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Waterproof bike panniers compared: Tempest Monsoon, Typhoon, LX, DLX

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Axiom Monsoon DLX bike saddle bags

Cycling in the rain? The designers at Axiom Performance Gear have got your back. And they’ve got your bags, too. The apt-named Tempest Series of waterproof bike panniers are expressly designed for cyclists like you: all-weather, all-season riders who aren’t afraid to get their tires wet.

Both the Tempest Monsoon and Tempest Typhoon panniers load easily with a wide-top opening and they close tight with a roll-down, waterproof closure. And each pannier comes in LX and DLX versions.

Vous pratiquez le vélo l’hiver? Les concepteurs vancouvérois d’Axiom Performance Gear s’occupent de vous… et aussi de vos sacoches! La série de sacoches imperméables Tempest est conçue spécialement pour les cyclistes qui roulent en tout temps, en toute saison, bref, qui n’ont pas froid aux yeux.

Que vous choisissiez les Tempest Monsoon ou les Tempest Typhoon, toutes deux se chargent facilement grâce à une grande ouverture imperméable qui se ferme en s’enroulant. De plus, chacun de ces modèles est offert dans la version LX et DLX. Lire encore en français >>


Christmas cycling gift ideas to go

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Axiom GrandTour Series modular panniers on bicycle

3 popular cycle and sport publications pick their favourite choices for Christmas.

Pedal Magazine – Annual Gift Guide 2012:

Axiom Modular GrandTour Series panniers are waterproof and ultrasonically welded, not sewn, featuring Sonictech polyester construction for light weight and durability. Available in 60, 45 and 30-litre sizes.”

Canadian Cycling – Gift Guide:

Super B 29-Piece Tool Set - “Cone wrenches (13 mm, 14 mm, 15 mm and 17 mm), 15-mm pedal wrench, a freewheel remover for Shimano HG cassettes and a bottom bracket wrench are just some of the tools in the Super B kit. When the wrench on your list gets this gift…well, let’s just say you’ll be able to drop off your bike for repairs for a while. It’s almost as if the wrench should thank you for dropping off your bike too for the chance to put the tools to use.”

Canadian Cyclist – 12 Days of Cycle Christmas Gift Guide:

Axiom pumps – “It is Day 2 of the 2012 Canadian Cyclist Gift Guide, and today we suggest … a new pump.  It may not seem like a very exciting gift, but it is one of the most useful things any cyclist can receive, especially if your giftee is still struggling with an older model.  Pumps have come a long way in the past few years, with greater gauge accuracy, lighter weight and faster inflation. Norco’s Axiom line has a number of excellent models, as does Specialized, Park ToolsTopeak and Blackburn.”

Axiom’s Monsoon Pro Tour Pannier: reviewed by

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Ariane from recently took our Monsoon Pro Tour panniers out for a test. Right in time for the west coast wet winter welcome – I felt the use of alliteration was appropriate here to brighten a sometimes dreary topic – she had the opportunity to put some miles in with one of our top-end waterproof pannier sets. I could drone on about the technical merits of these panniers, as I have sat through the product meetings about them, but I think her take will be more interesting. If you are considering a good set of panniers, for year-round use than the Monsoon Pro Tour might be just the bags you’ve been looking for. Read her review here.

Axiom Monsoon Pro Tour Panniers

Axiom Typhoon DLX Pannier review

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Axiom Typhoon BagsRecently, a couple of months ago if you want to get specific, Darren Alff over at gave a set of our panniers a test. Having scored an 8 out of ten, I think it’s safe to say that for the most part he was pretty impressed.

He did have his concerns though, and they are definitely fair concerns. We have addressed some of them on our most recent version of these bags. One of the largest improvements was the attachment system. Our new bags are now using the Rixen & Kaul Vario hooks and the Flip-Lock which are adjustable, secure, versatile and fit pretty much every rack available. Anyway, enough from our side, if you are considering a set of new panniers check out the review first.

New “Manzou: Beijing to Shanghai” screenings announced

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Just a short while ago, a group of intrepid riders set off on the adventure of a lifetime on their bicycles. They rode from Beijing to Shanghai filming their journey and the trials that a 1,000 mile bicycle adventure threw their way. To pack along all of their camera gear, equipment and supplies they used Axiom pannier bags and racks and Axiom pumps for any flat tires that slowed them down along the way. We just got a release this morning that featured three new screenings of this epic film. Check out the details below.


January 31, 2011

New “Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai” screenings announced

China documentary to re-air during Reel NW series on KCTS 9

SEATTLE, Wash. — “Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai,” the newest feature documentary from the Webby Award-winning producers of “Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team,” will re-air on PBS affiliate KCTS 9 as part of the Reel NW series on Thursday, March 3 at 10:00 p.m.. The 86-minute documentary first premiered Dec. 2, 2010 to strong reviews as part of the first season of Reel NW, which showcases the best independent film from the Northwest.

