Join Date: Sep 2004
Bikes: Kona Jake, Scott CR1, Dahon SpeedPro
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It can be done! It's not easy, but it is possible. That is, with the stock Stelvio tires on. I have yet to get full closure of the bag with the Marathons on, but I've been able to close it enough to carry the bike around by the shoulder strap.
The trick is to slip the thing over the top with special attention to getting the bag past the curve of the tires, flip the bike over with a lot of care (so your previous effort isn't wasted) and then zip carefull while adjusting the bag. With the Stelvios I got it down to probably about a minute, two tops for getting it in the bag that way. The Marathons are giving me fits, but I connect the clips on the bottom with maybe 4-6 inches of open zipper and it's all good for carrying it here and there.
Find a link to the new '06 bag, that thing looks great and a breeze to use. I may get one myself, investment in the current bag be darned!