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    J.PAKS frame bag

    After seeing Scar's reference to the the J.PAKS frame bags, I dropped Joe an email regarding my interest in a custom frame bag for my Salsa Spearfish. Well, 7 days after Joe received my template, a nice frame bag arrived in the mail. The only custom feature I asked for was a way to externally mount my tent/tarp poles. I'm impressed with the attachment points. Joe really seemed to nail the locations down correctly.

    After filling the bag with camping junk (tarp, etc) and mounting my poles to the outside, I took the frame bag out for a rough technical test ride today and it worked just fine. Honestly, after the first 10 minutes, I forgot I even had the bag on the bike.

    The only minor concern I have is there is very minimal clearance between the pole pocket and the crank arm. There was zero rubbing during today's ride, but I still may tack down the pocket a bit to increase clearance. I pointed this out to Joe and I'm sure he'll keep it in mind for future builds. He said he erred on the side of making it a bit to big,which makes sense, since it would really suck if the poles didn't fit.

    Communication, delivery time, and build quality were all excellent. I'm also happy to support a fellow Coloradoan. Hopefully, I can get out for some nice trips this year and provide some feedback on durability.

    Here is the link for Joe's website: J.PAKS_Adventure Cycling Frame Bags

    And, here are some pics...


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    Thank you for the kind words Brad!

    Not a lot of room inside that frame, but I do believe we made the most of it
    And now my desire for a Spearfish frame is even higher! Sweet bike.

    Long live Long rides
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    I just picked up one of his RukSaks, totally diggin' it







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    Ive got my JPAK!

    Sorry no trail pics yet but heres what ive got
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    Still may consider ordering a full frame bag- wanted one bottle access
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    and it looks like i mounted my rucksack wrong too!! (which he so cleverly surprised me with a matching blue to my el mar!!)
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    Joe is a super chill guy and quick response!! also one of the t.i.t.s. night riding crew so hes a good guy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by baker View Post
    It fills the usable space in the frame real well.
    And i really like the idea of strapping the poles to the outside of the bag.
    I wish i had thought of something like that before i ordered my frambag.
    I ride a Surly Pugsley with a 100mm BB, so there is enough space to put things like that on the outside of the bag without it getting in the way of the crankarm's.

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    I picked up a SnakPak, too. Looks like a good, functional piece of gear. Check it out in this pic (the bag on top of the top tube).


    Loaded up and ready to go by bbaker22, on Flickr

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    Just got my JPAKS

    I just received my order of JPAKS. Got 2 frame bags (one w/hydration bladder for my Pug and the other for my Fargo). Joe incorporated a # of features into them for me, including reflective trim on the sides, and internal pockets and mesh. Very quality construction and he takes the time to ensure that velcro straps do not interfere with braze on's, mounts, and guides. -Also got a couple of snakpaks and ruksaks-which also incorporate well. I've taken the Fargo on a few day trips but no overnights yet (new build), but the fit and stitching is also amazing-you can see in the pics. Thus far, all looks well. I am actually in Minnesota, North TC Metro area if you are in the area and want to see them don't hesitate to look me up.

    Joe is very accomodating and stands behind what he does. I'll post more after I get some more miles and get some pictures of my Pug, but here is some of the Fargo w/bags.

    -And yes, I am losing the fenders to use this for its' intended purpose. I had been using it for some local commuting to the house of barley and hops.

    I'll be ordering more bags (seat, etc.) when fundage allows. In the meantime check his blog for some other details!
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    Thanks for all the support!
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    Salsa fest

    My first over night trip last weekend, I rode from waterton canyon to BC with JPaks frame bag.

    Nice work Joe - quality pack and a very fair price.
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    How do I get in touch with j.paks for a custom bag?
    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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    Oops, found it. Bags look great!
    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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    Ruk Sak Question....

    Does the RukSak hit your knees if you are standing and pedaling? I ask this because I am interested in getting one for my SS.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2times View Post
    Does the RukSak hit your knees if you are standing and pedaling?
    I have never had a problem with standing & pedaling with my RukSaks on my bikes.

    I have not heard of any problems from others either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    I have never had a problem with standing & pedaling with my RukSaks on my bikes.

    I have not heard of any problems from others either.
    Thanks for the reply!

    Also, is the blue RukSak in the picture above the "standard" RukSak or has it been customized? Looks like there is a pocket on the outside....

    My goal with the RukSak is to put a small SnowPeak stove, small fuel bottle, and cup in it, do you think it will be large enough for that? Looks like it will from the pics.

    Last question, how does it mount? Will it work with suspension forks?

    I know I have a lot of questions, I just want to make sure it will work for my purpose.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2times View Post
    Thanks for the reply!

    Also, is the blue RukSak in the picture above the "standard" RukSak or has it been customized? Looks like there is a pocket on the outside....

