I've been given conflicting information by two area Trek dealers so I hoped some one on the list might have some advice.
The Trek Pilot 5 has eyelets at the rear hub. One Trek dealer said he could mount a rear rack on the bike with no problem. The other Trek dealer said you cannot mount a rack to any carbon frame and he didn't know why the eyelets are there. He said he thought putting a rack on it would void the warranty.
The Trek Pilot 5 is all carbon, a Trek Pilot 2 (I believe) is combination carbon and aluminum.
I'm trying to choose between the Pilot and a Specialized Sequoia. IlLike the Pilot, but not if I can't have a sturdy rear rack (not a seat-post variety).
Are there any threaded eyelets on the chainstays?
You can fit a 3-point rack to the fender eyelets and the brake bolt.
I dont see how this will damage the carbon, the weight is taken on metal dropouts but drop a line to Trek and tell us what they recomend.
This kind of bike will not respond well if heavily loaded but should esily cope with a hostel touring load. The best rack for lightweight bikes is the Tubus Fly http://www.tubus.net/eng/produkte/hi...raeger/fly.php