Moab Handlebar Bag
Moab Handlebar Bag
The Moab is our completely unique take on a handlebar bag for modern trail bikes. Unlike any other full-size handlebar bag available, the Moab takes advantage of modern MTB geometry while preserving rock-solid stability and precise handling on the trail. The Moab works best with stems 70-80mm or shorter. For stems longer than 80mm, see our Entrada Handlebar Bag!
- Intended for use with modern mountain bike geometry - short stems, long top tubes, and wide bars
- No bounce or movement on even the roughest trails
- Keeps gear weight close to the steering axis for ideal handling
- Extremely durable, waterproof and water-resistant materials - more details here.
"I love the Moab! It works great and is rock solid over drops and technical terrain!" -Hanna W., Golden CO
“I’m most excited about my Moab Handlebar Bag. This thing is a one of a kind gem. It packs a ton of my stuff and relocates the weight of the bag so well that it’s hardly even noticeable while riding.” -Joshua P., Denver CO
"The Moab is the ANSWER to the handlebar bag dilemma when carrying front loads on a short stem bike. The bag is rock solid and rides as if it is one with the bike. No complaints here." -Brett Davis, Global Adventurer
BEDROCK ORIGINAL TECH
- Delta shape = better fit and better ride with modern MTB geo; circa 2018
- Roll-top pocket = water stays out, easy access to gear; circa 2014
- Lateral compression straps = firmer bag structure; circa 2012
- Over-bar radial compression straps = rock-solid ride on any trail; circa 2012
Mountain bikes have changed a lot in the last few years. Although modern trail bikes are more fun to ride than ever, mounting bikepacking gear to them has become more challenging. We rose to this challenge for seat bags with our groundbreaking Black Dragon Dropper Seat Bag. With the Moab, we've taken a similarly radical approach to the handlebar bag. The Moab rides incredibly solid on any trail, maintains your bike's handling, and fits most modern trail bikes with a minimum of fuss.
The issue with current MTB design and handlebar bags is simple. Traditional straight-cylinder handlebar bags – like our Entrada – ideally sit underneath the handlebar, against the head tube of the bike, and behind the brake levers. As handlebar stems get shorter, however, this channel between the head tube and the brake levers no longer accommodates straight cylinder bags. (See diagrams in the photostream above for illustration.) Other companies have responded with various systems that push the bag out beyond or below the brake levers (i.e. Salsa's Anything Cradle, others). While this does work, it has a major effect on handling: Weight pushed that far out from the steering axis has exaggerated leverage on the handlebars. When you're rallying singletrack, you don't want your handlebar bag pulling your front wheel around. Alternately, moving the bag downward on long-travel bikes with short head tubes is asking for tire contact under full compression. Finally, we always design around situations requiring hard-mount systems that fatigue invisibly or can break in a crash.
We realized that the channel for handlebar bags didn't disappear – it just changed shape. So, we spent months creating a bag that best took advantage of the available channel, and met our stringent ideals for solid ride quality and least possible impact on handling. The Moab is the final result. The delta shape fits perfectly on most modern trail bikes, and as the loaded weight literally wraps around the steering axis, handling is impeccable.
The Moab can be used with or without the included pocket; the pocket is quickly detachable, perfect for carrying valuables into the grocery store or restaurant! Made from the same bomber materials we use on all our gear, with intelligently-placed wear patches at the brake levers, and with alloy buckles on the main cinch straps.
Weight: 456 grams / 16.1oz. Volume: Approximately 13 liters. Made in Colorado, USA.
The Moab is intended for use with modern MTB trail bikes: Short stems, long top tubes, and wide bars. If you have a more traditional setup with a longer stem, our Entrada Handlebar Bag is likely a better choice. Use the diagrams in the photostream above, and the following info, to determine whether the Moab or Entrada is better for your bike:
-Stem length 30-60mm: Moab
-Stem length 70-80mm: Moab or Entrada (SRAM levers or steeper lever position works best with Moab; Shimano levers or shallower lever position works best with Entrada)
-Stem length 90mm-up: Entrada
The Moab requires 5.5" between your tire and handlebar when your suspension fork is fully compressed. Compatible with Jones Loop and similar bars. Will not work on bikes which have cables protruding directly from the front face of the head tube.
While the advantages of the Moab are many, there are a couple potential disadvantages: 1) “Feedbags”, including our Tapeats Handlebar Bag, are incompatible with the Moab. 2) We've tested the Moab thoroughly with people from 5'4" to 6'3". Most people have no, or minimal, contact with their knees when standing to pedal on steep inclines, if the Moab is packed full. No testers considered this an issue. If you have any knee contact, simply packing slightly less and rolling down the ends a bit solves the issue. If you are short, or ride a short-top-tube bike, you may not be able to use the maximum volume of the Moab.
A non-issue that people tend to expect is that tight turns (switchbacks) will be limited. This has NOT come up during testing at all – we found that by the time you are in a switchback that tight, testers needed to “hop” around the corner anyway, with or without the Moab.
HOW TO USE
As with most bikepacking gear, the Moab depends on its contents to define its shape and ride quality. Stuffable items (clothing, tents, bivys, sleeping bags, etc) work best. If you do place other items in the main bag you can wrap them in soft goods to mute their edges and make them more packable. Pack tightly and don't be afraid to use the compression straps - they are there to be cinched down!
For installation instructions (very important!), watch the video above.
Step-by-step instructions: There are three pieces to the Moab system - the harness, the main bag, and the pocket.
1) Install the harness by holding the large alloy buckles in your hands and letting the rest dangle below. One side of the harness has the webbing straps sewn in an "X"; one side is textured with no webbing. Place the textured side flat against your head tube, alloy buckles up, then pass each strap behind and over top your handlebar. Fasten the straps to the handlebar on either side of the stem using the velcro threaded through the two small plastic buckles. If you have done this properly, the harness will be sitting just under your stem, with one strap fastened to the bar on either side of the stem, the textured face against your frame, and the two bartacked loops in the ends of the webbing hanging near the tire.
2) Load the Moab's main bag - stuffable items work best. Roll down tightly and clip each end's buckles into the corresponding surface-mount buckles.
3) Push all cables/hoses EXCEPT the front brake hose up to the bottom of the handlebar. Place the loaded Moab main bag under the cables/hoses/bar, sandwiching the harness between the main bag and your frame, and strap the ends into place using the velcro loops on top of the bag (you can change the position of these loops as needed). Then pass the large alloy buckles over the front of the bag, pull the bartacked loops on the other end of the harness up, pass the buckles through the loops, and cinch tight. The front brake hose will run over the front of the bag. (Your cables/hoses may need to be routed differently, but this is the method we've found works best.) Make sure the Moab is centered on your head tube, that the ends of the bag are strapped firmly to the handlebar, and that the harness straps are cinched tightly. You can ride the Moab just like this for a sleeker, more minimalist setup; but if you want to use the pocket,
4) Place the pocket over the front brake hose and slip the small alloy hooks into the matching daisy chains on the front lower portion of the main bag. You can adjust this position as desired, but the lowest slot is the ideal placement. Clip the pocket's upper buckles into the corresponding surface-mount buckles on the main bag, and tighten.
5) Go ride!
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