Saddles bags are useful for carrying small riding essentials like a multi-tool, spare tube, levers and the like, but they can be awkward on a modern mountain bike. Not only can they interfere with the operation of an adjustable height post, but the high location can have an effect on the handling of the bike. Wild Bike Company’s Elements Frame bag addresses these issues by creating a bag that mounts directly to your frame.
The Elements frame bag uses two hook and loop straps to secure it to the frame. The frame bag uses a grippy material that is padded for the part of the bag that attaches to the bike to minimize movement, and the straps can be cinched tightly to compress the bag and minimize noise and rattle from loose tools.
- Size: 6″ x 3″ x 2″
- Sized to fit tube, multi-tool, C02, keys and other small items
On the trail
The Elements bag can be mounted on a frame anywhere you can fit it, so mounting options can vary. The rubberized piece on the bag helps minimize movement of the pack, and its small size doesn’t move around enough to be noticeable on the trail, provided you attach it so it is cinched tightly.
We found that wrapping a layer of gaffers tape to the frame underneath the pack and the straps aided in minimizing movement as well, as it gave the velcro straps additional friction for grip. It also has a side benefit of keeping the bike’s finish from being marred.
Water resistant and easy to use, the Elements bag is a substantial upgrade from the black electric tape we used to hold a tube to the frame from back in the day, as well as an upgrade from the straps a lot of riders have taken to using. It holds items securely and keeps the tube from being damaged for when you’ll actually need it. Having gear already attached to the bike also simplifies the process of getting ready to ride, since your EDC / ride carry is always ready to go.
Our recommendations: wrapping a tube in a sandwich bag to keep it separated from levers or tools not only keeps it from being damaged but can aid with noise damping when stuff bounces around on rough terrain.
We also preferred to run it high on the frame to lesson the chance of swinging to the side and getting caught in the chain or cranks.