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Old 11-17-05, 12:16 AM   #1
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That's the one that can be use on rear suspension bikes. Does anybody own one or has any experience with it? Any comments?

Today for the first time in my life I felt the need of a rack. I usually ride with a backpack, but after reading more about commuting and riding confort I decided to go for a short ride (<6miles) with nothing, just wallet, cell phone and keys. Ended up having some coffee and next thing I know I am at Blockbusters with a rented film and no place to take it home. Sounds silly, but if I want to be backpack free, that rack + one of it's attachments may be a good option.

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Old 11-17-05, 08:47 AM   #2
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it is nice for just the reasons you quoted ... But than of course I am somewhat biased, lol

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bump...just a little CPR to see if I can keep it alive.

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Since you bumped . . .

I don't have any experience with the QuickRack. Instead I have the Old Man Mountain "Sherpa" rack on my Jetstream XP. Works great, looks cool, and I can raise and lower the seat with no additional monkey business.

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See...my bike does not have that little screw right on top of the brakes, below the suspension. I was just talking to AF (he rides a KHS) about that...lacking that little screw really limits my choices.
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See...my bike does not have that little screw right on top of the brakes, below the suspension. I was just talking to AF (he rides a KHS) about that...lacking that little screw really limits my choices.
Hi Rafael,

That mounting system with the metal strap going to that center hole is my own concoction. The Sherpa rack comes with hardware to allow it to be braced to the seat stays, or via the brake boss bolts. Check out these photos from OMM's Sherpa gallery:



Their mounting system would work as-is, but a few moments with a hacksaw and a drill to shorten the aluminum straps would make the install very clean.

I'm not trying to cost Thor a sale, but I think having to remove or otherwise fiddle with the rack every time the bike is folded is very inelegant.
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thats a nice rack

did I just say that ...lol

the beauty of the pletscher suspension quick rack is, that you can completely take it off the bike without tools and big fuss

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ps...... the mountain rack is more stable, as is a pletscher rack which gets mounted permanently to the rear stays braze ons ( or the center hole ) and the dropouts ...
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Well, I've never been complimented in that way before, but, hey, I'll take it.
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I may have to wait. I agree that playing with the seatpost and adding another monkey business is quite innelegant, but at the same time it's US$50.00 cheaper. That money goes to my Downtube VIII RS project.

One way or another, that's what I have in the rear, one single hole in each side...



We will see how it goes, and I'll make sure I will keep you posted.
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I have one of the Pletscher QR racks from Thor on my Dahon Gotham City. It is suspended and it works quite well. It was pricey but I've been quite happy with it. Even with about 10 kg of food on it I experience no wobbling or any ill behavior. It has a great big reflector too that is quite nice. Ultimately I will mount a rear tail light there once I get my dynamo setup on it.
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