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Ortlieb QL2 mounting system- can't figure it out

Old 12-08-04, 02:56 PM
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Ortlieb QL2 mounting system- can't figure it out

I was looking at an ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus Pannier, and neither the people working at the LBS nor I could figure out the QL2 mounting system. Mounting the beast to the top of the rack was easy enough, but what do you with the goofy plastic clip/tounge/lever thing that replaces the bunjie cord and hook that I have seen on ever other pannier I have ever set eyes on? The pannier seems like it would shift all over the place and be knocked around the first coblestone road I hit. What gives?

http://www.ortlieb.com/_prod.php?lan...bikepackerplus

P.S. Has anyone used the backpack attachment with this pannier?
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Uh... perhaps looking at the instructions PDF might help. I have an ortleib and all I have to do is attach the hook to the bottom of the rack (the hook should be facing upwards) and you "pull" up and over to get the top onto the rack.
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Originally Posted by MsMittens
I have an ortleib and all I have to do is attach the hook to the bottom of the rack (the hook should be facing upwards) and you "pull" up and over to get the top onto the rack.
And this keeps your load from shifting? I this is how I figured it worked, but the pannier kept on sliding all over my rack. Itš a rather heavy load, perhaps itš prone to shifting. Thanks for the reply.
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I've never had it shift. I use a blackburn rack. It may be where the bottom hook is located. You can move it to get less of a shifting.
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Originally Posted by Ziemas
I was looking at an ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus Pannier, and neither the people working at the LBS nor I could figure out the QL2 mounting system. Mounting the beast to the top of the rack was easy enough, but what do you with the goofy plastic clip/tounge/lever thing that replaces the bunjie cord and hook that I have seen on ever other pannier I have ever set eyes on? The pannier seems like it would shift all over the place and be knocked around the first coblestone road I hit. What gives?

http://www.ortlieb.com/_prod.php?lan...bikepackerplus

P.S. Has anyone used the backpack attachment with this pannier?
The pannier, if properly attached to the top of the rack can only swing on the bottom, away from the bike/rack. The "goofy thing" gets positioned towards one of the rack rods running fairly vertically, and hooked behind it, so that the rod is captured between it and the pannier, so that the pannier cannot thrash around. When mounting on the pannier, I hook the "goofy thing" in first, before I lock in the top clips. Did it with several panniers, always successfuly. There is huge amount of adjustability for it to work very securely with fast ingagement/dis-engagement. It requires a little improvisation, because the best mounting depends on the particular pannier and rack. It works great with Tubus racks.

I did try the backpack attachement, it is not too bad, but not really great either.

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To clarify, there are apparently two different systems. I seem to have the same kind that ComPH has - the lower "clip" is a fixed hook, tongue, whatever, that faces horizontally. This also sounds like what Ziemas has. If that is the case, ComPH has described it, this "clip" simple hooks one of the rack uprights. Combined with the top clips it seems to be a pretty secure system; I have not had any problems with security. However, because it is fixed, it can seem like a problem if your rack doesn't have an vertical in exactly the right location. On right (drive) side of my IRT rack I attached a snug loop of inner tube vertically to create a faux upright which I hook to. Initially I used a little loop of innter tube slipped over the hook, around a stay then back around the hook. This actually worked pretty well. On the left side I clip the top clips then force the lower part of the pannier back to hook the rear upright. I don't have to force it too far, and it makes a nice snug attachment. Although secure I am not particulary thrilled with this mounting system. I do like the bags, and I could retrofit an Arkel system if it really bothered me.
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