Bikepacking luggage have come a great distance prior to now decade. The supplies are greater high quality, the designs are sleeker and virtually all luggage are absolutely waterproof. So the place to from right here? Fairly a number of producers at the moment are providing stabilized bikepacking luggage which promise a greater consumer expertise.
After buying and selling within the rack and pannier arrange, including new rack-supports again in your bike might look like you’ve come full circle! However there are a couple of explanation why it is sensible to supply stabilized bikepacking luggage, previous holding them nonetheless…
Let’s talk about.
Cable Clearance – Common bikepacking handlebar packs naturally relaxation towards the shift and brake cables of your bike. Until you’re operating actually lengthy cables, you is perhaps hampering the efficiency of your brakes and gears. A stabilized handlebar pack will will let you raise the load off your cables to stop any efficiency hinderances.
Eliminating Tail Wag – Ahh, the dreaded tail wag of a bikepacking seatpack! The extra trendy seatpacks are fairly good at eliminating this, however with a sloppy pack job, even the perfect will wiggle round a bit. Stabilized seatpacks use rack helps to make sure that your rear load is secure always.
Clearance – Typically the hole between your seat and tyre, or handlebar and tyre is restricted. This typically means becoming smaller diameter luggage with lowered capacities. Many of the stabilized luggage improve this clearance by permitting you to carry a handlebar pack greater up entrance, or by cinching down a drybag additional again behind the saddle.
Decreasing Paint Rub – Handlebar packs typically have a strap that matches to the headtube of your body to maintain it in place. Over time, this strap could have a go at your paint, together with another elements of the handlebar pack which might be touching your body. The apparent reply is to suit some clear tape to your headtube in order that your paint doesn’t get scuffed, however that’s not needed with a stabilized bag arrange.
Fragility – The most important draw back to a stabilized system is that they’re far more prone to wreck. For those who come off your bike or by chance drop it, you’ll be able to injury the considerably fragile rack helps (your luggage shall be advantageous). Some merchandise are extra bombproof than others.
Additional Weight – Whereas most handlebar and seatpacks are within the 300-450 gram vary, the stabilized gear is something from 400-1100 grams, however most of the time, it’s >600 grams. This can be a priority for many who are racing, however gained’t make a lot of a distinction to your general pack weight in any other case.
Portland Design Works Bundle Roll // 995g
The Bundle Roll is a brand new product from PDW which makes use of a handlebar mount to safe the harness in place. It presents cinching straps on each the within and out of doors of the harness which can guarantee your drybag goes nowhere. The Bundle Roll with out drybag is 820g, and it’s 995g with a Revelate Saltyroll with a 15-litre capability. The cradle has a 6kg/13lbs capability.
Viaggiatori A Pedali Butterflyguns Handlebar Sling // 660g
Viaggiatori a Pedali have simply began manufacturing on a handlebar extension and hanging sling to carry a drybag. The mounting package consists of two 22cm aluminium bars which protrude from the handlebar and supply 4 places for the sling to seize on; the entrance part doubles as a light-weight and GPS mount. The sling is comprised of a non-slip material referred to as ‘Rubbotex’ which is used within the nautical business, and it’s strengthened with two glass fibre sticks to maintain the sling inflexible even when not absolutely crammed. The mounting package and sling weigh in at 490g, which might be boosted as much as 660g with a 15-litre Revelate Saltyroll drybag.
Aeroe BikePack Handlebar Bag // 740g, 790g, 840g
The Aeroe handlebar mount lets you match a specifically designed 9L, 11L or 14L drybag out entrance. The luggage are detachable from the round handlebar dock in a second with a easy aspect twist. Contained in the hardcase drybags you’ll discover two cinching straps to maintain your gear from bouncing about. This product was efficiently funded on Kickstarter, and the merchandise shall be delivery on the finish of 2018.
Overlander Bike Gear Handlebar Rack // 884g
This distinctive aluminium handlebar rack is actually an enormous cradle to cinch down a drybag. It’s a bit heavier and burlier than different cradle techniques, however it’s additionally anticipated to take extra hits consequently. An fascinating function is you could match two bidon cages to the again of the handlebar mount within the location the place you’d usually have stem luggage. The utmost load capability is three.6kg/8lbs and the rack is 704g by itself.
Arkel Rollpacker 15 and 25 // 680g and 748g
The Rollpacker has been in improvement for a number of years now however is lastly obtainable to shoppers. This dual-access bag additionally has an adjunct bag hooked up to the entrance, and it’s all supported with two arms that swoop beneath the bag to carry it in place. It’s out there in both a 15-litre or a quite monstrous 25-litre configuration suited to flat bars. The max capability is 7kg/15lbs.
Blackburn Outpost Handlebar Roll // 517g
The Outpost was one of the unique stabilized luggage. It makes use of a handlebar mount to connect the harness, and as soon as your drybag is locked in place, the pink strap retains your bag driving excessive. The drybag that is supplied with the Outpost is 11.5 litres and the system has a most load capability of three.6kg/8lbs.
Salsa Something Cradle // 640g
Launched in 2016, the Something Cradle was one other of the primary stabilized handlebar harnesses. It’s mild, it’s easy and you may also add an adjunct pouch to the entrance of the drybag in your telephone, pockets or meals. The Salsa drybag is dual-access and has a capability of 15L. The handlebar mount will help three.6kg/8lbs and may match to 31.8mm handlebars solely.
