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Old 09-14-18, 11:47 AM
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Rack Mounting Options

I am considering purchasing a bike which is disc braked and has a 12x142 rear dropout. The bike does not have rack mount eyelets at the dropout or on the chainstay. What is the best way to attach a rack to this bike? Are there thru axles which allow racks to be mounted into the axle? I know there has to be a way to make this work. What combination of rack/adapter will work? Thank you.
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Axiom streamliner series. Holds up to gravel touring - we have 2 of them. Goes on and off the bike quickly once set up too.
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I am considering purchasing a bike which is disc braked and has a 12x142 rear dropout. The bike does not have rack mount eyelets at the dropout or on the chainstay. What is the best way to attach a rack to this bike? Are there thru axles which allow racks to be mounted into the axle? I know there has to be a way to make this work. What combination of rack/adapter will work? Thank you.
If you intend to use bags/panniers, do you know if the hypothetical bike has adequate clearance to avoid heel-strike? If the bike has no rack mounts, then the manufacturer did not intend for a rack to be fit, so there may not adequate clearance (chainstay length), and the rear triangle/frame may not be suitable for additional rear load. What the bike's total load rating? You should answer these questions before you ponder how/what rack to use.

You may have to use a trailer with your hypothetical bike. There is a 12x142 mounting solution for BoB Yak trailer which is widely compatible with many types of bicycles:

http://www.bobgear.com/bike-trailers/yak

https://robertaxleproject.com/bob-trailers/

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+1, on the Robert Axle Project, Then throw every thing in a Dry bag,
in the bike trailer..

I like Portage Packs , a Dry bag with shoulder straps..
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and the mystery bike behind door number 3 Bob is.........................?
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and the mystery bike behind door number 3 Bob is.........................?

You've just won a Cube Attain GTC Pro Disc, I'm located in Europe and can get the frame for about $300, I'm hoping to use it as my one bike to rule them all (Road, light touring, gravel)! Specialized seems to make a thru axle that has rack mount eyelets in it. This would be helpful if it came in a size to fit this frame (which it doesn't).
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As far as I can tell, the Axiom Streamliner series requires either eyelets or a 9mm qr. The bike I'm looking at (A Cube Attain GTC Pro Disc) has neither eyelets or a 9mm qr. I've seen one of these Axiom racks in person, and they look quite nice.
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Axle QR are 5mm...

Bike packing gear bags don't need Racks...

Its a Hot new touring bag type ..
they predominated the start of the competitive Transamerica Self contained
Tour-Race this several past Junes.

German Ortlieb Makes those Too. for our Euro readers..




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... Cube Attain GTC Pro Disc...
A CF road frame with 415mm chainstays and 25mm tires is not the best candidate for combined road/gravel/light touring duty - fine for pavement, less so for gravel, even less so for loaded touring.

If you manage to fit a rack, you will have to use small bags to avoid heel-strike. The frame is likely inadequate for loads much beyond ~200lbs for cyclist alone. Skinny tires too, maybe you could fit 28s. The trailer option is probably your best bet for using a road bike for loaded touring, although many CF frames warn against use of axle-mounted trailer.

From Cube's FAQ regarding rack/carrier use: "Excluded from carrier use: all carbon bikes including carbon full suspension, carbon hardtails and carbon racing road bikes. The combination carbon frame / aluminum seatpost is also unsuitable for mounting a seatpost-mounted carrier. The stresses caused by using a luggage carrier can harm carbon frames in the longer term. This can lead to unexpected breakage of the frame and serious accidents."
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As far as I can tell, the Axiom Streamliner series requires either eyelets or a 9mm qr. The bike I'm looking at (A Cube Attain GTC Pro Disc) has neither eyelets or a 9mm qr. I've seen one of these Axiom racks in person, and they look quite nice.
yup, they do. I put one on a bike in our family, qr it is.

and sorry, but I too wonder about the inherent issues with this bike, very short chainstays, etc

look into Tailfin, and their roadbike solution--but 1--it is pricey as hell, and 2-it might use qr only also, but easy to find out these questions by asking senor google.
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Axiom makes an optional bracket to fit standard nutted axles. All their brackets allow an extreme rearward mount if needed. Re: Bike packing seat bags, I've tried a couple. You feel the sway with any load in them. Partially because of the design and maybe more due to how high the load is carried. Frame or handlebar bags are better solutions if you're bike packing.
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