Sea Otter 2017: Ortleib’s New Bike Luggage

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A couple of years ago, Ortlieb launched a neat new range of frame bags that carried on its principle of waterproof luggage, but in a frame mounted soft-sided style. They were pretty huge, to be honest, and were only really going to work if you were on the mother of all trips. There’s now a new range coming out later in the year with a more medium sized outlook…

Medium sized seat bag in the works
Medium sized frame bag is ideal for day rides and smaller trips
We’ll come back to that cockpit bag in a minute
The accessory bag remains, but there’s a new smaller bar bag that will fit drop bars if needed.
Super reliable metal buckles and waterproof welded seams.
The cockpit pack doesn’t have a waterproof zip, so there’s a clever rubber gaiter with water drain holes.
These new ‘Gravel packs’ are smaller panniers for people who don’t want frame packs – or who’ve overpacked…
They’ll run front or rear
This EPP (expanded polypropylene) rack box is ideal for bringing chilled beer or cheese home.


The box itself it light and insulated enough to not need ice to keep things cool. Picnic anyone?


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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