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Verdict: 
Super-tough aluminium bike box that's easy to pack; strong contender if you want peace of mind when flying with your bike
Weight: 
13,300g
Buxum Box Tourmalet bike box
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The Buxum Box Tourmalet is a strong aluminium bike case for carrying your bike safely when you fly, and it's very easy to pack too. The price and possibly the weight are hurdles.

The Buxum Box is made from 0.5mm aluminium sheets with thicker aluminium used for the edges and corner caps to provide extra strength. The walls are thin enough to flex slightly when you push on them and they will dent and scratch if you – or, more likely, baggage handlers – aren't careful. Still, you might think that those war wounds add to the character. As it is, the overall look is very industrial.

The Tourmalet's lid and base are separable; you open the catches and lift the top half completely off. Packing your bike inside is easy, even if you're not mechanically gifted. You remove both the wheels, the pedals and the seatpost, and you take the handlebar out of the stem. That's all very simple.

Then you fix the rear dropouts to a quick-release mount at the back, and clamp the fork to another quick-release mount at the front. You can move the rear mount backwards and forwards to set it to the correct position for your bike's wheelbase.

The wheels go into their own bags that sit either side of the frame and you slot an aluminium rod from one side of the box to the other through them. This rod can't shift once you've put the top of the box on. It's an important part of the design in that it stops the box – and therefore your bike – getting squashed if it finds itself at the bottom of a pile of luggage.

Then you simply put the top on, do up the latches and you're done. It took me less than 10 minutes first time and a 58cm road bike fitted very easily. It's a completely stress-free process.

The box runs smoothly on sealed bearing wheels, the mounting points of which are recessed so they're unlikely to get knocked off in transit. The box's handles are recessed too and the latches are half recessed – the bottom halves are recessed, the upper catch sections sit proud of the box sides by a few millimetres. It would be good if they were completely recessed like they are on a roadie shipping case to avoid damage, but I really can't imagine them getting knocked badly because they're so low profile.

The Tourmalet doesn't come with integrated locks but you can run a cable lock between the latches so they can't be turned.

We took this bike box on a flight to test it in real world conditions and it did a great job. Its main feature, as you might imagine, is its strength. Your bike simply isn't going to get damaged in here. It'll handle all kinds of abuse without any trouble. It would probably withstand prolonged carpet bombing, it's that tough. Yes, the walls have a couple of scrapes but there's absolutely no danger of your bike getting hurt.

One addition I'd have appreciated is some form of shoulder strap. Yes, a bike box gets pushed around most of the time, and that works very well when you're at the airport, but there are occasions when you need to lift it – going over a gravel driveway, for example. I made my own strap with a length of webbing strung between two of the handles and it worked just fine.

How big a bike can you get inside? I usually have 57-58cm road bikes and they all fitted in easily. Buxum Box say you can get a 61cm bike in there.

If that's not big enough, the Buxum Box Ventoux will take a 63.5cm bike, although that one weighs in at a claimed 15kg.

Weight & airline charges

Speaking of weight, at 13.3kg the Tourmalet is a bit weightier than most other bike boxes out there. The Scicon Aerotech Evolution hard case that we reviewed last year is 11.5kg, for example. Is that extra weight going to be a problem? It depends.

The EasyJet bike box weight limit is 32kg (you have to pay on top of your normal ticket fee) and you're not allowed to put anything else in the box other than your bike, so it doesn't really matter if your bike box is 13.3kg, assuming your bike weighs less than 18.7kg. This box is designed for road bikes. If 18.7kg road bikes exist, no one is flying them out to France to ride up Alpe d'Huez, surely.

Ryanair have a weight limit of 30kg for bike boxes (you have to pay extra for any bike box), so that gives you nearly 16.7kg for your bike. 

With British Airways, "Charges are applied for bags over 23kg and up to 32kg", so you can take a bike weighing up to 9.7kg in the Buxum Box before you have to pay extra. 

Monarch make you pay £25 for sports equipment up to 20kg and £35 for sports equipment weighing 20-32kg, so the extra weight of the Buxum Box over the Scicon we reviewed might push you into the higher category and cost you an extra tenner.

So, them's the airline bike policies as they stand at the moment (or at least some of them); make up your own mind on the issue of weight.

Overall, this is a really tough bike case that's super-easy to pack. It's a strong contender if you're after total peace of mind when flying with your bike, and it should last an age.

