Forget Wheel Bags, Check out the New Enve Wheel Backpack!

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Judging  by the number of times we’ve seen wheels strapped to a rider’s back with inner tubes, cyclists often need to carry an extra set of wheels. Other than the inner tube method, riders often resort to wheel bags which can be cumbersome while riding a bike. Feeling that their premium wheels deserve a premium method of transport, ENVE has released what may be the ultimate wheel bag. Part wheel bag, part backpack, the versatile bag is designed to get your wheels plus any needed gear to where you need to go.

Strap in, next…

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Technically the ENVE Backpack is two bags in one. It’s a back pack, it’s a wheel bag, or it’s both. The two compartment wheel bag fits both road and mountain bike wheels and snaps into the backpack to make transport as easy as possible. This seems like it would be the ideal setup for traveling through airports, or long distance to a race.

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On shorter journeys, or maybe just with muddy wheels, you can skip the wheel bag and attach the wheels directly to the backpack. The straps include a cassette protector which covers the gears and prevents them from rubbing on the other wheel’s spokes. There is also a protector for the bag itself, to keep the hubs from wearing away at the reflective logo.

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Not just for transporting wheels, the back pack itself looks like a well designed pack capable of carrying all of your gear to a race, or a ride in another country. Built with a laptop sleeve, electronics pocket, waterproof zippers, and external helmet storage, it seems ENVE has called upon years of experience traveling around the globe and riding bikes to design what they see as the perfect pack.

The combination backpack and wheelbag is currently in stock, and will set you back $240.

enve.com

 

 

Comments

Dr. Sartorious - 07/14/14 - 1:58pm

This is awesome!

ENVE, please make a wheel truing stand-carrying backpack as well.

Morgan - 07/14/14 - 2:09pm

Seems pretty over-the-top for the average rider, but I could see this being useful to a race mechanic that has to haul one or more wheelsets to a pit area.

brian - 07/14/14 - 2:10pm

maybe I’m new, but….why would someone need to strap their wheels to a back pack?

LateSleeper - 07/14/14 - 2:20pm

@brian: ’cause they are riding to a criterium or other race where they want to run tubulars.

Gregory - 07/14/14 - 2:34pm

Nothing new,

This is how we used to ride to time trials with light wheels & tubs.
http://cyclinginfo.co.uk/products/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/wheel-carrier.jpg

Brian - 07/14/14 - 3:13pm

Literally NEVEr seen someone strapping wheels to their backpack. Under what circumstance does this occur and where is the rest of the bike? Presumably, someone is carrying the rest of the bike in a bag for travel, so why not just carry the wheels in that bag too? Pointless and WAY too expensive.

lonefrontranger - 07/14/14 - 3:16pm

It certainly depends on the region and bike infrastructure, but here in the Colorado Front Range, and specifically in Boulder County, it’s an extremely common occurrence to carry your pit / spare wheels on your back to the local crit, TT or ‘cross race. I’d say you get roughly 25-30% of the racers riding to many of the local events. I lived without a car for years in the Denver/Boulder region and I rode to every race within an hour’s ride or within reasonable distance of transit. I simply added a pair of short extenders to the closure straps on my messenger bag to accommodate a spare wheelset being lashed to the back. A couple of old toe straps strategically placed / woven through the wheels ensured they wouldn’t rub or shift around. Even now that we have a couple of cars I still ride to all the weeknight training series events and any crit or ‘cross race that’s less than 30-40 minutes’ ride away, which is a fair amount.

K11 - 07/14/14 - 3:26pm

that cassette/gear cover doesn’t look very elegant for a fairly expensive pack.

lonefrontranger - 07/14/14 - 3:37pm

ehh one of the spare plastic grocery bags and rubber bands everyone’s got hanging about in their garage can do fine as a cassette protector / cover for the low low price of $0, and that’s only if it’s threatening to rain; otherwise just position the wheelset such that the cluster’s on the outside facing up and bob’s yer uncle.

