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Minimalist Seat Bag - Silca Matone or Asymetirco?

Old 04-17-24, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
The Lezyne Micro Caddy (medium) is a tad small and now I may want an Almsthre one too. Does it have compartments inside? If it does, do you mind posting a shot of the inside?
No compartments/dividers. Here's mine, packed as I would have it for a race/event...
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I have the Silca Matone and the Matone Grande and I will say I use the Matone 95% of the time. It's well made, sleek, small, stable, and in the regular Matone I can fit a small multi tool, quick link, two coin cell batteries, patch kit, SRAM AXS battery, and two TPU tubes. My big qualms for the Matone lineup in general is while the BOA system is very secure it's a pain to get on and off and in order to access anything in the bag you need to take off the bag completely since it's not side loading. Also another big issue is that the bag blocks most Varia mounting points, thus it would have been great if Silca designed a loop to install a garmin mount or they just made a varia mount for it. The only way around this is getting a saddle from Specialized or Trek that has built in mounting points and buying a 3rd party varia mount that will allow for the bag and Varia to work together
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I have a Matone and a an Asymetrico. Neither is wonderful, but I prefer the Matone. I'm currently using a Lezyne Road Caddy that I quite like!
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I have a Silca Matone. Because I have a short nose saddle that is placed where it has minimal rails in the back, to attach the bag, I have to pull the strap completely off each time. I have to route it through one rail, then through the bag before I route it through the 2nd rail. I also agree w/ a previous post that the strap for the Boa is a bit of a pain in the butt to attach. Because of how I use it and what I put in it, I have to take it off each time because of it's design. You can't open the bag while it's attached. Again, this was discussed earlier. Despite all of that, I still dig it. It just looks great! Do wish it was slightly bigger though.
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Originally Posted by howaboutme
I have a Silca Matone. Because I have a short nose saddle that is placed where it has minimal rails in the back, to attach the bag, I have to pull the strap completely off each time. I have to route it through one rail, then through the bag before I route it through the 2nd rail. I also agree w/ a previous post that the strap for the Boa is a bit of a pain in the butt to attach. Because of how I use it and what I put in it, I have to take it off each time because of it's design. You can't open the bag while it's attached. Again, this was discussed earlier. Despite all of that, I still dig it. It just looks great! Do wish it was slightly bigger though.
I eventually got to the point where I just stopped using a saddle bag. I figured that I could simply stuff the contents of my Mattone in my jersey pockets and not have any of the hassle. The main problem I found with my Mattone was the zip after it got caked up in road grime. It became so stiff I had to lube the zip just to open the bag at home and I honestly thought it was going to break in the process, but to be fair it didn't.
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I'm a big fan of the Topeak series of bags. They have a bracket that attaches to the seat rails allowing the bag to be easily detached. They come in various sizes from small (one 700cx23 tube and a CO2 cartridge and tire levers all the way to huge. They all fit the same bracket so they are easy to move from bike to bike.
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Orucase. Packs well, holds just enough and tucks right under the seat: https://www.orucase.com/collections/...ddle-bag-hc-v1
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Originally Posted by Eric F
I've been surprised by how much stuff I can actually fit in the ALMSTHRE bag - full gravel race tool kit (2 TPU tubes, 3 CO2s + adapter, multi tool, dynaplug, 2 levers, 2 quick links). The only tool I carry outside of that is a mini pump at the bottom of my hydro pack. I like the seat bag enough that I got the matching top tube bag for snacks.
Mine arrived yesterday. Pics:




That's a butyl 35-45mm tube, so it takes up some space; still, it's pretty easy to zip up the bag. I haven't ridden with it yet, but it seems pretty solid.

Just for fun, here's another saddle bag I like -- it's even more minimalist, since it lacks a zipper. The great thing about this 'lunch bag' style is that you can pack less or pack more, and it adapts (up to a point). I could get a second tube in it, and it would just expand down and back (i.e., away) from the saddle -- though then I would wrap a Voile strap through the saddle rails and around the bag for a little extra security. This was made by Ptap Bags in Baltimore, but I think he no longer makes this style.


