I just feel like sharing that putting a downtube VIII into a regular 32" luggage (internationally accepted at airports) is, for the untrained fellow, under 45 minutes. The new luggage was US$69.00, so I think was a good investment to learn how to fit the bike in it.The only reason it took so long was because I had to play with rear rack, mudguards and deraileur for the first time ( I am taking the Silver, front suspension bike, not the FS one that is significantly easier than the city/urban one). It can easily be done under 15 minutes.
Here are some pictures. I am using my roomate's DT VIIIFS Orange as a reference of size.
Here are pictures with and without the wheels. All I used was Allen tool and a screwdriver (for the mudguardsand rack). No stem/crankset/pedals were abused for this pictures!
I wasn't the one taking the pictures, so I am sorry for the misbalanced exposure.
I am on my way to Brazil, so Happy holidays for those that celebrate it, see you all when I get back (January 9th).