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We test Cube's highly versatile Edge Twenty cycling backpack 

Price
£80
Value
9
Quality
9
Performance
8
Looks
9
Comfort
7
Overall Score
8
wiggle.co.uk

For times when you need to carry a little more than just hydration on your rides, a larger capacity backpack is an easy, versatile option and Cube's Edge Twenty aims to do it all, with multiple compartments and a capacity that will appeal to everyone from commuters to mountain bikers. We put it to the test on our daily commute which takes us through gravel track and road sections as well as on cross-country mountain bike rides in the local woods.

The Edge Twenty is all about storage, with a large array of compartments and plenty of space for all of your bike, and non-bike related bits. The large main compartment is easily accessible thanks to a clamshell opening that extends right to the bottom of the bag, meaning no more digging around or turfing everything else out to find what you need. Inside you get a built-in back protector, which is a boon considering the price, a hydration sleeve and a laptop compatible sleeve, as well as a mesh pocket for valuables. At the front of the pack there's a large pocket with a wide opening and enough tool storage for a proper trek, including a full complement of mesh and see through plastic sleeves and pockets for quick access to pumps, tools and cables. Although small, the two hipbelt pockets are handy for gels and small snacks and there's a further hidden security pocket tucked into the side of the back panel - a feature more commonly seen on travel packs.

The hipbelt and shoulder straps lack cushioning but as a result they're very airy to wear, which is great for warm weather riding. On the flip side there's a heavy wedge of padding on the back panel which is comfortable and creates air channels to keep the back cool.

A full complement of adjusters means that it's easy to get a good, secure fit with a comfortable balance between hip and shoulder carrying, although the Edge Twenty could do with a few more compression straps to really cinch the load in.

Helmet storage off the bike is taken care of by a net in a zipped compartment at the bottom of the pack, this isn't as quick to deploy as some but does hold your lid securely.

Verdict

A versatile pack for a wide range of cycling duties, from commuting with work clothes and laptop, to heading out into the hills for a day or two on the mountain bike. It also makes a handy addition to longer treks, complementing frame bags and panniers.