Cross country bikes, 26”, 27.5” (650b) and 29er fit into the Bike Box Alan. Because Mountain bikes have a longer wheel base, the forks will need removing, there are only 3 allen keys to remove, this first allows the handlebar stem with the handlebars attached to be removed. The forks are then free to slide out of the frame. Care should be taken to record the position of the various spacers and lock washers that are under the handle bar stem. Once you have removed the forks the spacers should be put back onto the forks in the same order, placing the top lock down washer and bolt last, which will secure all the parts until re assembly takes place.
If you’re the type of rider who can fix things while out on the trail, packing your bike should only take you 15 minutes (now there’s a challenge for you!) Failing that consider paying your local bike shop a few £/$ to demonstrate putting the bike into your Bike Box. (See Technical section on the web site for more information).
29er Mountain Bikes
The bike box alan has one the largest internal dimensions of any lightweight Bike case. Yet it is surprisingly compact, enabling you to choose the smallest cars to transport your bike or bikes to and from the airport. (see opposite) Some brands of Bike Cases are big and cumbersome, thus preventing you from choosing the cheaper hire car, especially if you are wanting to transport 2 bike cases.
All standard 26 inch, 27.5 and 29er cross country type mountain bikes fit into the bike box alan, Down hill bikes can also fit, However we the whole operation should take between 15 to 30 minutes. If you are a tall rider you should be prepared for a little more stripping down, than you would with a road bike, because Mountain bikes are generally longer than Road bikes. Small mountain bikes generally fit with the forks on. Med and large bikes will need the forks removing, (3 bolts only). if you are reasonably practical this will only take you an extra 5 minutes. In addition rear mech. seat, and pedals also have to be removed.
If you have a large full suspension bike it can be sometimes advantageous to let the air out of the rear suspension. This reduces the overall length of the bike, to facilitate loading of the bike box. re inflating the rear suspension is a simple operation. Just make sure you take a shock pump with you on your trip !
26 inch wheels will fit in the wheel recess in the lid of the box providing, you deflate the tyres. If you have tubeless tyres or 27.5″or 29 inch wheels with the latex rubber in side (stans puncture prevention) we suggest you reduce the tyre pressure in the front wheel to approx. 5 to 7 ibs then install into the left hand wheel recess. The rear wheel can be placed loose in the case (see photo below)
One last tip, the rotors (steel braking disc on the wheels) are one of the most vulnerable parts of the bike ,ensure this is well protected, better still remove them from the wheel.
Optional Quick Release Skewers. The majority of our customers use the QR mechanisms that are actually on the wheels that they are taking with the bike. Through axel type wheels for Mountain or Road Bikes will need to be secured in the Bike Box using some Quick release skewers off some old wheels or you can purchase them from our web site on our accessories page.
IF YOU ARE IN DOUBT ABOUT YOUR ABILITY TO PACK YOUR BIKE IN OUR BIKE BOX, PLEASE DONT HESITATE TO CONTACT US.
One other option is to pre arrange a visit to our workshop in Rotherham (Yorkshire) Where you can try your bike into one of our Bike boxes.
Alternatively pay your local bike shop a few pounds to demonstrate how to pack your bike into the bike box.
Or we can post you a Hire box to try (UK only) Cost £35 which includes del and collection and 1 day for you to try.
29er Hard Tale in a Bike Box Alan
This hard tale 29er bike is for a 6 foot 3″ (1.873m) rider. The bike had a 19″(480mm) seat tube. a 24″(610mm) top tube, across the corner measurement ( from rear gear hanger to Head tube (longest part of the frame) it measures 43.5″ (1105mm)
If the geometry and size on your bike is no bigger than this one, and providing you are mechanically competent your bike should go in the Bike Box Alan. (Please see disclaimer regarding fitting a 29er in the bike box)
Guide to removal of Components
On this particular 29er bike. We removed Forks. Pedals, Seat pin ,Handle bar stem, Rear derailleur. Front tyre deflated then installed in front wheel pod, (ROTOR facing lid of box), Skewer from rear wheel used to secure front wheel, was a bit of a squeeze! to make it easier the tyre could have been removed. Rear wheel laid in box rotor facing upwards, with 10lbs of air left in.
Finally Anti crush pole, Intermediate layer of foam placed between the 2 wheels. check closure that rotors are safe. If in Doubt remove rotors.