Don’t miss out on the latest CyclingTips updates.
Every now and again a product comes along that’s so simple, so obvious and so clever that it makes me think “why didn’t I think of that?” The Thule RoundTrip Pro bike case is one of those products and I was happy to get my hands on one to look into further.
Over the course of my cycling life I’ve used over a dozen different types of bike cases and each have their pros and cons. For me, I think the best qualities a bike case can have are:
- It needs to be a softshell so it can break down for easy storage
- It needs to be light (so you don’t use your baggage allowance on the bag itself)
- It needs to be protective in all the right places
- It needs to have wheels. No matter how light your set-up is, it’s awkward lugging around 15kg along with another bag in the airport or train station
- A built-in workstand? The thought never crossed my mind … but I love it!
Now, a workstand is obviously not required to build up or take apart your bike, but since it’s already an structural part of the Thule Roundtrip Pro case and minimal extra parts are required to make it work, it certainly is a “nice to have” feature which sets this case apart from the rest.
The case itself is technically a soft shell, which I like. It has very good protection on the undercarriage as well lightweight corflute on the sides. It’s a little bit on the heavy side at 9.5kg, but the heavy duty set of wheels makes up for it and makes for easy manoeuvring. The bag breaks down into something quite compact for easy storage while the bag isn’t in use (remember, if you’re travelling you don’t want a massive hardshell case to be lugging around).
We didn’t have the case long enough for a long-term wear test (which is when most issues tend to come out) but looking at the bag closely it appears to be well built and like it will last dozens of trips. We welcome the comments of owners out there who have travelled extensively with this bag.
The only problem I could envision with this setup, which has a front fork-mount and aluminium frame/railing, is when you have a bike with an external battery underneath the bottom bracket. While it’s possible to lengthen or shorten the railing such that the rubber block sits in front of the bottom bracket, it’s not an ideal scenario. This inconvenience will affect a minority of users, but this is just a heads-up to potential buyers.
All up, this is a fantastic option for those looking to buy a softshell case that takes minimal disassembly for the bike and offers protection in all the right places.
Find out more about the RoundTrip Pro on the Thule website here and check out some of our photos of the case below.