Verdict

Super-tough aluminium bike box that's easy to pack; strong contender if you want peace of mind when flying with your bike

road.cc test report

Make and model: Buxum Box Tourmalet bike box

Size tested: One size

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Buxum Box say that their boxes are lightweight cases for your bicycle made of sustainable aluminium, 100% recyclable, with class-leading strength to fly your bike to cycling event."

The Tourmalet is designed "For the travelling roadie – compact and lightweight but with generous capacity".

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Here's the spec:

Dimensions (LxHxD): 1129 x 781 x 305mm

Typical maximum frame size (c-t): 610mm (24in)

Suitable for Road, Track, TT & Cross

Disassembly required: Wheels/skewers, bars/stem pedals, seatpost

Pack/unpack time: 10 min/10 min

Latches: 4

Handles: 4

Wheels: 2 fixed, 2 caster

Includes two wheelbags

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

I'd have liked some kind of shoulder strap.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

It's an tough aluminium box. The catches are very slightly raised in part, but you'd be massively unlucky if they were ever damaged.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10

A couple of kilos lighter would be useful.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

It's one of the most expensive bike boxes out there, no two ways about that. On the other hand, you're pretty much guaranteeing that your bike won't be damaged.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It's very strong and it's very, very easy to pack.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The strength, ease of packing.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I'd have liked some sort of shoulder strap so I could carry it over rough surfaces more easily. It costs a lot but it should last ages.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

The price drags the overall score down a little but you will probably get years of use out of this box without any trouble.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 190cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,

 

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Jimbomitch [161 posts] 2 years ago
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Be careful typing in Buxum into your search engine...................just saying.

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Rich71 [52 posts] 2 years ago
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Yet more self indulgent shit for selfish wealthy whores with more money than fucking sense in their thick skulls
get a couple of cardboard bike boxes and double up you fucking bastards

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Skynet [48 posts] 2 years ago
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You'd have to travel with your bike an awful lot to want to spend the kind of money any of these bike boxes cost. It's not as though you can't hire them.

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CanAmSteve [256 posts] 2 years ago
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One for the real pros, me thinks. In the same way I don't think my headlamp should cost more than my bike, neither should the carry case  1

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Quince [381 posts] 2 years ago
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Rich71 wrote:

Yet more self indulgent shit for selfish wealthy whores with more money than fucking sense in their thick skulls
get a couple of cardboard bike boxes and double up you fucking bastards

You really told that box.

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peterrogers123 [4 posts] 2 years ago
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You won't get that through the airport screening without it being opened, much better to buy a poly-carbonate or soft bag, also at 13+kg it's not very green on the air miles is it?

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Kadinkski [682 posts] 2 years ago
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Rich71 wrote:

Yet more self indulgent shit for selfish wealthy whores with more money than fucking sense in their thick skulls
get a couple of cardboard bike boxes and double up you fucking bastards

Yes, great money-saving idea. For extra protection, I like to wrap my bike in fresh £50 notes and pages grom the financial times before putting it in the box.

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LinusLarrabee [119 posts] 2 years ago
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I like the box and how the dropouts and forks are held in place and I would consider this as an upgrade from the Canyon flight box I have. But I really hate all that f**king branding plastered all over it and if was going to be a travelling billboard for this company I'd expect them to pay me - not the other way around. Why does everything in cycling have to have large logos plastered all over it?

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RedIndian [9 posts] 2 years ago
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Rich71 wrote:

Yet more self indulgent shit for selfish wealthy whores with more money than fucking sense in their thick skulls
get a couple of cardboard bike boxes and double up you fucking bastards

What an idiot  24

No-one's forcing you to buy it. I've got three bikes which are collectively worth about £25K and I fly, probably, 6 - 10 times a year on cycling trips so a box like this makes perfect sense to me (and many others like me)

Oh, just remembered I have one of these !

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crikey [1251 posts] 2 years ago
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I commented on the weight when it first appeared, and I'd love to see how it fits in anything other than a van.

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tomisitt [59 posts] 2 years ago
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Hmmm...the Buxum website says the Tourmalet weighs 12.5kg and costs £500. Can anyone at Road.cc explain? Cheers

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RedIndian [9 posts] 2 years ago
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tomisitt wrote:

Hmmm...the Buxum website says the Tourmalet weighs 12.5kg and costs £500. Can anyone at Road.cc explain? Cheers

That's about right, although I paid a little bit less for mine and had it personally delivered to Heathrow by the MD of the company as he just happened to be coming over to the UK when I ordered mine, so free shipping.

