Touring - How are the TransIt panniers from Performance?
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Any good? Looks like about $110 for front & rear, good price, but are they are good product?
11-01-06, 09:01 PM
I had a full set of panniers from Performance. They were the older ones that were just black. Strong, cheap, no real features. You don't really fall in love with them, but they are reliable. The top didn't "float" like it is advertised. The lid was sewn to the bag in the back. I like them well enough. I didn't worry about them at all during a three week tour in Canada. If I was going to to do the continental divide trail or much mountain biking, I would take a repair kit just in case, but only because of the price...makes you wonder....The one thing I did do, which really helped my well being, (and not bend like the ...cheesy little ...errrrrrrrrggggrrrrrrrrrr....) was replacing the little cheesy rack hooks at the bottom with little aluminum carabiners. When you pull the strap tight, it stays on the rack now ...I like to pull it tight!......I keep checking to see if it loosens, but it has not so far. I have absolutely no complaints. For the money, I think they are great. I have heard great things on the internet about EMS panniers. I have no experience with them but I am curious.....I am attempting to make my own now from some german rucksacks (burly, dark green, tough, water proof lid...but non-waterproof body...huge); Arkels hook kit and some aluminum strap. I will use some HDPE sheeting and rivet it to the bag with lots of reinforcement. I think I can make a killer set of panniers for cheap. The rucksacks were 20 bucks each, and for two Arkel pannier after market hanger kit thingeess......was 24 bucks. I am hoping I will have a two hundred dollar plus set of panniers that goes along with the new ethos.........fix the fricking existin crap! Reuse, recycle, quit consuming ....yadda yadda...plus they will be bomb proofish....cool, ...stealth camping ethos, 40 bucks in ten years of hard use and I take off the worn out bags and rivet on whatever is available then......Who knows, maybe by then it will be a airship that I am riveting to my bike.........................
I just picked up a set of the Transit Pros because I couldn't resist the price, but I don't think I'm going to hang onto them. I was only handling them--haven't put anything inside--but the fabric seems pretty tough, and there are a few small pockets on the outside to help with organizing.
There were two things I didn't like about them: first, the screws that attach the mounting hardware to the pack aren't covered/protected, so the screw heads could/will abrade items inside the main compartment. Second, and counter to Treefire's experience (maybe they've changed the mounting system?), I found that the panniers could be mounted very securely to the rack, but removal was a real pain. It took me several minutes of struggling to get the damn things off the rack. By comparison, I have a set of REI Novara Transfer panniers that have a much more user-friendly attachment system ("Klickfix"), so I guess I'm spoiled.
11-02-06, 08:02 AM
My Transit Epic panniers worked great for the 4500 miles I have on them. Replacement of the bottom hook is a good idea. Agree that they can be difficult to remove once you have them fastened on. But they stay attached. The rain covers that come with them are great, keep stuff dry, and make you visible.
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