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Old 06-21-14, 03:45 PM   #1
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Looking for a low profile, more streamlined rear rack

I currently have a Topeak MTX rear rack but I am looking for something that's a little more low profile/smaller/streamlined to put on the back of a older steel frame I am building into a commuter. I've seen them around but have no idea what brand they were, how to describe them to google to search for, etc. I'm hoping some of you know what I'm referring to.
I think they have a more narrow platform so the whole thing is more form fitting around the wheel. It'll only be used for panniers so losing space on top isn't a big deal.

I've found this one, but I'm still not sure it's exactly what I'm looking for: Amazon.com : Planet Bike K.O.K.O. Rack : Bike Rack Back : Sports & Outdoors

Or I could be crazy and am imagining the whole thing.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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Something like a Tubus Fly?
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How about the Axiom Streamliner?
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I think they have a more narrow platform so the whole thing is more form fitting around the wheel. It'll only be used for panniers so losing space on top isn't a big deal.
Yeah, the Tubus Fly -


He lists out the other slightly larger tubus racks as well -
Tubus Bicycle Touring Bike Racks, TheTouringStore.com
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I just saw this mentioned in another thread: Axiom Streamliner



I just need something to carry a little something once in awhile on the road bike. One hundred plus bucks isn't worth it. I've got another bike better suited to carry lots of stuff.

$38+$2 ship is more like it for occasional use.
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If you really want streamlined go for the Tubus Airy:

tubus - Airy

Just don't look at the price
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I've been pondering this Pletscher rear rack from Rivendell. Yeah, the tail-light mount and pannier rails are at additional cost, but I've got the seat-stay braze-ons available, and I like the spring clamp. More expensive than some, a lot less than others.
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The axiom and tubus look about the same. Is there really going to be a difference in strength/durability? Do racks (realistically) break?
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Would a breezer rear rack fit your mount points? It's pretty low profile?

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Then, next, you need the Aero, Tailwind panniers http://www.angletechcycles.com/asset...s/techwind.htm
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Tubus Fly is best in market for streamlined ... if that's what you want!

lightest weight ...
will last longer than your bike ...
fits standard taillights for dynamo ...

by far, there is not equivalent regardless of what anyone here proposes...
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I just saw this mentioned in another thread: Axiom Streamliner


I think this is the one I've seen. I like it - this is probably what I'll get.
Question: would there be any issues mounting it to the older bolt/hexnut style brakes I have on the frame? And I don't hav quick release wheels, I'm also assuming that doesn't matter - would I just screw the nuts on the axles all the way off and slide this on?

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Would a breezer rear rack fit your mount points? It's pretty low profile?

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I don't care for the look of that, plus I don't think there's a lot of protection from the pannier going into the spokes. That looks more like a rack just for trunks.

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Then, next, you need the Aero, Tailwind panniers http://www.angletechcycles.com/asset...s/techwind.htm
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Tubus Fly is best in market for streamlined ... if that's what you want!

lightest weight ...
will last longer than your bike ...
fits standard taillights for dynamo ...

by far, there is not equivalent regardless of what anyone here proposes...
Maybe when I hit the lotto I can get one.
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I think this is the one I've seen. I like it - this is probably what I'll get.
Question: would there be any issues mounting it to the older bolt/hexnut style brakes I have on the frame? And I don't hav quick release wheels, I'm also assuming that doesn't matter - would I just screw the nuts on the axles all the way off and slide this on?



I don't care for the look of that, plus I don't think there's a lot of protection from the pannier going into the spokes. That looks more like a rack just for trunks.



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Maybe when I hit the lotto I can get one.

I was referring to the rack breezer uses on their bikes.



I saw that other skimpy one you may have seen. Agree it's meant for top mount trunks etc.

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Seen lower ones .. sit below the top if the tire, but of course then have to be further back so you dont kick the bags.
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Maybe when I hit the lotto I can get one.
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Tubus Fly is best in market for streamlined ... if that's what you want!

lightest weight ...
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fits standard taillights for dynamo ...

by far, there is not equivalent regardless of what anyone here proposes...
Tubus Airy is >100g lighter.
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Then, next, you need the Aero, Tailwind panniers http://www.angletechcycles.com/asset...s/techwind.htm
Since I haven't figured out how to tack a bike like a sailboat, those are pretty cool.

Actually, I was thinking of a banjo bros. grocery pannier. Or something similar.
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So the more I read about the axiom streamliner the less I think I can use it. Everything I see says it attaches to the quick release skewer...but I don't have quick release I have a traditional older bolt/axle with hex nuts wheel.
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So the more I read about the axiom streamliner the less I think I can use it. Everything I see says it attaches to the quick release skewer...but I don't have quick release I have a traditional older bolt/axle with hex nuts wheel.
That's not going to be a problem, "quick release" is just referring to the wheel skewer. My brother has the axiom rack you mentioned, it mounts the same way the Tubus Fly would - you put the wheel skewer through where it attaches on the bottom. Quick release / not quick release doesn't matter.
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That's not going to be a problem, "quick release" is just referring to the wheel skewer. My brother has the axiom rack you mentioned, it mounts the same way the Tubus Fly would - you put the wheel skewer through where it attaches on the bottom. Quick release / not quick release doesn't matter.
Alright cool. I guess looking at pics of the rack on the sites the hole at the bottom looked really small, and I've never taken a QR skewer out before so I was figuring they were a smaller diameter than the traditional bolt style based on the pics I was seeing. I'm happy to assume incorrectly.

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Alright cool. I guess looking at pics of the rack on the sites the hole at the bottom looked really small, and I've never taken a QR skewer out before so I was figuring they were a smaller diameter than the traditional bolt style based on the pics I was seeing. I'm happy to assume incorrectly.
To be fair, that picture is accurate, but I don't know if a quick release skewer is a different size than a bolt skewer - I can't imagine it would be, they both go through the wheel the same way and need the same diameter I would think.
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I have been beating the crap out of a Tubus fly for 7 years of year round commuting among lot of other things. Not surprisingly the paint has kind of worn off on the 2 spots where my pannier hangs. So what. Other than that it is as good as new. Expensive sure, worth it too.
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I have been beating the crap out of a Tubus fly for 7 years of year round commuting among lot of other things. Not surprisingly the paint has kind of worn off on the 2 spots where my pannier hangs. So what. Other than that it is as good as new. Expensive sure, worth it too.
i like it, except the price, but i also don't like how the struts/supports are so far apart - I don't know if my pannier clamp will hold to them so far apart.
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