If you have a saddle bag, you already know why you want a support. The Erlen has all of the kinks of previous designs worked out. Load transfer is directly to the seat post, no extra hardware to come loose etc. This is the NITTO x Blue Lug produced version of our design
Pulling design inspiration from the Breezer Seat Sandwich and Carradice Bagman, all of the extra parts are designed out. Having used a Bagman for years with various saddle bags I had experienced every type of failure imaginable and set myself to engineer it out. 6 years ago we started R&D with Haulin Colin, and that is the one and only sample we needed. Years of loading and testing and it just works, and is ready for market. The support rails are welded directly into the rail spacer and the whole assembly clamps directly into you seat post/saddle assembly with a longer bolt (we provide).
The drop on this is similar to our old Regular with 5.5" for most bags: Swift Zeitgeist, Carradice long flap etc.. This was our most popular Erlen surprise in the past
The hardware (Longer bolt) for this production is included, and included from Nitto with a bolt sized for their S65 post, I believe this is the M8. the 2.0 version also includes the bolts for the Nitto S-83, they are an odd custom bolt for that post with M7 thread and special smaller heads.
We can only sell them with the Nitto hardware. If you have one of our earlier US produciton Erlens you can buy our replacement bolt kits sold separately.
The Erlen is made with bare stainless steel for a long life of carefree service, and easy to weld or braze accessory mounting points etc..
As Simple as it looks, the only other question is load. It goes all day at 15 lbs or less and you do not know it is there, at 20lbs flex is noticeable, and any more than that and this is not the proper rack for your load UPDATE: The preceding recommendation was based on years of use with a 70/30 split of road and trail(dirt road) use on my Rambler. If your use is primarily mountain biking, you will want to keep the load under 10lbs.
Version 2.0 from Nitto with the upper portion at the saddle interface 1cm longer than the original(1.0). Everything in functionally the same, but this resolves some of the interference issued with seat posts like the Nitto S-83 that this was designed to work with. it is backwards compatible and same as it ever was, just more better now. 2.0 two bolts for the S-83.