Year after year, the Trico Ironcase is one of our bestselling hard shell travel cases. It is a simple design void of anything complex that can break or get damaged when traveling. It will fit virtually any size and type bicycle and is incredibly durable. Its price makes it currently one of the best values in a hard case as well.
There is no getting around the size of the Ironcase or the fact that a good bit of disassembly/minor mechanical expertise is required. Complete packing may require a few tools and about 20 minutes to a half hour. Beyond that, the Ironcase is just that: an iron case. It is almost guaranteed to protect your bike from the perils of traveling and getting handled in airports and by airline personnel and TSA inspectors. Used and approved by too many athletes to list.
My two trico cases are over a decade old and have been used on top of the car, airlines, FedEx, UPS and Amtrak. They offer great protection for the bike;, no damage or scratches. I tried soft cases in the past and they failed me.
Pros: Great protection
Cons: External straps should be taped down to preunbuckl
I have owned and used my IronCase since 1995 -- probably a grand total of at least 30 uses, mostly to international destinations (United Kingdom, France, Sweden, New Zealand). Never a problem with my bike and even today the IronCase looks as good as new!!
Pros: incredible durability
After 20 years, mine is still going strong and protects the bike perfectly. Easy to also fit in your shoes, helmet plus a few other bits and pieces. Simple to use and despite the size, is remarkable light with the bike in the box. The wheels on the box are sturdy and it is easy to haul about. Given the abuse the airport gives the box (despite paying a premium to ship the bike...) I know my bike is safe inside. Well worth the price, especially considering how much you now pay to ship your bike when traveling. Buy it, it should last a lifetime.
Awesome in any way.
Cons: No cons
Ive had mine since 1998!!! I just recommended it to a friend who is new to triathlons and is looking for a travel case for her bike. It hasnt changed since then...Ive used it multiple times over the years and never had any damage to my bike or wheels...
I bought one of these after renting one from my local bike shop a few times so I could take my road bike on vacation. As other reviewers have noted, some disassembly is needed (including bars and rear derailleur), and larger bikes need some careful packing to fit. That said, there is still plenty of room for tools and any other odds and ends you might want to put in the case. Its a solid case with excellent closures, including spots for multiple padlocks if you desire.
The Trico Ironcase is extremely practical and rugged. There isnt much to go wrong or malfuction, and I have never had any damage traveling with road or TT bikes after 10+ domestic and international flights. The built in rollers are low-profile, super smooth, and solidly attached. The case fits in most hatchbacks (you can even fit 2 in some SUVs). Packing takes some practice and time and disassembly (15 min if youre in a hurry), but any pains are worth the trouble if it means your bike arrives safely.
The Ironcase works exactly as advertised allowing worry free air travel. Ive never had a bike or the bike case damaged during travel. Note: in addition to removing the handlebar, seat post, and rear derailleur, my large mtn bike must have the fork removed and packed along side the downtube in order to fit in the box. No big deal as long as you have basic bike maintenance skills. I highly recommended this product.
Ive owned 5 Tri-All-3 cases & they all broke from the baggage gorillas abuse. I bought a Trico, and it has survived everything, all across the world, from Brazil, to New Zealand, and domestic races coast to coast. BEST IN ITS CLASS goes to this case. Best price, best protection, and I can fit most everything for a race in this case if I pack it carefully. Best of all, you only need a compact car to fit it in. Even a hatchback car will work. It is easy to tote around an airport if you have a backpack with your other clothes in it. I have tried Pedal Packs as well, but nothing comes close to the Trico Ironcase. My equipment & bike have always arrived with no issues at all. Not a dent, bend or break. So far it has outlived my other cases by 4 years. Ive owned it only 4 years...
A great travel case. Very duable and very protective of your bike no matter how much it get thrown around. There is a bit of disassembly of your bike with using this case to travel. Youll have to remove your front wheel, bars and rear wheel. And more than likely, youll need to remove your seat/seatpost and rear derailleur. Also keep in mind that this case does not "pack" or fold-up like a soft (nylon) case, so plan accordingly. Youll need a vehicle with enough storage space to accommodate the case once you get to your destination (and the same applies to your living quarters).