Touring - Which of Two Rack Styles for Suspension Front Forks
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08-02-08, 12:23 PM
One style of rack (Tubus Swing) mounts at the fork crown and between headset spacers. The other (OMM Cold Springs / Sherpa) mounts at the quick release and clamps to the shock. The stresses on the suspension fork seem to be be quite different. Which do you think is better?
08-02-08, 01:04 PM
I've opted for the Swing, because it isolates the load from the vibration, and allows the fork to be 'light & responsive' on bumpy tracks. Seems like a good idea to me, to avoid having your bags bouncing up and down along with the wheel.
08-02-08, 01:48 PM
Looks like you made the Logo work with your rear disk. I had to use spacers, but it worked for me too.
Was it a big deal to disassemble your headset to insert the spacer?
08-02-08, 02:05 PM
Looks like you made the Logo work with your rear disk.
I had to use spacers, AND bash flat the end of one of the tubes, to mount the rack but allow the mechanical disks to work AND allow the sliding dropouts to move (the rack is attached to one of the sliding dropout bolts!). Add the Rohloff external mech box into the equation, and my rear hub area is about as complicated as I'd like it to be! But it all works and I shouldn't have to adjust any further.
Regarding the Swing, yes, I had to use spacers on that too, because my fork is about the same width as the Swing's bracket. No big deal, and one advantage of the Tubus racks is that, being steel, they can easily cope with a bit of bashing/bending.
08-02-08, 02:48 PM
Did you have any trouble disassembing the headset to put the ring between the spacers? (I've never touched my Chris King threadless headset)
BTW, your bike is nearly exactly like the one I first wanted to build until I learned the Rohloff shifter will really work only on straight bars. I opted for the Jeff Jones H-Bar style from Titech and a conventional drive train.
08-02-08, 02:57 PM
Sorry - I didn't understand the question in your earlier post!
You don't have to disassemble the headset - just unscrew and remove the star-cap at the top (screws into the star-bolt), remove the stem, then pop the Swing's top bracket over the steerer. If you've left a bit of steerer and some spacers above the headset, then you can choose to install the Swing bracket at any height among those spacers. Then re-install stem, (sequence is important here) fit and tighten the star-cap, then tighten the stem bolts. Job done.
PS - I also have a Chris King headset - lovely thing!
08-02-08, 03:14 PM
Thank you very much for your replies. Other than the Rohloff drive train (which is of course huge!) our bikes are similar to the point that I am also now running 50-622 Marathon XR's. (See link above that I edited in after your last post.) Oh, but mine's a 29er.
08-02-08, 03:26 PM
Wow - that's a fantastic-looking bike! Interesting bars, and I've never seen levers like that before. Nice forks too - I went for Vanilla RLC, but I think I'd have preferred a shorter travel.
I've been lusting after a 29er for a LONG time now, but my shed's just too full of bikes already. Actually, if I had room I'd probably buy a grown-up jump bike first, because I've always been secretly impressed by what those guys can do on park benches.
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