Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Panniers



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Ortlieb’s Rear Pannier’s Inspire Dry Gear Confidence to Truly Enjoy Your Adventure

A crisp, cool evening descends after a strenuous day of riding as you and your crew pace up the final ascent to the town ahead. Its good to know that your gear is dry, packed inside your Ortliebs. In fact, you’ve felt assured this whole week as you’ve been chased by storms from the arid highlands out into the coastal lowlands.

That mid-week downpour caused no worries. Instead it brought joy as you and your crew soaked it all in a day of epic beauty as you carved through canyons over raging rivers and swooped through endless rollers transitioning between blowing clouds and bursts of sun.

Glancing over at your friends, you’re relieved that they had taken your sage advise to also choose Ortlieb panniers for this grand adventure. Now that you’re putting back a few beers at the local pub you all can smile and chuckle at the good times. You folks really know how to get away and do it up right.

Q: What differentiates the Back Roller Classics from Ortlieb’s other rear panniers?

A: Back Roller Classics utilize the “Classic” PVC material whereas the Back Roller Plus utilize the “Plus” cordura material. (details in features)

A: Back Roller Classics have a roll-top closure system whereas the Bike Packer Classics and Bike Packer Plus have a lid and gasket closure system. (details in features)

  • QL2.1 mounting system
    • Features of both Upper & Lower Mounting
      • Manufactured from a fiber-reinforced high-tech, anti-scratch thermoplastic that is extremely strong and durable, and in many tests can be stronger than metal parts.
      • Fits rack rails from 8mm to 16mm diameter.
      • See the QL2.1 mounting instructions.
    • Upper Mounting
      • The hook positions are easily adjusted without tools for optimal placement on the rack’s upper rails.
        • More forward placement is better for weight distribution, but rearward positions may be necessary for heal clearance.
      • Quick-lock hooks open automatically by lifting the pannier handles for easy one-handed removal.
      • Includes anti-scratch hook inserts for 8mm, 10mm and 12mm rails.
    • Lower Mounting
      • The semi-elliptical shape of the lower hook rail allows for optimal positioning for secure and easy attachment.
      • The lower hook position along the rail and orientation (in 15 deg steps) is easily adjusted without tools.
      • An additional lower mounting hook can be added on for extra security of the panniers in rough conditions.
  • Fabrics
    • Features of both fabrics
      • Highly rated tear and abrasion resistance.
      • Use of high frequency welding to meet the highest of waterproofing specifications.
    • “Classic” – Polyester, PVC Coated – PD620
      • Used on the colored panels.
      • As compared to the “Plus” fabric, this fabric is stiffer with a glossier outer finish.
      • Cleans off very easily.
      • Highly durable, pvc waterproof inner and outer layers.
    • “Classic” – Polyester, PVC Coated – PS490
      • Used on the black panels.
      • Highly durable, pvc waterproof inner layer.
  • Roll-Top Closure
    • Simple, effective and highly versatile means of protecting contents against dust and spray water from all directions.
    • The roll closure gains its stability and waterproof quality from the thin plastic stiffener bars sewn into the upper end of the material.
    • Height or volume of packed bags can also be reduced by rolling up the material further.
  • Dust & Water Proofness Rating: IP 64
    • 6 = Dust proof, no penetration of dust.
    • 4 = Protected against splash water coming from all directions.
  • Includes two shoulder straps for carrying the panniers off of the bicycle.
    • Shoulder straps integrate into the roll closure system for easy accessibility.
  • Highly reflective 3M Scotchlite patches on front and rear of pannier.
  • Internal storage pocket.
  • Lower edge protector with slots for mounting to the Ortlieb Carry System.
  • Typically used as rear panniers but can also be used as large front panniers.

Compare the primary feature sets across all Ortlieb Bags on our Ortlieb Feature Page.

  • Sold as a Pair
  • H x W x D (each): 42cm x 32cm (23cm lower) x 17cm / 16.5″ x 12.6″ (9.1″ lower) x 6.7″
  • Weight (pair): 1900g / 67.1 oz
  • Volume Capacity (pair): 40L / 2441 cu in

All Ortlieb Bags are backed by a 5-year warranty against defects in material and manufacturing.

Please see our Warranty page for the details of our warranty process.

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Ducson N.

Great customer service

They had the best price on the Ortlieb panniers and when someone else's order was accidentally shipped to me, I got a replacement shipment right away. Stuff happens, but BikeShopHub took care of it quickly.

John D.

Love these panniers!

I've been using a knockoff of these back roller classics for the last several years. Mostly commuting to and from work on my 1985 Diamondback Apex. I wish I had bought the Ortliebs the first time around as they hold more and are a better design.

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Michael Reay

Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Panniers

Very happy with these bags. And they arrived very quickly.

Benjamin Low

Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Panniers

These bags were great on my road bike, carrying changes of clothes and laptop to and from work with ease.

It was a different story offroad: a trip along a 60km fire trail resulted in the top mounting frame of both bags giving way, and the lower frame on another half coming off. The tiny screws bite into plastic, and when the going gets rough they're just not strong enough. I'll be replacing these with bolts and nuts and oversized washers.