Meet The Cam-Lock®

Securely attach and remove your pannier in seconds.

It's More Than A Mounting System

It's a Problem-Free Bike Ride

Whether you’re commuting to work or traveling the world, the last thing you want is your bag to fall, damaging your precious electronics inside. While some might call this an accident, we believe there’s a way to ride without comprising your gear or safety.

That’s why we invented the Cam-Lock®. This patented technology keeps your bike bags attached to your bike rack, no matter the conditions. We also know that every bike setup is unique, which is why our attachment system is adjustable to suit your needs.

Engineered for Ease of Use

The attachment system is made to automatically fit regular rack tubings of 8mm to 15mm diameter and oversized tubings of 15mm to 21mm diameter. There is no need for special inserts. Furthermore, it covers the vast majority of racks on the market.

Step 1: Engage the bottom wire-hook of the pannier to any part of the rear rack near the wheel axle (if applicable).

Step 2: Lift the carry handle to open the cams and hook the pannier on your rack. When releasing the handle, the cams will lock onto your rack. Make sure that the hooks are well seated and that the cams firmly close underneath the tubing.

Step 3: Hop on the saddle and enjoy your #ArkelAdventure.

It is possible to adjust the hooks to custom fit your rack. You may want to do so to give more heel clearance for the panniers when you pedal, or to match the spacing of the struts on your rack. It’s simple to do and the customization options are infinite!
 
Step 1: Using a 3mm Allen key, loosen the set screw at the base of the aluminum hook.
 
Step 2: Slide the hook to the desired position (it can sometimes be done directly on the rack).
 
Step 3: Re-tighten the set screw. Voilà!
 
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The Components Behind
The Cam-lock®

At the very base of the Arkel hook system is the aluminum track on which everything attaches. We designed our own extrusion with rigidity and strength in mind. The track has built-in channels to save weight, yet the design is not unlike steel I-Beams used in high-rise buildings. Finally the triangular shape of the channels maximizes torsion stiffness, all the while providing a nicely sloped entrance towards the hooks.

Each end of the track is cut at 30 degrees and hand polished on a rotary steel brush to remove any sharp edges. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the reason why we do that: it’s safer (and looks cool to boot, showing off the details of the extrusion!).

Just like with the track, we designed our own hooks with one thing in mind: to be the strongest yet lightest available. They are bar none the strongest hooks on the market. The channeled design, where the hook meets the track, adds an unsurpassed margin of strength right where most hooks fail. A nylon liner is inserted on the inside of the aluminum hooks to protect the rack finish so we combine the strength of aluminum with the smoothness of nylon.

The essence of the Arkel Cam-Lock® attachment system lies in the twin mirror cams that firmly grip on the rack tubing when the handle is released. Because of the opposing force of the cams that rotate in opposite directions, the pannier is locked in place and cannot move forward or backward.

Moreover, the geometry of the rotating cams relative to the aluminum hook portion is such that the same incredible retaining strength is achieved within the full range of rack tubing, therefore eliminating the need for any spacers or shims. And to ensure the firmest grip of the cam to the rack tubing, a softer TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) is incorporated into the cams at the rack tubing contact point.

Finally, the cam surface has a concave shape that further confines the rack tubing so that no movement is possible. As for the cams themselves, they are made of a special blend of nylon, the type that snowboard bindings are made of. So you can ride in the cold of Siberian winters just as well as in the heat of Death Valley. As for the sealed spring that actuates the cams, stainless steel, of course.

There are 3 positions for the wire hook that will allow you to optimize rack fit and provide you with the best heel clearance. The wire hook is not available and necessary on certain smaller models (GT-18, Bug etc.). The first sign that the wire hook needs to be relocated is that the panniers will be pulled back towards the center; when this happens simply relocate the wire hook to a different slot. The wire hook is free floating on the bungee cord, meaning it will slide either forward or back depending on your bike and rack. This is really great for adjustability.

