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    converting hardtail mtn bike into touring bike....any front racks for such?

    i have a wonderfully fast dekerf generation hardtail that i had rear rack brazeons put on recently...tis a fast baby to ride on....thinking of converting it to being my everyday commuter and touring bike. currently, however, it does have a front shock, which needs replacing, but are there any out there who've toured on a mtn bike geo and/or gotten some front rack that works with front shocks? (my bike has regular older centrepulls, being a '96 model)

    i do have a 53 (nearly new) riv atlantis that is just 2cm too long in toptube (i should have gotten the 51 size)...so i am trying one last effort to put on some very versatile jones' bars (h loop bars) http://www.jonesbikes.com/h-bar.html to see if this finally will work...if not will sell and use funds towards a Hampsten Crema for rando/sport touring.

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    I have had great success mounting an Old Man Mountain Sherpa front rack to my suspension fork.

    http://www.oldmanmountain.com/Pages/...rontRacks.html

    It attaches to the skewer going through the axle of the front hub.. On the other end, it uses your canti liver mounts..

    This is not a low rider rack. I found the platform space on top useful for strapping cargo. Have since swapped out the susp fork for a rigid one.. The rack stays.

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    In theory (mine anyway) it would be better to have the front rack suspended, rather than bouncing up and down with the wheel. The Tubus Swing allows this. It's certainly not a lowrider, but it looks like it should work well, and I've heard good reports. Unfortunately, I bought one for my new 29er, only to discover that it doesn't fit on my 29er fork, which is a fraction wider than my 26er's fork.

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    Last winter [their summer] I did a three month tour of New Zealand. I took my 4 Ortieb panniers and a top roller bag, but bought a new bike when i arrived. To attach a lowrider rack on to suspension forks; I used a pack of cable ties. With some ties holding the rack up, some holding it down, and some stopping it from moving side to side; it never gave me any trouble. Good things: cable ties. Here's a picture; fully freighted.bikeforforum.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Skannon View Post
    Good things: cable ties.
    I agree, last tour I put several long, strong ties in the pannier - behind the rear plastic stiffener and the fabric. Also a great place to store a mattess / fabric repair kit. I didn't need either, but I'll always pack zip ties.

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    suspension corrected rigid fork is 1 less thing to go wrong and weighs less..
    then you choose , Lowrider or higher front rack .

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiroptile View Post
    I have had great success mounting an Old Man Mountain Sherpa front rack to my suspension fork.

    http://www.oldmanmountain.com/Pages/...rontRacks.html

    It attaches to the skewer going through the axle of the front hub.. On the other end, it uses your canti liver mounts..

    This is not a low rider rack. I found the platform space on top useful for strapping cargo. Have since swapped out the susp fork for a rigid one.. The rack stays.
    +1 for Old Man Mountain. Not only do I love having a deck there, the OMM racks are bombproof. I run a Cold Springs on my ancient, rigid-fork GT, but I've torture tested that thing and it took a 250lb person sitting on it, going over potholes at speed to break it, and that was mostly caused by the pressure they exerted through the foot pegs I added. You can put any load you want on that Old Man Mountain rack and as long as you don't haul ass at 35MPH down a freeway on-ramp with a 250lb person bracing themselves against the footpegs you've intgrated into the rack and that rack will be just fine.

    /Karl tested
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    have a look at this

    http://www.freeload.co.nz/

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    Delta used to make a rack for suspension forks, I used that on a MTB, it worked fine. Not sure where to get it. I would go the Old Man Mountain route if I ever outfit a MTB again.
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