Apidura frame packs are the best place carry heavy loads on long rides. But they can be the trickiest purchase you make in your preparation for your next adventure.
Apidura’s latest & greatest in the frame bag collection is the Racing series. These bags are ultra-optimised for gravel bikes. And good thing to, just about everybody out there bikepacking is riding a gravel bike!
Since the huge influx of interest in bikepacking post-2020 Apidura have doubled down on their bag options for these bikes. Making their frame bags specifically for gravel bikes has been a leading innovation.
Unlike their competitors, Apidura are resolute in having absolutely waterproof bags. Including the zippers! And this has been taken a step further with the Apidura Racing Frame Pack. This pack has a little ‘lid’ or lip covering the zip to shed water. This is a great addition for those riding in the rain. Because it’s all well & good to have a waterproof zip, but opening while it’s raining saturates your gear!
With this small change in design it makes this bag especially thoughtful in design. We appreciate Apidura’s continued commitment to making the best bags out there. And if you are wanting to take your bike on longer rides but keep your water bottles in your main triangle, you can. The reduced depth of this frame bag means that even in the 4L capacity, you can still fit 2 water bottles in your frame.
Just like every rider is different, every bike is different and needs a different frame bag solution. Whether you are after a full frame bag to take advantage of your entire main triangle. Or whether you just want to utilise the half frame allowing you to keep your water bottle cages in. We have options for you. Apidura make compact & tall frame packs in different sizes and capacities and we stock them all here and in store.
Apidura frame bags come in a wide variety of sizes for the different bike frame geometries. And different riding styles & carrying requirements. Not everyone wants to lose their bottle cage mounts when running a frame bag. And Apidura’s range of half-frame bags allow you to do this. Even though they do offer a great solution for carrying water in their Full frame Hydration Bladder!
Apidura are bikepacking bag specialists, and as such they understand how hard it is to find a bike frame bag that fits your bike well. Bike bags are made to suit a pretty wide range of bikes out there – imagine the thousands of options from all the bike manufacturers and their different size frames too. Nevertheless they make the process of finding the right fit as easy as possible by providing printable PDF’s and size charts. You can reference these size charts – and if you are lucky your bike brands spec sheets – to confirm the dimensions of your frame and what bag will fit.
You will often read about the fit of frame packs in your research of which bag to buy. This is because it’s simply the most important thing in buying this kind of bag. Where in saddle bags and handlebar bags you can go overboard & get the biggest bag and not use the complete thing, with frame bags it’s different. Frame packs will only serve you well if they are a solid fit in your bikes triangle. This is because an ill-fitting bag will bunch & bulge & slip & slide and can interfere with your knees, your thighs & you chainring & crank. In order for your frame bag to work well as a frame bag, it has to be a great fit.
A lot of the time this means sizing down. We always recommend – strongly! – to size down on your frame bag if you are in-between sizes. Even if you think your set up has some tolerance and you aren’t worried about rubbing occurring on your bag, you need to be mindful of the likelihood that your gear will move & settle differently within the bag over the course of your ride. This may mean things fit differently after 6 hours on the bike, or 6 days on the bike, and any rubbing of the bag on your frame can not only damage the bag pretty quickly it can also damage your bike or drivetrain, and any gear you are carrying in your bag!