely on the bottom of your saddle when riding (pic on right). When you need access, simply open the straps and connect them on top of your seat to hold the pack in place while you fish out the contents.


Bikglov is an Aussie company that makes fitted bicycle covers to keep your ride clean during transport. Four versions are offered, the Regular (above) that fits over an entire bike with all wheels attached, the FRK for fitting over the bike with front wheel removed (like on a fork-mount rack), and the…


…R Slim and F Slim (above), for covering just the bar and saddle, with or without the front wheel attached. Retail from AU$66-130.


All Mountain Style’s peel ‘n’ stick frame protection now comes in animal prints (outta control!).


The semi-rigid PVC material is transparent, letting you see the frame’s color and graphics underneath. It’s honeycomb structure protects the tubes from abrasion and impacts without adding much weight to the bike.


Protecting your reputation and trail access comes in a different form. Bells help alert hikers and other (perhaps slower) users in a friendly manner, but traditional bike bells can be quite noisy when you’re ripping down the trail.


The Timber Mountain Bike Bell makes things quiet by changing the way you make it ring. Switch the lever down to let it ring from the normal vibrations of riding. Flip it up and it silences the bell by locking down the dinger. Fits 22-35mm handlebars. They make this bolt-on model and a quick release model, both $20.

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RAB Share
RAB Share
7 years ago

Whoever set up that display for those frame protectors apparently has no clue what a zebra looks like.

7 years ago
Reply to  RAB Share

Yes! I didn’t even notice that. Thanks for the laugh.

7 years ago
Reply to  RAB Share

Looks like maybe they swapped the zebra for the camo(and vice-versa)

Colin Forsyth
7 years ago

The link for acepac is a dead link. should be acepac.bike

7 years ago

I still dont understand why any mention of a handlebar bag does not include specific details about the mount. Anyone can make a fabric tube, the mount is what makes it a good or a bad bag. Also, as a timber bell owner I sure with they would have included a trigger style activator alongside the always on feature. There are times that I cannot stand having the bell on but I still need a precise ding now and then.

7 years ago
Reply to  PFS

http://acepac.bike/ has some pictures and catalog of their handlebar roll mounting points. Looks like two straps go around the fork crown and two straps attached to the handlebars. It doesn’t appear to have any step-off to keep the roll from rubbing on the head tube. The Blackburn Outpost Handlebar Harness tries to remedy this, with so-so results. The Specialized Borra Borra has a similar handlebar harness clamp system that works a bit better. As far as I know nobody makes a perfect step-off handlebar harness that keeps the bags away from the head tube or wheel on bikes with shorter stems and short head tubes.

7 years ago
Reply to  contrarian

I dont know about so-so results from the outpost bag. I personally own one and the seatpost bag. Aside from breaking the strap that goes under the stem, my outpost bag has been flawless with MTB touring for thousands of miles and many many more planned. I used a large thick ziptie as a replacement for the under stem strap and its been perfect, it broke about 200 miles in.

I get that they probably have pictures on their webpage, but they probably have marketing info on there as well. So why use bike rumor at all? The point is, this is a review site and the attachment system is the most important part of a bag and bike rumor typically skips over it entirely.

Thomas Dibley
7 years ago

The Timber! mountain bike trail bell is really incredible. They’re available in the UK now through Cyclorise.com

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