Scicon Phantom 230 seat pack review

Scicon’s diminutive pack lets you carry the basics in style

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The tiny Scicon Phantom 230 has a clever fixing system and sits unobtrusively on the saddle rails. Its small size means that there's only room to carry the basics, although the included tyre levers are a useful added feature

Reasons to buy
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    Very compact and unobtrusive

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    Secure fit to saddle rails, but easy to remove

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    Bonus tyre levers

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Reasons to avoid
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    Too small for much more than a tube

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Scicon has moved away from its focus on luggage for carrying bikes around recently, making a splash with its high-end sunnies and £225 bibshorts. But it still sells bike travel bags, alongside a range of different sized saddle bags. The Scicon Phantom 230 is one of its smallest.

Designed to clamp to your saddle rails, the Scicon Phantom 230 has just enough room - 230ml, hence its name - for a spare inner tube. You might manage to squeeze your house key in there too, but Scicon’s suggestion that you could fit in a CO2 cartridge and a patch kit looks ambitious if you carry a standard butyl inner tube with you. It’s an either/or option.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.