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Old 04-11-24, 06:51 PM
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Bike Rack interchangeability question

Hi, everyone,
A long time ago (say 15 years), I bought a Trek Interchange rack and bag combination. It was for an older "Next" bike that I had, which was a 26" wheel. Today, I purchased a Verve 2, which is a 700c x 45 wheel. I'll have to get new bolts to make the rack work with the mounting points on the frame/wheel. But my question before I go into it is, will the rack's frame fit on the bike? It seems like it might be too small when I try to put it on but I could very well be doing something wrong. I should also note that the older Next bike had rim brakes, while the Verve 2 has disc brakes.

Thanks and have a great evening.
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Old 04-11-24, 07:37 PM
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The verve 2 will take a rack. Usually the height difference between 26 and 700c isnt an issue, but it could be if the rack sits very close to your rear tire. The other question is whether the struts to attach the rack at the top, to the seatstays, are long enough. These can often be replaced with longer struts if needed.
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I still have and use an Interchange rack. Seems like one of the adjustment bolts on the lower extension stripped a bit, which in my case on a mtn bike never caused an issue, but you might want to check those before you commit
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I have this rack, the female threads in the aluminum rack are not as important as healthy threads on the steel adjustable bolts that use a nut to hold a load.
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The vertical struts may need a spacer or adaptor to clear a disc caliper depending on where the rack mounts on the new bike are located.
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Originally Posted by dedhed
The vertical struts may need a spacer or adaptor to clear a disc caliper depending on where the rack mounts on the new bike are located.
Not an issue with this particular bike.
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Thank you to everyone

I want to thank all of you. First, it had been so long since I mounted the Interchange rack that I didn't realize there were extensions in the bottom mounts. I ended up extending them out about 2" and it clears the rear tire with about an inch or so to spare (to the bottom strut that the reflector is on). Originally it came with a single strap but my bicycle shop provided me with two straps. I had to bend them down a bit to make them mount to the front point. And, I had to scrounge up a couple of bolts from my old bike for that.

Have a great weekend.
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