The Arkel system can work with the bungee alone or with the cams alone, but both together make the system rock solid. The bungee keeps the panniers from vibrating over rough surfaces, plus it is highly adaptable to any rack on the market.

The casing of the elastic is made of nylon which is much more resistant to UV rays than regular polyester. Plus it protects the elastic against abrasion better than any other stuff. It makes sense, that’s all. To keep the nylon casing from unravelling, we cut each and every piece with a hot blade thus instantly cauterizing the edges.

The bungee is attached to nylon webbing, the strongest available: a 6.6 grade which is incredibly resistant to UV rays. We stay away from polypropylene webbing like the plague. To make a hole and keep it from unravelling, we hand pierce each webbing with a red hot needle, instantly cauterizing the nylon by melting the edges.

A knot may not win beauty contests, but it sure will not break! If you ever tied a knot in a rubber band you know that the more you pull on it, the tighter it gets; so the knot undoing by itself is practically impossible.

By the same token, a knot is something that needs no tool to adjust, so you can undo it anywhere you want should you want to.

First and foremost, a screw is a better idea than a rivet as rivets cannot be repaired in any way on the road. A screw can, so the choice was easy for us, even if screws are more expensive.

Second, Allen screws are the standard type on any bike meaning that any bike tool kit has what it needs to work with our system. That screw is a meaty M6 with a 4 mm button head from the inside of the pannier. Not only is it soft and won’t damage your gear, the big washer will make sure that it never pulls out no matter the load.

We wanted a system that can be disassembled without a wrench (a wrench is not exactly a standard bike tool…). The square nut fits snugly in the center channel of the track, foregoing the need for a wrench. Of course, as you’d expect from Arkel, once the system is assembled the screw ends flush with the nut!

Racks Come In All Shapes & Sizes

Our Cam-Lock doesn't discriminate. It fits on the majority of racks.

Adjust The Hooks

Need extra space for heel clearance? With the help of a 3mm Allen key, you can loosen the screw at the base of the aluminium hook. This will allow you to slide the hook to the desired position. Simply re-tighten the screw and you will be ready to roll.

Bungee Length: Knot a Problem

Shorten the bungee to your desired length and simply make a knot. A knot may not win beauty contests, but it sure will not break! If you ever tied a knot in a rubber band you know that the more you pull on it, the tighter it gets; so the knot undoing by itself is practically impossible. By the same token, a knot is something that needs no tool to adjust, so you can undo it anywhere you want should you want to.

Slotted Hook Retention System

There are 3 positions for the wire hook that will allow you to optimize rack fit and provide you with the best heel clearance. This option is not available and necessary on certain smaller models (GT-18, Bug etc.). The first sign that the wire hook needs to be relocated is that the panniers will be pulled back towards the center; when this happens simply relocate the wire hook to a different slot. The wire hook is free floating on the bungee cord, meaning it will slide either forward or back depending on your bike and rack. This is really great for adjustability.

Remove The Bungee & Lower Hook

No room to place the lower hook on your rack? Don’t worry, the effectiveness of our Cam-Lock® mounting system is what makes it possible for us to remove the lower bungee and hook without compromising  its performance. As soon as you have a bit of weight in it, the pannier will not flap around and it will stay in place just as well as the panniers equipped with the lower hook.

Through Thick and Thin

Choose The Right Hook Size For You

Regular Cam-Lock®

Fits rack tubing of 8 – 15 mm diameter

Oversized Cam-Lock®

Fits rack tubing of 15 – 21 mm diameter

No Need To Compromise

Keep Your Gear Safe with the Cam-Lock®

Cam-Lock® Mounting System

Exclusively available at Arkel
  • Strong aluminium hooks & track
  • Adjustable track & wire hook
  • Resistant to extreme weather & temperatures
  • Assembled by the CRDITED Crew (social service program)
  • Automatically fits the rack tubing (no inserts needed)
  • Covers the vast majority of racks on the market
  • Guaranteed for a lifetime

Traditional Mounting System

Available everywhere
  • Plastic hooks and tracks
  • Fits some rack tubings
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty
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