The Tri All 3 Velo Safe Custom Road case offers two distinct features to the traveler not found in any other travel case. First, unmatched protection and durability. Your expensive bike will be completely enveloped in a hard case shell with reinforced columns that will protect it from all the harsh realities of traveling around the globe. Your valuable bicycle is practically guaranteed to arrive safe and sound.
The second unrivaled feature is minimal assembly and disassembly. The Custom Road case requires very little mechanical work to get your bike out of the case and rolling down the road. Simply insert your seatpost and front wheel and you're done. Pedals stay attached, as do the handlebars in their correct position (the bar/stem will probably need to be removed for larger 58cm+ bikes). The price of admission is the size and weight. You will most likely be charged for oversize and overweight package fees at the airport. Getting the case into a small taxi can be a challenge as well. Beyond that, the case is complete bicycle-traveling nirvana.
Heavy duty polyethylene construction with alloy skeleton and sideways struts/beams make the case somewhat indestructible. The exposed corners all have a steel cover for added durability. Latches are both bomb proof and lockable. A total of four casters (twice as many as most cases) are high quality ball bearing units that are built to last and be as durable as the rest of the case. Red pull tab leash in combo with the casters make toting the cart around a busy airport a snap.
To load the bike up, you simply remove the front wheel and turn the fork 45° to the right and fasten the fork into the quick release on the bottom of the case. The wheel then gets inserted the left rear of the case. The seatpost comes out and fits in the bottom of the case. Insert the top section of the case and close latches. That is all ther is to it! Beyond simplicity, there is plenty of extra room in the case for other items, like your helmet, shoes and plenty of non-cycling related items.
I have 38 TSA "I looked at your bicycle" cards in my basement. Prior to this I used a soft case with some extra foam, and it didn't do the job. Sad to say, it takes a box like this to protect your bike. When you look out the window at BWI and see your bike box upside down on an SWA cargo tug, you just have to smile. I new my bike was fine By the way, Frontier has raised it's bike fee to 80$ plus, so SWA is your only domestic choice, since they're still at 50/trip. When you're looking at a box like this, try to keep the weight under 50 LBS., bike and box together. You can save some $ that way. Put your clothing and helmet in your bag.
Ive traveled cross-country and Europe on several occasions and have tried everything--soft cases, semi-soft cases, cardboard boxes and hardcases. This is the best way to go. Its expensive and bulky but if you want to make sure your $8000 rig arrives in perfect shape with minimal disassembly, this is the way to go. Make no mistake--baggage handlers and the TSA are ruthless. Ive been amazed at the damage Ive received. (I think they see something out of the ordinary and it therefore becomes a challenge to make sure that the case is bomb-proof.) But this case has survived everything. Make sure that spacer is in place, otherwise the walls can be pushed in. I find it easy to move through an airport because it has wheels and a useful pull strap. I place all my crap on top and it moves easily. You probably will need a minivan taxi to move this thing around. And you will likely pay a overweight/oversize fee.
After suffering damage to my bike with a soft case on a 2005 trip to Europe I purchased this. This case is bomb proof with lots of room inside for helmet, bags etc. Take off the wheels and the seatpost and your good to go. It is a little cumbersome due to its size but your bike is safe. No worries. I flew Delta to Europe and it was considered a checked piece of luggage, no additional charge.