I'm wondering if anyone has any experience mounting a front rack on a Surly 1x1 fork. I'd like to get a Tubus Tara rack, but I'm not sure if it will fit well. The outside of the fork leg is about 3/4" wider than the lower eyelet and due to the shape of the Tara, I'm afraid I'll have to use spacers and a long bolt to attach it to the eyelets. Here's a couple pics to help illustrate what I'm saying:
(my fork doesn't have the disc brake attachment). See how the Tara will cross right over the thick part of the fork leg?
If anyone has paired up this fork and rack, please let me know how it is working. Otherwise I'm leaning towards getting the Jandd Extreme rack. I kinda like the top shelf option and the lower mount point looks perfect, but I don't see a clean way to mount the lower fender attachment points to the rack like the Tara provides (and this rack weighs twice as much as the Tara!):
I'm open to suggestions if anyone knows of another rack that would work well. I'm riding to Alaska and will hit some gravel roads, but don't expect to be on singletrack or rough off-road conditions. I'd like something sorta beefy, but the Surly Nice Rack might be overkill. Thanks!