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Gear advice

Postby PaulB2 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:20 pm

I'm currently gearing up for an overnight trip on my full-sus (100mm travel both ends). I've got an Ortlieb bar bag so I'd planned to get the matching seat pack but the reviews seem mixed as to whether it's suitable for a full-sus bike. Does anyone have any experience with the Ortlieb pack or can they recommend an alternative?
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Re: Gear advice

Postby ScotRoutes » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:23 pm

Suitability will depend on the space you have between your saddle and the tyre when the suspension is under compression. You can test this by releasing all the air pressure from the shock and cycling it through its travel.

If you've short legs and a FS 29er then it's unlikely it'll work for you. A smaller bag might be better in that case. The Defiant Pearl Pass XS might offer an alternative
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Re: Gear advice

Postby Bearbonesnorm » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:02 pm

Does anyone have any experience with the Ortlieb pack or can they recommend an alternative?

I had one on test. I wasn't a fan.

It's big and requires very careful packing if you want to avoid a 'hinge in the middle' situation ... It appeared that a company who makes panniers felt obliged to make something large enough to fit the contents of panniers in. :wink: I (and others) also struggled to get some of the straps to tighten properly ... I recall one afternoon where Mike and me were both pulling, yet the things refused to budge even when Mike swore at them and I gave the whole thing a full-on Paddington Bear Hard Stare.
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Re: Gear advice

Postby PaulB2 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:21 pm

It's a medium frame 27.5 though I've got relatively long legs so there's a fair amount of seat post showing. I'll have a look at a smaller pack.
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Re: Gear advice

Postby Fat tyre kicker » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:07 am

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Does anyone have any experience with the Ortlieb pack or can they recommend an alternative?

I had one on test. I wasn't a fan.

I gave the whole thing a full-on Paddington Bear Hard Stare.


It's amazing what a Pb hard stare can achieve.....I'm now off to test Mrs Browns gravy

With the litmus paper..... :grin:
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