Syncros Speed 180 Saddle Bag — Review
Syncros Speed 180 is one of the smallest and lightest saddle bags on the market. Weighing in at just 21 grams this saddle bag won’t obviously be hauling loads of stuff. It’s good for short rides when carrying a single road/lightweight mountain bike tube and two tire levers are sufficient. Made of water and dustproof materials, it should give your valuables some protection despite the open design.
Syncros Speed 180 is essentially a tiny saddle bag with the middle section cut out. The end “pockets” are made out of stretchy material which makes loading the bag easy. Strips of velcro are used to secure the pockets from the middle to avoid slippage. Inside, there are two stretchy loops for securing your tire levers or why not a hex key or two or even CO2 cartridge. Two long velcro straps are used to fasten the bag to the saddle. The back of the bag is made out of more rigid, waterproof material which gives your valuables some protection. Certainly more than something like Backcountry Research Race strap, but less than a regular saddle bag respectively.
I used the Speed 180 for around a month before I started carrying my spares in my hydration pack. Fitting a lightweight 29er tube, a tire lever, a hex key and latex gloves on top was a bit of a hassle, but doable. That’s all the essentials in a less than 200-gram package! Thanks to its low weight the fastening system worked well enough for it and kept it in place even when riding over rougher terrain.
The only issue I came across during testing was getting it off after fastening it properly. At least with my saddle, the tip of the velcro strap landed awkwardly right on top of the bag, which means it’s underneath the saddle. Therefore, unless you have really small fingers it’s going to be a pain to try reach the tip of that velcro. A quick workaround is simply not to do the velcro all the way. Not exactly ideal, but the remaining velcro should be more than enough to hold it in place.
For less than 20€ the Syncros Speed 180 is cheap enough to get just for those shorter rides, but I can’t recommend it alone for anything else. The lack of any extra storage means you need to sacrifice too much just for the sake of lighter weight. For carrying just the tube and tire levers it works well though, and thanks to its small diameters it shouldn’t ruin the lines of your bike too much.
- Small size
- Simple, but clever design
- Almost too minimalistic, can’t carry anything extra
- Taking it off might be a pain with some saddles
- Doesn’t protect your valuables quite as well as a regular saddle bag