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OrtliebBack-Roller Classic Panniers - Pair


Item # OLB001H

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Item # OLB001H

Why We Like The Back-Roller Classic Panniers

Ortlieb's been innovating bike-specific storage since cycling became popular in Germany, and while it says Classic in the title, the Back-Roller Classic Panniers are anything but classic for us bike touring cyclists across the pond. Their most unique feature is the QL2.1 system that lets you mount and release each pannier with a simple pull of a handle. Each pannier automatically locks onto the rack the moment you mount it; it's compatible with 16mm racks, but Ortlieb includes hook inserts to fit 8, 10, and 12mm racks as well. The QL2.1 system also features a semi-elliptical hook at the bottom that you can adjust and rotate to fit your rack so the pannier doesn't bounce as much as regular panniers.

Ortlieb made the rest of the Back-Roller Classic Pannier out of material that's complementary to the QL2.1 system. Ortlieb's rugged PD260, PS490, and IP64 fabrics shed water spray and rocky debris most commonly found on cross-country tours. The roll-top closure blocks all the dust when you're riding in the desert, and then prevents raindrops from seeping through when you're searching for shelter in forested, mountainous environments. Ortlieb also added 3M Scotchlite reflectors to further enhance the visibility needed to ride in low light.

  • Classic panniers with not-so-classic features for bike touring
  • Roll-top and treated fabrics shed water spray and block dust
  • QL2.1 system eases mounting and releasing off of most racks
  • Adjustable, rotating bottom hook reduces abrasion and scratching
  • Adjustable shoulder strap with padding can fix to hook
  • 3M Scotchlite reflectors on both side for extra visibility

Tech Specs
Material[front, back] PS 490 nylon [sides] PD 620 nylon
Volume[pair] 40L (2441cu in)
Pockets1 internal
Number Included2
Compatibility[rack diameter] 8, 10, 12, 16mm
Dimensions[height x width x depth] 16.5 x 9 - 12 x 12.6in
Manufacturer Warranty5 years

Claimed Weight

Claimed weights are provided by the vendor.

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[pair] 4lb 3oz

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Got for my father in law

I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
True to size

Got it for my father-in-law and he is very pleased! The panniers can hold so much stuff, perfect for his grocery store commutes. The only thing is I wish they sold single panniers instead of the pair because one pannier is enough for him. They are also very easy to adjust and take on off, all you need to do is pull up on the handle!

>Rating: 2

One Pannier Broke within 3 uses

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size

I've been using one of the Panniers for over a month with no issues. Very happy with the water tight seal. However, I started using the second one this week and the stitching snapped on the pull over strap with a very minimal pull to make it waterproof. The build quality is terrible on the strap with it breaking after < 30 minutes of use. I am still waiting on Ortlieb's response - not the fastest either. Pretty frustrating I can't use both right now when I need them for work. Not impressed 1 out of 2 has bad build quality with the price. I will leave an update pending any response from Ortlieb

>Rating: 5

Amazing Panniers

I've used it several times
True to size

I purchased these for running errands and ultimately to tour with in the future. It's nice being able to go grocery shopping with these knowing I can place up to 20 pounds in each pannier. They held up nicely in the rain while coming home from shopping. The inside of each pannier was completely dry. Each pannier can be customized to fit different rack sizes and has a hook you can use to keep your pannier from moving too much. Overall, these are top-notch panniers and I strongly recommend adding them to your biking family!

>Rating: 5

For the commuter bike

I've used it several times

These panniers are perfect for my work clothes and lunch. Each one can hold 4/5 th of a large grocery bag so even a run to the store works well. It took a bit to get them to fit my rack but with all the adjustments I probably made it harder than what it needed to be. I would buy these again.

>Rating: 5

Best Panniers Around

I've put it through the wringer

Bought these for short bike tours and ended up using them as my go to for daily bike commuting as well as around town errands. Will fit virtually any bike frame rack, due to infinitely adjustable adapters and latches. 100% waterproof. I've even filled it with ice and beer for the 999 ride. Got home, forgot, and the next day, was full of water and not a drop had spilled out onto the floor. Love these things!!!