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Old 08-22-08, 09:55 AM   #1
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looking for a Nitto Big Front rack

Does anyone know where to order a Nitto Big Front rack besides Rivendale? They are out of stock. I've searched, but having no luck.
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Old 08-22-08, 10:02 AM   #2
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Don't know where else you can get that rack (actually never heard of it before reading this thread), but the Surly Front Nice Rack comes in a chrome finish and is a very similar design. It costs a few bucks less as well...maybe you'd be interested in that?
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Uh, I just realized that Nitto doesn't make'em in black. So, I will be ordering the Surly. Here's a pic of the Nitto.


Btw, the reason I was thinking Nitto over Surly is that the Surly rack takes a lot of hardware to mount the rack. As you can see, the Nitto doesn't.

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I don't know about the Nitto, but the Surly weighs 2.95 pounds. That would be enough to scare me off, but if you don't mind the weight I guess it is a sturdy rack.
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I don't know about the Nitto, but the Surly weighs 2.95 pounds. That would be enough to scare me off, but if you don't mind the weight I guess it is a sturdy rack.

Yes, that is true, and that's another reason why I'm trying to find another alternative. There are a limited number of steel low rider racks that have platforms. Surly and Nitto. I love Tubus racks, but alas, no platform. Any other suggestions?
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Yes, that is true, and that's another reason why I'm trying to find another alternative. There are a limited number of steel low rider racks that have platforms. Surly and Nitto. I love Tubus racks, but alas, no platform. Any other suggestions?
I am attempting to get around this. I currently have the Axion low rider style rack on my LHT. I will be adding the Nashbar front rack that is just the platform and attached to the Brake mounting bolts. Unfortunately Nashbar is out of these atm so I haven't tried it yet.

http://www.nashbar.com/nashbar_photo...-NCL-ANGLE.jpg

http://www.axiomgear.com/product/rac...uct.php?id=155
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I am attempting to get around this. I currently have the Axion low rider style rack on my LHT. I will be adding the Nashbar front rack that is just the platform and attached to the Brake mounting bolts. Unfortunately Nashbar is out of these atm so I haven't tried it yet.

http://www.nashbar.com/nashbar_photo...-NCL-ANGLE.jpg

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I was going to suggest that one too. The platform is quite small though.
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That's a really good idea. Thanks. Any other store carry those platform racks? I did a quick google search but didn't see any. I'll keep looking though.
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I have a Surly Nice Rack in my parts bin...burly, but really over designed. I ended up using a couple OMM Cold Springs front racks with platforms. Nice and light yet quite strong and made in the US if that matters.

They aren't low riders, but I have carried heavy loads with them on my LHT and Big Dummy with zero handling issues and the panniers are in a position I can access them while on the bike which is very nice.
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That's a really good idea. Thanks. Any other store carry those platform racks? I did a quick google search but didn't see any. I'll keep looking though.
I just tried to hunt it down again, looks like it night not be available at all. I might have to get the tools and sheet metal out.
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The Surly is big & heavy, but if you're looking for a platform with low rider mount rails (and a black finish as well), I don't know of any other alternatives.

I've been using Surly front & rear racks for commuting for the past 2 years, as well as the occasional camping trip. The weight hasn't been an issue for me while riding, not even going uphill. However, the weight is a problem when I carry the bike up to my fifth floor walk-up.

However, if my bike was strictly a tourer, I probably would ditch the platform and use lighter Tubus racks. But I find the platform so useful on a day-to-day basis when commuting and running errands, that I don't want to get rid of it. I could see it causing trouble if I ever wanted to box my bike up and take it on tour overseas. With the massive racks and extra long aluminum fenders, I'm not sure it could fit in a box.
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Jandd also makes a platform front rack
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The Nitto is very sturdy. I don't know if you can tell, but I wanted it black, so I took it to a powder coater & had it made black. Now, of course, I want a silver one!

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Now, of course, I want a silver one!

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Are you saying you want to part with the black one?
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