Is there a better feeling in the world than getting some nice shiny new race wheels?
Is there a worse feeling in the world than having your nice new race wheels damaged?
The price we pay for the high tech machines that we demand is that, while they are perfectly engineered to withstand great stresses in certain directions they are also vulnerable to incidental impacts from unexpected sources, the old “bike on the roof versus a drive through restaurant” is a pretty vivid example. However even having items secured snugly can allow parts and surfaces to rub or press against each other which can at the least result in cosmetic damage and at worst some serious damage to delicate carbon parts and all hat before we mention the travelling cyclists arch nemesis……. The dreaded airline baggage handler.
Zipp are the industry leader when it comes to wheel technology so it would stand to reason that they would build a state of the art wheel bag to protect their precious hoops. But where they have really excelled is in making a bag that looks truly awesome. Let’s face it, if you have invested a large chunk of your “hard earned” on some wheels with a big Zipp logo and dimples to boot, the last thing you would want to do is hide them. Well, Zipp have given the Connect Wheel Bag a big Zipp logo and dimples to let everyone know what your precious cargo is.
Logos and dimples so you know what brand it is.
The case is made from moulded EVA which is like the “goldilocks” material, it’s not a hard case but not a soft case, it’s just right. The inside is lined with soft flock material which accepts Velcro, and therein lies one if it’s big assets. The case comes with some big round pads to sit where the hubs will contact the bag, it also comes with some packing blocks to keep everything snug and a pouch for you skewers and wheel essentials, all these additions are Velcro backed to allow them to be placed wherever you see fit inside the bag. The packing blocks also enable you to centre the wheel in the bag to keep it safe.
Packing blocks and Velcro straps to keep the precious cargo in place.
The bag has a removable shoulder strap and a moulded handle for carrying. It can fit one wheel up to 700c with a 35mm cyclocross tyre fitted, and the reason is called “Connect” is that if you have two of these they can be fitted together with the Velcro tabs to form a single case.
A sturdy handle in the moulded EVA for ease of carrying.
Is it a good wheel bag? Yes it is!
Is it a great wheel bag? Well it is certainly one of the best designed and best looking I have seen.
Is it a bit pricey? Compared to a standard sleeve type wheel bag then yes it is. However, from experience, I know how it feels to get a ding in an expensive disc wheel, and in hindsight the price of the Connect Wheelbag would have saved some heartache. If you travel with your bike often and if you are the type who travels with your bike and goodies in the back of the car then it can save your wheel, bike and car from dirt and damage costing more to remedy than the price of the bag.
It is hard to find fault with the Connect bag apart from its slightly heavy price tag, which of course will double I you want one for each wheel.
The Zipp Connect wheel bag weighs in at 1780 grams, has an RRP of $274.95 and is distributed in Australia by Echelon Sports.