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    Rear tire trashing my seat bag

    Hello,

    I'm not necessarily a beginner, but I am now riding my first FS and my first 29er. I notice when I go over some hills at high speed or land from some jumps that my rear tire is scraping my seat bag and slowly wearing a hole in it. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to avoid this (besides not using a seat bag)?
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    Rear tire trashing my seat bag

    Quote Originally Posted by progfan1 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm not necessarily a beginner, but I am now riding my first FS and my first 29er. I notice when I go over some hills at high speed or land from some jumps that my rear tire is scraping my seat bag and slowly wearing a hole in it. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to avoid this (besides not using a seat bag)?
    Don't "go over some hills at high speed or...jumps."

    You need to move the bag or use something else.
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    Can you go to a smaller seat bag? How about a flat kit in a water bottle cage?

    Otherwise, unless your legs get longer, I think the laws of physics have you beaten on this one.
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    Had the same problem. I found a seat bag that was wide and flat. I had to test maybe 4 seatbags to get one that worked and went to 3 different bike shops. I would say this was literally the only seat bag that worked. Forget the exact brand/model now though.

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    Same problem here, on Trance 29er. When the seat is at its normal height and the bag contains some stuff, that goes ok. But with a lower seat position or using the extension in the bag, it goes wrong... I think not having the choice to move to a camelbag.

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    I think its a common issue really seatbags are not for all MTB's. I just use a camelbak and put my stuff in there. I don't want to hit a drop and burst everything out of my saddle bag. Also saddle bags can be noisy with stuff rattling around in them.

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    Can you hold them up a little closer and tighter with tye wraps?

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