Bruce Gordon Panniers
I just saw these, and from the pictures I'm very impressed. As a full set of two front and two rear panniers, they look VERY good. And all the specs on them are very nice too. Price is a little hefty, but, may be worth it.
I'm curious if anyone here as any experience with them. I know Arkel and Ortlieb panniers and trunk bags are well rated, here and just about every where else. But, what about these?
- http://www.bgcycles.com/panniers.html -
They are highly regarded. The racks are great too. The bags look a little large for my taste. Fairly cheap and crappy cordura panniers with plastic bag liners work really well for a long time and cost about 60 bucks a pair. Fancy panniers tend to be heavy with lots of nice bells and whistles. However, if you feel they are right for you, I haven't heard anything that would undermine that choice. Bruce makes the best integrated family of touring gear on the US market.
You will hear a lot of happy reports about lower cost gear, because that is what most people use. I have had the same simple cordura panniers for 20 years. They are top stuffers like a rucksack. I am perfectly happy with them and if I replaced them it would be with something similar.
Last edited by NoReg; 09-28-08 at 11:48 PM.
I would look for something else. Imagine if you got the backs up to 4000 you wouldn't need the front?
To rich for my blood.
And I thought my Ortliebs were fancy-pants expensive
Originally Posted by ezdoesit
I offer a contrary view:
I have BG racks front and rear and use Beckman/NeedleWorks Panniers designed for the racks. BG did not offer panniers when I bought the racks and panniers in 1986.
The price for the racks and panniers was not inexpensive but 22 years later the price seems to have been a bargain considering the function and durability of both the racks and the panniers.
Most people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
I have used BG racks and love them. I have seen the BG panniers and find them well designed with quality materials and workmanship and made by a small cottage industry person. I do not mind paying more to support such local industries rather than products made offshore if the quality is there as it is in this case.