I sort of inherited this fine-looking specimen of a frame bag when it didn’t fit on Thumbeena’s bike. I have to admit that I was a little baffled when it came to how to attach the Wedge to a regular double diamond frame, but eventually, I figured it out and I’ve taken it out into the wilds of Wisconsin for about a month now. I had to make some modifications to the top tube attachment straps to allow for the bolt-on top tube bag that came with the pictured Corvus Crow Pass adventure bike. I also added additional straps that were not included with the bag in the installation shown in the photos. The top tube straps on this bag employ an extra flap of material that insulates the frame from the velcro closures (photo right). The Wedge also has a port for a hydration pack or battery cables that exit the top of the bag near the stem.
The single compartment on the drive side is large enough to carry a compact pump, tube, and repair kit along with snacks or a light jacket. I found it to be more functional than I had expected since I’m more accustomed to using larger frame bags. The size and shape allowed me to carry three tall insulated water bottles on the frame with the help of the Wolftooth B-Rad cage rail.
The pocket on the port side is large enough to fit a giant I-phone with a case with no problem. You could probably squeeze in a couple of packs of firecrackers or a wallet in there too. But I wouldn’t trust this bag to keep my powder (or electronics) dry in a rainstorm. There’s a big difference between the two bags in the photo above. They might look the same, but the Rockgeist bag is where I’d trust my fireworks to stay dry-ish. Of course, you could just put the things that need to stay dry in a ziplock or in a different spot on the bike. I always carry my firecrackers in a ziplock.
For me, I think the size is great for summer, but as things get colder, I’d need more space to store a puffy jack or a set of pogies. I have some lingering doubts about the long-term durability of the material used in the shell of the wedge. This comes from seeing what happens to fabric that gets exposed to the rigors of ten billion rattles and trail bumps. It would probably work well enough for most folks, but the truly hard-core bikepacker might be better off looking for something that’s built a bit more sturdy. That being said, the bag has performed beautifully during this initial test period. The MSRP on the Wedge is $60.
For more information about the State Bicycle Wedge Frame Bag visit – https://www.statebicycle.com/collections/bike-bags-packs/products/state-bicycle-co-wedge-framebag