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.
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.