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Mat Brett [651 posts] 2 years ago
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tomisitt wrote:

Hmmm...the Buxum website says the Tourmalet weighs 12.5kg and costs £500. Can anyone at Road.cc explain? Cheers

What it says is that it costs £500 excluding delivery and tax.

And we weigh everything ourselves rather than simply publishing manufacturers' claimed weights.

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tomisitt [59 posts] 2 years ago
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Thought that was probably the case...thanks Mat

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truffy [650 posts] 2 years ago
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Rich71 wrote:

Yet more self indulgent shit for selfish wealthy whores with more money than fucking sense in their thick skulls

I'm half tempted to buy one now.

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monty dog [463 posts] 2 years ago
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A serious traveller with bike would invest in a frame with S+S couplings or similar - my Chinese titanium frame with couplings cost less than this box and has flown countless times without damage and is classed a normal luggage

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finbar [128 posts] 2 years ago
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monty dog wrote:

A serious traveller with bike would invest in a frame with S+S couplings or similar

But surely this is for the serious biker who travels?

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roadie.ronan [10 posts] 2 years ago
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its not crazy expensive I have seen a bike box that cost 50000. Built by fairwheelbikes in the USA!

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darth [16 posts] 2 years ago
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Nice - except for one major problem (in my opinion)! I eventually decided on the SciCon Aero Comfort 2 bag to transport my beloved bike - after much, much homework... The reason (well 2 actually): 1. It's weight of around 7Kg leaves lots left over with Easyjet's 32Kg limit. 2. Because, apart from removing the wheels, the bike's bars & stem & seat/post are left in place!

Once the cabling etc. is perfectly in place, no one in their right mind wants to disturb this area if they can possibly help it! (I made a frame out of old bed slats (that fixes to the bag's metal frame work) to surround the bars, stem and saddle, so even if the bag is dropped upside down, nothing is damaged!)

As for Easyjet not allowing anything but the bike in the bag/box... I did a dummy run to my local airport (pre-holiday), and showed the staff exactly what was in the bag with the bike - so I didn't get turned away on the day!

In my SciCon (with the bike) I had:
Helmet, Shoes, tools, spares (everything), Gels (x24), Protein bars (x24), Protein powder in a tub, High5 in a tub, several Co2 canisters, Foam Roller (for muscles after a ride) and pretty much everything but the kitchen sink!

I showed the supervisors I spoke to (and took the names of - in case they were not on shift when I went) the contents. They even took me to the special check-in that large items go to - where I showed them the contents too! No problems or rejections (other than asking how many Co2 bottles I intended to take).

And just to add - whilst I'm on my little soap box - Easyjet, on the day, treated me and my bike/bag like a VIP. I can't recommend them highly enough!!!!!  1

Oh, and even with the bike having it's handlebars facing forwards (as they are when being ridden), there was no problem with the bag being too wide! But of course, a Mountain bike would be different!

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velo365surrey [5 posts] 2 years ago
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Absolutely charming.

Tony Blair once said, 'Education, education,education'

It seems to have passed you by, and hence your inability to express yourself without swearing. Sad really.

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farrell [1946 posts] 2 years ago
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velo365surrey wrote:

Absolutely charming.

Tony Blair once said, 'Education, education,education'

It seems to have passed you by, and hence your inability to express yourself without swearing. Sad really.

Whilst I disagree with Rich's opinion of this product, the concept that using swearing somehow means you are incapable of expressing an opinion or nullifies any opinion you have is flawed. Seriously fucking flawed.

Also, although you can quote Tony Blair, it appears you can't quite get your head round using the quote function on an internet forum.

Little things like that are something you should possibly consider before you next deride somebody's lack of knowledge.

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velo365surrey [5 posts] 2 years ago
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Hi Darth

I hope you do not run into my problems. One skewer blew out to 25mm, and rendered the carcass useless.

One wheel imploded into the Carcass. Box is 1 year old and 5 trips.

Did I get it replaced by Wiggle? No! Wiggle CEO Stefan Barden offered £50 towards a replacement box and told me that was generous. Stefan used to sell frozen fish fingers. Wiggle does not do Warranty or phone calls.

Rich 71 appears to have a very large chip on his shoulder. Is he Australian?

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velo365surrey [5 posts] 2 years ago
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Dear Rich 71

Have you tried Yoga Rich? It calms the mind, and dissipates anger.

Good luck my friend, you are not a happy shopper.