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Ortlieb Ultimate Six Classic Handlebar Bag

OrtliebUltimate Six Classic Handlebar Bag(Return to Product Page)

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Nice Design, Compact and Attractive
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by CycleMac
Daily Commuter
Montreal, QC

I bought this for a bike touring trip but sadly, it arrived the day after I left! That said, it is an attractive bag and seems well built. I like the fact that it has a solid insert to hold its shape (unlike my partner's bag) and the inner zip pocket is convenient. The lid is easily opened with one flick yet is secure when closed, so is a nice balance. It is also light, and doesn't 'dominate' your handlebars.

I have two minor critiques. First, the insert is helpful for holding shape when carrying something heftier in it: for me that is a camera, but the bag seems a bit small for carrying a modern DSLR and mid-range zoom (with a small prime lens instead, or an older film camera and mid-range zoom it is more than sufficient). It fits, but eats up most of the space: get the 7-liter if you want to carry such a set-up. Related, the insert could be a bit more robust but that would add weight. And the bag should include the clear top for inserting your printed itinerary.

Overall a very nice bag. I used Ortlieb Backroller Plus panniers on the journey and they were flawless. Like the build and design of the Ortliebs: I see why these are the most famous cycling bags. Should I size-up (I hate upgrading -- buy right the first time -- but I have several bikes so it is helpful) I will likely get the 7 liter version.

Reviewed 11/3/2020
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Great bag - BUT NOT FOR CARBON HANDLEBARS!
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by CrankyNinja
Cycling Enthusiast
Minneapolis, MN

I used this bag on a multi-day ride for phone/RideWithGPS + battery pack, wallet, assorted other gear (hydration tabs, snacks, indoor glasses). Pretty roomy, with large clear section that worked well with touch-screen phone and small maps.

Upsides: Mount was quite secure, and it worked really well on the ride, release and strap were useful, and I also liked the locking mechanism. Great for hopping off bike for a restaurant stop.

Downsides: The cable-based mounting is secure, but beware that it will abrade/score carbon handlebars (which I overlooked in the description). It is also difficult to remove/re-install same cable-mount without damaging cable (I had to box bike and removed handlebars for shipping) - you can buy new cable for ~$9. Also found that using black bag on hot sunny days with phone GPS + battery pack overheated it and it would shut-down - so better off using an external phone mount or bike computer depending on riding weather.

I'll be moving this to my commuter bike.

Reviewed 8/30/2021
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The Best Handlebar Bag
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by Ed27
Cycling Enthusiast
Florida

I have used different handlebar bags over time and have found this one to be the best one of all! I have the

7L size and it's perfect for my needs as a carryall to the gym. It removes easily to carry around as I exercise. It is well built and sturdy. Considering buying another.

Reviewed 7/13/2021
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Great bag got better
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by BikerBill
Cycling Enthusiast
Seattle WA

I wore out an earlier version of this bag - like 20+ years old and lots of international touring! One problem with that bag was the metal snaps used to secure the lid became very hard to open. The new bag uses magnets which is a big improvement. I also really like the bright yellow treatment. 'Conspicquity' is very important to me - be seen! One thing I don't like about the new design was the elimination of the front mesh pocket - handkerchief holder! But I was able to salvage my old pocket and get it to fit on the new bag with a little scissor work and prying the plastic pieces that hold the new bag together.

Reviewed 10/29/2020
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Right size front bag
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by Phil
Cycling Enthusiast
Melbourne, FL

Arrived as planned. Paid special attention at the detailed installation instructions and everything went smooth. The mounting system is especially clever and enables to install / remove easily. It is the right size to bring a few things without having the tendency to overload it. Think of your front light ahead before ordering. I slightly moved my handlebar mounted light

Reviewed 8/17/2020
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Excellent secure mounting system for waterproof bag.
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by Canadian Biker
Cycling Enthusiast
Victoria, BC

I have this bag mounted on a Diverge Sport Carbon bike. The mount is secured by a plastic coated wire and routed so that it prevents the bag from sagging down at the front. The bag can be locked by key to the mount or set as just a push button release when you are always close to the bike. I choose this bag as it has a low enough profile that with the addition of a handlebar accessory bar, a headlight can be used above the bag.

Reviewed 4/9/2021
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Prompt and Courteous Service
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by Lucky Leo
Cycling Enthusiast
Springfield MO

I use it as a seat side bag on my tad pole trike, I like it very much as I can get into it as I ride and it locks. Granted the lock that holds the top can be cut; it is still a deterrent to someone who is looking for a quick grab and run. The bag is designed for the handle bars and not for my use but I was able to modify my side bar and it works well for me.

Reviewed 3/29/2021
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Very easy to use, functional design.
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by DavidInMesa
Cycling Enthusiast
Mesa, AZ

I saw a review online where the dude was saying that it was hard to get the bag to close. I don't know what his problem was, but mine closes almost automatically. If I swing it anywhere close to closed, it will literally fall into place and the magnetic snaps click right in. It's great for one-handed operation while on the bike.

Reviewed 8/27/2020
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