I was looking at getting a Tubus Vega or some similar lightweight rack that can handle a trunk bag to replace the Tubus Fly I currently have. The problem is that when I look at the specs, it seems that the braze-ons on my bike are too high up! Every Tubus rack site higher than the braze-ons, and the attachment piece is angled down to it. For it to fit on my bike, it seems that the attachment would have to bend upwards. So I have two questions.
1. Take a look at the picture of my bike. Am I missing something, or are the braze-ons too high?
2. How can I make it work? I'm worried that a rack won't bear the load properly if I bend the struts upwards.
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Nothing to worry about and your eyelets are not too high. It looks like they might have been placed at that level to avoid having interference with the rear brake? Tubus makes some really long stays and the beauty of their stays is they are easily manipulated. There is very little stress on the stays and they essentially keep the rack vertical.
if you don't feel good about bending the steel rack tubing go find some ss. straps that are common on Blackburn and other racks. The seat stay attachment is meant to prevent lateral movement so the round tubes aren't a necessity. I replaced the aluminum rod/tubus copy struts on an Axiom rack because they mounted too close to the fender and it's more solid than the tubes through the angled bracket. Not that tubus has that problem.
I don't think the builder had a good reason to put them that high; there would be no interference if they were a couple inches lower. And I can't use straps or clip-ons when the the eyelets are right there! I think I will plan on bending up the stays. Maybe I will e-mail tubus first. Any other rack suggestions that are lightweight but can support a trunk bag?
the tubus stays are aluminum and can be bent without problems.
The top stays on racks do not bear any load, they prevent the rack from pivoting forward or backward around the load-bearing bottom mounts. incidentally, this is why it is no problem to use P clamps here on a bike without brazed on eyelets up top.