In a Nutshell: Primarily built for mountain bikes with limited heel clearance, the XM-28’s offer the best of both worlds in terms of access. They are essentially top-loading panniers but have side-slicing two-way zippers that will allow you to get hold of smaller items lower down inside the bag. A skid plate on the lower portion of the bag protects it if you happen to ride too close to a curb. The X-shaped compression webbing will stabilize the content on those hectic downhill runs. The XM-28’s are at home both on paved roads as well as on the wickedest trails. And for 2007, we added a fully waterproof zippered liner inside the main compartment for total peace of mind when riding the hurricane seasons. It’s up to you to test your limits!
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