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Old 12-30-17, 10:17 AM   #1
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Long Haul/Disc Truckers: Anyone using a porteur rack or Wald basket front load only?

Iím considering putting my carrying load exclusively up front on a porteur rack or Wald basket on my Disc Trucker. I carry about 10-15 pounds daily. Iíve run similar setups on lower trail bikes and it was fine, but am concerned with the geometry of the DT. And with wheel flop on hills.

Anyone have a setup like this and love it? Iím riding a 56cm frame and am 6í tall with an average weight.
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Old 01-04-18, 09:37 AM   #2
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Iím considering putting my carrying load exclusively up front on a porteur rack or Wald basket on my Disc Trucker. I carry about 10-15 pounds daily. Iíve run similar setups on lower trail bikes and it was fine, but am concerned with the geometry of the DT. And with wheel flop on hills.

Anyone have a setup like this and love it? Iím riding a 56cm frame and am 6í tall with an average weight.

I have used a Velo Orange porteur rack for the past couple of years on a near cousin, albeit a little lighter weight of the LHT, an All-City Space Horse, canti version. I've never noticed wheel flop on hills. When touring with it, i had 2 front panniers and a rack top bag that weight right at 15 pounds, sometimes extra items lashed down with a cargo net too. The bike handled the load fine, I like front loads, however, I think I prefer to have an option to mount the panniers a little lower than what the rack allows, but otherwise, I didn't notice the load at all on the flat, it climbed quite nicely loaded this way, but did want to pull the bike towards the outside track on faster curved descents. It was quite easily managed though.
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I *love* low-rider panniers on my LHT fork. They make it the bike it is supposed to be, it seems like.
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I use a Surly 8-pack front rack with a Surly Petit Porteur bag, mounted on my Surly Straggler. For my commuting needs, I'm liking this setup more than anything I've ever used.

The Straggler uses the same fork as the Disc Trucker, so it should be a similar setup as you would have on your Disc Trucker. With the Petit Porteur bag, don't let the "petit" in the name fool you, the bag is quite roomy with a large main compartment and smaller pockets on the outside of the bag. There is a Surly Porteur bag, designed for the Surly 24-pack rack, that is much larger than the Petit Porteur bag.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do-
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