Ortlieb Handlebar Pack QR

Boasting huge capacity and with an innovative bar mounting system

Ortlieb Handlebar Pack QR
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The attachment system of Ortlieb’s Handlebar Pack QR has a bit of a learning curve, but it blends the best of strap-on systems and bolt-on brackets – it’s quick attach and remove, is super sturdy, and is much less prone to damaging rubbing. You'll need to leave time for getting to grips with it, though. The capacity is huge and the range of straps is great for managing the bulk and keeping everything locked securely in place. It is quite wide, however, so not a bag to use with narrower road handlebars. Gravel bars of 44cm wide and larger make for a much more comfortable pairing.

Reasons to buy
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    Secure and durable attachment

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    Large pack volume

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    Easy access roll-top entry

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    Fully waterproof

Reasons to avoid
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    Bit of a learning curve for installing

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    Quite wide for road bike handlebars

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    Can’t be used with carbon handlebars

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Ortlieb is a bike bag manufacturer which built up its reputation producing durable and well-thought panniers, beloved by commuters and round-the-world cycle tourers alike. 

It’s fair to say that Ortlieb was playing catch-up for a bit, when the bikepacking boom first started. But now, the German brand has fully established its own distinctive offering, with the Handlebar Pack QR utilising quite a different design to most bar bags on the market.

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