Oveja Negra Super Wedgie: The AnyBike Frame Pack

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The Super Wedgie is Oveja Negra’s unique solution to a common quandary amongst bikepackers … finding one frame pack that fits multiple bikes.

For those who aren’t familiar with them, Oveja Negra is a small gear maker based in the mountain town of Salida, Colorado. They specialize in building bikepacking bags on-site and sourcing as many materials as possible from the US. We’ve been extremely impressed with the quality workmanship put into every Oveja Negra bag we’ve ever tested, so our ears perked when we heard about the new Super Wedgie.

  • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag
  • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag

Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag

There are a couple of hurdles that can stymie the search for your first—or only—frame pack. For starters, if there are multiple bikes involved, finding a single frame pack that fits each one can be a challenge. The ideal solution is to have a custom bag made for each bike. But that would require a hefty financial investment as well as substantial lead time for having the bags constructed. Otherwise, it’s a matter of resorting to a single frame bag that fits one well, but may be too loose or too small for another. Second, some riders may wish to retain the use of one or more of the interior frame bottle cage mounts. With that in mind, the only accessible and operative solution has been a half frame pack, such as a Oveja Negra’s ½ Pack or the Revelate Designs Tangle. That is a fine solution, but when a half frame bag is used on a smaller bike within a tighter triangle, it often impedes access to both seat-tube and down-tube mounted bottles.

Enter the Super Wedgie. The design and concept behind this frame pack is simple: use the front of the frame triangle (the wedge) for the bag, and retain access to the full height of the rear triangle for a seat tube mounted standard bottle cage — or better yet, larger bottles and cages. This spatial relationship can even allow the bag to be used on some full-suspension bikes that feature a vertically oriented rear shock.

Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag

  • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag
  • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag

The Super Wedgie comes in two sizes, small and large. Oveja Negra sent us both to try. After a month or so of use, it became evident that they did their homework when designing the angles of the bag. We tried them on several bikes and they always fit well within the wedge. The amount of space between the seat-tube mounted bottle and the rear of the bag just differed depending on the length of the top-tube. The large received the most use and fit perfectly on Gin’s size medium Advocate Lorax. We also tested it on a size large Krampus, Cannondale Slate, and Surly Ice Cream Truck, as seen in a few of these photos. It fit all of the frames nearly perfectly. That said, it would have been ideal for the pack to have about an inch and a half more length on the longest of the bikes. On the other hand, when used in tandem with a titanium ManyThing cage on the seat tube, the Super Wedgie usually allows enough space to fit a Vargo BOT or a larger Kleen Kanteen. We haven’t used the smaller sized bag much, since most of our bikes have open triangles and are either large or medium. However, it seems that it could work well for small bikes and those with full suspension bikes.

Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag

  • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag
  • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag
  • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag
  • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag
  • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag

The Super Wedgie is constructed of water resistant X-Pac VX21 and Cordura 1000d with YKK Uretek Water Resistant Zippers. In addition to the elegant strap and panel design, it has a rubberized zipper garage and a nice rear webbing grab handle to use as leverage when closing the zippers. It also features closed cell reinforcements in the top and rear panels that help protect the frame and maintain the bag’s shape. The top of the bag also has additional HDPE reinforcement and a bar tacked webbing daisy chain, which allows the single OneWrap Velcro strap to move forward or backward to create the best fit. This design also enables the bag to be attached in conjunction with almost any top tube bag. Last but not least, Oveja Negra added a non-drive side zippered sleeve pocket that’s perfect for smaller items such as keys, a smartphone, or a map.

Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag

Pros

  • The Super Wedgie is a well thought out bag that still allows full access to the rear seat tube bottle cage.
  • Excellent build quality and craftsmanship.
  • The useful side pocket for key, maps, tools, etc.
  • Good strap placement and an adjustable front daisy chain strap.
  • Added top panel padding helps the bag keep its shape.
  • The downtube strap doesn’t interfere with underside down tube mounted cage; a pet peeve of mine with most framebags.

Cons

  • The large feels almost like a big medium as it fits a medium size frame well; but this certainly depends on the bike.
  • I’d like to see an XL option that is about 1.5″ longer.

Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag

  • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag
  • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag
  • Weight (S/L) 204g/230g
  • Dimensions (large) 15.5″L x 10.5″H (39.4 x 26.7cm)
  • Dimensions (small) 13″L x 9″H (33 x 23cm)
  • Volume (S/L) ~6L/~4L
  • Price (S/L) $90/$100
  • Contact OvejaNegraThreadworks.com

Wrap Up

Given the attention to detail and craftsmanship put into all Oveja Negra’s bags, the Super Wedgie is a really nice extension to their product line. It’s also a great addition to any bike bag collection and offers a creative multi-bike frame pack solution. For rigid and hardtail bikes, it’s design allows for the use of seat tube bottle mounts, a benefit that cannot be overstated, especially in the summer months when fewer clothes but more water is needed. Furthermore, for those interested in a smaller frame pack for everyday riding, the Super Wedgie is a great accessory.

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  • Dave

    I am planning to buy one of these soon–just got a Kona Hei Hei DL Trail and it turns out the large size of this bag fits great (size XL bike but has a vertical shock). Now I just need to sell my Revelate frame bag from my old bike to free up a little cash for this…

  • http://www.bikepacking.com/ BIKEPACKING.com (Logan)

    Good to know about the Hei Hei DL.

  • http://www.theironlyportrait.com Their Only Portrait

    Hola Logan,
    Were you able to ride Gin’s Lorax?
    Saludos,
    Federico
    http://www.theironlyportrait.com

  • http://www.bikepacking.com/ BIKEPACKING.com (Logan)

    I took it on a couple spins, yes. But, it’s a little small. Cool geometry though. Look for a review soon.

  • http://www.theironlyportrait.com Their Only Portrait

    I guessed so when I saw it’s a medium :)

  • Lewy

    I like that idea. I might have to get one for my Krampus. Do you thin the large one will fit ok on an XL Krampus?

  • Rick

    I’ve been using this bag on my Raleigh Tokul for awhile and love it. It really absorbs a lot of gear.

  • cuora

    What size water bladder (Platypus 2L? 3L?) will fit in the large Super Wedgie?

  • Smithhammer

    Looking forward to the Lorax review. Looks like a really sweet bike.

  • kent

    It fits pretty good. I have used mine with an anything cage in the vertical spot (seat tube) for a bunch of extra storage capacity.

  • Dave

    I have the large, and I’ve found it really depends on the shape of the bladder. I have both 2L and 3L camelback bladders, and the issue is the large lid–it cannot fit well at the top/front of the bag when the bladder is completely full. It fits upside-down in the bag for pure storage, but then you can’t use the tube to drink while riding. The 3L is also too long when full, but fits when mostly full. My 4L MSR Dromlite has same issues as the 3L camelback, and fits if about 2/3 full. I think perhaps a full 3L platypus hoser would fit since its opening is small, but I don’t own one of these. I just fill a bladder as much as I can. –On the same topic, the bag does have a hydration tube port! It is cleverly designed to come out of the pack midway along the top, not at the front. I couldn’t find it for the first 10 minutes I had the bag, but once I noticed it and tried it, I loved it. The location midway along the top means the tube comes out much closer to the rider, making drinking easier and allowing a shorter hose. When not in use, I just stick the bite valve under my brake cables in front of the bars.

  • Dave

    I bought the large bag and it fits the Hei Hei great–I can still flick the lever on my vertical shock without issue, and above the shock I taped a couple tubes into the triangle. Plus, the black camo looks extra cool on that bike. I had a bit of an issue with Oveja Negra about the purchase, and their customer service was great. They contacted me promptly and set things right, and I’ll definitely buy more bags from them the in the future. I left another comment above about capacity, but the main thing I want to mention is the hydration port! I didn’t see it used in any pics above, but it’s in a great spot. This is a nice, well-made bag.

  • Lewy

    Cheers. I will look into as a cheaper option than buying another full bag

  • Smithhammer

    I just received my Super Wedgie (hard to type that with a straight face…) and it is a really great bag. The L size fits perfectly on my med. Fargo, med. Hayduke and large Blackborow, with just enough room for a magnum bottle behind it.

    I’ve tried a variety of horizontally-oriented ‘half frame’ bags but the problem always seems to be that they take up more like 2/3 of the triangle, not half, and so even though the idea is that you can use them with water bottles, it ends up being awkward, or you have to use shorter bottles. The Wedgie is a much better approach in my opinion, with plenty of clearance for a large bottle, and more depth for carrying a wider variety of items easily, while still being the same volume as other half-frame bags. Well done, Oveja Negra.

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