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Old 02-08-09, 06:48 PM
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Rear Rack for Surly Cross-Check

Hi there. Any recommendations for a rear rack that fits easily on a Surly Cross Check?

Something that doesn't cost over $100 either would be nice.

Thanks.
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Old 02-08-09, 08:30 PM
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Ird Stainless Steel Rack Fits Well and is Nice and Shiny....

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Old 02-08-09, 08:33 PM
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Perhaps a Surly Nice rack, and then the stickers would match.
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Old Man Mountain Red Rock ($84.99) or White Rock ($54.99).
http://oldmanmountain.com/Pages/Rack...RearRacks.html

I have the White Rock, it's a great solid rack. Attaches to your canti bosses at the top and to a rack eyelet at the bottom, so will work just fine on your cross check.
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Old 02-08-09, 09:08 PM
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Any standard rack will fit.
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Old 02-08-09, 10:06 PM
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Because the Crosscheck has shorter chainstays, look for a rack were the panniers can be mounted further back. Something like this.....

http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FREXP

There are cheaper knock offs out there than the JANDD if you're running low on cash. (But JANDD gear is top shelf and worth it)
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Old 02-09-09, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by tacomee View Post
Because the Crosscheck has shorter chainstays, look for a rack were the panniers can be mounted further back. Something like this.....

http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FREXP

There are cheaper knock offs out there than the JANDD if you're running low on cash. (But JANDD gear is top shelf and worth it)
I have that rack on my 'cross bike. Though I've never owned any panniers, I wouldn't have any heel strike with my size 10 shoes. Here is a better price for the rack, along with free shipping and no tax.
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Old 02-09-09, 05:50 AM
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That's a great deal on JANDD racks! You could front and back for less than $120-- very good stuff.
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Old 02-09-09, 09:59 AM
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If you like the longer Jandd rack then you might like this IRD as well since it is very similar to the Jandd rack but is much less expensive and extremely well made with double welds and such.


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Can get Tubus Cargo <$100

(good luck finding surly rack even near $100, list = $136 although some shops sell for less, apparently in violation of some kind of agreement, even setting aside that surly rack weighs a freaking ton)
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Old 02-09-09, 11:49 AM
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Topeak super tourist is a good rack. They are relatively cheap and light. I haven't had any trouble with mine.
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Originally Posted by tacomee View Post
That's a great deal on JANDD racks! You could front and back for less than $120-- very good stuff.


Originally Posted by robow View Post
If you like the longer Jandd rack then you might like this IRD as well since it is very similar to the Jandd rack but is much less expensive and extremely well made with double welds and such.

Good find robow.
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Old 02-10-09, 06:58 AM
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I am getting the Tubus Logo, but it's over $100.
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I wouldn't get too worried you are getting something substandard if it's not $100. I got a wonderful Tubus Cargo for my LHT but actually found the $45 Topeak super tourist more convenient for installing/removing bags with a rack pack on. Even the low quality Sunlite model with the adjustable height legs can work under the assumption you aren't loading up the rear end a lot. 35yrs ago when I did my tour up the coast of Ca. I had cheap panniers on a flexible Pletscher rack, the cheapest anything nowadays is better than that.

the OMM White Rock looks like it'll work. I'm curious about those. Regarding loading up a short chainstay bike I'd put panniers on the front with gear on top of the rear rack before trying to load up the rear with big panniers moved aft for heel clearance.

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Old 02-10-09, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by adaminlc View Post
Topeak super tourist is a good rack. They are relatively cheap and light. I haven't had any trouble with mine.
+1

The Super Tourist DX is what I bought. It has an extra set of rails on the sides for the panniers over the Super Tourist, leaving the top completely open for one of the MTX bags or whatever you want, while also lowering your CoG. Unfortunately, it's hard to find in the US, but i got it from SJ Cycles for a reasonable price (around $50-60) shipped as part of a bigger order. The MTX trunk bags are so nifty that i'm pretty much constrained to Topeak now for rear racks so i can use the bags on all my bikes, but that's not much of a limitation.
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Old 02-10-09, 02:42 PM
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I got mine through REI. Ordered it and it was delivered to the store. I'm not sure they have it available right now, though. You can, however, get an Explorer rack and the clip-on's for panniers for about $50 dollars delivered to store.

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Old 02-12-09, 09:21 AM
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I am surprised no one has mentioned Axiom racks. I find their product is far superior to most, and yet I see very few people using them, and very few bikes shops selling them as well. The mounts are much more robust, easily adjusted, and they can easily carry loads over 100lbs (!)

Most importantly, most of the racks are under 40$. Check them out! www.axiomgear.com I use the streamliner rack, which was 30$.
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Old 02-12-09, 09:47 PM
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I can't help but weigh in. I have 3 Axiom (Journey / Journey Disc) racks. They're cheap and ok for commuting but not strong for touring.

I also have an IRD Himalaya on my Marinoni. Shiny indeed but not that stiff for the weight.

Got a Tubus Locc for my Surly LHT last year and there is no going back. It it much stronger and more rigid than my other racks. Easier to fit. Fittings for ABUS locks and taillights. Not too heavy either. For a rear rack with a heavy load -- Tubus all the way.
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