Specialized/Fjällräven Handlebar Bag and Rack review - capacious and stylish but not so practical

Rigid and stylish bar rack combo that has excellent easy access to bulkier items, but is pricey

Image shows the Specialized/Fjällräven handlebar bag and rack
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Specialized/Fjällräven Handlebar Bag is a rigid and sturdy option with a spacious nine litres of capacity. However, that room can prove an issue, as your kit will rattle around unless it's packed in tight. The bag is easy to fit and remove, but with no mounting points for any substantial front lights leaves something to be desired for bikepacking rides. The high price for the bag and rack combo is another limiting factor.

Reasons to buy
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    Huge capacity for food and clothes

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    Easy removal from fitment

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    Shoulder strap for off bike usage

Reasons to avoid
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    Needs to be full to stop items rattling and moving

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    It is absolutely massive and can be obtrusive

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    No mounting point for fitting a light on the front of the bag

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    Closing mechanism not the most secure

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The Specialized/Fjällräven Handlebar Bag works in conjunction with the brand's Handlebar Rack to provide a sturdy platform for carrying nine litres worth of gear. 

The main compartment is rigid and open, and so is an excellent space for stashing bulkier layers or items, and access is via the top of the bag and so it's easy to see and grab what you want. We take a look at how Specialized/Fjällräven's system compares to the best handlebar bags for urban and gravel riders.

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