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    And will they work well with 2" riser bars as well ?
    Because i was told that the combination of a riser bar and a short 50-70mm stem could cause an instable insalation of a handlebar set like this.

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    Re: J.PAKS frame bag

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabies010 View Post
    And will they work well with 2" riser bars as well ?
    I can't say for sure, but if you were to order from me I would move the mounting straps for the bars either further in or out depending on space.
    I think it would be fine as long as the straps do not fall into the 'rise' part of the bar.

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    Yeah, i was thinking of something like that as well.
    And if it was to be used on multiple bikes with different bars, i guess the strap will have to move inwards a bit.
    This will probably make it less stable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    Handlebar Paks are finished and shipping now

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    Hi Joe, Your new Handlebar Pak looks great. I just ordered a Jones H-Bar for my 29er
    and was thinking about something like this. If one wanted to mount this pak to the front bar of the Jones H (for cable clearance) could you offer some kind of stablizer strap/s to keep this pack from swinging?
    Also what is the volume of the front pack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SingleTrackLovr View Post
    Hi Joe, Your new Handlebar Pak looks great. I just ordered a Jones H-Bar for my 29er
    and was thinking about something like this. If one wanted to mount this pak to the front bar of the Jones H (for cable clearance) could you offer some kind of stablizer strap/s to keep this pack from swinging?
    Also what is the volume of the front pack?
    Thanks STL.
    Here are a couple pics of this setup on my Titec H-Bar (the cutout version) and how they fit together. (I love the H-bars shape so much I just picked up a second one)
    Adding some stabilizing strap(s) wouldn't be a problem if your bar will be the full loop bar.
    Running something like this on the uncut loop bar would be awesome. Super stable and in front of cables.
    The front pocket measures 9.5 x 9 x 2.5 (at the highest, it has a teardrop shape) Internally divided pocket and exterior mesh.

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    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for the info and picts. I've been trying to adjust my 29er for Rails to Trails bikepacking and have run into some issues with hand numbness and lower back cramping on long rides.
    On another thread several guys have really helped me make adjustments that have helped. But I am still not quite there yet. Been trying different bars to see if that helps. The Jones H bar (uncut model) should be here mid week and the plan is to install and test right ways.
    They need to work before I think about a bar bag.

    I'm starting to think some of my problem is not bike fit but geriatric (arthritis and all that).

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    More praise for HomegrownMN of JPaks for the custom Krampus frame pak. It holds a 100oz bladder and all the accessories that would normally fit in my camelbak so I can ride without a backpack. Much drier and cooler, and I can maintain out of the saddle efforts for longer. This one has the new waterproof zipper, so no flap on the closure. Also custom color coordinated to match the frame and accessories, Joe and I sat down to look at the colors of Cordura available and got some samples to make sure everything matched perfectly.

    I'm super pleased with how it turned out, no regrets, no complaints.
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    Still not sure about the Krampus, but I do love the look of those bags. Too bad the old spearfish bags won't fit the new frame.

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    Re: J.PAKS frame bag

    Quote Originally Posted by neil.beltchenko View Post
    Too bad the old spearfish bags won't fit the new frame.
    Neil, I'd love to play with the new Spearfish frame shape!

    Great bike, as you know

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    J.PAKS frame bag

    Thanks to this thread, order placed...


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    I've been using the j pak gas tank clone for a few months now and don't like it as much as my revelate designs gas tank.

    The zipper has a metal zipper pull which rattles when I hit any sort of bump or crack in the pavement. I cut it off and put a zip tie in it's place. Revelate uses a string which is quiet.

    The bag is softer than a gas tank and therefore harder to zip one handed. The entire bag moves with the zipper.

    Those negatives aside, I think it is more waterproof than a gas tank and is slightly larger. It'd just be easier to use if it were stiffer.

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    Re: J.PAKS frame bag

    Volsung, thanks for the feedback as I'm continually trying to improve my designs.

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    +1 for J.Paks work. I've had a SnakPak for some time now, it's burly as hell and you can tell some time was put into materials, design & construction.

    I, for one, am a fan of the big metal zipper. I can get my meat hooks on it on the move and it's not breaking any time soon.

    Bonus - supporting a local dude

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    J.PAKS frame bag

    I'm all for supporting the local "little" guys. Custom pak will be awesome! It's just like scars amoeba light. Awesome and made in USA. (I realize relevate is usa as well)


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    +1 with praise for J.Paks.

