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Alan Klackner

Alan Klackner

Alan Klackner

Alan Klacknerwrote a review of on May 20, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Good
I can now pack up for a weekend trip without thinking about the necessary packing sequence before I block trunk access.
Works with hitches Class 1 and above!
No slop or movement of hitch in receiver when mounted on class 1.
Includes adapter for larger receivers.
Includes locking mechanisms for bikes to hitch (cable lock to pin on front of arms, cable lock stows in hitch body when not in use) and hitch to car (releases nob which tightens hitch to receiver so hitch can't be removed\loosened)
Releases to lean away (~45 deg.) from trunk but keeps bikes off the ground (allows additional clearance to trunk and lowers wheels enough to reach with floor pump without having to remove from rack and find a place to stand bikes up.)
Mounts have sway arms (prevents bike bangs on stop and start) and contact points are soft to prevent damage to frames
Includes nylon straps to prevent wheels from spinning and causing rub damage to other frames


The negative
Has a center bolt which tightens the hitch into the receiver collar, this prevents the use of a standard hitch pin. Instead a "safety pin" is provided which only goes through one side. (still seems to be a very solid connection, no slop or movement, with reasonable backup)
Hitch doesn't angle up so creates point of low clearance and can scrape steep driveways, bikes are always high and clear only hitch scrapes.
Bike straps/attachment points not the best I've seen but work well enough, Thule has seemed higher quality here.
Too narrow to fit 3 dropbar road bikes with rear racks (used for cycle camping) might fit 3 flatbar road or mountain bikes without contact.

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Alan Klackner

Alan Klacknerwrote a review of on May 20, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The positive
Holds water
Has tube and bite valve
Big bite valve is so easy to squeeze my 9 month old was able to work
Large cap allows ice to be added
Easier to dry reservoir out than non-ziptop platypus

The disappointing
New 1/4 turn cap, still fiddly to line up and get to thread in place
Cap stiff to turn due to seal placement
I can't figure out any real purpose for the center baffle or the fold down "dryer arms" the older designs stayed open about the same when hung and the center baffle prevents hand from fitting in the reservoir for cleaning (main reason for out-sized cap)
Reservoir will not attach to most water filters, unless you remove the entire bite valve which increases chance of leaks
Awkward to fill since the reservoir folds over below the cap when held by handle and effectively closes the back of the reservoir against the cap, spilling water as you try to fill. The new center baffle actually seems to make this worse since it keeps the back center pulled toward the front.
Some leaking but it may have been from improperly seated cap not the quicklink
Given the quicklink design expect to replace o-ring seal at least yearly depending on use and exposure to dirt. Clean and keep quicklink o-ring lubricated between replacement to extend life and ensure best seal.
Quicklink makes it difficult to use camelback accessories with other generation camelback or other brands.

I'll buy MSR in future, can still add ice, connects to most if not all water filters, super durable, less issue with filling since smaller cap allows reservoir to fall open instead of fold over, most tube leaks can be fixed by trimming the tube, about as easy to dry out when hung with inner part of bite valve removed.

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Alan Klacknerwrote a question about on December 8, 2012

The tech specs show shimano tiagra crankset but photos show fsa, what are all the actual components that come on the bike? Since the bike is listed online it would also make sense to list details on headset, stem, fork, length of crank arms, handle bar widths, etc. Not sure why anyone would buy a bike sight unseen without basic specs, unless they planned to swap all components any way, but then might as well buy just a frame.

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