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    CrankTank4: carrying water Aussie style

    Came across this on my state's facebook bikepacking page.

    Made by Adventure Hydration, an Australian company, it's a molded, 4-liter plastic tank that fits in the "V" of the frame above the crank. The person using it said it took about a month to arrive from Oz.

    He used it last week on a bike packing trip in Big Bend and found it worked well.

    CrankTank4 $110 Australian = ~ $75 US

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    Didn't drill down into the website far enough to locate shipping price to US. They also sell nice neoprene covers for the tank and other accessories, like drinking tubes.

    If you're wondering, and I know you are, four liters of water weighs almost 9 lbs.
    The container weights 480 grams, or ~ 17 oz.
    So -- total weight of filled container would be about 10 pounds.

    Bikepacking.com reviewed it in December 2019 here.
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    Interesting concept, I wonder how many frames it fits without wasting space? At this point I still prefer a 5l dromedary bag in the bottom of the framepack. Hard containers can waste a lot of space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb View Post
    Interesting concept, I wonder how many frames it fits without wasting space? At this point I still prefer a 5l dromedary bag in the bottom of the framepack. Hard containers can waste a lot of space.

    Took the words out of my mouth, almost verbatim.

    On my fatbike I can get 5.5L of agua into a 6L drom into the frame bag, with room for a spare tube under it and a small arsenal of snacks atop it.

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    Check the comments on the bikepacking.com link.

    Some folks definitely preferred using a bag in the framepack for various reasons; others, not so much. The slosh factor might also depend on if you are on gravel/bladed roads vs singletrack/rugged double track.
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