    My goal with the RukSak is to put a small SnowPeak stove, small fuel bottle, and cup in it, do you think it will be large enough for that? Looks like it will from the pics.

    Last question, how does it mount? Will it work with suspension forks?
    Thanks
    The blue one pictured is 'standard.'
    All RukSaks have an external mesh pocket.

    They are ~3.5" in diameter. Just slightly too small for a standard Nalgene bottle. (I can always make one to whatever size you need)

    They mount with 2 velcro straps & 1" webbing with a ladderlock.
    One velcro around the stem, one around the handlebars. The webbing goes around the fork crown.
    They work great with or without a suspension fork.
    Also can be mounted on the left or right side without problem.

    Thanks!

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    Just ordered a couple RukSaks and a SnakCan.
    Now I've got easy access to my bacon and PBRs.
    Will report back with picts.
    Thanks Joe it was nice meeting you today, love your shop.

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    Joe is awesome! Patient and great communication. Exactly what I wanted. Mine came in earlier this week and toughed out a couple laps of a pretty techy trail. I'm a fan and cannot wait to collect his other small paks.

    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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    I've got a Giant Anthem 29er with the same maestro suspension set up. Seeing as how you have roughly the same setup, did you come across any issues with fit/performance in your rides?

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    It's solid and I use it for local rides instead of my back pack. The bladder compartment is nice!

    The only fit issue I came about was my fault. I didn't specify how huge the downtube was on my 2012 trance. The very bottom strap is only connected by about an inch overlap but ive experienced no problems whatsover. Same thing with the headtube. Only connected by about two inch overlap. I've already given Joe a heads up but give him a reminder. I fit a couple of liters of water, multitool, 2 tubes, levers, folding pliers, light and battery, wallet, keys, phone, lube, chain links, mini pump, knee warmers, a couple of other little things. It's so nice to have a free back. I have a 4 day trip coming up. I can stuff my tent in there and use my pack for water clothes and tools. Super pumped! :beer:
    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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    Cool man. Enjoy!

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    I'm excited!!

    Quote Originally Posted by baker View Post
    I picked up a SnakPak, too. Looks like a good, functional piece of gear. Check it out in this pic (the bag on top of the top tube).


    Loaded up and ready to go by bbaker22, on Flickr

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    Seeing this Spearfish is really making me want to get geared up so I can hit some of the trails around where I live in Montana next summer.
    Baker. what size is your Spearfish? I just pick up a '12 Spearfish 1 in medium and the frame looks about the same size as yours.

    Nice looking set-up you have!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlbruski View Post
    Seeing this Spearfish is really making me want to get geared up so I can hit some of the trails around where I live in Montana next summer.
    Baker. what size is your Spearfish? I just pick up a '12 Spearfish 1 in medium and the frame looks about the same size as yours.

    Nice looking set-up you have!
    Thanks, it's a medium. It's a great bike...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    All RukSaks have an external mesh pocket.

    They are ~3.5" in diameter. Just slightly too small for a standard Nalgene bottle.

    I stand corrected. The one I tested for Nalgene compatibility was slightly too small, but
    after further review, the RukSaks fit Nalgene's just fine
    All RukSaks will now be Nalgene compatible.




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    Any chance of doing waterproof bags in the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnightlost View Post
    Any chance of doing waterproof bags in the future?
    What type of waterproof bag would you like to see?

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    Something like your snackpack bags for now, but wider with a see through map compartment on top.

    Basically something similar to a motorcycle tank bag is what I am ultimately looking for. Of course not that big or bulky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnightlost View Post
    Something like your snackpack bags for now, but wider with a see through map compartment on top.
    There is a very good chance that this winter will bring about such things :thumbup:

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    Awesome to hear. I'll definitely keep a look out for that then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    There is a very good chance that this winter will bring about such things :thumbup:
    I see on your blogspot a new item being prototyped/tested.
    Red and Black looks pretty sweet. Looking forward to hearing more.

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    Alright, thread cleaned.

    Let's all keep it civil in here. While I'm not opposed to people airing differences of opinion, I'm not going to tolerate grand accusations and personal attacks. I don't want to lock this thread, as it is otherwise productive and positive.

    Thanks.

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    Gotta say from what I have seen in person these are some great packs, may have to figure something out for the next summer !

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    Hey Joe, how is the progress coming along in the seat bags? Were you able to make a stable enough design? Any extra features on it and what's capacity?

    Super stoked to see more pics!

    Does it clamp around seatpost and to saddle rails? If that's the case it would be awesome to have on my road bike for my work commutes and swap to my mtb for Bikepacking.

    The frame bag I purchased from you was designed for the inner triangle of my trance x but also fits in my road bike. The cutout of the rear shock is even perfect to allow a seat tube bottle cage with bottle. Works perfect!

    Thanks again and keep it up!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kikoraa View Post
    Hey Joe, how is the progress coming along in the seat bags? Were you able to make a stable enough design? Any extra features on it and what's capacity?

