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Old 09-04-08, 08:30 AM
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Rear Rack for Storage

Did a few searches and didn't find as much information as I'd hoped. We have the 2005 Cannondale Road Tandem and interested in obtaining a rear rack that will work with our disc brakes. However, at this time, I'm not privy to spending the ~$125 for a high-end rack from tubus and similar. I noticed there are a few that are more reasonable that 'say' they work with disc brakes such as Topeak.

Any hints, suggestions, or recommendations are greatly appreciated.
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Topeak Disc Rear Rack around $30-40 dollars. I have two of them one on a 08 Cannondale Tandem 2 and a Gaint Yukon
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Originally Posted by deanack View Post
Topeak Disc Rear Rack around $30-40 dollars. I have two of them one on a 08 Cannondale Tandem 2 and a Gaint Yukon
Thanks deanack ... I'll look into the Topeak a bit more. It's nice to hear from an actual user of the product that it works ahead of time.
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Here's another option. The Axiom Journey for disk brakes. We use it on our Burley with rear disk brake and it's been just fine. Like the Topeak, it's priced right.

http://bicyclewarehouse.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=9720
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I put a cheapo rack on a touring bike with discs, simply by splaying the rack wider and using longer nuts and nylon spacers. The Topeak Disc looks like a better solution. There is a also a disc version of the Topeak Babysitter rack - a good choice if you want to bring a tot along.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I placed an order for one today.
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Can anyone tell if these "disc" racks need to be "expanded" like a regular rack to fit a tandem? We don't have a disc, but if a disc rack is a simple fit then it makes sense to me.
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At the recent bike shop sale they had a fairly stout, slightly heavy Blackburn rack that had extenders on the bottom mounts that were cylinders about an inch long with a 1.5" long socket head screw. Cylinders would put the side bars way out compared with standard racks. We had to use home brew extenders on our bike to mount a rack and clear the disk body. Took 3/8" aluminum rod, cut to length, drilled each end and tapped for 5x0.8M thread. (5/32 or 11/64 for hole before tap). Racks are easily expanded the
10-20mm needed for tandem rears, real problem is clearing the disk brake and odd shapes some makers use for the rear dropouts.
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Originally Posted by woodcycl View Post
Thanks deanack ... I'll look into the Topeak a bit more. It's nice to hear from an actual user of the product that it works ahead of time.
I have the Topeak rack and it works great. I can even fit a smaller Topeak bag on it for those 30 milers where we only need to carry a limited amount of equip and food. Works great on our '07 Cnndl
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Originally Posted by DCwom View Post
Can anyone tell if these "disc" racks need to be "expanded" like a regular rack to fit a tandem? We don't have a disc, but if a disc rack is a simple fit then it makes sense to me.
The Topeak rack comes for disk and not for disk set ups. The disk set up has the extender built in
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Old 04-01-09, 09:41 PM
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I recently installed the Topeak Exploer Disc Rack on our Co-Motion. Did not need to expand the rack to make it fit. The only modification I had to make was for the support brackets that attached to the frame. The factory brackets were to short. I purchased a 1/8"x3/4"x3' metal stock from the local hardware store and bent to fit. Pictures attached.
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Old 04-02-09, 04:35 AM
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If you had not seen this recent topic, there is some rack info there also.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=523492

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We live in Central Florida & put one of these on this past fall to stow clothes that we need at the start of rides & want to shed later during the cooler months; http://www.deltacycle.com/product.php?g=29

It's turned out to be pretty convenient, so we're still undecided on if it's going to come off for the warmer months or not.

It surely would have no disc interference issues.

We had to have ours modified slightly to fit between the top of the seat tube & bottom of the suspension part of the seatpost. Fortunately, we know folks that enjoy little projects like this, so modifications were completed to look like it was made that way for cost of $0.00.
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Originally Posted by LocoMoco View Post
I recently installed the Topeak Exploer Disc Rack on our Co-Motion. Did not need to expand the rack to make it fit. The only modification I had to make was for the support brackets that attached to the frame. The factory brackets were to short. I purchased a 1/8"x3/4"x3' metal stock from the local hardware store and bent to fit. Pictures attached.
Similar set up on the '07 Cannondale, though the from connector was two separate bars that you twist slightly to fit to the bike. It was simple and quick. Holds very secure. Here is the Topeak site of the rack. works great.

http://www.topeak.com/mediafiles/products/638/
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The most recent entry in this thread is over four years old. Are there any more racks that are compatible with rear disks? Due to the resulting bending moments, I'm not too keen on the idea of making spacers/extenders to splay the rack's vertical supports.

