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Trico Iron Case - Bike Travel Case

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List Price: $425.00
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  • Size: Outer - 47" x 30.5" x 10.5" / Inner - 46 3/4" x 30.1/4" x 10.1/4"
  • Weight: 31lbs. (unpacked)
  • A pull strap and wheels have been incorporated for increased mobility
  • Three layers of foam cocoon your bicycle for maximum protection
  • Polycarbonate Triconium shells have highest possible strength/weight ratio for external protection.

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Product Description

Trico's Legendary Iron Case The ultra-strong Iron Case was designed and created to take the worry out of traveling with your bicycle - period! And it's been providing worry-free bike travel for over 20 years. You can't enjoy your biking plans if you don't have the strongest, easiest-to-pack, and most-maneuverable bike carrier on this planet, and the Iron Case has the features and the longest track record to take the fretting out of your travel plans. Check it out. *Note: Some of the larger size road and triathlon bikes may not fit in this case. Please call for more information. Iron Case® bicycle carriers from Trico offer the best travel protection in the market. The vacuum formed multi-channel Triconium® shell achieves the highest possible strength/weight ratio - making the Iron Case not only bullet proof, but also lightweight (only 31 lbs.). The bicycle is cocooned in three layers of foam, requiring a minimal amount of dis-assembly. Only the wheels, pedals and seat post have to be removed on most bicycles (handlebars on some models). There's also room to store aero bars, tools, helmet and a full wet suit. *Fully lockable

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 47 x 10.5 x 30.5 inches ; 31 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 65 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001185C7Q
  • Item model number: 9904990
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,225 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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It is lightweight and easy to pull.
Thomas P Walters
In summary, I think this case is a good option, possibly the best one available.
Christopher S. Wilson
My father and I rented a case for air travel from STL to PHX.
Andrew W. Alseth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

141 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Brian W on October 3, 2010
I purchased the Trico case last month for a mountain bike trip. My brother purchased the Thule case for the same trip and we both highly recommend the Trico case over the Thule case. Obviously the Thule case will get the job done but the Trico case is much better. He went with the Thule case because it was compatible with the Thule roof rack. I don't see any reason you couldn't mount the Trico case on a Thule roof rack. I have a full suspension mountain bike with 5 inches of travel and I didn't have to take the fork off but my brother did with the Thule case (not a huge deal). Here are some reasons why I think the Trico case is better:

1) The Trico case is much more durable because it's made with a thicker and stronger material. I found the Thule case to be very flimsy which left spaces between the top and bottom shells when we closed the case.
2) The Trico case comes with two very strong metal braces that support the frame and fork when the hubs/wheels are removed. These braces allow you to compress the two shells together without damaging the bike. The Thule case does not have any frame/fork braces.
3) The Trico case has three layers of foam protecting your bike where the Thule case has two plus a useless thin layer of plastic that does not cushion the wheels at all.
4) The Trico case is a perfect rectangle with square corners giving it larger internal dimensions than the Thule case. This is why my brother had to take his fork off to get the bike to fit in the case.
5) The Trico case has more buckles and straps than the Thule case making it easier to close tight.
6) The Trico case is ready to go right out of the box but the Thule case requires you to attach the wheels and all the plastic buckles.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By S. Refsland on May 30, 2010
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I purchased two of these upon the recommendation of a pro cyclist. We have Specialized Triathlon bikes and they fit perfectly. We shipped them to Hawaii for a race, and they arrived totally intact, bikes without a scratch, dent or mishap (as it should be).

These cases are so durable and rock solid I would even go to say short of the case being run over by a truck, they could withstand pretty much anything an airline or shipping handler could do to it, i.e. sliding, tossing, dropping, things piled on top of it, etc.

The only drawback I've seen so far is there is only one handle (Nylon strip about 2" wide) for pulling the case. That works fine until you need to go through a door, so you have to turn the case sideways to get through it. There are no handles to grab on the sides, so even the baggage handlers at the airport made a comment about that as it was cumbersome to move any other way than pulling it with the handle and rollers.

Other than that, it does the job exactly as intended and worth every dollar, especially when your investment inside is thousands. Truly an iron case.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Alseth on January 16, 2011
My father and I rented a case for air travel from STL to PHX. It was worth EVERY PENNY for the peace of mind for my Cervelo (54cm frame), and his Look (53cm). It takes around 30-45 minutes the first time you break down the bike to get it into the box, for planning how everything fits in. I also only had to take off the bars and the seat. On the way back, it only took 15 minutes. The case is bombproof, absolutely NOTHING happened to the bikes. The cases we rented were all scratched and dented, too. They take the beating, not your bike. The only slight problem is that it can be a pain to tighten down the straps. By accident, I didn't fully tighten down the box all the way on the way to PHX. Nothing happened to the bike, but it was still something that could have been easier. Also, larger frames would have trouble fitting.

-Relatively inexpensive
-Extremely solid
-Minimal breakdown for mid-sized bikes (around 54cm frame)

-First time breakdown takes a while
-Large frames may be hard to fit in
-Tightening straps requires you to do some wrangling of the box

When I buy a bike box later this year, it's going to be this case.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By pconneely on March 1, 2012
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Purchased this recently and had the opportunity to use it for a round-trip direct flight this past weekend. I had previously been borrowing a friend's B&W hard shell bike case but being that they range from $400-600, I did not want to invest that much on my own given that I'll only fly with a bike a few times a year.

Based on reviews, pricing, and online research, I went with the Trico Iron Case. First impression upon receiving it was that it is visibly smaller the B&W case. However, once I disassembled my 'cross bike (56cm), I was pleased to find that it fit quite easily. It does pack well and given that it is a fairly tight fit, nothing moves around inside. Everything arrived after both flights in perfect condition.

Now, my issues with this case. Securing it shut is no where near as easy as the B&W case. It took me a few minutes to get the hang of the process for the step-wise fashion in which I must secure each strap. Time-wise, I'd say it takes 4-5x as long to actually close the Trico case once you have everything inside compared to the B&W. For me, that is fine. The issue comes at the airport, where the TSA must open your bike box and inspect. With the B&W, in my previous flights, it was a snap and no issue. With the Trico case, on my depature flight, since the TSA agent didn't have the same knowledge (or maybe care) I had in securing the case, it arrived with one buckle broken. I was advised by the airline that since the buckles are on the exterior and not integrated within the body of the case, they have no responsibility for damage. For the flight home, I now had 6 of the 7 straps functioning b/c of the broken buckle.
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