    I've got multiple prototypes now and I'm dialing in the design as we speak. Trying to improve on the stability and capacity factors. Not scientifically tested, but I think we're in the 10-11 litre capacity

    Does it clamp around seatpost and to saddle rails? If that's the case it would be awesome to have on my road bike for my work commutes and swap to my mtb for Bikepacking.

    That is the plan :thumbsup:

    The frame bag I purchased from you was designed for the inner triangle of my trance x but also fits in my road bike. The cutout of the rear shock is even perfect to allow a seat tube bottle cage with bottle. Works perfect!

    Too cool man!
    The hardest part about designing a new 'product' is testing, testing, and testing even more.
    I've been super busy the past few weeks, but I am putting time into testing these to make sure they are the best they can be.

    Also planning on hitting a price point a bit lower than the current offerings

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    Also planning on hitting a price point a bit lower than the current offerings
    This is great Joe.
    Some of us don't need a seat bag so tough it outlasts the bike frame. Not everyone races on the trails.
    I just need a way to carry my emergency clothing (rain/warmth) for daily riding.
    Something that just stays on the bike seat all the time.

    I'm currently using an OR 10L drybag with makeshift straps. It's kind of floppy and ugly but works for now. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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    Looks like you've been busy Joe. Bar roll and seat bag look great man! Details? When will they be available?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kikoraa View Post
    Looks like you've been busy Joe. Bar roll and seat bag look great man! Details? When will they be available?
    Thanks!
    Availability will be very, very soon on both items. The SeatPak will be available within the next week or so
    SeatPak will be utilizing a combination of X-Pac VX-21 side panels, 1000D Cordura spine, and 420D ripstop material along with an internal plastic spine to maintain rigidity.
    Daisy chain sewn onto the underside and rubberized fabric against sewn onto seatpost velcro are stock.
    All Black or Black and Grey
    Price and ordering info will be on the blog so stay tuned

    Here's a topside view for now

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    WOW That is one nice looking saddle bag!!

    Keep up the good work.



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    J Paks Gear is great stuff!!! One day I shall have a full Jpaks bike.

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    Looks great Joe. Are you taking pre orders?

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    That bag would have looked so good on my grey Pugs....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SingleTrackLovr View Post
    Looks great Joe. Are you taking pre orders?

    You must have read my mind. Just finished updating the Blog with details

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    Just picked up/installed my new Frame Pak. Non-drive side bladder compartment w/2 pockets.


    Drive-side has pump straps below TT & 2 additional pockets

    Ready to rock with J.Paks' 'Frame Pak' & 'RukSak'


    Magnificent work Joe!!
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    That bag looks good, and i like the straps for the pump.
    I still want to do that with the velcro compartment divider in my framebag.

    What size Monkey is that ?

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    ^ 2009 model, 22"/XL
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    Thank's, i still have to order a bag for my Monkey, and this is a good example of what i was planning to order.
    I'm still not completely sure if i am going to get a bladder compartment or a mappocket.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm Update from Winter 2013

    Been using jpaks the rest of the year in '12 on the Fargo and have been Pugsley frame bag and others over the winter. Still have nothing negative to say. Did the template bit for fit and the fit was so on the spot that if I had the velcro straps too tight and packed the frame bag full it was hard to close the zipper. Needless to say kept the bag packed to the brim and loosened the velcro just a smidgen and all is well. Joe put the reflective material in the frame bag which comes in handy for the long dark Minnesota nights. Have run in to a # of folks on the trail and around town who have checked the bags and were quite impressed compared with other bag makers (particularly for the price). Pics of one of my latest rides:

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    I am running a rear rack on the fork right now, but I hope to order up a seatpak soon. Looks like he thought of some good ideas for it. Hopefully get some more winterbikecamping in at that point.

    Also, got a buddy who ordered up a custom 'bike holster' from Joe. I think that he could be on to something there. Great inception and ideas going into that and could be a huge product for the right market. Thanks again Joe, and if anybody is in Minnesota and wants to see the paks look me up. Later!

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    Handlebar Paks are finished and shipping now

    J.PAKS frame bag-dsc02525-1.jpg

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    J.PAKS frame bag

    Solid! Do they fit in drop bars?
    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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    I can see they are not on your site yet, but can you tell us how much they will cost ?
    And can someone tell me how well these handlebar setups will work on 2" riser bars ?
    Last edited by Rabies010; 03-23-2013 at 11:15 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kikoraa View Post
    Solid! Do they fit in drop bars?
    Yes they do. Just requires a few more 'wraps' to shorten the length when closing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabies010 View Post
    I can see they are not on your site yet, but can you tell us how much they will cost ?
    And can someone tell me how well these handlebar setups will work on 2" riser bars ?
    Selling for $120 with the external pocket.

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