The ShokBox hard case certainly looks the part, and it's easy to fit a bike of pretty much any size into. However, the brittle case material is easy to damage and as such it's difficult to recommend.
ShokBox are a new UK company and the hard case is their top of the line solution for moving your bike about. It's constructed from ABS plastic, with four metal catches (one locakble) securing your pride and joy inside. One side of the box is padded with a decent thickness of foam, and there's an assortment of velcro straps for tying your bike and accessories down. ShokBox say it'll fit a 29er mountain bike; the biggest bike we tested it with was a 60cm sportive frame and that fitted with no issues.
The wheels lock into the other side of the case with skewers supplied with the box, which is a better solution than using your own as they're wont to get a bit bent during transit; one of ours did, but not so much that we couldn't get it back through the wheel for the return leg). Another sheet of foam separates frame and wheels, and the skewers screw into two bracing pillars that stop the box getting crushed. You get four wheels on the base and it's an easy case to drag around an airport.
If that all sounds good, then it is. The ShokBox feels solid and well made. On its first journey abroad it coped admirably. However, the ABS plastic that the shell is constructed from is just too brittle and easy to damage. On the second trip (trans-continental to the USA) the case got badly damaged on one corner, with the shell cracking in several places.
That got patched up with tape for the third journey (a European short hop) but on that one the two front castors got damaged, with one of them now completely detached from the case. It's probably fixable again, with enough araldite and patience, but it seems likely that it would happen again.
We asked ShokBox if the damage would be covered by warranty, and the answer was no: you'd have to take it up with the carrier. That's all well and good if you get a new box out of it, but that's not guaranteed and what you really want is for your box not to break in the first place. It's worth pointing out that there was no damage to the bike either time, which is something.
At £379 the ShokBox is a long way from being the most expensive bike box on the market, but given that it's been badly damaged in two out of the three trips it's taken with us, it's hard to recommend.
Good looking hard case that's easy to pack, but shell material is brittle and prone to cracking
road.cc test report
Make and model: ShokBox bike hard case
Size tested: black
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?
Shok Box is a unique, high quality ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) manufactured bike case and it is the safest and most stylish solution for transporting your bike. The Shok Box hard case, Comes with standard features such as: lockable catches, internal velcro retention straps, foam protective padding, high gloss anti-abrasion finish and anti crush technology. Also, our Bike travel cases and bags are fitted with four easy glide, high quality wheels for easy manoeuvring. Shokbox hard case, conforms to all the latest baggage handling restrictions and is without doubt the best value case on the market in the Uk. The technical specification, is at least equal to other similar top quality brands on the market but we feel that Shok Box bike-box and hard-case, offers better value for money for travelling abroad with your bike. The construction of Shok Box, enables the end user to fit a road bike with ISP (integrated seatpost) or a BMX , with minimal disassembly. This case fits all makes and sizes of bikes (excluding tandems); its oversized protective wheel cavity will facilitate everything, from a 26 inch mountain bike wheel to a 29r wheel
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's protected three bikes on flights, but it's pretty much at its life's end now.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Easy to pack, easy to move around.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes and no
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No
About the tester
Age: 42 Height: 189cm Weight: 91kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.