Axiom Journey Rear Rack- It's Cheap But Is It Of Decent Quality?
I'm looking for a new rear rack to mount on a Kona Sutra that I'm building up. I've come across the Axiom Journey, which is really cheap at $17. The Axiom site lists the rated weight at 70kg! Does this sound reasonable to you? To me it sounds too good to be true!
Does anyone have any experience with this or other Axiom racks? Thanks.
70kg sounds unreasonable. Maybe that's the breaking load and not the load limit for day to day use. The Tubus Logo rack (possibly the best there is) is only rated to 40kg and I'd bet my house on it being stronger than the axiom rack.
For an aluminum rack, it does look solid. I went for the more expensive 'Tour du Monde' from Axiom which is rated at 150kg. I bet the screws would break before the rack does but then, I won't test the limits of that rack. I also think Axiom exagerate the solidity of their rack. The 'Tour du Monde' for instance seems to be of the same material as the Tubus but is rated much higher...
I think manufacturers' load rates are not standard and might have more to do with the type of warranty they offer. Note that oversized tubings, like on the 'Journey' sometimes need larger hooks on your panniers...
Lots of Canadians recommended it before my tour; I didn't find one, and bought a Blackburn instead - which broke. I'm now using a hollow-tubing Topeak, which seems VERY strong, but which I'm told will weaken badly if I ever lay the bike down and crush the tubing.
I use the Tour du Monde rack also. I've been using it for touring for about a year now without problems and I've been using it for about two years as a commuting rack year including in ice and snow without problems. So far it's worked out well for me although I did have problems mounting an Ortlieb Classic rear pannier on it. Arkel's, Vaude and the newer Ortlieb's work well.
I like them enough that I have three of them now on various bikes.
If the rated value is actually correct and assuming that some other dependancy wouldn't fail as a result of using the rack at it's full rating it would be interesting to add some BMX foot pedals and a comfortable seat for those times when you might want to take a non-pedaling passenger along for a ride.