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Stingray

Custom-made bikepacking frame bag

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About Custom Products

Custom products are hand made to your specification in our UK factory and come with a 25 Year Alpine Bond Warranty.

£75.00

The crème de la crème of bike luggage, Stringray is handmade bespoke here in our workshop to be the perfect match for your bike.

Crafted from waterproof, bombproof, and lightweight VX21 by local machinists, Stingray maximises your storage space, keeping your set-up as streamlined as possible. A low centre of gravity minimises sacrifices to handling and maneuverability to let you lose yourself in enjoying the tracks and trails, which is how it should be really.

Fully customisable to suit your needs, Stingray is a fine-tuned technical product in a minimalistic package; strength enhanced by simplicity.

Hand made in the UK - each and every Stingray is hand crafted crafted by our factory team. They love it, they really can't get enough of it.

How to order

1. Download the PDF instruction sheet or watch our video below. This includes all the information you need to create your frame template.
2. If you need some help choosing colours and fabrics download our Custom Products Workbook.
3. Scroll down the page and you will see the plethora of custom options made available thanks to our UK based production.
4. Placed your order and post your frame template to us. Remember we cannot start making it until we have your template!

Creating your custom template

Fran explains how to create a custom template that will get the factory purring.

  • Made in the UK in our own workshop
  • Panels: Dimension Polyant VX21 (DWR), 500d or 1100d Cordura
  • Zip: YKK size 5 PU-coated coiled zipper

£75.00

Standard
A single opening with a single compartment on the non-drive (left) side of the bike.

Divider Compartment Vertical (+ £10)
This option will divide the main compartment into two sections with a removable vertical insert. Highly recommended on larger frame bags to stop them bulging out.

Divider Compartment Horizontal (+ £20)
This option will divide the main compartment into two sections with a removable horizontal insert. A second horizontal zip will be added to allow access to the bottom section, highly recommended on larger frame bags to stop them bulging out.

Surgeon (+ £20)
Fitting larger items such as pots and pans inside a frame bag can be difficult with a single zipper and can lead to zip failure. Our surgeon pocket is a solution to this, the 90º opposing zips open a Stingray like a patients chest on the operating table.

The size of your document pocket will vary depending on your frame size. We cannot guarantee that on OS map will fit in it. The map pocket is sewn onto the drive side of the frame bag.

We can add an opening along any edge of your frame bag to allow hydration tubes or electrical wires to exit the frame bag.

We can add reflective piping along the zips to increase your visibility at night to other trail users. If you want this feature on both sides of your frame bag you will also need to add a document pocket.

Choose from a choice of VX21, burly 1100d Cordura or lightweight 500d Cordura


Remember that bulky items in your frame bag can cause the sides to bulge out, so while it is tempting to go for a wide bag to fit as much as possible in, it will increase the likelihood of the bag rubbing on your rotating cranks.

Webbing Ladder - we have been trialing the webbing ladder through 2013 and have found it to work extremely well. So much so that we have introduced it through the entire range. It allows the velcro loops to be firmly tightened around any tube without any adverse effects to the zips. You can choose where to run your velcro loops to avoid bike furniture and ultimately how many you would like. This makes it much easier to adapt frame bags to fit other bikes you may have.

When combining several pieces of bike luggage together you can use the same velcro loops to attach them avoid the usual problems of interference. Put simply it is adaptable.

Traditional Sewn In Velcro Loops - This is our lighter option and works well, however depending on the width of the frame bag and the diameter of your tubes it can rub and move. In an effort to reduce this movement you can also pull the frame bag too tight causing the zips to be put under strain which can lead to failure.

Our standard zipper is Grey, but now you can choose others for no extra cost!

We stitch in a thin 1mm thick closed cell foam lining to the sidewall of our Stingrays (the side where the framebag touches the frame). This just gives the framebag a little more structure. You can optionally chose to remove this to save a few grams of weight.

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Advice

The fabrics we use are highly water-resistant but the construction is not waterproof so we would recommend using a drybag if you have to keep something dry. Check out the Airlok range of lightweight drybags.​

Our custom made bikepacking frame bags make the most of the storage space inside your frame. Providing you with a low centre of gravity and a secure attachment system, any compromises you may have to make in terms of off-road bike handling are minimised. Some frames are better suited for bikepacking than others. In general, the simpler and larger the frame, the greater its potential capacity. If you have a full suspension bike, or you prefer to keep your bottle cages on, then the frame bag is inevitably going to be smaller.

We offer a large range of customisable options but if you want something we don’t currently offer, give us a call or drop over an email and challenge us… we haven’t yet been unable to satisfy a customer’s idea.

