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SciConCompact 430 Saddlebag


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Item # SCI0024

Compact 430 Saddlebag

We don't always have the confidence that the skeleton kit is enough, and we need to carry a bit more. The Sci'Con Compact 430 saddlebag has almost double the interior space of the Phantom, all of which you can put to good use.

Here, if you're a good packer, you can squeeze in a second tube, as well as a patch kit, a few Allen keys, a boot, and perhaps a CO2 cartridge or two and a mini-inflator.

Helping maximize the space is Sci'Con's new Roller 2 mounting system. If you recall the original Roller System (now Roller 1), you start with a plastic cleat that secures to your seat rails with the twist of a knob. Then you install the bag by matching the cleat with the opening in the binding mount. And give it a quarter turn. The Roller 2 takes that same idea and adds two tire levers to the design. There's one mount for a tire lever outside the bag, and a mount for a tire lever inside the bag. To make sure the lever slots work, Sci'Con includes the levers. Building the two levers into the design frees up space in the bag, so you can fit more into it.

The bag itself has a mix of materials. The side panels are carbon fiber weave. The main panels are Cordura. Reflective piping runs along the seam between the carbon fiber and Cordura panels; reflective is good. Because the bag doesn't have a strap underneath it to help hold the shape, there's an ABS body structure inside. This way it has some structure and shape whether the bag is empty, partially-loaded, or packed to the gills.

The Compact 430 has a zipper that opens the bag up like a cargo ship; you'll have a top and a body. There is reflective tape alongside the zipper as well as on the bottom of the bag along the seams. It has just a simple single cavity with a Velcro compression strap to hold things in place; this is particularly useful when you're not filling the bag, as the stuff won't bounce around the inside, making distracting noises all during the ride.

The Sci'Con Compact 430 Saddlebag comes in Black Cordura with Black carbon-fiber panels. Dimensions of the bag are 9.5x6.5x13cm, and the internal volume is 430 cubic centimeters (26.24 cubic inches).

  • Cordura with carbon-fiber side panels
  • Two tire levers included
  • Reflective details
  • SciCon Roller 2.1 saddle-rail mounting system
  • Internal hook-and-loop compression strap

Tech Specs
Materialcarbon fiber, Cordura
Volume430 cc
Pockets1 zippered
Recommended Usecycling
Manufacturer Warrantylimited

Actual Weight

Black, One Size

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Love this bag. Haven't had any problems.

I've used it several times

I've had one of these on my road bike for years and I love it, so when I came to order another one for my girlfriend's bike I was surprised to see all the negative reviews. I haven't had any of the issues described by other reviewers. It's never fallen off the bike and it's still in good shape after thousands of miles of riding.

>Rating: 2

Needs a better anchoring system

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a very nice saddle bag but has a design flaw. The clamp that secures it has very narrow fingers such that contact with the seat frame is minimal. Even if you crank it as tight as you can the anchor clamp can twist off when you install or take of the bag (a quarter turn motion). A simple redesign of the clamp would make this perfect. I returned mine because of this.

>Rating: 1

Defective Design

I've put it through the wringer

The "rivets" on the first bag that I owned failed causing the bag to detach (permanently) from the mount. I thought it was just bad luck so I ordered a 2nd bag. The exact failure just occurred on my 2nd bag. Clearly there is a design/manufacturing defect. Even if this bag was free I would not use since I would be risking losing the contents of the bag on a ride. This bag is not for someone that rides seriously, it's a joke.

>Rating: 2

Might be fine for a road bike

I returned this product before using it

I looked at it for quite a while but could not take the risk of using this on my mtb. It did not look like it would hold up to the abuse. Great idea though as it would mount away from the dropper post

>Rating: 3

Could be great but the rivets fail.

I've put it through the wringer

This is a perfectly sized bag. Yes , you can get 2 tubes, 2 CO2s etc in it with just a little work. It attaches easily and does not chaff the seat post. It would be perfect if the rivets did not keep failing and the bag then detaches from the plate. I lost one bag on a ride ( returned home to see only the plate attached) and rescued another bag that had only 2 of the 4 rivets fail. This is clearly a major design issue and needs fixing. However , I still love the bag and will slavishly buy another one and copy the wire trick -provided by puckmasterc -and hope this resolves the issue.

>Rating: 5


I've used it several times

Highly recommend

>Rating: 5

great bag great mount

I've put it through the wringer

This is a good size bag for a tube, 2 co's and valve, tire levers, money and a little room left over. I add my own tire levers because I'm afraid the included ones my break. luckily I haven't had to use them to find out. If they work then you have even more room in the bag. The bag size fits well under the saddle and my legs do not rub on the bag. The mounting system is great and I do have the adapter on my other bikes so switching is easy but it is important you make sure you have a positive lock. If you are not careful you may not have it fully locked. I like the fact that it does not strap to the seat post, I think that look is cheesy and it creates a friction point. I have ridden this bike on the rough roads of CT and It has never rattled off. I do remove the bag when transporting the bike. Why subject it to unnecessary vibrations. I also only use on my road bikes and I think it is great. I would not recommend for mountain biking.

>Rating: 4

Could be better

I've put it through the wringer

Ive had two of these. Both failed with the rivets that hold the fabric of the bag to the plastic mounting mechanism. These work really nice for swapping a single bag between multiple bikes except when they fail. The first one competitive cyclist replaced, the second one they wouldnt warranty so I used safety wire to keep it together. Now its more secure than ever and cheaper than buying more bags.


Mine just failed the same way today. Other than the failure, I really like the bag and the locking mechanism has not ever let the bag fall off. I think I will feed a couple of zip ties between the bag and the plate to reattach the the plate to the bag. That should permanently solve the problem.