The development of the first bike backpack

In 1990, Andi Heckmair set off from his house in Oberstdorf with the aim of crossing the Alps by bike. At his side: The world's first bike backpack, designed by Andi Heckmair personally and implemented by Deuter: the Bike I. At that time it had 24 liters, was simple and light, and already had a ventilation system for the back. To date, we have retained the tradition of the backpack, and have improved a lot over the years. In the heart, however, the Bike I has always remained a Heckmair design - developed for the first transalp by mountain bike.

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Bike I 20

Andi Heckmair appreciates the new Bike I and takes it along on his excursions.

The alpine classic in the original colors of 1990

Now the original from 1990 is available again - only better! The new Bike I captivates with technical refinements such as smartphone bag, helmet holder or integrated seat mat. The colors in retro chic are a real eye-catcher and bring the heroic history of the backpack to the fore.

Small and compact: The Bike I 14

The wide selection within the Bike I series leaps up trend-conscious biker hearts: From 14 to 20 liters, colorful or subtle, maximum ventilated or with sporty fit, there is something for everyone. This model is the smallest model with 14 liters - and nevertheless performs like the big ones.

Spacious and versatile: The Bike I 20 and 18 SL

The newly created original not only makes a difference in the crossing of the Alps, he also acts sovereignly on a day trip, in the countryside and in the city. The Bike I 20 offers all comfort with useful inner compartments, integrated rain cover and compatibility with the Deuter 3 liter hydration system. The SL version is especially adapted to the female anatomy and thus also fits athletes with a shorter back.
Bike I 20
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Bike I 18 SL

Extra space and best ventilation: The Bike I Air EXP 16

Unlike his brothers, this backpack has a Deuter Aircomfort back system that provides maximum ventilation thanks to the mesh back construction. Its expandable volume allows 4 liters of additional storage space - if required. Otherwise the Bike 1 Air EXP 16 makes itself quite slim.
Bike I Air EXP 16
Bike I 14
Bike I 18 SL
Bike I 20

AWARDS

  • Bike 1 is Best On Test in Cycling Plus
    "This is a very old-school design: a single large main compartment, and a smaller external one with zipped and non-zipped pockets and two elasticated side pockets. Throw in a chest and wide mesh waist strap, Deuter's 'Airstripes' padded back, a stow-away rain cover and the ability to carry a hydration reservoir and this covers all the bases. The result is a simple, easy-to-use and comfortable backpack with decent reflective details on the back if not the sides. And our experience of similar Deuter bags suggests it'll last for years."

MATERIALS

Deuter-Ripstop-Polytex

We use this material in two different strengths – the 600D Ripstop Polyester is a more robust version of the Super Polytex, and the 225D Ripstop Polytex it’s finer variation. Both materials feature a PU coating with a water protection of 2.000mm WS.

Deuter Duratex Bright