What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
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Giorgio Graziani
FUNCTIONAL AND LIGHT FRAME BAG
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I bought the bag to use it on my fireplace Sonder. It fits perfectly and is also very stable off-road riding. Comfortable upper slot to release electrical cables or water pipe bag. Excellent product for which you can apply custom colors and details

Chrisps
Very well made and looks ace

I have been using the Stingray on a Salsa Spearfish XL for a few months now and has not yet disappointed.

The Spearfish has very limited frame space due to the suspension setup, but still I can get a surprising amount in the bag. Really good for carrying heavy stuff on a trip or for just stashing coats and things on a local loop.

Because of the limited space, I went for the widest width - I figured that there wasn't enough space for it to bulge. This was a good move. When absolutely rammed, it just clears the spinning cranks. On a bike with a bigger front triangle, I would definitely be careful here though.

Size wise, it is true to the template. However, if ordering again, I would cut the template to the every so slightly small. I tried to make it exact (to maximize space). However, this leaves it a little scrunched in places. Not a problem, but in future, I would prefer to have a bit of tension on the bag.

Materials seem very rugged. The zip is nice and smooth, with an easy grab loop that I can open one handed while riding. I went for black with yellow stitching and interior and it matches the black with yellow decals of my Spearfish nicely.

The internal vertical divider is just a bit of material covered foam with velcro. Kind of does the job. Never used it though.

I went for the webbing attachment. Bit heavier, but means that I can attach my Alpkit toptube bag and the framebag with the same velcro which is nice.

Stuff seems to stay dry in the bag even though it isn't strictly waterproof, although I have never had it out in horrific weather (big puddles etc), just standard British rain!

Summary: Buying another one for my other bike when I can work up the enthusiasm to cut another template out!

Bedders
Brilliant!!!

Just received my frame-bag, in less than two weeks. Fits perfectly and looks great. Ordered the 40mm wide with horizontal divider/zip, which I think will make sense once I start loading it up. I accept I have not Road-tested the product for a year, but it looks very well made, and I can see no reason it shouldn't give me years of service. And service, of the customer variety, is what Alpkit give you. They should be very proud of their approach to business. Thanks to Holly and Nick for their personalised message. Just makes you feel good, and want to buy something else from them.

Jamie
What a great product.

This bag is exactly what my bike has needed for years. I regularly undertake mtb tours on varying terrain and have been plagued with a heavy rucksack since not enjoying the feel of using traditional pannier on my mtb. This bag now allows me to locate some of my heavier items lower down in my centre of gravity. With this bag there is minimal effect on how my bike rides compared to no load at all.

I original purchased the bag to use only on the longer tours but now like it so much that it is a permenant fixture on the bike that i use to throw spares/tools/clothing in on my day rides. It looks pretty sharp and fits like a glove.

The service and quality from Alpkit was fantastic as always. They are now my favourite online retailer and "Go To" place for all my outdoor kit. I am very glad i stumbled upon their stand at the London Bike Show this year.

Joanna Smith
Great product, great service!
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I have just received my custom made Stingray frame bag (along with Medium Fuel Pod and Airlok Dual 20. Communication was amazing from Alpkit throughout, and I was really impressed with the speed of making and delivering the bag too, as well as the price. It fits perfectly and is really well made - it feels like it will hold up to a whole lot of wear and tear on the road. I can't recommend Alpkit enough! Thanks guys.

Gareth Bell
Stingray

What can I say? I made the template, they made the bag, just as I designed it!
Fitted perfectly and quality is as expected, great value too!

Nick H
Brilliant
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I'm extremely happy with the Stingray that I had made for my Sonder Transmitter.
Options wise, I chose the 500D Cordura as I wanted something just a bit tougher and went with the Surgeon's opening as the frame triangle is quite small so I wasn't too worried about the bag bulging out and catching my knees/legs. This opening has the benefit of allowing me to store my cooking pot in it without stressing the zips and stitching when putting it in or taking it out.
I'm actually very impressed by how much I can store in it.
900ml Evernew cooking pot
2 tarp poles (fold down to 40cm)
10 tent pegs
Mini floor pump
27.5+ inner tube
Multi tool
Chain lube mini
Bike repair kit
Tyre repair kit
Headlamp
Long handled foon
Food cozy
Collapsible mug
Atom backpack
3 dry freeze meals
So all in all, a fair amount of gear for the size of the frame triangle.
Once I loaded it all in to the bag, I left it all in there for a week or so and the bag loosened up a bit (totally normal as the stitching and materials settled in).
The whole ordering process was also very easy and quick. I really took my time and made the template slightly smaller (5mm on all sides) as a previous reviewer mentioned that his bag wasn't quite as "tight" as he wanted due to him making his template true to size.
Very very happy with my purchase.