The producers of “Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai” today announced two special theatrical screenings of the film on Feb. 1 at the University of Washington (Allen Library Auditorium) and Feb. 18 at the Seattle R.E.I. (222 Yale Ave. North).

Upcoming Screenings of “Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai”:

Tuesday, Feb. 1

3:30 p.m.

University of Washington (Allen Library Auditorium)

Presented free by the UW Dept. of Geography

Official event website

Friday, Feb. 18

7:00 p.m.

Seattle R.E.I (222 Yale Ave. North)

Presented by the Cascade Bicycle Club

Tickets are $7 ($5 for Cascade members)

Official event website

Thursday, March 3

10:00 p.m.

Television Re-Broadcast on KCTS 9 (PBS)

Presented by Reel NW

Official Reel NW website

A recipient of the Seattle CityArtist Grant in 2008, “Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai” follows director Jason Reid with his three American friends and their Chinese guide as they bicycle more than 1,000 miles between China’s two largest cities. Their journey provides the framework for both a bike adventure film and an in-depth examination of the cultural, social, economic and environmental factors affecting this rapidly changing nation. Official movie website:

The film’s director and producer, Jason Reid and Ian Connors, are available for interviews. If you would like a press screener of the film for review, please direct any media inquiries to the contacts listed in this release.

“Man Zou” — The Film and The Philosophy

“Man Zou” is a common phrase in Mandarin that translates literally to “Walk Slow.” Used as a farewell, it is a way of reminding one another to be careful and mindful on our journey and take the time to see things along the way.

Shot in fall of 2008 after the close of the Beijing Olympics, the film presents an insightful portrait of China, juxtaposing modern urban cities with breathtaking rural countryside. Featuring interviews with environmental visionary Ma Jun (named as one of the “100 most influential persons in the world” by Time magazine in 2006) and China urbanization specialist Kam Wing Chan.

“Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai” is the highly anticipated follow up from the creators of the award-winning documentary “Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team,” which exposed the shocking scandal behind the sale and relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics NBA franchise to Oklahoma City.

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“A poetically entrancing journey…”

– Sara Michelle Fetters,

“It blew my assumptions about China

out of the water…”

– Ryan Schuetze, Go Means Go

“Compelling, intelligent and uncommon…”

– Reed Wacker, Seattle P-I

Product Profile: 2011 Axiom Panniers and Bags

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

You may have heard some rumors and mumblings floating around the interweb claiming that Axiom is updating its bag line for 2011. Well, it’s true, we have taken tried and tested pannier, trunk, seat and bar bags and upped their game to what we think is the next level. Here is a quick review of what we did and why.

The goal was to keep everything that had made our bags so popular to begin with (quality, replaceable hardware, lifetime warranty) and add new functionality and features while refining some of the things that were not so popular. We looked at all of the feedback we had received from consumers, dealers and distributors and used that as a starting point. There were three major focuses for the 2011 product and a bunch of smaller changes as well.

The three key points are the shape, mounting system and fabrics.


Our product developers used 3D modeling to integrate an aerodynamic shape into our bags. We kept similar volumes while creating bags that produce less drag and keep weight closer to the center of your bicycle which improves performance when riding with panniers. We call it “Streamliner” -get it? –  because it streamlines the bag and it integrates well with our super-slim Streamliner racks.

Mounting System

Our old system worked really well; it was simple, minimalistic and functional, but not everyone was a fan. For 2011 you will find that our panniers feature a new hybrid system that uses our tried and true “Tie-Down” heavy duty bungee and combines it with Rixen & Kaul Vario hooks and Flip locks to offer simplistic, reliable mounting. And because we still believe that the greenest product is one you don’t throw away, we made sure that all of the hardware in our system is secured with bolts instead of rivets so that it is replaceable.


In our quest to use ethically sourced materials in our equipment, we continue to build our bags with premium South Korean fabrics. These fabrics exceed the most stringent environmental standards around. They are also free of and heavy metals and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which are known to cause cancer and respiratory illness in humans. This means that our bags are better for everybody that comes in contact with them: from manufacturer to dealer and end consumer as well.  This may sound odd, but go ahead and smell our bags; you’ll notice they don’t really have a smell, because they don’t use harsh chemicals or dyes while making them. Good for you, good for the environment and good for cycling.

What else?

Besides the big stuff we busied ourselves with fixing any little sniggles that had people talking as well. Things like shortening the straps so they don’t flap around, adding new storage solutions so you carry more stuff and refining the look of our bags to add aesthetic feel to the function.

The new bags are definitely a step forward for Axiom. But I suppose in the end you will have to be the judge of that when they come out in 2011. I do know that a lot of time and attention to detail was put into creating these bags so hopefully you will like them as much as we do.