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Purple? Was that color on closeout special?
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene
Purple? Was that color on closeout special?
No, but after they'd shipped it I went back to the site and realized that they have a pink one on closeout. I could've gotten an even better color, and for less money!
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Dropped down from a Mattone Grand to almost there. It holds everything I want along for the ride.

TPU spare
Cycplus Pro pump
4 and 8mm allen keys
SKS Pressure gauge
Tire Levers
alcohol pads
TPU patches
15 bux
Spare quick link
Nitrile gloves
Small rag.


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Originally Posted by Shadco


Is that a Macintosh amp?
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Originally Posted by Koyote
Is that a Macintosh amp?
Mac Preamp/Tuner and amp, also HH Scott amp which I prefer.

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Originally Posted by Shadco
Mac Preamp/Tuner and amp, also HH Scott amp which I prefer.

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Speakers...Klipsch KG series?
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Chorus IIS WITH Crites mods.


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Originally Posted by Shadco
Chorus IIS WITH Crites mods.


Nice! I got the brand right, at least. The base looks like my KG3.2s. What TT ya got?
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Nice! I got the brand right, at least. The base looks like my KG3.2s. What TT ya got?
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Originally Posted by Shadco
Chorus IIS WITH Crites mods.


I hope you sprung for genuine Monster(R) brand cables.
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I hope you sprung for genuine Monster(R) brand cables.
Sorry only Morrow Audio cables.

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Originally Posted by Koyote
No, but after they'd shipped it I went back to the site and realized that they have a pink one on closeout. I could've gotten an even better color, and for less money!
I just ordered the pink one for my gravel bike. At full price, it would have been a tossup between pink and BWR blue (even though I am too wimpy for that event). On closeout the pink is a no brainer. Thank you, Eric F.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
I just ordered the pink one for my gravel bike. At full price, it would have been a tossup between pink and BWR blue (even though I am too wimpy for that event). On closeout the pink is a no brainer. Thank you, Eric F.
I'm trying hard to NOT order the pink one for $18. Like I said, I have a saddlebag problem.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
I just ordered the pink one for my gravel bike. At full price, it would have been a tossup between pink and BWR blue (even though I am too wimpy for that event). On closeout the pink is a no brainer. Thank you, Eric F.
There are 3 course options for BWR. This year, the distances were 120, 75, and 43. Give one of them a try next year.
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Originally Posted by zandoval

Metamucil container with two Cage Straps. Its Water Proof and easily transferable to my other bikes. This one is for my gravel bike. I have a smaller one for my road bikes. If I toured I would probably use a bigger one... Ha
And, it screams minimalist.
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Originally Posted by Shadco
Chorus IIS WITH Crites mods.
Hey... Where is the Reel to Reel?
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Originally Posted by Eric F
I'm a fan of the ALMSTHRE saddle bag. Small, simple, classic approach. https://almsthre.com/collections/saddle-bags

Even more minimalist is the Ornot bag. https://www.ornotbike.com/products/seat-bag-black
Originally Posted by Shadco
Dropped down from a Mattone Grand to almost there. It holds everything I want along for the ride.

TPU spare
Cycplus Pro pump
4 and 8mm allen keys
SKS Pressure gauge
Tire Levers
alcohol pads
TPU patches
15 bux
Spare quick link
Nitrile gloves
Small rag.


Thank you posting this. I've been an Arundel fan for quite a bit, but am always looking for more, for some reason. Perhaps there may be a problem not unlike the one Koyote may have, because I pulled the trigger on the package deal. I think the small frame bag may be just right for some of the upcoming brevet's on the horizon.

The Orucase looked tempting mvnsnd brought up, but I wised up and went one brand at a time.

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