The bike in question is a Burley Duet.

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Originally Posted by engineerbob View Post
The most recent entry in this thread is over four years old. Are there any more racks that are compatible with rear disks?
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Hi Bob,

You could have a look at the Thule Pack 'n Pedal rack. You can fit it to any bike as it doesn't need any special mounting points. I have put one on our full suspension mountain bike tandem and it has been great. I am planning to get a road tandem sometime soon and I will be purchasing another one for that bike as well. Some pictures of it mounted on our tandem can be found here.
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Originally Posted by engineerbob View Post
The most recent entry in this thread is over four years old. Are there any more racks that are compatible with rear disks? Due to the resulting bending moments, I'm not too keen on the idea of making spacers/extenders to splay the rack's vertical supports.

The bike in question is a Burley Duet.

Thanks.

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Axiom has a line of racks that are designed to work with disc brakes and bikes without eyelets. http://www.axiomgear.com/products/gear/racks/.

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Originally Posted by Krenovian View Post
Axiom has a line of racks that are designed to work with disc brakes and bikes without eyelets. http://www.axiomgear.com/products/gear/racks/.

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The frame has eyelets immediately above the axle. I'm thinking about making two steel (not aluminum) plates that are supported by the two eyelets. The plates would extend to the rear and provide "new" eyelets for a rack.

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Bob,
Several of Axiom's racks have interchangeable feet which allow them to be used on disc frames with or without eyelets. One version mounts via the quick release another mounts to the eyelets. Might save you from having to make those steel plates. My frame has a rear disc and no eyelets. It does have replaceable drop outs on both the left and right side so I was going to make new ones with eyelets placed so a conventional rack would clear the disc caliper. I found out about the Axiom racks which will save a lot of time and money. A suitable rack for me will run between $40 to $65 MSRP. In their videos they show them mounted on a mtb frame so I'm assuming they will work on 135 mm spacing, however my rear spacing is 145 mm. I suspect that it won't be an issue, but I haven't talked to the folks at Axiom about it yet.

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Originally Posted by Krenovian View Post
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Several of Axiom's racks have interchangeable feet which allow them to be used on disc frames with or without eyelets. One version mounts via the quick release another mounts to the eyelets. Might save you from having to make those steel plates. My frame has a rear disc and no eyelets. It does have replaceable drop outs on both the left and right side so I was going to make new ones with eyelets placed so a conventional rack would clear the disc caliper. I found out about the Axiom racks which will save a lot of time and money. A suitable rack for me will run between $40 to $65 MSRP. In their videos they show them mounted on a mtb frame so I'm assuming they will work on 135 mm spacing, however my rear spacing is 145 mm. I suspect that it won't be an issue, but I haven't talked to the folks at Axiom about it yet.

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Good call. Some of those racks should work for me. Have you had any experience with their bags?

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Bob,
I don't have any experience with their bags, I've been using some 10 year old REI bags on my single bike. I've been looking at the Axiom bags and the Arkel bags. I like the Arkel trunk bag, however a lot of their stuff is on the pricey side of things.

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The most recent entry in this thread is over four years old. Are there any more racks that are compatible with rear disks? Due to the resulting bending moments, I'm not too keen on the idea of making spacers/extenders to splay the rack's vertical supports.
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The Topeak rack for disc has counter-bored mounting holes at the dropout to recess the bolt head, so there are minimal bending loads on the mounting bolt - no more than a non-disk mount on a non-disc bike. Mostly shear load.

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One option, although a little more pricey, is to contact Old Man Mountain and have the rack made to your specs. We recently had one made for our tandem mountain bike and it fit the first time with no bending. We're fortunate to have two sets of eyelets on the dropouts and that allows us to run the rack and a BOB trailer without interference. Just another option.

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