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Old 04-18-08, 01:23 PM
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Rear racks for bikes with disc brakes

I'm brand new at mountain biking and I saw a bike that I liked. It has disc brakes. I need a rear rack on the bike because I'm also going on a tour this summer. I thought that would prevent me from getting a bike with disc brakes, but now I heard about the Axiom Journey and the Topeak Super Tourist DX racks that are made for bikes with disc brakes. I'm going to attach panniers to the rack for my tour and so the rack should be able to hold some weight. Any experiences with these two racks? Which one can you guys recommend?
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Old 04-18-08, 01:34 PM
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Maybe I just have been using the wrong kinds of racks but I don't see how disc brakes would matter.
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Old 04-18-08, 01:46 PM
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Here is a frame with disc mounts and rack mounts..

http://www.gunnarbikes.com/rocktour.php
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Old 04-18-08, 02:54 PM
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I do not think that disk brakes will limit you from having a rack. In fact, I am quite sure of it.
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Old 04-18-08, 03:54 PM
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Jandd has spacers that let you move the rack stays out to clear the disc calipers.
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Old 04-18-08, 04:05 PM
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Wow, who knew. All three of my various racks have always used the bikes frame. No contact points anywhere near the brakes. disc or vee. Racks not owned all at the same time.
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Old 04-18-08, 04:56 PM
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Some racks may not work with some disc brake setups. Most of the racks I looked at wouldn't fit on my bike...I'd have had to bend the rack and use a spacer to clear the brake's caliper mounting hardware. But I found a rack with an adjustable mount that clamped to the bike's seat stay instead of using the normal mounting hole.

  • Designed for mountain bikes with disc mounts
  • Mounts to standard rack eyelet on non disc side
  • Mounts to disc mount or to a strap above the disc mount on disc side, rubber coated frame strap included, additional hardware may be needed for some bikes
  • Mounts to upper braze ons, or additional frame straps, not included (but available at hardware stores).
http://www.comcycle-usa.com/ProductInfo.aspx?id=1960262

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Old 04-19-08, 03:49 AM
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Maybe I just have been using the wrong kinds of racks but I don't see how disc brakes would matter.
Mechanical disc brake calipers stick out from the frame about 20mm straight above where the rack eyelet is, therefore a standard rack won't work because the brake caliper is in the road.

Are they brakes Mechanical or Hydraulic?
Hydraulic disc brake calipers are much much narrower than the Mechanical disc brake calipers and you'll probably only need a special rack for disc brakes if your brakes are the mechanical ones.

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Old 04-19-08, 07:40 AM
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Old 04-20-08, 01:56 PM
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The rear mechanical disc caliper does interfere with standard racks. I use the Topeak rack with disc blocks like cobba is showing. Works great!
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Old 04-20-08, 04:02 PM
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I have hydraulic brakes, but still needed something special. The one cobba posted would probably have worked even better than what I found.
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