GEAR NOTE: How Not to Fit a Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Rack

Tubus Tara Lowrider

Tubus Tara Lowrider Incorrectly Fitted

I had wondered way back when I first tried them, why my Ortlieb Classic Rollers panniers would not properly fit my Tubus Tara Lowrider. The lower hook had no where to connect to the rack, so I had resorted to a couple of tie downs to hold the pannier in tight. I rode the Esperance to Perth tour like this.Well, a discussion on the Australian Cycling Forums led me to posting a photo of my set-up. Well, it didn’t take long for it to be pointed out I had the Tubus Tara Lowrider on back to front! Duh!

So a quick bit of work over the weekend and the Tubus Tara Lowrider is now facing the right way and guess what? The panniers fit properly as well.

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Tubus Tara Lowrider Correctly Fitted

Well sort of, the Ortlieb QL1 anchoring hook is stressed by the 14 mm bars of the Tubus Tara Lowrider so I will need to replace the hook with a Ortlieb QL 1 16 mm oversize anchoring hook, the E110.

Ortlieb QL 1 16 mm Oversize Hook e110

Ortlieb QL 1 16 mm Oversize Hook e110


Tubus Tara Lowrider with Ortlieb Sports-Packer Plus panniers

I mentioned above the need to replace the Ortlieb QL1 anchoring hook with a Ortlieb QL 1 16 mm oversize anchoring hook, the E11o and had I kept my Ortlieb Front Roller Classic panniers I would have taken this step. However given my experience with the Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus panniers on the rear of my Surly Long Haul Trucker and on the Extrawheel Voyager trailer I decided to go with the Ortlieb Sports-Packer Plus panniers on the front in combination with the Tubus Tara Lowrider pannier rack.  The Sports-Packer Plus mount much better as can be seen from the photos below. One aspect that is important is to position the anchoring hook so that the panniers do not ride forward under braking and also position to keep clear of the frame.

In response to the requests below in the comments section I have updated this posting to reflect the mounting of the Ortlieb Sports-Packer Plus panniers.

Tubus Tara Lowrider with Ortlieb Sports-Packer Plus Pannier







9 Responses to GEAR NOTE: How Not to Fit a Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Rack

  1. Justin R. April 24, 2012 at 8:38 AM #

    Hey, I use the same panniers with the same rack, and the way I have the pannier’s top clips positioned they contact the bike’s frame. I haven’t found a good alternative though. Can you post a higher resolution copy of your working arrangement so I can see what you’ve done? Thanks!

    • Aushiker April 30, 2012 at 3:57 PM #

      Hi Justin. Sorry for the late reply. I will try and get some photos for you on the weekend. Best I can do at the moment sorry 🙁

      • Alex May 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM #

        I would also be interested in the mounting technique for this. Have been using a lot of your information as it seems we’ve similar ideas for setup.

        • Aushiker May 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM #

          No worries Alex. Life has got in the way a bit and I haven’t had a chance to take the photos. I will try and do it this weekend if I can. In the middle of a move so things are a bit full on at present.

  2. Aushiker May 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM #

    Alex and Justin I have updated the post with some photos of my mounting of a Ortlieb Sports-Packer Plus pannier on the Tubus Tara Lowrider. I hope these help.

    • Alex May 22, 2012 at 1:56 AM #

      Thanks mate, looks good!

    • Justin R. May 22, 2012 at 6:26 AM #

      Thanks much! Looks like a great setup.

  3. David (@Davidd419) September 11, 2013 at 3:18 AM #

    You guys have used your Ortlieb, Tara & LHT together for a while now… I thought I should ask, do you guys still recommend this setup?

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