Which bike box will fare better after being pushed off a bridge: a BikeBoxAlan or a fake Chinese one?

One of the key things to look for when you’re purchasing a bike box is its sturdiness and its overall ability to keep your bike out of harm on even the roughest of journeys.

In the above video, posted on YouTube by Richard Hamshaw, a BikeBoxAlan is dropped from a bridge alongside a Chinese copy to see which one fares best on impact with the ground.

Cycling Weekly hasn’t tested any Chinese imitation bike boxes, so we’re not at liberty to comment on their performance, but we did recently test a BikeBoxAlan and let’s just say it was pretty ruddy tough.

Our reviewer even said the sturdiness of the box ‘inspired confidence’, which is supported by the video evidence above.

>>> Scicon Aerotech Evolution bike box

When dropped (pushed) from a great height the Chinese box (which comes with a one year guarantee) shattered on impact and you can only imagine the damage it would cause to your pride and joy if it was inside.

The BikeBoxAlan, however, barely even bounced as it stayed completely in one piece with minimal fuss. And this box comes with a seven-year guarantee!

A thorough review if ever we’ve seen one. So, when buying a bike box, accept no imitations.

  • briantrousers

    I commented on this video on the BBA Twitter feed in terms of spelling etc. I have now been blocked by them! (no sense of humour some people)

  • ian franklin

    Indeed, here we go again when the real issue is about Chinese copies. It is documented that copy Boeing parts have caused plane crashes; on a cycling level copy Cinelli bars and seat posts (for example) have broken causing accidents and cyclists still go out there and buy copy Pinarellos from dishonest traders. Not only do copy parts raise issues of honesty and morality, there are also massive safety issues at play here. So if you know what you are being offered is a copy – you’re a fool to yourself if you buy it. Don’t.

  • Jiří

    This test actually makes a case for the Chinese copy. Unless you throw it from the bridge it seems to offer good protection.

  • David Chadderton

    Moral to that story is, don’t throw your bike in a box out of the back of a plane.

  • two20

    It’s the Chinese box for me. The worst that can happen is a 5, 10ft fall, it looks like it could handle that easily. Thanks BikeBoxAlan.

  • akastana

    Bike Box Alan is a copy of another bike box… The Scicon one which has been around for decades (but isn’t available in those garish bright colours) so it’s a bit hypocritical for them to accuse other companies to copy him. Or is it okay for a British manufacturer to rip off someone else’s design? Is it only Chinese companies that get the stick for creating imitations?

  • TG

    A drop from 38000 feet and at 500 miles per hour would be better!!

  • Namothy

    As others have said there was no bike inside. Also the damage to the boxes illustrates a possible negative for Alan’s bike box which we must accept as such until the test is re-done with bikes inside. Cars and safety items are designed to break, or to take or redistribute the force so that the contents, passengers etc are not damaged instead. That Chinese box took that force and got severely damaged yes, but would that redirection of force have saved the bike inside like a car with crumple zones would protect it’s passengers? Also, would you really expect that level of force when a bike is being shipped? The test was disproportionate to what can reasonably be described as worst case scenario for luggage. lets be honest, if your bike fell from a plane, you’re going to claim for a new one, you wouldn’t risk riding a bike after such an impact. IMO the test is silly and proves very little apart from the bounciness of empty plastic boxes.

  • Charlie Du

    You can’t really present this kind of stuff as a fair test. A)the test was done by the manufacturer trying to shrug off its chinese copy (which I suppose is fair enough). Clear bias there

    More importantly. I have a hard time taking any results seriously from someone who spelt boxes as “box’s” as the creator of the video has.

  • Hollie Weatherstone

    Doesn’t anyone know where and when to put an apostrophe these days!?

  • Roberta Borgo

    Accept no imitations? Bike Box Alan is an imitation! It’s a carbon copy of the Scicon Aerotech bike box. This is so ironic; a copycat criticizing a copycat #ridic

  • FeltofFleet

    Shame they can’t deploy apostrophes with the same acumen as they do bike boxes off bridges

  • Thiago Corrêa

    Just wondering how much is valuable a bike box test with empty boxes and to this height. There’s something capable to cushion the impact to what is inside? I think that any bike inside that would be crushed.

    Also ABS Plastic is recycable, despite any composite.

  • Ben

    Its a good job that there are no bridges of this size in the cargo holds of aircraft.

  • sorensen

    Was that filmed with chinese camera copy??

  • Matt Whittle

    Yes its a good box and in this test it won. But for sound science this test didn’t win any award.

    1. The test didn’t test the proper use – there are no bikes inside, the force of the drop could have broken the bike inside.

    2. What is the maximum height (or force) the boxes are tested against. Buying this box could be like bringing a Driver to a pitch and putt!

    3. How do we know this wasn’t just lucky and the ‘good’ box didn’t just land on a lucky spot compared to the Chinese box.

  • I hope they cleared that up! Good test though, impressively tough box.

  • Brad Hamilton

    A bike box test without a bike inside is no test at all. Don’t care much how an empty box fares, since a loaded box will weigh a great deal more and the question is whether the box can protect the bike, not whether to box can protect itself. That said, I’d clearly buy the Alan between these two. Let’s see the test with bikes inside.