Stephen Edwards.
FANTASTIC BAG!
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I received my frame bag for my fatbike within two weeks from the day i sent the template, The quality is fantastic and after weeks of rain, snow & mud up north it kept my gear dry. Also the mud cleans of the bag easily with some warm soapy water. I have since got a full setup and its brilliant!
Cheers alpkit.

Andy
Love this, it just keeps swallowing gear
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Well made, and a great bit of kit, swallowed lots of kit, just had a great 10 day adventure bike packing in Iceland no water ingress even with plenty of rain, and riding through lots of fords in the highlands.

Simon
Lovely

Can't fault it, well made fits perfectly, though I suppose this is down to how accurately you make your template, I made mine to fit very snuggly and my bag came back the same.

I was tempted to go for a wider one but glad I didn't as the 4cm one once full is more than adequate and doesn’t bulge out too much.

I went for the webbing ladder attachment system which allows you to work around derailleurs and cable holders. It also enables me to attach my cockpit bag (Alpkit Fuel Pod 25) to the frame and frame bag.

I’ve only used it once so far for a quick two day trip wild camping on Anglesey. It kept my stuff dry and it held a surprising amount, looks nice too.

Lorenzo
An expensive piece of junk

I was very happy when I ordered my bag: I followed the instructions, I produced the cardboard shape for my frame, I took pictures of it while on the bike and I sent them to Alpkit to have confirmation that what I was going to post them was good.
The issues began when I received my bag: several stitches were missing/wrong, in fact they weren't keeping together anything, and the size was a good inch shorter than the frame template!
I wrote straight away to the customer service and the first reply by Connie has been "Hmm that stitching does look a bit funny.".
However from there on a "manager" started dealing with me and things changed to the point that he dared to write me "If the contents of the bag is too heavy then it can put too much pressure on the stitching causing them to pull slightly as shown in your photos."... So it was my fault!
I eventually got a 20% partial refund I was, and I am, absolutely unhappy with.
Using the bag I even discovered that the velcro system used to divide the bag itself in two halves doesn't really work and that several parts worn out pretty quickly.
After six months, the zip broke and I eventually got rid of this dreadful stuff.
I don't know if it has been worst the product or the lack of fairness to customers.

What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
93%

11 Reviews

5
10
4
0
3
0
2
0
1
1

Used this product?

Write a review
Giorgio Graziani
FUNCTIONAL AND LIGHT FRAME BAG
Image

I bought the bag to use it on my fireplace Sonder. It fits perfectly and is also very stable off-road riding. Comfortable upper slot to release electrical cables or water pipe bag. Excellent product for which you can apply custom colors and details

Chrisps
Very well made and looks ace

I have been using the Stingray on a Salsa Spearfish XL for a few months now and has not yet disappointed.

The Spearfish has very limited frame space due to the suspension setup, but still I can get a surprising amount in the bag. Really good for carrying heavy stuff on a trip or for just stashing coats and things on a local loop.

Because of the limited space, I went for the widest width - I figured that there wasn't enough space for it to bulge. This was a good move. When absolutely rammed, it just clears the spinning cranks. On a bike with a bigger front triangle, I would definitely be careful here though.

Size wise, it is true to the template. However, if ordering again, I would cut the template to the every so slightly small. I tried to make it exact (to maximize space). However, this leaves it a little scrunched in places. Not a problem, but in future, I would prefer to have a bit of tension on the bag.

Materials seem very rugged. The zip is nice and smooth, with an easy grab loop that I can open one handed while riding. I went for black with yellow stitching and interior and it matches the black with yellow decals of my Spearfish nicely.

The internal vertical divider is just a bit of material covered foam with velcro. Kind of does the job. Never used it though.

I went for the webbing attachment. Bit heavier, but means that I can attach my Alpkit toptube bag and the framebag with the same velcro which is nice.

Stuff seems to stay dry in the bag even though it isn't strictly waterproof, although I have never had it out in horrific weather (big puddles etc), just standard British rain!

Summary: Buying another one for my other bike when I can work up the enthusiasm to cut another template out!

Bedders
Brilliant!!!

Just received my frame-bag, in less than two weeks. Fits perfectly and looks great. Ordered the 40mm wide with horizontal divider/zip, which I think will make sense once I start loading it up. I accept I have not Road-tested the product for a year, but it looks very well made, and I can see no reason it shouldn't give me years of service. And service, of the customer variety, is what Alpkit give you. They should be very proud of their approach to business. Thanks to Holly and Nick for their personalised message. Just makes you feel good, and want to buy something else from them.

Jamie
What a great product.

