Xtracycle has completely redesigned the FreeLoader saddle bag, with increased functionality and style. The FreeLoader comes in three color options and can now be mounted to either V-racks or P-racks. The Freeloader is now constructed out of waterproof material with a fully water proof enclosed internal pocket and a drain hole for any water that might get into the main storage compartment.
The new Freeloaders have all the function you would expect to come from Xtracycle. With the ability to carry three full sized grocery bags in each pannier and adjustable gusset draws for carrying longer loads making the Freeloaders cargo transport ready. The New Freeloader makes a great addition to any FreeRadical cargo kit. Style out you Xtracycle with new colors and function. 2007 and older Xtracycle kits require the addition of a retrofit kit to fit the new style FreeLoaders
Xtracycle offers a 1 year warranty on accessories and components.
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02 May 2011
Curtis F says...
As simple, durable, and reliable as advertised. They might be a bit smaller than I envisioned but they have exceeded my expectations. They carry my four large canvas tote bags filled with groceries with ease. The open ended sling design is easily adaptable to many larger, bulkier loads like beach chairs, garden tools, and even other bikes. They are much more versatile than my old panniers. I'm now able to pack what I need and not just what I'm able to carry. Xtracycle has also built in some smart little features that I wasn't aware of when I purchased them but have been very useful. The left and right side buckles join to make a long strap for securing items to the deck. The interior pocket keeps smaller stuff handy and the drain holes in the bottom make them easy to clean.
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
02 Nov 2010
Thomas W says...
Background: These bags were bought to replace my worn out older model. I am currently cycling south from Banff/Alberta to Tierra del Fuego using dirt roads etc giving the bags (and me) a good workout. I am carrying my kit in 2 60L dry bags (one on either side). I then have a strap round the both of them to stop them moving/shifting while cycling the rocky stuff. This pushes the inner part of the bags in towards wheel a bit (this wasn't an issue with the old-style bags).
First impression: These are well made, and represent a step-up in qualityy from the original freeloader bags. I've been in some wet weather, but not an absolute lashing, so can't attest to exactly how waterproof the inner pockets are. The adjustment and set up is pretty straight forward. It uses clips instead of loops and I have yet to use them for long enough to attest to their durability.
Potential problems: Using the setup I do (particularly the strap I use to keep movement to a minimum) the rear longitudinal tensioning straps come within a cm of the rear part of the wheel. It is possible to set things up so they don't interfer or rub when conditions are good; but I worry about using my set up in thick mud (plentiful on my route south - I'm in Northern Mexico now).
I will probably end up cutting up those buckles out and using the front buckles to give length-wise tension.
Overall: Well made, worth getting, but some issues with fully loaded bags coming close to the rear part of your tire, especially in muddly conditions or when running wider tires (I have 2" Shwalbe Marathon XR).