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Old 07-02-14, 02:24 PM   #1
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Four crashes and 3,000 miles: A 2-year Review of the Ortlieb Back/Front Rollers.

I know the Ortlieb Front Rollers and Back Rollers as ubiquitous as helmets among tourists. I decided to add my 2-year review of these, with a comprehensive look at the mounting hardware, fail points, modifications, and shortcomings of these expedition panniers.

Here's the review.



I also wrote up a guide on cutting down the weight of the Ortlieb panniers, found here.

Just so there's one source of it, I also compiled all the specs, from the weight to the waterproofness ratings to dimensions for the front rollers and back rollers.

I'd appreciate any feedback! Thanks!
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[bypassing your blog, my own experience) I have found you have to mind keeping screws tight..

Orange,Classic Front /Back roller set-up with original type 1 hooks (10mm tube only ), onTubus Racks..

Were I to use them on my old Bruce Gordon Racks , I'd add another lower Hook onto each,
facing in Opposing directions.


and an older Sport Packer front pair .. those I modified to Pair them together on my bike friday.
It got the, new type 1 removable insert hook, with the smaller insert For the BiFri front rack.

there the setup of the older one adds D ringa on Top of the lid and top-bottom & girth straps .

Ive used a stretch net and those D rings and Brought home Boxed, hot, Pizzas .


My Xmas Self-gift(20%off then) was a Brompton-Ortlieb 'O' Bag ..

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I am not getting Step 2 in your weight reduction guide. You are replacing what with what?
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sorry, I know I'm off topic here, but is that an XTR rear derailleur?
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sorry, I know I'm off topic here, but is that an XTR rear derailleur?
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I am not getting Step 2 in your weight reduction guide. You are replacing what with what?
Thanks Spinnaker. Sorry for the confusion. I re-worded it to say "re-attach" instead of "replace." Should be more clear now.
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sorry, I know I'm off topic here, but is that an XTR rear derailleur?
That's just an XT, but it's a beautiful piece of hardware. I haven't adjusted it in months, maybe a year or more.
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even with The bags it costs more to weigh less The Cordura fabric is lighter but costs more to buy the bags. .
the classic bags , shown , weigh more.
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even with The bags it costs more to weigh less The Cordura fabric is lighter but costs more to buy the bags. .
the classic bags , shown , weigh more.
The difference is something like 7oz for the set, so less than a half pound. Which does matter, but on some budgets, it won't.

A thinner, lighter cordura will also be slightly less durable- whether this is appreciable on an applicable scale... not sure.
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