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LHT + Tubus Cargo & Tara + MEC panniers

Old 06-26-08, 12:51 PM
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LHT + Tubus Cargo & Tara + MEC panniers

Im trying to get my new LHT set up. Has anyone used the Tubus Cargo and Tara racks on the LHT (Its a 54 cm with 26 wheels)? Any fit problems? Id also like to know about MEC panniers. Id need to fit them with the oversize clips to fit the Tubus racks. Has anyone done this? How easy is it? How durable are the panniers and clips for the long haul? Thanks.
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Originally Posted by bazman
I’m trying to get my new LHT set up. Has anyone used the Tubus Cargo and Tara racks on the LHT (It’s a 54 cm with 26” wheels)? Any fit problems? I’d also like to know about MEC panniers. I’d need to fit them with the oversize clips to fit the Tubus racks. Has anyone done this? How easy is it? How durable are the panniers and clips for the long haul? Thanks.
I use the logo and tara w/ no problems. There are many options w/ the tara, and it took me ten minutes to figure out precisely what to do, which spacers I needed, and then there were no problems.
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Now I just need to find out about the panniers.
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How does your surly ride with the 26" wheels? Do you notice much difference between them and larger 700c wheels? Im in a bit of a pickle in choosing between a 52cm surly lht or a 53cm jamis aurora. Im still leaning towards the surly most def but the jamis is tempting.
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Originally Posted by fixedup
How does your surly ride with the 26" wheels? Do you notice much difference between them and larger 700c wheels? Im in a bit of a pickle in choosing between a 52cm surly lht or a 53cm jamis aurora. Im still leaning towards the surly most def but the jamis is tempting.
I looked at the Jamis Aurora, too, and it looked like a good bike, and rode well, and it was a little less expensive than the LHT, but I went for the LHT in the end because it has both a better frame and somewhat higher end components. If you're looking at the complete LHT, though, you may want to reconsider the bar-end shifters. I like them okay, especially because you can set them to friction, which I prefer, but some people would rather have STI.
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Yeah, I like bar-ends, i've never had sti shifters but I could live with them for commuting I guess, the only problem is I don't want to end up going on my first tour and having them fail. The jamis rode really nice but Im kinda stuck on surly seeing as how much I love my steamroller. And the I can get the LHT complete through a friend at my LBS for around the same price as an aurora so I dont think I can pass it up.
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Originally Posted by bazman
Id also like to know about MEC panniers. Id need to fit them with the oversize clips to fit the Tubus racks. Has anyone done this? How easy is it? How durable are the panniers and clips for the long haul? Thanks.
I've had my MEC panniers for 13 years, and they're still going strong. Two years ago I put on the oversize clips in order to fit onto the rack of my new recumbent. It wasn't too difficult. The hardest part was drilling out the rivets of the old clips. I've done two tour with the new clips, and had no problems.
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Originally Posted by bazman
Now I just need to find out about the panniers.
I live a few blocks from MEC and generally love their stuff. Not sure which panniers you are after, but check out the cost of some Ortliebs at www.thetourstore.com They are far superior to any of the MEC panniers and will last 20years if you take care of them so they are a good investment.

If the Ortlieb's don't fit in your budget the MEC panniers will certainly work so no worries there....OTOH...if you can afford the Ortliebs [and I think they start to get close in price if you are looking at the nicer MEC panniers] you'll never regret spending a few extra $$$ to buy them.

Enjoy your new bike. I have a LHT and love it....
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56cm LHT + tubus cargo is a perfect fit. Don't know about the MEC panniers though.
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Originally Posted by bazman
Now I just need to find out about the panniers.
I've only used their panniers for a couple of tours, but they were excellent. I used the standard clips that come on them, and they were very secure. The backs were stiff enough that there were no issues there.

While I have limited use with their panniers, I have very extensive use with their back packs for many years, and they are very similar construction and material. I have never been disapointed with their packs. I have one that I used for ski touring for 10 years and it looks brand new. And that's a pack that I regularly lash sharp ski edges to. While MEC stuff may never be the best, I think it offers some of the best value around.
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Originally Posted by vik
I live a few blocks from MEC and generally love their stuff. Not sure which panniers you are after, but check out the cost of some Ortliebs at www.thetourstore.com
Vik, I think you meant https://www.thetouringstore.com/
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Vik, I think you meant https://www.thetouringstore.com/
+1 - see what happens when I trust my memory!........thanks for the correction.
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Thanks for the input everyone. To reply to a few questions. I really like the barcons, have never used STI but don't feel a need to. The 26" wheels are good, seem strong and roll fine. I haven't ridden a 700C touring bike, just road bikes with about 25mm tires so no real comparison. I really wonder how waterproof Ortliebs are as they look like kayak dry bags, which are pretty waterproof until you start using them. From then on they leak and have to be lined with plastic bags.
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I can vouch for the waterproof qualities of Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus panniers (cordura fabric with a plastic sheet heat sealed to the inside). Over the years I've ridden many hours and days in the rain and the inside of the panniers stay dry.
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Ortliebs are 100% waterproof as are high quality kayak dry bags. Not sure what kayak bags you used, but any bags that didn't stay 100% dry after several weeks of use would end up in my rubbish bin - or more likely get mailed back to the manufacturer with a nasty note.

I used my Ortliebs today on the drive home from the end of our tour to hold ice and cold drinks we handed out to riders on the highway. The bags kept the water/ice in and the car dry.

Although I have both varieties of Ortliebs I like the bikepacker style with a simple lid - more than the roll top bags. The bikepacker panniers are still 100% water proof for normal on bike/camp use, but won't keep water out if you chuck the bags in a lake. So naturally I avoid chucking them in a lake!...

The pic above is from our just completed tour. My GF has some Serratus water proof panniers. They are nice bags, but in almost every respect the Ortliebs are nicer.
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