Andy s - 07/14/14 - 4:13pm

From the looks of that house and everything filling it, I see why ENVE has to charge so much for their products…

theotherfrontranger - 07/14/14 - 4:26pm

When will commenters here realize that if they don’t understand a product, perhaps they are not the target customer. A lot of thought goes into making cycling products, and there are a lot of people who use them for a lot of different things. Maybe you wouldn’t use it, but ENVE obviously realizes that there is a need for an item like this. Also-is it possible to have a product feature on here and not comment on the price? Obnoxious.

Bob - 07/14/14 - 5:14pm

@Gregory – SWEET!

U B pimping, no helmet, no gloves, rear rack, extra long brake cables in case one snaps you have extra to repair it, a massive headlight, etc. etc.!

You need to patent the changing room so BR can feature it:
http://cyclinginfo.co.uk/products/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/before-changing-rooms.jpg

WRM - 07/14/14 - 5:19pm

I don’t see how people can find riding with an extra wheel to be such a preposterous idea.

It’s basically the difference between driving or riding to the shop, a race, or anywhere else you might take a wheel or two.

Zach - 07/14/14 - 5:44pm

This is pretty cool. Yes, in many areas, it’s possible to ride to the races –– it’s a good warm up and you get some extra training time in!

I’ve always just hung my race wheels on my Chrome backpack using some bungees, but this is a much nicer solution.

Allan - 07/14/14 - 6:09pm

Hey enve,

I’m thinking a neg 17 deg enve stem would sell a lot better than a back pack just sayin……

Derek - 07/14/14 - 6:45pm

How close does it get to your helmet when riding? I didn’t see any shots of it actually being used in the video…

randal - 07/14/14 - 8:48pm

Obviously the people who don’t understand what this might be for don’t commute to their bike shop gig by bike and don’t have to either bring wheels in to true on the shop stands or haven’t blown their paycheck (plus a few more) picking up a new set of wheels that they want to slap on their race steed as soon as they get home and not have to wait. Blown tubes cost nothing, though, which is my general solution.

b - 07/14/14 - 9:27pm

So for those “commuting” to races, are you riding a mtb or road/cx bike?

All the pics above show MTB gear, and again, i’ll ask – who’s riding around (either to or at) a MTB race with a spare set of wheels strapped to their backs?

FredlyAdams - 07/15/14 - 10:11am

The Chrome Bravo has been around for a while as well. It’s waterproof and excels at carrying wheels and other unwieldy items.

RandyMy - 07/15/14 - 11:22am

I just had to ride a wheel on my back yesterday. Derek points out the biggest issue: the wheels are going to hit the back of your head unless they are attached lower. I could also see this being used to ride your extra wheels to a cross race, or your race wheels to a crit, etc. It’s a good idea, but I want to see it actually used to know if it can be properly adjusted.

lonefrontranger - 07/15/14 - 12:53pm

b – I have ridden MTB wheels to the shop for repairs, etc. on occasion; last time I did it was for a blown hub a few months ago. Our shop is a half mile bike path jaunt from our house; there is literally no reason to start the car to go there. I’m not dissing on this bag to be perfectly clear, I think if I didn’t already have a nice couple of messenger bags and tiedowns for this purpose it would be an attractive option. Good bags are and should be expensive as they’re a niche product with a small market and require a lot of knowhow to build properly. I do have the same concern as others which is the attachment point and angle; too high / forward and yes the wheels will hit you in the back of the head.

I’ve schlepped new frames home from VeloSwap twice using tiedowns and a messenger bag; it’s not just wheels tbh.

Slow Joe Crow - 07/15/14 - 3:13pm

Hauling race wheels of all sorts in backpacks is pretty common in Portland where people ride to the PIR races, although the coolest setup was the guy who carried his MTB to the short track races on a bakfiets.

Ian - 09/23/14 - 3:14am

This is a super common practice in Portland, Oregon. Especially at the after work/evening races. I saw a guy hauling two full bikes on a trailer being pulled by another bike. Only in Portland…

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