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So let’s get started with out look at Ortlieb panniers.
First up are the front panniers. These panniers are typically smaller than rear panniers and are very important in effecting your bike’s handling. You’re going to want to keep these panniers evenly loaded and low to the ground. The lower the bag, the more stable the bike. Don’t overload the front panniers or you might go head-over-bars on downhills.
Ortlieb Front Roller Panniers
Let’s look at some specifics on the frontrollers from Ortlieb. Obviously they are waterproof, and they are also well-made. They measure 11.8 x 9.8 x 5.8 and can carry 1525.6 c inches combined. That is about as much as a medium-sized backpacking pack. The thing I like the most about the Ortlieb frontrollers, and the Ortliebs in general, is the mounting system. It’s great. Super easy to use, adjust, and replace if necessary. I freaked out when I first went to install the panniers because the clips didn’t even come close to lining up with my Surly Nice Racks. Upon further inspection I learned all about the great clip system. It’s very simple.
* Clips are fully-adjustable left to right. So this means you can make them wider or narrower depending on your rack.
* Clips are quick-release. Simply lift the cord and they come open, let it go and it closes.
* Bottom clips move around to tightly secure the pannier to the rack and stop it from jiggling.
* There are no ventilation options on these panniers, so do not keep wet things in here long.
Now that we’ve looked at some racks (more to come, don’t worry), we’re going to get into panniers.
There are a lot of brands of panniers on the market today, each pannier famous in their own niche, whether it be their quality, waterproofing, reliability, or price. What panniers are the best? What panniers are waterproof? What panniers are cheapest? We’re going to dive into the long list of pannier manufacturers and pick out some hot brands to consider when making your purchase.
Take the poll and comment on your selection. Sorry if your pannier isn’t listed, there are a lot of them.