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Some people hate the rear rack, which they find too flexible. I had good success with the Trek rack, once I adjusted the adjustable legs to minimal height; however, it was installed on a 25" frame, which means very short horizontal bars attached to the seatstays.. BTW, I now have a Burley Piccolo trailercycle, which comes with its own sturdy steel rack.
Other contenders: Blackburn EX-2 (if you can find one, because they disappeared 2 years ago), Jandd (some like it very much, while others find it quite flexible -- I never saw one for real), and for the best but also the most expensive: Tubus Cargo. MEC and REI probably have knockoffs of the Blackburn rack.
I have a Blackburn Lowrider which works fine, but isn't made anymore. What to look for:
- A lowrider, unless you ride really rough roads, single track, etc. The main advantage of the lowrider is that the panniers are inline with the steering axis. If your bike has the perfect geometry for a tourer, you won't feel any difference in handling with and without front panniers.
- A hoop, or some kind of connection between both sides. It adds to the rigidity of the system.