Shimano have launched an all-new product line for 2013 – cycling bags. The Japanese company's debut luggage range is due to hit shops in October and includes various size backpacks plus a messenger bag.
The flagship model is the ACCU3D Unzen, a hydration pack that features Shimano's new Rider Fit Cross Harness system – essentially, the shoulder straps meet in front of the chest, doing away with the need for a separate sternum strap or hip belt.
On show at this week's iceBike* show in Milton Keynes, it's aimed at aggressive off-road riding and, according to Shimano, is "precision-engineered to fit the natural riding position", with each part "shaped to create a body-hugging fit that stays molded to the rider’s back".
The ACCU3D Unzen is available in three sizes – 6l (£75 with 2l Hydrapak bladder), 10l (£85 with 2l bladder, £90 with 3l) or 15l (£100, 3l bladder) – and three colours. The harness is customisable to ensure a good fit. Other features include easy side access, storage for body armour, tool organiser pockets and a rear LED light loop.
The ACCU3D Unzen is a lightweight yet stable pack aimed at mountain bikers
The £50 ROKKO is a lightweight 12l daypack that's hydration-ready but doesn't come with a bladder (Shimano-branded reservoirs will be available separately), while the TSUKINIST – a blend of tsukin, Japanese for commuting, and cyclist – is aimed at urban riders, with a choice of 20l (£80) or 30l (£90) capacity and some neat features including a breathable back panel, padded laptop section, a smartphone pocket on the shoulder strap and a bright coloured rain cover.
The ROKKO is described as "the ultimate all-rounder – able to handle weekend rides in the hills as well as weekday jaunts in the city"
Last up is the OSAKA messenger bag. Named after Shimano's home city, it's available in 25l (£80) and 35l (£90) sizes, and features a quick-adjust strap system, an organiser panel and a padded laptop compartment. For more information, visit bike.shimano.com or www.madison.co.uk.
Shimano reckon the OSAKA "embodies the lively, modern vibe of the city"