Specialised Burra Burra Harness // 500g and 520g
The third OG stabilized handlebar harness is the Specialised Burra Burra. This one is on the market with both a 13 or 23L drybag. The handlebar mount is a little more adjustable than others because the handlebar clamp AND harness could be rotated to place the bag in probably the most very best location. A good function of the single-sided drybag is the zip throughout the entrance that provides entry to your valuables while not having to leap off your bike.
Vincita Strada Handlebar Bag // 1100g
Little recognized Thai model Vincita produce a very neat bag referred to as the Strada which makes use of a Klickfix handlebar mount to connect and take away your drybag out of your bike. The provided drybag is fairly slender for drop handlebars at eight.9L, however the Vincita harness will simply match a 15L drybag in the event you use a flat handlebar.
Portland Design Works Bindle Rack // 520g
The Bindle Rack has been a reasonably in style choice for these with minimal clearance between their seat and tyre. You need to use the included straps to cinch down a drybag such because the Revelate Terrapin pictured right here, or alternatively, you’ll be able to add in a harness made by Andrew The Maker that makes taking the drybag on and off the bike that a bit simpler. The max capability is 5kg/12lbs.
Aeroe BikePack Seatpost Mount // 940g, 990g and 1040g
This seatpost-mounted rack lets you match a specifically designed 9L, 11L or 14L drybag to the highest. The luggage are detachable from the round dock in a second with a easy aspect twist. Contained in the hardcase drybags you’ll discover two cinching straps to maintain your gear from bouncing about. If you need, you may as well run the mount sideways to suit a drybag on both aspect of the rack for a complete capability of 28 litres! This product was efficiently funded on Kickstarter, and the merchandise can be delivery on the finish of 2018.
Carradice Tremendous C with Bagman QR Help // 1499g
Carradice have been making canvas saddlebags since eternally, and there at the moment are greater than a dozen fashions to select from. These saddlebags can mount immediately into the saddle loops behind some saddles, nevertheless it’s beneficial to make use of Carradice’s stabilizing rack referred to as the Bagman QR that each retains your bag secure and permits your bag to be fitted/eliminated in seconds. The Bagman QR help is sweet for as much as 10kg/22lbs and isn’t rated for off-road use.
Overlander Bike Gear Dropper Rack // 882g
Overlander Bike Gear additionally make a rack to connect a drybag such because the Revelate Terrapin 14-Litre. The aluminium rack itself weighs 712g and the utmost carrying capability is three.6kg/8lbs.
Arkel Seatpacker 9 and 15 // 640g and 720g
The Seatpacker is the slender bikepacking seatpack choice by Arkel. It makes use of a mini-rack that mounts to each the seatpost and saddle rails to make sure the bag is free from tail wag. Given the design, it may be mounted to a dropper seatpost too for those who’re that means inclined. The Seatpacker is obtainable in 9 and 15-litre sizes and can deal with 5kg/13lbs.
Arkel Rollpacker 15 and 25 // 817g and 900g
The identical entrance Rollpacker luggage can be utilized on the rear too, however you’ll want the fast launch saddle rack for it to work. You possibly can mount these 15 or 25-litre luggage on prime of the rack if in case you have restricted distance between your saddle and tyre, or for those who’ve received the clearance, you’ll be able to hold it beneath the rack for a decrease centre of gravity. The utmost capability of this technique is 7kg/15lbs.
Porcelain Rocket Albert Dropper Seat Pack // 450g
The Albert is a 9-litre bag which is designed particularly for dropper seatpost use. It’s supported by two arms which join from the saddle rails to maintain the bag secure. It has a 2.25kg/5lbs load capability solely.
Porcelain Rocket Mr Fusion Mini, Common and XL // 440g, 450g and 480g
The bigger sized rack supported luggage by Porcelain Rocket are the Mr Fusion collection. A mini-rack juts out from the seatpost to ensure your seat harness system can’t wag about. You will get the Mr Fusion luggage in a 9, 13 or 17-litre capability.
Specialised Burra Burra Seatpack 10 and 20 // 415g and 450g
Specialised additionally makes a 10 or 20 litre waterproof seatpack that employs an identical mini-rack to the Porcelain Rocket Mr Fusion, albeit it’s on the highest of the bag moderately than the underside. The mini-racks will match both a 27.2mm or 30.9mm diameter seatpost.
Tailfin AeroPack Carbon and Alloy // 600g and 780g
Lately funded on Kickstarter, the AeroPack is somewhat totally different as a result of the rack connects at each the seatpost and rear axle. The included 20-litre drybag finally ends up sitting on prime of the rack the place you’d usually discover an ordinary seatpack. Two lengthy cinching straps assist you to broaden your quantity even additional in case you want by including an additional drybag as pictured. Given the strong rack design, the Tailfin is sweet for 12kg/26lbs and might be obtainable early-2019.
WOHO Saddle Bag Stabilizer // 125g
And eventually, a product designed to stabilize another bikepacking seatpack you want. WOHO got here up with this quite easy aluminium stabilizing bracket, which I feel you’ll agree is fairly rattling neat. Mounting on the saddle rails, the Stabilizer cradles both aspect of your seatpack and stops any swaying. The bidon mounts on both aspect of the bracket are merely a bonus.