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Old 03-28-09, 08:19 AM
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Fenders/Rack choices for Mtn Bike

I'd like to convert one of my xc type mtn bikes into a on/off road tourer. The frame is newish hardtail circa 2004 w/ a fork shock w/ a lockout feature. It has V-Brakes on it, but is disc compatible as well. Naturally I am keeping the V-brakes. What are the different fenders/racks I would be able to use? I'd prefer longer type fenders. FWIW I am also planning on a narrower tyre, maybe 1.5 or 1.75 instead of the 2.2 on it.

Possibel mounting points for racks and fenders:
1. The bike has those two opposing direction bolts (think east and west) for mounting something on the top part of the rear triangle near the seatpost.
2. It also has a short piece of metal connecing the two triangles where a road type rear brake would typically be. This metal also has a hole running through it.
3. The bottom of the fork legs each have a bolt to which could be a mounting point.
4. A little hole behind the bb
5. V-brake attachments.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 03-29-09, 12:38 AM
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For the front fender, I can`t help you much. I`ve never had any interest in putting a fender on my suspension fork, so I never paid much attention to discussions on it. I know there are clip on options that are supposedly better than nothing, but not as effective as regular fenders.

For the rear fender, if I understand you description right, you`ll have no trouble except that you`ll probably need to buy front and rear even though the front may not work for you. They usually mount to that hole you mentioned (where a side pull brake would mount up), to the hole in the chain stay bridge (I think that`s what you meant when you said "hole behind the BB"), and by either one or two heavy wire stays or struts per side that bolt into your rear dropout with a 5mm screw. Since you have those "East and West" mounts, I`d guess you also have fender or lower rack bosses down there. If you only have one set of bosses on your dropouts and you want both fenders and a rack, you can use the same ones for both with a longer screw (but a little easier to mount separately if possible).

I don`t know if you`re talking about front or rear racks or both. Rear racks for a hardtail are easier and cheaper than front for suspension forks. Those "East and West" mounts are near the top of your seat stays, aren`t they? Those are there specifically to mount the rack braces. The lower mounts are threaded holes near your skewer or axel bolts. If you have two sets of holes there, the ones furthest back are for fenders and the ones above or slightly in front of the axel will be rack mounts. With no disc brakes, and those mounts available, dang near any rack will work for you. If I misunderstood your descriptions, please clarify.

Mounting a rack on a suspension fork is possible, but not a whole lot of options. The old standby was Old Man Mountain, with a few (two?) models that mount to QR skewers they`re pretty expensive, but have a reputation for being some of the strongest racks on the market. Lately, some cheaper ones have come on the market- take a look at what the online retailers offer and see what looksgood for you.
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Suspension Fork Racks:

https://www.axiomgear.com/products/gear/racks/front-racks/odyssee-suspension-lowrider/ (this rack mightn't work on some forks if they have valves, adjusters or footnuts at the base of the fork near the dropout or if the base or the fork is lower than the height of the dropout)

https://www.oldmanmountain.com/Pages/RackPages/FrontRacks.html

https://www.tubus.com/en/suspension-fork-carriers

https://www.faiv.de/english/lowrider_gb.htm

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Axiom have made a new rack that doesn't have problems like the above mentioned rack:
https://www.axiomgear.com/products/gear/racks/front-racks/journey-suspension-disc-lowrider/

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Old 03-29-09, 06:41 AM
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Thanks. Sorry for my lack of proper terminology about the location of the suspected mounting points. I usually try to give the proper names to things, but in this case it was going to be too time consuming to try to figure out what they were really called. Thanks for taking my descriptions for what they were worth and working with them instead of calling me a d/a like others would have. That's what i like about a few of these sub-forums.

Between your and the other post I should be one my way. Thanks again.
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