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Ortlieb Downtown QL2.1 Pannier

  • Ortlieb Downtown QL2.1 Pannier
  • Waterproof cycling briefcase pannier
  • Single-handed QL2.1 operation
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Aubergine/Black18l£99.00 In Stock

Ortlieb Downtown QL2.1 Pannier

The Ortlieb Downtown is a particularly handsome, waterproof briefcase/pannier, featuring Ortlieb's amazing QL Quick Lock system.

Robust QL (Quick Lock) rack hooks are a stand-out Ortlieb pannier feature. They offer total security – this pannier will never jump off the rack - yet its easy-on easy-off action is so intuitive and effort free, one of our customers was moved to described it as “so simple, it’s like witchcraft”.

The benefit of the QL2.1 version is that it can be set up (no tools required) to adapt to an even wider variety of rear rack configurations and dimensions than the original QL1 system. Coming with inserts, the pannier hooks can fit racks with 8, 10, 12 or 16mm top rails, as described in Ortlieb's own video.

This video perfectly illustrates how Ortieb's QL hooks tenaciously secure the bag to the rear rack, yet offer instant release - simply by lifting the bag upwards by its handle.

  • You can set up the QL2.1 system so the bag fits to the left or the right hand side of the rear rack.
  • The Ortlieb Downtown comes supplied as a single pannier.
  • It fits your rear rack at an angle so you won't clip it with your heel when pedalling.
  • Instead of tapering like a touring pannier, the Ortlieb Downtown's box shape makes it particularly suitable for office files, a laptop (up to 15.4 inches) and 12-inch vinyl.
  • The fabric is Ortlieb's proven, tough, laminated waterproof cordura.
  • The seams are welded - again to ensure 100% waterproofing.
  • The top flap is held in place with a particularly attractive pair of aluminium buckles whose slide action enables quick access to your bag's contents.
  • A series of internal sleeves, pockets and a dog-lead key hook help you keep your valuables organised inside the bag's single main compartment.
  • The ORTLIEB logo on the front is reflective.
  • Reflective 3M Scotchlite flashes front and rear continue the safety theme.
  • The Ortlieb Downtown QL2.1 Pannier comes fitted with a comfortable handle and supplied with padded shoulder strap for carrying the bag when you're not cycling
  • Edge protectors ensure the bag's hard-wearing longevity.
  • The four feet on the base should keep the bottom of the bag clean when you place it on the ground.
  • Dimensions: 36cm tall x 36cm wide x 5.5cm deep (14.2 tall x 14.2 x 5.5 inches).
  • 1,505g based on weighing a Ortlieb Downtown QL2.1 Pannier at Bike Co-op HQ in April 2016.
  • German engineered the Ortlieb way - see our blog.

'The Downtown is a reliable companion on your tour through the morning or evening rush hour. The waterproof bike briefcase provides secure cargo carrying plus reliable protection of files, documents and laptops up to 15.4“.

A hands-free way to carry your everyday digital and off line essentials, this waterproof bike briefcase with lid closure can be quickly mounted and taken off the rack single-handed.

It features an extra wide padded shoulder strap and additional carry handle for comfortable transport.

Edge protectors and base feet on the rear and bottom ensure optimal protection of the bag.

Two large 3M Scotchlite reflectors and a reflective ORTLIEB logo and handle ensure safety in the dark and in bad conditions. Downtown can be mounted on the right or left side of the rack.'


Buy Ortlieb waterproof bicycle bags including bikepacking range at Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative online or instore. Free UK delivery on orders over £20.

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