Join Date: Apr 2011
Bikes: Old steel GT's, for touring and commuting
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Originally Posted by MichaelW
The disc version will work but it will create a wider bike. This increases aerodynamic drag and reduces your ability to squeeze through gaps. It may put more stress on the bolts, but I'm not sure of that.
Disc racks are a hack to solve the problem of mis-located disc brakes. Personally I would hunt around for a normal rack.
The rack isn't any wider than the pedals and handlebars are...? And the aerodynamic drag has got to be pretty minimal...
My girlfriends' Novarra Safari came with a disc specific rack (and disc hub wheels), but is equipped with rim brakes. I can take a picture if you'd like an idea of what that looks like. The rack doesn't have any make or model on it, and I've never spotted the same one online, so I don't know who makes the one she has. The previous year model Safari had disc brakes, and I guess they didn't bother changing over the production lines wheels and racks.
The rack should attach fine, and it won't look very strange. It looked a little odd to my eyes at first, but I doubt my girlfriend even noticed, and most folks wouldn't either.