A Follow-Up: Panniers for the Raleigh Detour Deluxe

We recently reviewed the Raleigh Detour Deluxe commuting bike. Since then, I’ve received a number of inquiries regarding which panniers might be a good fit for the Detour’s unusual, integrated rear rack. I have at least 4 panniers here that work well, including the Arkel Briefcase, the Ortlieb Downtown, the Rixen & Kaul Cargo, and the Arkel Shopper. The Arkel Briefcase and Ortlieb Downtown are full-featured commuter briefcases, while the Rixen & Kaul Cargo and Arkel Shopper are grocery-style panniers. They all fit the rack equally well. What they have in common, and what makes them compatible with this rack, are locking attachments that don’t depend upon a hook and bungee cord to hold them in place.

Arkel Briefcase
Ortlieb Downtown
Rixen & Kaul Cargo
Arkel Shopper

The design of this rack is such that a rack trunk won’t fit. For those who are accustomed to using a rack trunk, a large seat bag like the Banjo Brothers Waterproof Saddle Trunk is a possible solution (see photos). This bag holds 400 cu. inches and collapses down when empty. It’s a popular bag for use on bikes that don’t have a rear rack and it would serve well as a rack trunk replacement on the Detour Deluxe.

5 Responses to “A Follow-Up: Panniers for the Raleigh Detour Deluxe”

  • Andy Goodell says:

    That looks like a great seat bag. I was thinking of trying to make something like that (started designing, haven’t finished resizing my model yet though).

    Have you had any experience with Epic Designs Alaska and their large seat bags, or any similar designs?

  • Scott Keating says:

    Just a suggestion for the future: rotate the crank so that a pedal is near the panniers, to see heel clearance.

  • Alan Barnard says:

    Thanks, Scott. This bike has absolutely gobs of clearance, so no worries with any of these panniers (that’s one of the advantages of this rack).


  • Larry Weiskirch says:

    Really great to see all the bags displayed that way – on the same bike. I love the Arkel and wish I had a use for it.

    Anyone who really, really wanted a trunk bag on a bike like this could also mount one of those seat-post racks, which are good for trunk bags but not panniers.

  • Kevin Mulcahy says:

    A Carradice saddle bag would also work!

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