UPDATE: 1.3.17 The first production racks have shipped at the end of 2017, thank you for the overwhelming support. As I made it through the fulfillment process it became clear that we have two of the regular drop on hand and ready to go, Inventory updated. We are moving to a hardware multipack to reduce the request for an additional bolt to zero on future orders.
2017 production is starting back up ASAP and we should have the regular drop back in higher volume by late March
If you have a saddle bag, you already know why you want a support. The Erlen has all of the kinks of previous designs worked out. Load transfer is directly to the seat post, no extra hardware to come loose etc.
Pulling design inspiration from the Breezer Seat Sandwich and Carradice Bagman, all of the extra parts are designed out. Having used a Bagman for years with various saddle bags I had experienced every type of failure imaginable and set myself to engineer it out. 4 years ago we started R&D with Haulin Colin, and that is the one and only sample we needed. Years of loading and testing and it just works, and is ready for market. The support rails are welded directly into the rail spacer and the whole assembly clamps directly into you seat post/saddle assembly with a longer bolt (we provide). Current photos show the prototype, there will be a couple of subtle changes to the production model for streamlined fabrication (also done with CycleFab), and one that is just for fun (while adding dual function)
The final design will come in two different sizes. Regular with 5.5" for most bags: Swift Zeitgeist, Carradice long flap etc.. The Deep Drop has 7" drop for really big bags like the Ultra Romance Wizard sleeve and Carradice Expedition. Drop is measured from the top of spacer to the top of the base.
The only extra hardware needed for installation is the longer bolt(s) for the saddle rail clamp. We will include:
The Erlen is made with bare stainless steel for a long life of carefree service.
As Simple as it looks, the only other question is load. It goes all day at 15 lbs or less and you do not know it is there, at 20lbs flex is noticeable, and any more than that and this is not the proper rack for your load UPDATE: The preceding recommendation was based on years of use with a 70/30 split of road and trail(dirt road) use on my Rambler. If your use is primarily mountain biking, you will want to keep the load under 10lbs.
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