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Old 12-01-12, 07:24 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Axxiom Journey racks

I just installed an Axiom Journey rack on my hybrid. My LBS special ordered it and a Transit for me to look at, and the Journey was $39, which is cheap for a good piece of kit.



This is a NICE bike rack. its MUCH stronger than any of the other inexpensive racks available, and very light too. uses relatively large diameter 6061 aluminum tubing. The Journey sits a little farther back than most racks, I chose this because my heels tend to clip the bags on most racks, quite annoying.

This rack is rated at 150 lbs(!) and weighs 700G.

the attachment to the seat stays (or a seat post clamp, if needed) are tubular aluminum just like the rack, and held in a nice clamp, much nicer than the typical strips of slotted chrome steel that you bend to suit.

I managed get my rear fender stays outside the rack stays, weaving the more upright fender stay through the rack stays, and bending the rear fender stay clear of the rack stay so it doesnt vibrate against the rack on bumps. I'm /really/ happy, a bike with rack and fenders thats near silent even on fairly big bumps.

There's other versions of the Journey that mount via the rear skewer, clamped to the hubs.

The Transit is lighter and a little cheaper, but not as far back.

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Old 12-02-12, 01:55 AM   #2
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I have the exact same rack on my MTB and it has served me well! This rack has been on several of my bikes in the past few years, and I've given it a fairly good workout.
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Old 12-02-12, 10:48 AM   #3
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I put one on my hybrid. I liked it enough that I got another one for my Kona Jake. They're nice racks.
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Old 12-02-12, 04:26 PM   #4
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amusing, the bigger local bike shop here, that had a wall with 15 or 20 different racks, the buyer wasn't familiar with them. when I described them and said they were in the QBP catalog (magic words, btw), he was interested enough that he went ahead and ordered both of the two I pictured as I wasn't sure what I wanted. when they came in, I brought my bike down, and eyeball sized them, chose the Journey, and he put the Transit up on his rack rack, saying 'we'll have no problems selling this... It was half the weight of some of the other ones on his shelf, and way stronger.

I've been using various racks for decades. My first 'good' rack was one of the very original Blackburns, made in USA, 3 point attachment (almost noone was putting rack mount bolts on the outside of the seat stays in the 1970s, that started in the 80s). I've had Eclipse Racks (excellent panniers and accessories, but they got out of bicycles and went into motorcycle gear), various things like Planet Bike, etc.
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The Journey is a good design if one is interested in using panniers. The Transit is better suited for trunk bags.

I too have suffered heel strike when using panniers in the past, and I've identified the Journey rack as a possible solution, but it's not a priority at the moment. Besides, if I get a new rack, then I'll naturally have to shop for some panniers to go with it...
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Old 12-03-12, 03:55 PM   #6
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k, bike with Axiom Journey rack installed!


bigger...


closeup of rack...



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and i need a new picture, because my rack gained a nice Banjo Bros rack bag. never used one of those before but I can already tell I'm gonna like it.

I got this one,
http://www.banjobrothers.com/product...-rack-top-bag/


which both can get taller on demand (unzip and stuff), and has two dropdown mini panniers you can stuff with yet more goodies. I'll try and stuff it full of stuff and get some pics tomorrow
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Something like this has been on my bike for 3 years, lots of kilometres, several mates transported sitting on the back (one at a time and YES we were drunk), one car hitting me (and bending it a bit) - still going strong. Easy to hold panniers (away from my heels), easy to put a backpack on it (thanks to that mouse trap like patent on top). It cost around 15 euros.

Can be used with both 26 and 28 wheels.



That Axiom looks nicer, but doesn't have "mouse trap like" mechanism - I'd miss not having that.
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never found those mousetraps to be that useful for holding stuff down under than maybe a rolled up jacket. racks like that were common in the 1970s on low end bikes. fairly heavy buggers, too.
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ok, pics of my new tail bag


bigger...


expanded, and mini-panniers deployed...

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SWEET! I have a Sunlite rear tail pack with the mini-panniners and I LOVE the bag!! LOL, I get a bit of grief from the weight-weninnes on local club social rides but since I don't own a car, I carry more extras, (cause I can't just ride back to the car!!). It great to be able to stop off at the LBS or food store and be able to get a needed item without figuring a way to "bungie" it to the rack! ENJOY!
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Those are, in my experience, some of the best racks on the market. The oversized tubing makes them stronger and more rigid than some racks costing 3x the price.

Axiom also makes a SS rack that I'd like to check out this season. Has a little extra vertical clearance that could be interesting for 29'ers.
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never found those mousetraps to be that useful for holding stuff down under than maybe a rolled up jacket. racks like that were common in the 1970s on low end bikes. fairly heavy buggers, too.
With a short bungee cord the mousetrap is great for holding large backpacks. I use backpack 99% of the time for commuting - like to have it securely on my back with hands free when off the bike.

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