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.

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 18 SL
Bike I 20




The sturdier version of the Deuter Super Polytex with woven in stronger threads. PU coated.

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