Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-03-05, 11:11 PM   #1
jharte
Long Live Long Rides
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: KCMO
Bikes: 1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp, converted for touring/commuting. 1984 Raleigh Team USA road bike.
Posts: 717
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Arkel GT 54 or XM45?

I've been saving some money for a new set of panniers. I have a set of Arkel GT30 front panniers (I use these for commuting) and was looking at the GT54 for quite some time. However, I noticed some really nice features on the XM45.

Anyone have either set? I really like the GT30s. I've had them for about 3 years. Done very well with them. I was just curious about the XM45 because they are a little smaller and a little cheaper than the GT54.

Any opinions?
jharte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 06:51 AM   #2
Erick L
Lentement mais sûrement
 
Erick L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Montréal
Bikes:
Posts: 2,146
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
XM-45 users seem rare. Some info here: Arkel t-42 vs xm-45
Erick L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 09:11 AM   #3
jharte
Long Live Long Rides
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: KCMO
Bikes: 1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp, converted for touring/commuting. 1984 Raleigh Team USA road bike.
Posts: 717
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks ErickL. I need to take the blueprint test. After reading the threads in the links you posted, I better make sure I have heel clearance! I've had that problem before. I ride a converted MTB and the chainstais are really short.

The search goes on.....
jharte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-05, 03:58 AM   #4
Merriwether
Banned.
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 616
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've had GT54's for about three years. They're great. I use them constantly for utility cycling. They work as well as when I bought them, and they still look good.

They are better panniers than the XM. The internal aluminum frame, hard floor, and large side panels make loading much more convenient than would be true with the XM. Shoving everything into a soft bag and dealing with straps on the XM would get annoying really fast. All those extra pockets on the GT are a good thing to have on tour. The fuel bottle pocket and the Thermarest pocket are not just gimmicks. They increase convenience dramatically. All of the extra pockets, not just the fuel and Thermarest, help with odd-shaped items-- wine bottles, bread, little things you don't want to throw into the main chamber-- on errands, too.

That said, GT are more expensive, as you observed. XM would be better in confined areas, like forest or bush. The GT are big, too, so you very well might have problems clearing your heels with a small rack.

If you can afford them, if they fit, and if you're not going to be riding through narrow brush trails, you'll enjoy the GT more.
Merriwether is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-05, 06:14 AM   #5
riderx
BFSSFG old timer
 
riderx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Fredrock
Bikes:
Posts: 1,913
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a set of the XM28's which are the smaller version of the XM 45. I use them in the rear and really like them. Most I've used them on is 3 day trips. They make a nice tight package when loaded and I've been happy with them. A few friends have picked them up too after they saw mine in action.
riderx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-05, 06:53 AM   #6
jharte
Long Live Long Rides
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: KCMO
Bikes: 1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp, converted for touring/commuting. 1984 Raleigh Team USA road bike.
Posts: 717
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I sent an e-mail to Arkel. They told me the GT54 might be a little big for a mtb. They recommended the GTs, but also thought I should consider a larger rear rack. Even with the adjustable hooks, I might have heel clearance problems.

I also did the cardboard trick. Cut out a piece of cardboard using the dimensions on the web site. Hang it on the bike. Pretty close.

After all of that, I think I'm still going to try the GTs. If I need another rack, I have a place in KC that can make one for me.

I'd really like the room the GTs have. I'm planning a several week trip through the Grand Canyon.

Thanks for the feedback!
jharte is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:44 PM.