More and more, the latest bikes are being released with really well integrated cables and clean front ends. There’s a lot of hidden cables under bars and running through headtubes than ever before.
Personally, I’m a fan of smaller bike bags (a la Post Transfer Case, or Orucase Ninja) that allow for more nimble movement through the airport and much easier to get in/out of rental cars, airport shuttles, etc. Removing my stem/bars is quick and easy and having the flexibility to do so really allows for a more compact bike bag setup. That being, even some of the more standard sized bike bags/boxes require the removal of handlebars and/or stem to get it all to fit.
As much as I would love to invest in newer bike models, part of me really can’t imagine what the nightmare (or impossibility even) that the integrated cabling might bring when wanting to disassemble/assemble your bike for travel.
I have no direct experience and I’m curious to hear others’ thoughts and experiences.
- Have you traveled a new model with integrated cables?
- What bag solution have you had experience with? Did you need a new bag due to the new bike?
- Did you have any fit issues in the bag as a result of limited cable range for positioning the handlebars/stem?