This is a custom framebag that closes with a rolltop closure instead of a zipper. The rolltop has plastic stiffeners for easy rolling, and is secured with two aluminum buckles. The buckles can be tightened down to compress the bag, and there’s a plastic stiffener on the rolltop side of the bag to help it compress uniformly.
Why rolltop? Advantages over a zippered framebag include:
- Easier to close when stuffed full
- Better long-term durability
- More water resistant
Disadvantages are that they are a few ounces heavier, we can’t make a dual compartment version, and that it’s not as quick to get into. We also can’t make them for most full suspension bikes. And of course, they are more expensive to construct.
It comes with a hydration port in the front of the bag, padding and reinforcement on all frame contact points and a light-colored interior. The “side pocket” option is a thin map pocket on the opposite side of the main zipper, useful for snacks, cell phone, maps, etc.
Seam Sealing: We are currently only offering DIY seam sealing for $10. This includes a slightly different construction method with Xpac binding, plus enough Seam Grip to seal all stitches. When seam sealed the bag should be waterproof for rain events, but not for submersion.
To seam seal our bags we bind the edges with Xpac instead of regular binding tape. If you select the DIY option, we’ll construct it ready to be sealed and then ship it turned inside-out with instructions, seam sealer, gloves and brushes.
Seam sealing is not available on LiteSkin fabric – it has a DWR coating on the inside that will keep the sealer from adhering, and it also doesn’t have the same waterproof layer as Xpac.
Should I Get Seam Sealing? Whether seam sealing is worth it depends on the conditions you’ll be riding in. A non-seam sealed rolltop framebag will do a pretty good job of handling most rain events, and the worst case tends to be a slightly damp interior rather than truly wet gear.
I would get seam sealing for a long tour in places with torrential rain – for example, biking in the Andes during the rainy season. Or maybe for someone living in the Pacific Northwest. For most people doing weekend to week-long trips, it’s not necessary. For what it’s worth, I haven’t bothered seam sealing my own rolltop framebag. -Nick
If you want to see how the rolltop closure works in action, watch this video (Note: video is old and shows plastic buckles instead of the new metal buckles):
By default we will put the rolltop and logo on the right (drivetrain) side of the bag, and the side pocket on the other side. If you’d like to do the reverse, you can indicate in the order notes when you place your order, or send us an email to let us know.