Rolltop Frame Bag
If true bombproofness is your desire, a rolltop frame bag is where it’s at. With no zippers on the main closure, this is a bag built for the long haul. Remember, the zombie apocalypse will not be motorized.
Your rolltop is custom designed for your bag. It’s expansive and bright, so it’s easy to see into the bag. Tapered sides and low-profile seams keep the edges from becoming too bulky when it’s rolled up. Finally, plastic stiffeners in the top make it easy to roll.
Low-Profile Metal Buckles
We use super strong metal hooks for our rolltop closures. This is partly for strength, but also for strap length. The longer the rolltop straps are, the easier it is to tighten them down. Metal buckles give you about 3 inches extra strap to pull on compared to a plastic side-release buckle. When your bag is stuffed to the gills, that matters.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Send Dimensions?
All of our frame bags are custom made to fit using our PandaVision process. We have patterns for some common frames already, and if not we just need a photo of your bike with a ruler or dollar bill for scale. See the pattern list and instructions on the Custom Frame Bag page.
Is Strap Abrasion a Concern?
Good news! All Rogue Panda frame bags ship with clear vinyl tape to protect your frame. It’s not as thick as helicopter tape or traditional down tube protectors, but it’s sufficient to guard against frame bag rub.
We recommend using long pieces that cover all the straps for each tube of your bike in one shot – it looks better than individual straps for each velcro piece. We’ve tested removal after a year of use and it peeled off fairly easily without any extra steps. But if you’re able, heating it up with a hair dryer first will reduce residue left by the tape.
Should I Choose a Rolltop or a Zipper?
Rolltops are pretty great, but they aren’t always the best choice. Here are some pros and cons:
Pros to a Rolltop:
- Bombproof, impervious to dust and mud
- You can stuff it really full and still close the bag
- More water-resistant than a zippered bag
Pros to a Zipper:
- Easier to Use
- For larger frames, you can get a Double Decker for organization
- They work for full suspension frames – we can’t make rolltops for most FS frames
Do You Offer Bolt-On Rolltop Bags?
Nope. Unfortunately, the physics of it just don’t make sense. When you tighten the rolltop straps, they pull the bottom of your bag upwards. A hook-and-loop strap coming out of the downtube seam supports that tension much better than bolts that are attached in the middle of the bag. This photo should make it clear why that’s so:
Can You Make a Rolltop For My Full Suspension?
That depends on what bike you have. For most full suspension bikes, a zippered frame bag is your only option. A rolltop bag requires a mostly straight top seam and a fair bit of height to make the straps work.
The exception is if you have a large frame in the style of the Giant Anthem, Trek Fuel EX, Kona Hei Hei, etc. Those frames have a large space that’s deep enough for rolltop straps to work well, and a straight top seam.
Standard on all frame bags.
YKK #10 molded tooth zippers on side pockets.