    Recently reviewed the SnakPak, and was mighty impressed.
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    Just posted today: Top Tube Bag Throwdown Part 1 | Bikepackers MagazineBikepackers Magazine



    Thanks to Gravelbike and Bikepackers Mag for taking the time to review the SnakPak!

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    J paks I sent you a e mail thru your web site . Have not heard back? been three days. PM me your number I want to make a order. Thanks DD

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    J.PAKS frame bag

    He will contact you, took 3-4 days to hear back from him after I set MSG. Shoot, he's probably working on my order so hold that thought.... Don't respond till your done with my bags!!!! Hahahahaha


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    Re: J.PAKS frame bag

    DemonDan,
    sent you a reply last Friday before heading out for a weekend of bikepacking.
    not sure why it didn't go through, but I just resent the email.

    Looking forward to hearing from you

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAVELBIKE View Post
    +1 with praise for J.Paks.

    Recently reviewed the SnakPak, and was mighty impressed.
    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    Just posted today: Top Tube Bag Throwdown Part 1 | Bikepackers MagazineBikepackers Magazine

    Thanks to Gravelbike and Bikepackers Mag for taking the time to review the SnakPak!
    Congrats on the national attention. Well deserved.
    I love my SnakPak and its companion RukSak. I never bike without them.

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    More Jpaks goodness...Thanks Joe!

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    J.PAKS frame bag

    Snakpak and frame bag installed, haven't needed the seatpak yet!! Only downside so far is not being able to have as big of a water bladder as I used to carry BUT that's a frame size issue and not the pak itself. I've compensated with carrying more water on the forks..
    Wonderfully constructed, I'm actually carrying more food/snacks now.
    I have noticed the extra weight on the bike, mainly in the more technical down hill but acclimating quickly. So nice not having to have a back pack on now, am able to cool down much quicker. Thanks Joe! I'm eyeballing the ruksak now.......
    Here's some Picts, sorry, black bike doesn't photograph well!
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    J.PAKS frame bag

    Out the seat pak on for today's ride, opened up room from the frame pak so now can get 2L in the frame pak. Freakin awesome! Now only issue is I carry too much stuff!! Afraid to
    Weigh the thing!

    Great product... Seat pak swallows stuff.... Crazy space! It's compacted as far as it goes, holding my windbreaker and fat tube.

    Thanks again Joe!
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    Many thanks to all that have posted pics! Much appreciated

    Here's a teaser of a Cuben Fiber H-BarPak in testing last weekend

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    We need more pics of your Cuben Fiber bags

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    J.PAKS frame bag

    That and any prototype bags for the enabler forks....


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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkrw3 View Post
    We need more pics of your Cuben Fiber bags
    Here's a proto Cuben SeatPak in testing
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    And a Cuben RukSak
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    Last edited by HomegrownMN; 08-20-2014 at 01:23 PM.

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    J.PAKS frame bag

    That's a great picture Joe!


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    I'm convinced, going to make a template for my bike right now.

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    Those look awesome!!

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    J.PAKS frame bag

    Had some hikers enquire on my bag setup today. They were very impressed, seatpak worked well To pick up the trash others left along side the trail... Nice having extra room

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    J.PAKS frame bag

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    Out in the wild


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    I got a J Paks frame bag recently for a Karate Monkey; Joe did a rush job for me when the Revelate one I ordered never showed up. Just completed a 1300Km off road trip in Oz with it and can't say enough good things. I wish I had ordered the seat bag and bar roll from him, but I hadn't heard of J Paks when I ordered them. The bag fits perfectly, the stitching is looks perfect; a few times I seriously overstuffed it, there was no issue with it hitting my knees or moving about.

    Joe delivered when he said he would, answered all emails promptly despite the time difference and even helped me arrange the shipping to the opposite side of the world J Paks are definitely recommended

    I will post a couple of pics but I just bought a new camera before the trip and am having issues with the SD card I can't download them in either an SD card reader or from the camera. Sure as hell hope they are not all lost!!!!

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    I've had a lot of inquires as to making the SnakPak compatible with cables and dynamo setups, i.e. hose ports.

    You asked. I listened.


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    Thanks for the shout out Joe!!

    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to HomegrownMN again.


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    Dang.... That would have been nice! Love both My amoeba and snak pak


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    Three years after this thread was started, here is an example of the refinement, experimentation and execution of my work being ridden on the Tour Divide 2015 by Greg Goodman.

