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Which Axiom rack & pannier set should I get?

Old 05-05-14, 05:24 PM
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Which Axiom rack & pannier set should I get?

The Bike:



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Fenders Installed:

Progress: I have attached Silver Raceblade Longs to the bike via two P-clamps on the bottom of the seat stays & the rear brake thread on the frame.

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Which Rack to Buy?

I will be purchasing one of these two racks; I'm leaning to the latter because it's wider:

Axiom Streamliner Dlx Rear Bicycle Bike Pannier Rack | eBay

or

Axiom Streamliner Disc Dlx Rear Pannier Rack Bicycle Commuting Touring Racks BK | eBay

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Which Axiom Typhoon Pannier Set to Buy?

I decided to get Axiom Typhoon panniers because they work with the Axiom rack and they're waterproof instead of water resistant.

But I don't know which Axiom Typhoon Pannier set is "best" from the four below:

1. DLX: Axiom Typhoon Aero Dlx 45 Waterproof Pannier Set Gray Black | eBay
2. DLX: Axiom Bicycle Typhoon Aero Dlx Bag Pannier Red Black Bike | eBay
3. LX Axiom Bicycle Typhoon LX Bag Pannier Pair Yellow Black Bike | eBay
4. LX: Axiom Typhoon LX Panniers Water Proof Bicycle Blk Gray | eBay

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Can you help me decide which rack and pannier set to get based on experience, price, compatibility with my bike, aesthetics, or any other criteria you think is useful?
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A friend of mine has the Streamliner Disk. It's a really nice, solid rack. I've put all of my weight on it just to see how it reacted and it was solid. He did not end up having to use that little black extender tabby thing that comes with it, so that may make a difference since it's a thinner, flat piece of metal. Personally I'd go with the wider rack so that I can put things on top.

I just ordered a pair of the DLX Aero panners. I haven't gotten any real world experience with them yet, but just from being able to get my hands on them, they definitely seem like good panniers. I think the main question between the panniers you're looking at is just going to be personal preference. Maybe watch the videos on the Axiom site and see if that sways you one way or the other. I went with the DLX over the LX just because I liked the closure system better with the strap bucking down to the bag rather than over the top and attaching to itself.
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Hm, I think I'm going to get the DLX Disc Rack with one of the two DLX Typhoon panniers.

...red or gray panniers? (: (fenders are silver/black)

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What color is the bike, and would you rather stand out and be seen or blend in and possibly fit the theme of the bike? I personally use mine for camping too, including some stealth camping plans this summer, so I went with the gray.
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The bike is yellow and black with white accents. Both the red & gray panniers compliment well with yellow.

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The point you made about stealth camping is a plus for the gray panniers. Being seen on the road can be done with LED's. Also, red, more attention-seeking panniers might attract bike thieves.

Personally, red panniers would look nicer than gray with the frame though, and possibly raise the re-sale price.

Not sure which to choose; I'll give it some more thought.

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I've owned both versions, the Aero and the Lx . I still have the LX version in both Gray and Yellow, and in the larger and smaller sizes. I liked the LX as it ended up holding a touch more than the supposed same 40L in the Aero version, and it also seemed like it would withstand more abuse since the material is more like my Ortliebs. The Aero version seams are taped but smaller. Now, let me say the Aero 45L version was almost a pound lighter for the set vs the LX if that matters to you.


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