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Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes: Locally built track bike, Kona mtb, Giant Road Bike, Soon to be Surly LHT Tourer!
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I had one for a short time and was able to experiment with it for a tour. It was 5-rails and wasn't the best for mounting panniers since the bags top would interfere if it wasn't mounted on the outermost rail. If the panniers were soft topped, mine weren't, then this isn't a problem. The result was panniers that hung diagonally if they were on the outer end. The reality is that the rack was super sturdy once mounted, slightly heavy, but could load things never imagined before on a bike, ie: 2 12-packs or a bunch of pizza boxes. It is absolutely worth it for a commuting bike and will get one again when I'm done touring. One other thing, if you run with drop bars, then you lose some loading capacity since cargo might interfere with the brake levers, but if you have trekking/flat bars then it's totally open. For someone looking to have a sturdy front rack that can double as a tent carrier and pannier carrier, then the 3-rail would be ideal, the 5-rail is perfect if want a little more room up front to bring a handlebar bag with panniers. The 7-rail, well...if you need to lug a bike boxed up than I guess this would be the best option for you.
Last edited by Accident; 05-26-08 at 01:01 PM.