Ortlieb Sport Roller CLASSIC Panniers . . . for Front or Rear Racks
Suggested Retail = $160.00 (Pair)

COLORS . . . Black, Red/Black, Ultramarine-Blue/Black, Asphalt/Black, Orange/Black, or Yellow/Black

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Ortlieb Sport Roller Classic Rear Panniers are their standard design bags with the simple to operate waterproof rolled closure.  These are terrific, expedition quality panniers, and great for touring, commuting or shopping.  They work equally well as front panniers or smaller volume rear panniers.

  • Please Note:  All “Front” Roller Panniers have been renamed “Sport” Rollers.
  • SPECIFICATIONS for Ortlieb Sport Roller Classic Panniers:
  • Height = 11.8 inches.  Width = 9.8 inches.  Depth = 5.5 inches.  Volume = 1526 cubic inches/pair (25 Liters).  Weight = 56.1 ounces/pair.
  • Add a pair of Optional Size Small Outer Pockets (220 cubic inches per pair – 3.6 Liters), and increase your pair of Sport Roller Classic panniers to 1746 cubic inches!
  • HOW TO PURCHASE . . . Find detailed How to Purchase Info at the bottom of any product page.
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Ortlieb Front Roller Classic Panniers

  • Please Note:  Front Roller Classic Panniers were renamed Sport Roller Classic.  Your panniers may say Front Roller Classic or Sport Roller Classic on the original packaging.  Ortlieb is making a running change and using up old packaging.  The name was changed because saying “Front Roller” gave people the impression that the panniers were only made for use on front racks, when they work equally well as smaller volume rear panniers.  The name Sport Roller does not suggest whether or not they are for front or rear racks, though they are more commonly used as smaller front panniers within a front and rear set.
  • Ortlieb Sport Roller Classic waterproof panniers are terrific expedition quality front panniers.  They also work great as smaller capacity rear panniers.
  • Each pannier has an internal pocket hanging from the inside of the back panel — nice!
  • Ortlieb Classic panniers are made from a very durable coated polyester fabric.  This fabric has been the standard in waterproofing for many years.
  • The Sport Roller Classic has a rolled “dry-bag” type closure that makes the bag completely waterproof!  The strap and buckles that close the system double as shoulder straps for carrying the packs.
  • Ortlieb Front Roller Classic panniers may even keep your gear dry during stream crossings (when properly closed — the level of waterproofing depends on how many times you roll the top).  So these may be your best choice for off-road mountain bike tours!  If you are touring in the tropics in the rainy season, these are the panniers you want!
  • Ortlieb panniers have a highly reflective 3M Scotchlite patch on the front and back of each pack.
  • If Ortlieb Packer Plus series panniers are simply out of your budget, then the Ortlieb Classic series panniers are the way to go.  You can spend less, and still have top quality panniers that will stand up to many years of serious bicycle touring!
  • Ortlieb Plus and Classic Series panniers utilize the new QL2.1 Quick Lock mounting system, adjustable without any tools, with automatic opening and closing by lifting the handle.  The QL2.1 system comes with 16mm wide top hooks, and adjusts with 8mm, 10mm, and 12mm hook inserts to help you fit various rack top-rail diameters.  Adjustable width hooks at the base of the panniers keep the bottom mounted securely to the side of the rack.  The sliding top hooks can be repositioned to allow precise placement on the rack top rails.  This can also help move the panniers toward the rear of your rack, providing heel clearance while riding.  Optional extra top hooks can be added to reinforce the mounting system when you take your panniers off-road.  Optional 20mm QL-2.1 Top-Hooks are available for over-sized rack top-rails.

Though Sport Roller panniers are most commonly used as the front panniers in a front and rear set, they are also great as smaller volume rear panniers.  For day rides when you don’t have a lot of gear to carry, you may choose to use only one.  A single pannier will not affect your bike handling.

If you only partially load a roller series pannier, you can press the air out of the unused space, and give them an extra roll down.  The panniers will ride nicely this way and the load will be better controlled.  If you see blue sky and know that waterproofing will not be an issue, you can roll the pannier tops down only slightly, and over-stuff them.  I once saw a cyclist riding home from the farmer’s market with a loaf of French bread sticking out of the top of a back roller pannier.  When you are not touring, roller series panniers make great shopping bag panniers.

  • Ortlieb Classic panniers are made from a very durable coated polyester fabric.  This fabric has been the standard in waterproofing for many years.
  • All seams are high frequency welded, providing excellent waterproofing along with narrow manufacturing tolerances.  You will be impressed by the high quality workmanship!
  • Ortlieb panniers have a highly reflective 3M Scotchlite patch on the front and back of each pack.
  • Don’t think “Plastic” when you see the mounting system.  Ortlieb hardware is made from a fiber-reinforced high-tech plastic that is extremely strong and durable, and in many tests can be stronger than metal parts.
Packing Tips
  • Ortlieb panniers are great for cross-country touring.  Have no worries about staying organized when using panniers with large main compartments.  If you pack inside with a variety of sizes of stuff sacks and zip-lock bags, you can stay very well organized.  Smaller bags inside the main compartment are removable inner pockets.  They can help you stay organized in camp, and when you are ready to pack up in the morning, you simply toss the pre-packed into your panniers, and you are ready to go.  You won’t be riding with a jumbled mess inside your bags.
  • Ortlieb panniers set the standard for waterproof bags.  Make certain you pack your tent and sleeping bags in waterproof stuff sacks if they are going inside the panniers.  Keep your clean clothing separate from dirty laundry, and hang things where they can air out and dry out when you have the opportunities.  If it rains in the night, you don’t want a wet tent to get everything else in your pack wet.  And if you put a dry sleeping bag in a wet pannier, then at the end of the day you won’t enjoy trying go to sleep in that wet bag!
  • Sometimes I get customers who say “I don’t want waterproof bags.”  They are worried about wet gear in the bags not drying out while they are riding.  They are correct.  Gear will not dry out while you are riding with Ortlieb panniers.  But that is true with non-waterproof panniers.  Most non-waterproof bags are at least water resistant, and they have tightly sewn seems and the zippers do not provide ventilation.  And if you put wet items in a waterproof bag before it goes into a pannier, in order to avoid getting other things wet, of course the wet items stay wet.  Put wet items in ANY pannier, and unless you leave the tops of the panniers open and risk losing some gear, you will have some items to hang out to dry when you reach your next camp.  Get caught in an all-day rain, and you sure will be glad you have Ortlieb waterproofing!  Bottom line:  Hang your gear out to dry whenever you get the chance, but don’t worry about riding with waterproof panniers.
  • I once had a customer tell me that he rode for three months through the rainy season in Vietnam, and he bragged about his Ortlieb Packer series panniers and how well they kept his gear dry!

Packers vs. Rollers, Plus vs. Classic, QL-2.1 vs. QL-3, etc. . .  I planned to write comparisons for every Ortlieb panniers page, but ran out of time to do so before going live with this new website.  You will find a LOT of such information here . . . Ortlieb Panniers and Packs Comparisons . . . and FAQ.  And you are welcome to contact me if you have questions.  Find my email and telephone contact information at near the bottom of every product page.