The Vole is designed for modern full-suspension bikepacking trips when using a dropper seat post. It features several innovations to stabilize and compact the load without adding any external hardware. The Vole carries just enough to accommodate a minimalist kit for trips focused on the ride.
A key feature is our Indie-Rail attachment system. This a progression from conventional bikepacking bag mounts where the rail straps are fixed to the top-center of the bag. With Indie-rail, each rail is cinched down to the sides of the bag greatly reducing bag sway without any additional hardware. We combine this with a rigid internal structure and active camming buckles to prevent straps from loosening and slipping on rough terrain or wet conditions.
The bag is stiffened on all sides including an external plastic bottom sheet which protects the bottom of the bag and a composite internal top sheet which provides a solid and stable platform for the strap points. For full and heavy loads, an included strap is hitched around the saddle rails to use with the rear compression metal hook. This adds significant vertical stability due to the higher attachment point than the one on the bag itself.
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Indie-Rail attachment system and active camming hardware
External plastic bottom frame sheet
Aluminum hardware at high stress points
Composite internal frame sheet
Foam stiffened side panels
Compatiable with Cirrus Cycles Body Float suspension seatposts (without using clamp)
Minimum 6 in / 15.24 cm is required from the tire to bottom of saddle rails.
For use with a dropper post - you must use the included Wolf Tooth Valais clamp.
Due to space constraints where the bag mounts, we only advise using the Vole without the Valias clamp (normal seatposts) on mellow terrain such as gravel and road cycling.
Clearance requirement varies slightly due to bike geometry and how good of a packing job you do.
Checking tire clearance with dropper post and full suspension travel is mandatory prior to use. Bag contact with a tire can cause a bad wreck and generally ruin your day (and gear!). Tire damage to the bag is not covered by warranty.
Post Clamp Sizing (stanchion diameter):
25mm - Easton Haven, Giant Contact (internal routing), RaceFace Turbine, RockShox Reverb Stealth, Specialized Command Post, 9Point8 Fall Line, Bontrager, Bikeyoke Revive, Other 24.75-25.25mm (cable routing dependent)
26mm - Thomson Covert, Fox Transfer, Crankbrothers Highline, Other 26-26.5mm cable routing dependent
Although designed for use with dropper posts, we make no claim or assume any liability for your post's performance, increased maintenance needs or warranty coverage when using this bag. Please evaluate how your system works well before a planned trip.
Weight: Vole - 11 oz / 312 g Vole with Valais clamp - 13 oz / 369 g
Volume: Min - 122 in³ / 2 L Max - 427 in³ / 7 L