To improve your shopping experience today and in the future, this site uses cookies.
I Understand
Close results

Popular searches for:

Popular content for:

Popular Products scroll for more

See all results     Previous Next  
All Bikes Hand Checked & Assembled Before Shipping Free tracked delivery 90 day Returns 30-Day Test Ride Option Customer Care: 0330 555 0080 0% Finance

Free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £10

We offer free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £10, with delivery starting from £1.99 for orders below this value. We also have a selection of premium shipping options available including timed slots, Saturday delivery and DPD Pick-up

All of our bicycles are fully built by our experienced and certified mechanics prior to delivery; all you will need to do is turn the handlebars and fit some pedals.

Bicycles are shipped from a different warehouse to other items and so may arrive in advance of any other items you have ordered.

View all Delivery Options

90-Day UK Returns for all items

We want you to be 100% satisfied with your shopping experience at Rutland Cycling, so we offer a 90-day exchange or refund on any unused item (within the UK).

We've chosen to offer products at the very lowest prices, rather than provide a free returns service. If you do need to return an item, we provide printable postage labels and collection services at a small cost for all items - including bicycles.

See our full Returns policy.

30 Day Test Ride

All the convenience of buying online, without the risk
When you buy a new bike at full RRP from rutlandcycling.com, you can now benefit from the added reassurance of our Rutland 30-day test ride. Once your new bike arrives, you can ride it as your own for 30 days, and we're confident you'll love it! However, if it's not right for you, we'll exchange it for another model. (There's a nominal charge of £10 for us to collect your bike - just make sure you keep the box your bike arrived in.)

On which bikes is the 30-day test ride available?
The Rutland 30-day test ride is available on all full price, non-discounted bikes available for home delivery on rutlandcycling.com. It is not available on discounted or special offer bikes, click and collect bikes, bikes bought on finance, bikes bought through Cyclescheme, or bikes bought in store. This offer is only available on bikes delivered to mainland UK addresses.

How many times can I use the 30-day test ride?
We will allow up to two exchanges within this scheme.

Full T's & C's

Finance your purchase

Get a confidential decision online in seconds.

At Rutland Cycling, we offer Finance on orders over £250, with 0% finance up to 36 months available on selected bikes, including some sale bikes. Visit the product page to see which finance products are available.

You can apply for Finance online or in store. To apply online, add your selected items to your basket, then checkout as normal. Select Finance as your payment method, fill in the application form, then complete your order.

See our Finance page for more information.

  • Back to Blog  

    Ortlieb Bikepacking Bag Set Long Term Review

       Words by Aaron Scott

       on 20/06/2017 09:05:58

    Ortlieb-Bike2

    Review by Kyle Armstrong.

    Ortlieb has always been known for its quality engineering when it comes to waterproof commuter/touring pannier bags. When the company announced its new bikepacking specific range then, it’s fair to say I got pretty excited.

    Having signed up to the Transatlantic Way race for this coming June, I was keen to find a lightweight, robust bag set that would meet a few of my criteria. Firstly it had to be fully waterproof. The west coast of Ireland is notorious for its changing weather, and the last thing I wanted was to end up with wet kit! Secondly it had to be lightweight – pannier bags are simply too heavy and bulky (it is a race after all!) and the bike I had chosen as my steed was a Giant TCR Advanced 2 Disc, which deserves something slightly more elegant.

    I approached Lyon Equipment, and they very generously sent me the full kit to use long term and review. I’ve had the setup in various different forms over the last 5 months, and two weeks out from the race, here are my thoughts.

    Durability

    The first thing I noticed with the bags was the quality – tough, waterproof fabric, that isn’t just your standard black material. The bags are as pleasing to look at as they are to use. All the straps and buckles are super strong, and even when stretched to capacity they remain tight and locked in place. The Velcro strappings on all the bags are thick, heavy duty style strips, and give a real confidence when locking them down to the frame. I tried filling the bags up to their capacity, with heavier than usual items, and found that everything still stayed secure in place. Good stuff.

    Design

    Seat Pack

    • Capacity - 16.5 litres
    • Weight - 456g
    • IP rating - 64

    The seat pack is probably my favourite part of the four piece kit. It has a massive capacity - 16.5 litres! You could probably get by with just this rear pack for a 1 or two day trip, however, if you wanted to do a shorter style Audax for example, it will roll down so that you can just put the basics in, e.g. jacket, tools, peanut butter sandwich. (Just me?) The pack also has an air release valve so that you can essential vacuum pack your bag, meaning you can reduce the overall mass and not have a balloon sitting underneath your saddle. It has a really useful elasticated string on the top of the bag which I found was excellent for storing your jacket when it needed to be accessed quickly. Also great for storing baguettes. The Velcro straps that connect to the seat post are wide, thick and incredibly strong. Easy to tighten and adjust, and when combined with the clips that connect to the saddle rails, makes for a super strong connection. Again I filled this pack up to the brim, and only found the slightest of side to side wobble when climbing, but even then it was kept to a minimum. I use a carbon seat post (quite a long way out of the frame actually) and have had no trouble with weight etc. The only thing I have done is wrap the post up in electrical tape, just to protect it from any marking that may occur.

