You might be wondering why we don’t include the bottom hook and bungee with the Cam-Lock mounting system on some of our commuting panniers. Let me explain the reasoning and the advantages that this brings.

How we make it work

Closeup of the Cam-Lock®

Our patented Cam-Lock® self locking system with opposing cams is very effective in locking the pannier to the rack. When the opposing cams close on the rack, the pannier is automatically locked in place and can’t be removed unless the release handle is pulled.

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Each cam has a rubber insert on the section of the cam that is in contact with the rack’s tubing. This creates a “sticky” connection with the rack preventing the pannier from any movement forward or backwards while riding.

The effectiveness of our Cam-Lock® mounting system at keeping your pannier solidly locked to your rack is what makes it possible for us to remove the lower bungee and hook without compromising the performance of the mounting system.

What this means is that we can remove the lower hook with no significant side effects. The pannier will not flap around, as soon as you have a bit of weight in it, it will stay in place just as well as the panniers equipped with the lower hook.

“The pannier mounting system really is the best: once used a few times for the new stiffness to wear off, the camlocks just smoothly do their job – excellent! I have travelled some rough roads and the pannier is completely secure. I have had no issues at all with the lack of a third anti-sway clip – a little bit of weight in the bag and it sits securely.” Steve B. UK

Excerpt from Signature V urban pannier. review


Not using the lower hook and bungee has its advantages.

  • The first is that it makes it easier to fasten the pannier to the rack and removes the fuss of a two step installation – very practical when you’re running errands and you want to take the pannier on and off several times a day!
  • Another advantage of this, is that the lower hook is no longer in the way when you want to shoulder carry your pannier.

Models with streamline version of our Cam-Lock®

Signature V
Signature H
The Shopper pannier in black/gray color with shoulder strap
The Shopper