Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: The Pearl of the Pacific, Mexico
Bikes: '12 Rodriguez UTB Custom, '83 Miyata 610, '83 Nishiki Century Mixte (Work of Art), '06 Specialized Epic Marathon MTB
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TandemTom: Will you ever be using front side bags? I'm also considering doing the same for a new build, but having a difficult time deciding on a rack. If it's only the trunk bag you'll ever be using, a Nitto M12/M18 or V.O.'s Pass Hunter racks should work fine for this purpose. You would need to buy later a low-rider rack if you ever want to mount front side bags. The Nitto Big Front rack from Rivendell (just like Surly's Front Rack) looks really nice and will give you both top and side solutions, but at a much higher cost bracket. I've also looked at Bruce Gordon's "Mountain Bike Rack" which looks nice for about the same cost, but looks like it won't allow one to mount both a top and side bags at the same time... I guess it depends on the design of the side bags. I think the Nittos look really classy made of stainless steel.
At any rate, I would also like to hear about more rack solutions others here may have. In my case, I think I will want to use front side bags in the future, so I'm being inclined to getting a Nitto M12/VO Pass Hunter now and buy a Tubus low-rider rack (love the look of the Nova!) later, if ever needed.
Last edited by Chris Pringle; 03-10-12 at 07:04 PM.