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Old 08-01-06, 05:28 PM   #1
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rack for bigger bike?

I ride a 60cm frame and I've bought 2 rear racks already. What's frustrating is neither fits on the bike. I do not have the eyelets on the seat stays, but I do have eyelets above the dropouts. When I try the racks on a smaller bike, they work! The fit problem seems to be the angle of the seat stays. For a smaller bike the angle between the seat tube and the seat stays is more obtuse than on my bike. Because of the steep angle, I can't get the rack adjusted over the wheel without running the front end into the brakes.

Any ideas what this doesn't work? If this still doesn't work, can anyone recommend me a rack that mounts on the axle of the rear wheel? I can't believe that a mass-produced rack doesn't exist to fit my bike.

I'll have to make my own rack if nothing else works.
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Old 08-01-06, 05:35 PM   #2
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Old Man Mountain makes racks that mount to the QR at the rear wheel. I have a OMM red rocks rack which mounts to the frame eyelets. You won't have any trouble with this rack. Worst case you might have to drill out the strut that attached the rack.

My bike is a 58cm surly LHT.

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Old 08-02-06, 11:39 AM   #3
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My rack.

I had the same problem.
I ride a 61cm Specialized Sirrus.

The rack I bought (can't find the brand, but it came with a removeable child seat), came with 2 sets of stand-off brackets for bolting to the seat stays. Neither one worked.

So, I used one set for the seat stays, and one set for the chain stay. So, the rack is set up and back just a bit - but enough to get it out of the brake cable, keep it from riding on the tire, and keep my daughters feet out of mine when riding with the child seat.

I'll try and post a pic.
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