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    Front Racks IRD Lhasa vs Bor Yueh BY-218N

    Hello BF:

    I've posted previously about touring forks and rack mounting systems, thank you all for your responses, they were very helpful. I am building up my bike for some touring I hope to do in the future. It is a Motobecane Cafe Noir, which was advertised as a touring bike on BD, though it was not touring-ready as it had a carbon fork (to their credit it has the rear rack-ready mounts). Funnily enough when I purchased it, I had no idea what I would use it for outside of commuting to work, all I knew is that I did not want drop bars and wanted something fast that would not hold me back...so flat-bar road bike it was. Almost a year later, I am very happy with it...it is a very versatile bike (and getting more and more so by the day.

    As of now I've got a good touring fork on there, and have some carradice kendal panniers ready and waiting for duty. All that is left is a front rack to mount them on.

    I want something light weight and with a front platform for additional items at a sub-$100 price (this rules out the Surly Nice Front Rack, Nitto and others). On the rear I have a Nelson LF saddlebag so the front rack and panniers will serve to balance some weight as well. Have looked at the Jandd Extreme and was not entirely impressed. It is nice and lightweight and a good price but have read that the platform hits the steerer tube when rotated at an extreme angle. The IRD Lhasa was to be my top choice as it is nearly the same as the Jandd but they seemed to have solved the platform issue.

    Then, today I came across the Bor Yueh BY-218N , it looks really cool! Something unique that I'd love to add to my setup. But it is made from alloy, and I could not find a dealer at quick glance to even get a price estimate. The other Bor Yueh front racks seem very inexpensive (~15 GBP) which seems sort of cheap and fishy.

    Has anyone had any experiences with the Bor Yueh racks, know where they might be available, and possibly recommend or steer me away from them? I've found this website very helpful in comparing front racks, but this specific Bor Yueh rack is not listed there.

    Thank you for any information
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    I have Bor Yeuh racks on my Giant Expedition they are of decent quality and I have never had a problem with them. Nitto also makes racks similar to them, but are much more expensive. I have no clue where to purchase Bor Yeuh racks in the US, I haven't seen too many of them in any distributor catalogs. Hopefully they are easier to source in Europe.

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    largely a Blackburn knockoff above ..

    it is possible to separate a small rack, attached to the brake bosses ,
    rather than as part of the rack , so knock down for boxing, to fly with the bike,
    is easier..

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    The Bor Yueh looks pretty cool, but I've not been impressed with their racks in the past. I got one cheap from Nashbar, and it's a beast; it weighs far too much, and sadly isn't as secure as I would like. The one you linked to looks better, but I'm still sceptical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    I have Bor Yeuh racks on my Giant Expedition they are of decent quality and I have never had a problem with them. Nitto also makes racks similar to them, but are much more expensive. I have no clue where to purchase Bor Yeuh racks in the US, I haven't seen too many of them in any distributor catalogs. Hopefully they are easier to source in Europe.

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    that looks sweet!!! nice bike

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    how much was the front rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_sean View Post
    how much was the front rack?
    Came stock on the bike. No clue what they would sell for individually.

    I actually have two of these bikes, my brother has one very similar to mine and just gave it to me, but I haven't picked it up yet.

    We bought these back around 1990/91 where they were being sold in the US. The originally came with flat bars and were sold in the EU as a trekking bike.

    My original one got stolen and the one in the picture was the replacement. Unfortunately it is a 58cm and my original was a 60cm.

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    Thank you everyone, here is a picture of my setup and a few notes

    Belated thanks everyone for your thoughts and advice, I've finally gotten my touring fork, IRD Lhasa Front rack, and Carradice bags up and running on my bike. Here's how it looks:


    IMG-20110807-00067.jpg

    I will probably want to change my front wheel to something sturdier still. As you can see the geometry is quite compact and it is not a proper touring bike, but it is the best I have and will hopefully work for a few trips in the future. As of now I use it every day for commuting, and it worked just fine for hauling a load of groceries (of course this was the first thing I did after mounting the bags )

    A couple of notes:

    * I can't say enough about changing from carbon fork to steel. The ride is so smooth now and it just eats up any bumps in the road

    * The IRD Lhasa Front Rack is great, it mounts sturdily to the fork, though I had to drill extra holes in it so that I still had room for my front brake. It has an appealing matte finish and is just solid all around, yet still relatively lightweight aluminum

    * The touring fork also required getting creative. This particular 1" threadless touring fork from SJS cycles was the only one that I could find. When it arrived, I could not get my existing crown race to fit on it. Turns out, it was too small to fit, the fork required a 26.4 rather than 27mm crown race. Maybe I've got that backward, in any case I had to pay a bike shop $35 to shave down the area where the crown race sits

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