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Old 07-24-08, 04:23 PM   #1
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Front rack on a carbon fork

I've ordered a Schwinn World DBX commuter bike with carbon fork for commuting. However, I've got the touring bug in a big way and I'm curious if anybody has tried putting a front rack on a carbon fork. I've seen quite a few racks that will work but don't want to put the bike or myself in jeapordy.

I don't plan on putting a lot of weight on there, but if I could get some clothes/shoes/towel/etc, it would be ideal.

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http://www.schwinnbike.com/products/...ail.php?id=748
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Old 07-24-08, 06:59 PM   #2
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Looks like it has fender eyelets. Mounting to the brake bolt won't make any difference to the fork, either. Most of the load will go to the eyelets, which aren't carbon and connect to the wheel quite directly.
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Old 07-24-08, 09:39 PM   #3
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I can't vouch for the schwinn carbon fork but I just went on tour with a friend who had an Easton EC-90X fork on his bike and had front panniers, a small rack with a sleeping bag on it, and a handlebar bag. He did over 1100 miles on it without any problems.
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When carbon parts fail the results are unpredictable and catestrophic. Carbon forks are subject to sudden, sometimes violent impacts and hanging a rack laden with up to 30 lbs of pannier and gear is a risk that IMHO should not be taken. But its also true that BOB trailers work fine on bikes with carbon chainstays. Nevertheless, you won't see me EVER hang front panniers on a carbon fork.
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I wouldnt put a rack on that has those clamps that go around your forks anyway
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why dont you get yourself a spare set of front steel forks for when your touring ,clamping a rack to carbon emm dont thing there really made for that kind of thing i woulden't chance it if in doubt?
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why dont you get yourself a spare set of front steel forks for when your touring ,clamping a rack to carbon emm dont thing there really made for that kind of thing i woulden't chance it if in doubt?
Great idea. I'll probably do that.

Thanks for the replies everyone.
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Yeah, clamping objects to carbon is not a good plan. Even if it can handle the weight, if you use too much torque you can crush the carbon, potentially leading to a crack or even a failure.
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nashbar sells a $10 700 steel front fork. I dont know if it has eyelets, and its unpainted. But its $10.
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If that fork has canti mounts - looks like it does - although you may have to buy a couple posts to thread in - you can use an Old Man Mountain rack with it no problems. The rack will attach at the brakes posts and the QR. I've used these racks for years on some rough tours and not had any issues at all.
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is that the old man mountain vik?
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is that the old man mountain vik?
That pic is their Cold Springs front rack which I have one on my LHT and one on my Big Dummy. They do have other models that would work as well. They are super helpful guys so I would just give them a call and explain your situation they will make sure you get the right rack and the right mounting hardware.
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