This bag is exactly what my bike has needed for years. I regularly undertake mtb tours on varying terrain and have been plagued with a heavy rucksack since not enjoying the feel of using traditional pannier on my mtb. This bag now allows me to locate some of my heavier items lower down in my centre of gravity. With this bag there is minimal effect on how my bike rides compared to no load at all.

I original purchased the bag to use only on the longer tours but now like it so much that it is a permenant fixture on the bike that i use to throw spares/tools/clothing in on my day rides. It looks pretty sharp and fits like a glove.

The service and quality from Alpkit was fantastic as always. They are now my favourite online retailer and "Go To" place for all my outdoor kit. I am very glad i stumbled upon their stand at the London Bike Show this year.

Joanna Smith
Great product, great service!
Image

I have just received my custom made Stingray frame bag (along with Medium Fuel Pod and Airlok Dual 20. Communication was amazing from Alpkit throughout, and I was really impressed with the speed of making and delivering the bag too, as well as the price. It fits perfectly and is really well made - it feels like it will hold up to a whole lot of wear and tear on the road. I can't recommend Alpkit enough! Thanks guys.

Gareth Bell
Stingray

What can I say? I made the template, they made the bag, just as I designed it!
Fitted perfectly and quality is as expected, great value too!

Nick H
Brilliant
Image

I'm extremely happy with the Stingray that I had made for my Sonder Transmitter.
Options wise, I chose the 500D Cordura as I wanted something just a bit tougher and went with the Surgeon's opening as the frame triangle is quite small so I wasn't too worried about the bag bulging out and catching my knees/legs. This opening has the benefit of allowing me to store my cooking pot in it without stressing the zips and stitching when putting it in or taking it out.
I'm actually very impressed by how much I can store in it.
900ml Evernew cooking pot
2 tarp poles (fold down to 40cm)
10 tent pegs
Mini floor pump
27.5+ inner tube
Multi tool
Chain lube mini
Bike repair kit
Tyre repair kit
Headlamp
Long handled foon
Food cozy
Collapsible mug
Atom backpack
3 dry freeze meals
So all in all, a fair amount of gear for the size of the frame triangle.
Once I loaded it all in to the bag, I left it all in there for a week or so and the bag loosened up a bit (totally normal as the stitching and materials settled in).
The whole ordering process was also very easy and quick. I really took my time and made the template slightly smaller (5mm on all sides) as a previous reviewer mentioned that his bag wasn't quite as "tight" as he wanted due to him making his template true to size.
Very very happy with my purchase.

Stephen Edwards.
FANTASTIC BAG!
Image

I received my frame bag for my fatbike within two weeks from the day i sent the template, The quality is fantastic and after weeks of rain, snow & mud up north it kept my gear dry. Also the mud cleans of the bag easily with some warm soapy water. I have since got a full setup and its brilliant!
Cheers alpkit.

Andy
Love this, it just keeps swallowing gear
Image

Well made, and a great bit of kit, swallowed lots of kit, just had a great 10 day adventure bike packing in Iceland no water ingress even with plenty of rain, and riding through lots of fords in the highlands.

Simon
Lovely

Can't fault it, well made fits perfectly, though I suppose this is down to how accurately you make your template, I made mine to fit very snuggly and my bag came back the same.

I was tempted to go for a wider one but glad I didn't as the 4cm one once full is more than adequate and doesn’t bulge out too much.

I went for the webbing ladder attachment system which allows you to work around derailleurs and cable holders. It also enables me to attach my cockpit bag (Alpkit Fuel Pod 25) to the frame and frame bag.

I’ve only used it once so far for a quick two day trip wild camping on Anglesey. It kept my stuff dry and it held a surprising amount, looks nice too.

Lorenzo
An expensive piece of junk

I was very happy when I ordered my bag: I followed the instructions, I produced the cardboard shape for my frame, I took pictures of it while on the bike and I sent them to Alpkit to have confirmation that what I was going to post them was good.
The issues began when I received my bag: several stitches were missing/wrong, in fact they weren't keeping together anything, and the size was a good inch shorter than the frame template!
I wrote straight away to the customer service and the first reply by Connie has been "Hmm that stitching does look a bit funny.".
However from there on a "manager" started dealing with me and things changed to the point that he dared to write me "If the contents of the bag is too heavy then it can put too much pressure on the stitching causing them to pull slightly as shown in your photos."... So it was my fault!
I eventually got a 20% partial refund I was, and I am, absolutely unhappy with.
Using the bag I even discovered that the velcro system used to divide the bag itself in two halves doesn't really work and that several parts worn out pretty quickly.
After six months, the zip broke and I eventually got rid of this dreadful stuff.
I don't know if it has been worst the product or the lack of fairness to customers.