    Overall I was super impressed with the seat pack. Versatile and cool - suitable for a multi-day ride, or for a one day jolly to get some fish and chips.

    Ortlieb-Front

    Handlebar Pack

    • Capacity - 15 litres
    • Weight - 420g
    • IP rating - 64

    I really like this front pack. Its the sort of bag that you can put items in that are essential, but you don’t need to access very often – for example my was only ever used for my sleeping bag and my bivvy bag. I did have some concerns at first about the width, and using the bag on my road bike with drop bars, however I shouldn’t have worried as it fitted like a dream. Both ends roll up and can be packed down quite small. Interestingly enough I also found it made quite a comfortable pillow when stuff with something soft! I was a bit concerned about how it would fit along with my aero bars, however the thick Velcro straps are quite flexible and I managed to place them in such a way that they worked really well. I didn’t get any movement from the pack at all, and even when filled to capacity it was well away from my front wheel. It has Velcro straps, and also a secondary buckle strap to keep it secure, and extra loops for securing other bags, including the accessory pouch.

    This bag just works. Reliable, strong and again lightweight!

    Accessory Pouch

    • Capacity - 3.5 litres
    • Weight - 205g
    • IP rating - 64

    Now Ortlieb are just showing off: a fully waterproof, easily accessible pouch, that locks onto a bag already on your bars? Well played. There’s not much to say about this bag in all honesty – like most Ortlieb stuff, it just works well. It straps directly onto the handlebar bag and sits at arms reach. My preference for this bag was food (more PB sandwiches) gloves, and a packable gilet for quick access. The only downside to this bag is the actual opening mechanism. It a metal buckle that you have to slip in a cord strap, and it’s just plain fiddly – a better option would have been another clip buckle, or even just some Velcro. I got used to it, however I did have to stop every time I wanted to get a snack out (which is quite often for me).

    Aside from the buckle, this accessory pack is a great little bag. Not much additional weight, but a great bit of extra space.

    Frame Pack

    • Capacity - 4 litres/6 litres
    • Weight - 185g
    • IP rating - 64

    Now comes the hard part of reviewing something – the bad bits. For me this frame pack wasn’t a useable bit of kit. I had the 6l version, and when fitted to the frame it negates one of my bottle cages meaning I only had one water bottle, and even that was a squeeze. I’m not sure matters would have been helped with the 4l version as the shape of the bag itself seems designed to take up the maximum space in the frame gap. The bag itself is great quality – as with the rest of the kit – however it feels like an after thought rather than an essential bit of design. The internal part of the pack has no compartments – so unless you’re stuffing clothing in there, there is no way to organise anything in that 4 or 6 litre space. It would be a bit of feeling around to find anything you may have packed away in the bag. On a hardtail MTB this frame pack might work really well – out for a day on the trails, its a great way to get your weight centred and low to the ground, however for a multi day race or even tour, I’m not convinced that you can make full use of it.

    For me, Ortlieb would have done well to follow in the line of Apidura and Topeak and creat a frame bag that is long, and leaves space for water bottles, with a few compartments inside.

    Other Thoughts

    The only thing I felt was missing was a top tube bag – not a big issue but something to store a phone, cables and a multi tool would have been a nice finishing touch to the set.

    Value for Money

    As with most Ortlieb products, they are not cheap. Which for me is a good thing. You get a 5 years guarantee – which is amazing – and a quality of design and manufacture that you don’t often see in other products. However, have a serious think about what you’ll be using them for and the type of riding you will be doing. You may not need the whole set or might even just need the seat pack. There is nothing wrong with mixing brands and buying packs that suit your needs.

    Conclusion

    Ortlieb have created a fantastic bike packing set – with a few modifications and perhaps an additional bag or two they will continue to be a serious contender in this relatively new market in the cycling industry.

    Products Featured

    Ortlieb Rackless Seat-pack

    Ortlieb Rackless Seat-pack

    The perfect accompaniment on any ride, long or short.

    • Capacity - 16.5 litres
    • Weight - 456g
    • IP rating - 64
    Ortlieb Rackless Handlebar Pack

    Ortlieb Rackless Handlebar Pack

    Designed to fit securely to your bike without the need for racks or mounts.

    • Capacity - 15 litres
    • Weight - 420g
    • IP rating - 64

    Share this Article

    Search Articles

    Recommended for you