I was in need of a lighter means to transport the 595 on my upcoming trip to Germany after the changes in luggage allowances made my traditional style hardcase an unfeasible option, they say timing is everything and when the all new 7.5kg Grammo Bike Pod became available two days before my journey it certainly did in this case.
I got out the eyecromater and quickly ascertained that my French treasure would easily fit inside even with the integrated seat tube and began to break down my bike.
Loading the G Pod was simple as the full length zipper fastener allowed for full access to the inside. The usual parts needed removing, pedals, rear derailer, seat etc and the wheels inserted neatly into the specially molded cavities in one side of the case keeping them well out of the frame and also protected with a layer of foam between them and the main compartment.
Wheeling the G Pod through the airport was a cinch, fully loaded and only weighing in at 16kg I was making the job look easy! With the traditional plastic hardcase weighing in at 14kg alone I was on a winner here!
No hassles from the check in staff as I was under the 20kg limit, nice! Once in Germany I gave the G Pod a thorough inspection for any signs of damage or wear and she was as good as new. No damage or movement inside the case either and it was a nice change to travel inside the weight limit and arrive with a perfect bike.
I've since done several trips around the country and the Grammo Pod is still in excellent condition, the rollerblade style wheels are running as smooth as their rotation.
The pod is made from a new EVA molding technology making the production of large scale items possible. The case retains the strength of a traditional style hardcase but sheds almost 50% of the weight. For a frequent flyer it's the ultimate in bicycle transportation.