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QBP introduces new Salsa EXP Series bike packing gear

Published July 25, 2016

TRUCKEE, Calif. (BRAIN) — If there were any doubt as to QBP's commitment to the growth of the bike packing market, then its new Salsa EXP Series should dispel that thought.

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The line includes what it calls an Anything Cradle, the key component in attaching a dry bag plus a small pouch to a handlebar. The injection-molded cradle includes forged aluminum arms that clamp to the handlebar.

With the Cradle in place, bike packers can attach a dry bag and an easily accessed pouch. The complete system is priced at $149.99. The Cradle with the dry bag will retail for $99.99.

Adding to the line is the EXP Series TopTube Bag. While it's not waterproof, the bag can be bolted to a variety of Salsa's 2017 line of bikes. Those bikes come outfitted with what is essentially a water-bottle mount molded into the top tube. The TopTube pack also comes with straps for a universal fit with other bikes. It will retail for $49.99.

Perhaps one of the most important packs for multi-day bike packers is the EXP Cutthroat frame pack. At $119.99 the pack is weather resistant with welded water-resistant zippers. There is an internal divider using a Velcro-like material that can separate gear. It also includes a D-ring that can keep a water bladder from sliding and compressing into the bottom of the bag. The frame pack also has a non-driveside pocket to store maps, tools, phones and other small items.

Completing the line is the EXP seat pack. It uses a roll-type closure system — commonly found in dry bags — that makes it easier to manage the amount of gear stuffed inside. A crisscross bungee cord across the top of the pack boosts the storage capability. The pack, with mounting tabs for a blinking light, retails for $119.99.

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