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Old 12-17-03, 01:04 PM
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Front panniers on a suspension fork

Hi, Has noted in an earlier post, i will be touring Europe by mtn bike this summer. The reason for this is i want to do alot of off roading while on the trip, and when i get back to the UK. Anyway, will loaded front panniers do any damage to my suspension forks? The trip will be for about 2-3 months. Any help greatly appreciated.
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1) Do you have a rack that will work on a suspended front fork a lot of the ordinary racks won't allow the fork to flex.

2)If you find a rack that works you will have to set up your fork to carry the weight depending on what type of fork you have you may not have that option. When you set up the fork you will have to determine the weight of the packs and your weight combined and then determine if the fork is rated for that much.

Good luck let us know how it works out
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Here's my post from last year...

https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/22589-font-shock-w-rack-photos.html
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If you haven't found a rack yet, see www.oldmanmountain.com

Their racks are a little spendier than Dougmt's but very sane-o.
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I should think that you're front shocks are adjustable (check bottom of each one).

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Thanks for that guys, a great help!

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I have a pair of OMM racks front and rear on my HT bike I commute and tour on (Marin team) and the front rack is setup via the QR route so the weight of the rack and panniers is unsprung weight, thereby it doesn't compress or preload the shock and has no effect on the travel of the fork. Works well although I only use the rear rack for commuting, I have done some touring on the bike with it fully loaded for camping.

Just be careful with the front rack, the Cold Springs rack I have is incompatible with any panniers that uses a center mounted clip because the flattop on the cold spring is welded to the load bars in the center. I found out the hard way when I ordered a CS rack and a set of Madden panniers from Adv. Cycling. The cheesy pannier uses one hook in the center that wouldn't work with the CS rack so I sent the panniers back and bought some Carradice ones.

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Although your question seems to have been well-answered I will throw in a couple of more suggestions. Tubus, one of the top names in racks, makes a front rack called the Swing for suspension forks, check wallbike.com. Carradice makes a set of front panniers that do not require a rack, but I don't recall if they will mount on a suspension fork. Wallbike.com carries those as well.
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