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Heel Strike on my MTB ?

Old 07-16-10, 11:52 PM
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Heel Strike on my MTB ?

I have a Gary Fisher hoo koo e koo from around 1994, with a chain stay length of about
16. 3 inches. My question is will I likely have a problem with heel strike if I convert it to a touring bike?
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The simple and obvious answer is to set everything up and try it.

If you have not already done so, select panniers that can be slid back. Also certain racks, have brackets to move the rack back a bit.


But chances are you will be fine,
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Probably.
You might experiment with a narrow rack with three vertical struts that you can mount two dry bags off the top sides of the rack with a third off the narrow top. Then use a front rack for a set of smaller panniers. While this doesn't give you as much volume as regular panniers off the rear that's probably not a bad thing given the short stays. The idea is that the dry bag wouldn't sit much farther down than 8" off a high mounted rack so it just might clear.

I experimented setting this up on my CrossCheck just to see how it would work and it's doable with a couple of fastec buckle straps and a long 24" bungie per side dry bag.

https://www.axiomgear.com/products/ge...reamliner-dlx/ This rack is affordable and VERY solid, the three struts keep the bag from falling into the tire. Just guessing that the tall narrow configuration will ensure the forward edge of the bags will clear your heels.

https://www.rei.com/product/768369

while these aren't big bags the slightly oval shape will stay close to the rack and the loops on the side wil secure the 1" fastek straps onto the bag. You can quickly snap the bag to the rack with the two straps then wrap the bungie over it. A tent or sleeping bag sack could go over that.

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who says you have to use panniers to tour? you could go with a verry lage sadlebag. you could use a large trunk bag and go credit card style.
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I commute on a '96 Aquilla, which is an identical frame to the '96 HooKooEKoo, anyway (the difference is the front fork). I assume it's similar to a '94.

I do get heel strike, sometimes. It's close. I think part of it is the cheap bags I use.
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On my old Trek MTB, which also has short stays, I did have some heel strike with my Ortliebs. But as others have noted, this can be mitigated with judicious gear selection--some racks can hold the bags further back. Also, how much this matters may depend a little on your shoe size, as well.
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Thanks for the info. I think I'll give the modification a try. My shoe size is 13 so heel strike may be more of an issue for me than some others. I realize I'll need to change my front fork, which should not be a problem as I understand that solid forks are available for this and are compensated for the shock strut they will replace.
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yep, size 13 shoe will do it, your heels will be just clearing the back axle. While you can come up with panniers like the Orliebs and rack combos that can move the panniers weight back a couple inches I'd suggest coming up with a non-pannier rear rack set-up with two dry bags and tent bag on top like the ones I showed and front panniers. Lots of folks have mounted lots of weight aft on short chainstays but it sure goes against nice handling preferences. The side benefit to well strapped gear on the back besides better handling is that there will be no shifting/bouncing of weight as can happen with big panniers with heavy items.
You could easily carry 30lbs with that setup. 4-5lbs in either dry bag with 6-10lbs on top and 15-20lbs forward. If you HAVE to carry the kitchen sink you might consider a platform front rack like the OMM Sherpa.
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You could also get a Carradice Camper Long Flap Saddle bag and take a lot with you.And with a nice rack on back add even more stuff but I am like the rest here with size 13 shoe you will be better off with on Panniers on the rear rack.
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Tubus Logo rack works well with Ortliebs, and has low rails which extends pretty far back. Easy. If you go with the 'bags pushed further back' option, it might be an idea to put your heavy stuff in the front bags so you stay well grounded on steep climbs.
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Al Downie : Thanks, I can find the Tubus racks at a LBS , I've decided to go with the set up pretty much as you have mentioned.
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