Largest rear panniers made?

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Largest rear panniers made?

Postby tommydog » 6 Jan 2021, 3:06pm

Apart from dedicated cargo bikes, does anyone know who makes / has made the largest rear panniers? Ortlieb make 70l panniers:

https://www.cyclingabout.com/ortlieb-re ... -panniers/

But does / has anyone ever made anything larger?

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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby bikepacker » 6 Jan 2021, 4:02pm

I did try a pair of the Ortlieb Pro Plus and didn't get on with them. They did give me the capacity to only use two panniers on the Airnimal when I toured Switzerland but that unbalanced the bike making it awkward to ride. I went back using 4 panniers and my Bikepacker Plus panniers on the back and Sports Packer on the front.

I haven't come across any larger except for homemade ones.
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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby foxyrider » 6 Jan 2021, 5:30pm

i borrowed some huge things with a hire bike in Holland a few years back, a local Dutch brand whose name escapes me. They were @ 40l each but the fixtures and flap closure were a bit basic - okay for big shopping but not really touring sensible.
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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby tommydog » 6 Jan 2021, 5:41pm

foxyrider wrote:i borrowed some huge things with a hire bike in Holland a few years back, a local Dutch brand whose name escapes me. They were @ 40l each but the fixtures and flap closure were a bit basic - okay for big shopping but not really touring sensible.


See if you can remember the name / have a link, as I am genuinely intrigued! Were these them:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/De-Poort-Gen ... 1898400593

https://hollandbikeshop.com/en-gb/bicyc ... onyl-blue/

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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby tommydog » 6 Jan 2021, 5:56pm

Just found these - they claim to be 100L

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100L-Large-W ... 3854272495

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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby rotavator » 6 Jan 2021, 6:24pm

tommydog wrote:Just found these - they claim to be 100L

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100L-Large-W ... 3854272495


Hmmmm...The linear dimensions do not really tally with the claimed volume as far as I can tell. Unless there is a lot of extra volume available by extending at the top, a bit like a Carradice longflap?

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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby tommydog » 6 Jan 2021, 6:36pm



Hmmmm...The linear dimensions do not really tally with the claimed volume as far as I can tell. Unless there is a lot of extra volume available by extending at the top, a bit like a Carradice longflap?[/quote]

Yes, I suspect it is a fake listing. The same design of bag (with same stock photos) appears on this website, where they only claim 50L

https://www.lightinthebox.com/en/p/rosw ... gKN2PD_BwE

These Topeak panniers claim to be 80L
https://www.awcycles.co.uk/topeak-dryba ... ers-single

But then the above look like they are the Topeak DryBag DX panniers - which below are only 25L each! I think there is some misinformation about!
https://www.topeak.com/global/en/produc ... -DRYBAG-DX

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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby djb » 7 Jan 2021, 2:42pm

I recall seeing the 70l ortliebs in a store maybe 4 years ago and was impressed by them. From my 25+ years using ortliebs I think they are always going to be the best route to go simply from build quality and long life.

They appealed to me thinking that if I ever toured in a very high altitude area where much bulkier warm clothes, sleeping bag etc would be needed, they'd be great with the added volume. In my case south America was always a dream, and well below 0c to -10c is fairly common at higher altitudes.

I've used a rack pack a lot on top of regular ortliebs, which I still like using, but I still think the build quality of ortliebs are worth it vs some cheaper Chinese made item.
I've seen a dodgey claimed pannier ad before, probably the same one mentioned here.
I'd be very wary, for many reasons.

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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby Sweep » 7 Jan 2021, 3:19pm

I have the 70 litre ortleibs but haven't yet used.

Plus 1 for going Ortlieb - my Bikepacker pluses are 20 years old and are still fine.

I like the sheer quality and toughness and parts availability.

This allowed me to change the hooks on the bikepackers to the new ones where the inserts go in from the side.

Cost me £20 and yes they should have been that way to start with, but at least I could do it.

I consider cheap panniers to be a waste of money, more expensive in the long run.
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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby Cowsham » 7 Jan 2021, 3:46pm

trouble would be heel strike with big panniers and if you try to put them too far back the bike wheelies when your not on it unless u have a load on the front too.

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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby tommydog » 7 Jan 2021, 8:21pm

Cowsham wrote:trouble would be heel strike with big panniers and if you try to put them too far back the bike wheelies when your not on it unless u have a load on the front too.


It depends really, as some things are very bulky but actually quite light.

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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby Cyclewala » 7 Jan 2021, 10:52pm

The 70l Ortlieb ones are the largest normal panniers I have seen.

I saw a Deutsche Post bike in Germany that had custom panniers but they were the cargo bike variety and looked like you could run a home removal service with it. They made my 51L Vaude look like seatpost packs.

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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby djb » 9 Jan 2021, 1:33pm

I would add to the Tommy fellow asking about this, just be wary about thinking that with much larger rear panniers that you can avoid front panniers and simply put a ton of stuff in the rears.
The potential for an ill handling bike will be increased with reaaaaaaaally heavy rear panniers only., not to mention a very increased risk of spoke problems for your rear wheel with the added weight.

Just a heads up

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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby willem jongman » 13 Jan 2021, 1:14pm

Such large panniers only work if you also have front panniers to stabilize the bike. But when would it make sense to have 70 litres on the rear and another 25 or 30 at the front? I can see this may come in handy on a tandem, and just possibly on a winter tour in depopulated areas, but otherwise?

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Re: Largest rear panniers made?

Postby nsew » 13 Jan 2021, 2:08pm

Large panniers make the cyclist vulnerable in traffic. I’ve been glanced a few times using Carradice Super C’s, think they’re 54L.