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    Hebie Lowrider Rack

    Hi fellow bikers. I'm still working on a front rack for my Tricross and discovered that the original Blackburn lowrider rack that came with some used panniers i bought doesn't fit--the carbon fork sticks out too much for the tubing that makes the approach from above to attach to the eyelet on the fork.

    I've read that the Tubus Duo rack works with this bike but that's kind of out of my hoped price range and (don't hate me) i would prefer a corrosion-proof aluminum rack. The overly burly Jandd low front rack also is said to fit but it's heavier and "more" than i want. It looks like the Old Man Mountain AC Lowrider might work because the eyelet support approach is just from below, but i found this rack by Hebie (German company, apparently) and like its lighter, simple elegance. The problem is it's hard to see how the mounting works.

    Has anyone used this rack before? Is Hebie a good option for racks?

    If i could find a nice Tubus Duo or Tara clone in aluminum i'd go for that. It's hard to believe nothing like that exists--anyone have a link?

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    Looks like the mounting points are freely adjustable, so I don't think you'd have any problem mounting it on pretty much any with the proper eyelets. Although, why it has 3 mounting points on each side, I don't know.
    Otherwise, though, it's a good looking rack.
    Don't know why you insist on Aluminum because of corrosion resistance, considering a well-taken care of steel rack will probably last you longer, but, to each his own.
    But, otherwise I don't really know much about this rack, or this company.
    GR

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    the jannd lowrider is actually pretty minimal and light as far as front racks go -

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    Jannd Lowrider

    I know you can't believe manufacturer's stats, but according to Jandd, their lowrider is almost twice the weight (~400 g more) of the OMM and Hebie racks. I believe it's made with solid aluminum rod instead of hollow tubing. Compared to those monster racks with a shelf on top, it's definitely lighter, but compared to the Tubus Duo, it looks like a sledge hammer to a claw.

    If the Hebie's mount points really are those little tab things, it's hard to believe it can be as sturdy and stable as they suggest. Nobody has seen one of these before?

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    SL Rack

    This is actually made by SL Bike in Germany and distributed internationally through the Hebie catalog. SL Bike makes a range of proven racks for city, trekking and expedition touring. They do not spend money on advertising outside of Europe, which is why we know so little about them here in the USA.

    This particular low-rider rack is the top of their line, for expedition touring, and is the most versatile in terms of mounting due to the adjustable, sliding attachment points. It would be difficult to find a touring fork that this would not fit, and is rated at the same capacity as Tubus and other low-rider racks from other manufacturers.

    This rack is also available in 3 different versions: Black Powdercoat, Silver Polished, and a new TITAN coating that is the color of titanium and is more durable than any other finish. These racks used to be distributed in North America by Urbane Cyclist (www.ucycle.com) but usually via special order. In Europe, most bike shops can order direct from the Hebie catalog if you know the part number. I have emailed SL Bike (www.slbike.com) before and they are usually prompt with their responses. They will tell you where you can order their products and help with the model numbers.

    In case anyone thinks these are not exepdition proven, Tilmann Waldthaler has used these racks exclusively for most of his recent tours through Europe, Asia and Australia with ZERO problems. He has been involved in their development and testing, and has also been tapped by companies such as Continental to develop exclusive products designed to withstand the rigors of loaded touring.

    Small company, low profile, great products - you'll be amazed at how they can adjust to the dimensions of your fork, and you'll be asking yourself, "Why don't other rack makers design their low-riders like this?". They have a full range of rear racks to complement the low-riders in all 3 finishes as well.

    Hope this helps!

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    Wow, i think you're supposed to end a post like that with a disclaimer that you have no financial interest in the company! Seriously, though, thanks for the details. Looking a bit closer, i don't think the bar at the lower attachment will clear my fat cf fork. The OMM AC lowrider is the only rack i've seen that has the lower attachment approach just from below. I might just give up and buy that, because custom ordering the cool looking Hebie one and having it not fit would suck.

    Incidentally, in re-examining front racks, i realized that the Tubus Duo will not fit on the Tricross, as it doesn't have through-bolts mid-fork. I've read here where people specifically name that as the one that works with this bike, but it's obvious it wouldn't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scthomson View Post
    This is actually made by SL Bike in Germany and distributed internationally through the Hebie catalog. SL Bike makes a range of proven racks for city, trekking and expedition touring. They do not spend money on advertising outside of Europe, which is why we know so little about them here in the USA.
    ...editor: snip, snip...
    distributed in North America by Urbane Cyclist (www.ucycle.com) but usually via special order. In Europe, most bike shops can order direct from the Hebie catalog if you know the part number. I have emailed SL Bike (www.slbike.com) before and they are usually prompt with their responses. They will tell you where you can order their products and help with the model numbers.
    ...editor: snip, snip...
    Hope this helps!
    Since everyone I ask says they have never heard of SL Bike, I turned to BF and was not let down. Your commentary has me willing to in fact find a dealer in Germany, give them part numbers, and place my order. Thanks for the tips on doing that.

    Kind of off-topic....I am just a commuter looking for anyone with experience with the SL Bike Tournee rack with the so-called Glide System. My only experience with SL Bike is that one of their earlier racks (like a Tournee II but without the Glide System) came stock on my Dutch commuter bike. It is a nice, robust rack but that is exactly the sort of thing that the bike maker (Koga Miyata) tries to use on its bikes: no-frills, tough stuff for everyday use.

    What I wonder is whether thise Glide System can be trusted to attach my laptop via its variety of available adapters. Their child carrier adapter looks mighty nifty, but would Mr. Waldthaler put his kid in it, I wonder. I guess I will try.

    I wish that someone here in the USA would carry SL Bike products. If I ever find someone, I shall post it.

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