    As seen here: SeatPak V3 / HalfPipe / H-BarPak V3 / FramePak / RemoraPak / 2 Ruksaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    Three years after this thread was started, here is an example of the refinement, experimentation and execution of my work being ridden on the Tour Divide 2015 by Greg Goodman.

    As seen here: SeatPak V3 / HalfPipe / H-BarPak V3 / FramePak / RemoraPak / 2 Ruksaks
    I'm still rockin' the Spearfish framepack 3 years later. After back surgery, the frame pack has been key to me getting back on the bike while keeping weight off of my back.

    What's up with the RemoraPak? I don't think I've seen anything about that yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by baker View Post
    I'm still rockin' the Spearfish framepack 3 years later. After back surgery, the frame pack has been key to me getting back on the bike while keeping weight off of my back.

    What's up with the RemoraPak? I don't think I've seen anything about that yet..
    That's so cool to hear Brad. Freeing your back from the backpack is crucial.

    The RemoraPak first came about as an idea from my friend Mark who successfully used a prototype on the AZT350 this year to carry a metric ton of water as low as possible on his Horsetheif.

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    The newest version is currently being run through the Tour Divide and I'm sure Greg will have some feedback once it's all over.
    The gist of it is a Pak that uses the main frame bag as a mounting point, foregoing any additional velcro straps and gets whatever you want to carry as low as possible.
    Run it for extra storage and when not in use, you're only left with some soft 2" velcro running down the side of the frame bag.

    The RemoraPak itself is padded along the edgeband (connecting the sides) with X-Pac VX21 side panels and a velcro divider 5" down from the top for additional separation.

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    The future is looking good

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    The future of bikepacking; specific frames and integrated baggage.
    Custom designed and available to the masses: The Zen EXP Frame ? ZenBikeCo

    Behold the Zen bike Co. EXP bikepacking specific 27.5+ hardtail complete with bolt on J.Paks FramePak and (removable) RemoraPak .

    Find your Zen

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    Dope as hell

    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    The future of bikepacking
    Nice looking pics, Joe!
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    How do you keep the bladder from falling out of the bottom of the Remorapak? I absolutely love this idea. I've been trying to push my water down further and evict the frame bottle cages to free up some more frame bag space, and this seems like a great way to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    Three years after this thread was started, here is an example of the refinement, experimentation and execution of my work being ridden on the Tour Divide 2015 by Greg Goodman.

    As seen here: SeatPak V3 / HalfPipe / H-BarPak V3 / FramePak / RemoraPak / 2 Ruksaks

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    Wow. That's a lot of stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    The future of bikepacking; specific frames and integrated baggage.
    Custom designed and available to the masses: The Zen EXP Frame ? ZenBikeCo

    Behold the Zen bike Co. EXP bikepacking specific 27.5+ hardtail complete with bolt on J.Paks FramePak and (removable) RemoraPak .

    Find your Zen

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    Badazz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lentamentalisk View Post
    How do you keep the bladder from falling out of the bottom of the Remorapak? I absolutely love this idea. I've been trying to push my water down further and evict the frame bottle cages to free up some more frame bag space, and this seems like a great way to do that.
    The bottom of the bag 'rounds out' back to the downtube and essentially cradles anything in there. I've also got a 4" long piece of velcro divider inside to help manage the contents.

    J.PAKS frame bag-dsc01213_sm.jpg

    I have yet to run a bladder in there, but Greg G. finished the Tour Divide this year with a bladder in there during times where re-supply was scarce.
    He said he loved it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    Wow. That's a lot of stuff!
    Haha. It is Vik.
    At 60yrs young Greg had a life goal of finishing the TD and he made that happen this year.
    With nothing on his back

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    I think with a setup like Greg's I might just be able to pack all the crap I 'think' I need.

    I'm still fooling around with OMM racks and BOB trailers. I'm not gonna say a BOB won't work on single track, but it really is akin to driving a truck. Or pedaling, I should say...

    Very nice stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDTransplant View Post
    I'm not gonna say a BOB won't work on single track, but it really is akin to driving a truck. Or pedaling, I should say...
    Where the Bob sucks vs soft bags is in techy terrain and when you have to do some hard hike-a-bike.
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    What Joe Did...

    Here's my JPaks ready for Heck Epic last month...
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    How do you like the ruksak? My bike has a short too tube and my knee hits it anytime I have to stand and pedal. Decided to go without on my next trip. Also, what's your technique to keep the seat pak from sway so much?


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    There's something about those long grueling climbs that gets my front end all stiff... And I'm not talking about lockout...

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