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Seat packs like the Cannondale Speedster 2 have become a staple piece of kit for many cyclists, especially during winter months they're just so darn useful especially when they are as good as the Speedster 2. And yes, I know what you're thinking it is indeed very…green.
The colour itself is less garish on the bike than I thought it would be, so it doesn't look terrible on my matt grey and black frame. That said, it certainly won't be to everyone's taste, but there are white and black versions also available.
At this time of year it's important that saddle bags are easy to clean – neon green can quickly turn into murky brown. I'm happy to report that mud wipes off the Speedster 2's tarpaulin-like PVC fabric easily and even the tougher patches came off with nothing more than a wet cloth. As well as being easy to clean, the fabric also makes sure whatever's in the bag stays clean and dry. I used the Speedster 2 in some of the terrible pre-Christmas conditions and nothing came through.
In terms of practicality, this bag is one of the best designs I have used, with several pockets throughout to keep everything in its place. Inside, there is a pocket on each side of the compartment, and another one underneath. These help to keep your 0.5 litre of cargo (it is also available in a large version) well organised, making it quick and easy to find what you need as well as to check everything is there before you set off.
I found the pocket on the bottom of the bag especially useful for carrying a multi-tool, keeping it easily available for quick adjustments. The only downside is that it doesn't fit some of the larger sized tools.
Fitting the Speedster 2 to the bike is simple, with two Velcro straps on the sides to fit underneath the saddle rails and another strap that fits around the seatpost. It's a quick and easy job and, given the quality of the straps, I am confident enough to simply leave it on the bike. It even sits underneath the Ass Saver mini mudguard I have on my saddle, something that many other saddle bags I've used don't.
It also doesn't break the bank at £19.99 – an entirely reasonable RRP, I think, especially as it seems like it'll last a long time and function well throughout.
Overall, I really like this saddle bag. The pockets keep everything well sorted and the tarpaulin material keeps it well protected. The 0.5 litre capacity is a useful size, too – I could fit everything in that I needed for a regular ride, and attaching it to the bike was also a breeze, even under my Ass Saver. The only thing I would change on this would be the size of the pocket on the bottom, to allow for larger multi-tools. And I'd probably go for one of the other colour options; this green won't be everybody's cup of tea.
A strong performing saddle bag that justifies breaking rule #29
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Cannondale Speedster 2 Seat Bag
Size tested: Medium, Green
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?
It is a saddle bag aimed at those who want to carry a fair amount without relying solely on their jersey pockets.
I think it serves its purpose well and the 0.5 litre capacity is more than enough for all the essentials for a long ride.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Water-resistant PVC material
Equipped with rear light loop to attach safety-light (sold separately) for added visibility
Extremely well made, keeps out the rain and easy to clean thanks to good material choice.
It does exactly what it needs to, providing a decent level of well-segmented space and a waterproof outer layer.
Well made and thanks to the tough material used, likely to last a long time.
93g isn't too heavy, what will matter more is what you put inside it.
£19.99 seems like a fair price to pay.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, the segmentation within the bag means it is simple to get to everything when you need it.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The pockets used throughout the bag to keep everything separate.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing in particular, apart from perhaps the colour tested.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
A very well-thought-out saddle bag that usefully keeps everything well separated and simple to find.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.