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Old 09-04-05, 10:02 PM   #1
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front rack and no braze ons

Does any company make any front racks that you can just clamp on to front forks? I have the eyelets on a fork (its a MTB I'm converting) but no actual mounts on the fork.
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Does any company make any front racks that you can just clamp on to front forks? I have the eyelets on a fork (its a MTB I'm converting) but no actual mounts on the fork.
There are lots of options. tubus makes a couple of options (look about half way down). Blackburn lowriders come with a u-bolt that secures the rack to the fork. Old Man Mountain also makes a rack that attaches to the brake bosses.

My personal favorite is the Tubus Tara which are excellent.
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I use a Old Man Mountain AC lowrider with U bolts. Tubus sells clamps for the Tara. Nitto racks can also attached with clamps, and I believe the Surly can too. Well, most front racks can be mounted with clamps or U bolts!
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Does blackburn still make the LR, I couldn't find it on their site. Anyway, lots of copies out there.

The other option is a front rack that is like a rear rack - connects at top of fork and eyelets only. These come in models where the stuff rides high, which is fine if you don't carry much weight, just volume. Or they come in low rider versions, they just connect up high. And, finally some allow you to choose high or low placements. I have been looking at so many racks recently, I kinda lost track, but Surly I think makes these. One advantage to this style is that you can also pack stuff across the top of the rack. Of course CG is an issue, but you can find stuff that is bulky, like folding tires.
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If you want a front rack with a shelf above the front wheel then the OMM Sherpa or Cold Springs models are by far the best. They attach via the quick release and brake bosses. Despite the myths, there's absolutely no reason why you can't carry a fair bit of weight on these racks. If most of the weight is in the panniers and not on top of the rack then there are mininal effects on handling compared to a low rider type rack. A front rack is the right choice for touring off-road or on very bad roads in the third world.

If you want a low rider type rack then get the Tara by Tubus and use quality p-clips (such as the ones Tubus sells) to attach the rack to the fork leg. Tubus racks have the significant advantage that they can be welded (with care), but for their rear racks the weight rating should be taken with a pinch of salt. It seems extremely optimistic.
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Does blackburn still make the LR, I couldn't find it on their site. Anyway, lots of copies out there.
I assume that they are still making them because a Google search turns up all kinds of the Blackburn lowriders. Either that or there is a lot of new old stock out there.
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There's also the Carradice Super Limpet panniers (which integrate a front rack) -- see http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/carradice.asp
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Or you could find a custom frame maker who can give you the bosses on the fork. Only costs about £10-£20 here in the UK.
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