Swift Zeitgeist Bag


Product Overview

We are big fans of Swift's Zeitgeist bag. The newest version is designed as a Saddle and Handlebar Bag. The batten is placed on the outside of the bag so you an easily slide the included straps through for quick attachment. Each of the two pairs of mounting point slots are 1″ (2.5cm) wide. The inner pair is spaced 3.75″ (9.5cm) apart and matches the standard spacing of integrated saddle loops, which also happens to be the ideal spacing for mountain bike handlebars. The wider pair is spaced 9.5″ (24cm) apart and is meant for use on wider drop bars or flat handlebars. These bags come with the Swift Foam Spacers Kit, adding the option of up to 1.5" of space between your bars and the bag so you can access all the comfortable riding positions. The bag's 12L volume is great for riding around town, and folding pockets make it usable on relatively narrow handlebars.  If you prefer a saddle bag, the attachment strap spacing allows you to easily mount it to Brooks saddle rails.  The included p-cord cinch strap wraps around either your head-tube or seat-post.

If you're looking for a similar bag but ride a smaller platform or just don't need that much carrying capacity, check out the Swift Catalyst Pack, which also works great as a handlebar or seat pack.

Swift's 100% recycled ECOPAK EPLX400 material keeps this bag light and water resistant. The HDPE plastic liner and batten holds the bag's shape and keeps it rigid. This Zeitgeist version features four D-rings and two integrated daisy chains on the flap, allowing you to strap items like a jacket or sleeping pad to the exterior of the bag. Two collapsible side pockets allow easy access to your smaller items. The bag's side D-rings and the Swift Shoulder Strap are useful for switching from on-bike to off-bike carrying. Swift also included reflective detailing.

"An excellent choice for gravel adventures, touring, bike-packing, and commuting everyday." 

  • Challenge Sailcloth ECOPAK (EPLX400) recycled shell fabric
  • Flap lined with TPU coated 70D nylon ripstop for excellent water resistance
  • 400 D Packcloth Lining throughout the body
  • HDPE insert in body to help shape and stabilize your load
  • One-handed drawcord baffle with additional compression strap to compact your load.
  • Flap features webbing daisy chains and D rings for additional lash points
  • Reflective detailing
  • Side pockets collapse flat when not in use
  • Comes with foam spacers and 9″ Swift Straps
  • Made in Surabaya, Indonesia out of recycled materials


  • Measurements: 19″w X 7.5″h X 7″d
    • Width of the Zeitgeist with pockets folded: 13″
    • Width of the Zeitgeist Pack with side pockets packed out: 19″
  • Capacity: 12 Liters
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs

Your guide to checking the compatibility of the Zeitgeist Pack and your handlebars

Handlebar width compatibility

  • Width of the Zeitgeist Pack including the materials with side pockets are folded up: 39cm wide.
  • Width of the Zeitgeist Pack when side pockets are full: 48cm wide.

Step 1: Measure the spacing of your handlebars, inside-to-inside, at the hoods.

Step 2: If you have integrated shifting, enlist a friend to engage the levers fully into the center space between the bars, and measure the space from tip-to-tip.


Clearance (height) specs for use at the handlebars and on the saddle

You’ll need a minimum of 11” of space between your bicycle handlebars and the top of your front or rear tire to use the Zeitgeist Pack without a support or rack. Keep in mind that a weighted down pack may sag into the wheel, and pay attention to avoid abrasion.





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