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Old 07-23-10, 03:13 PM
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Fitting front rack to carbon fork or replacement carbon fork with low rider mounts

Hi,

I'm looking to fit a low rider front rack to my Litespeed Blue Ridge with a carbon fork. I posted it here previously.

Can anyone recommend a low rider rack that will fit a carbon fork, or a replacement carbon fork that has low rider mounts?

Thanks,

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Old Man Mountain: www.OldManMountain.com

you could use some of these: https://www.oldmanmountain.com/Mercha...tegory_Code=MH

one of these racks: https://www.oldmanmountain.com/Pages/...rontRacks.html

a majority of the weight goes into the QR/rack drop out

I'm not sure about clamping something onto the carbon fork.

what fork is it?
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Thanks for the prompt response. It's the stock Litespeed Blue Ridge carbon fork. It doesn't have the appropriate mid fork mounts. I too am apprehensive about clamping the carbon fork. I'm happy to replace the fork, if I can find an appropriate carbon one.

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Originally Posted by DualFrontDiscs
Thanks for the prompt response. It's the stock Litespeed Blue Ridge carbon fork. It doesn't have the appropriate mid fork mounts. I too am apprehensive about clamping the carbon fork. I'm happy to replace the fork, if I can find an appropriate carbon one.

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you need to know the fork "rake" in order to find... another fork.

I'm guessing a steel fork?
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after looking at the bike...
its got canti's for brakes...

thats easy.
Old Man Mountain Rack, bolting to the canti studs!
https://www.oldmanmountain.com/Pages/...derGallery.htm

I've used OMM racks for a number of years. never a single problem.
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here are some pics using OMM racks.
both racks, I stabilize them via the canti bosses.
in this case, the bike has discs
but I've had canti bosses brazed on when I ordered the frame and fork, specifically for this option.

the bike could also use Canti's rather than discs.

in this case, I just bolt the rack directly into the canti bosses.

I also use a Sherpa front rack on my Big Dummy
whatever my reasoning was, I use the Canti studs that came with the frame and fork.
then bolt the rack to the canti stud.
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While the ideas given make the most sense, you can bond to carbon. like welding withouth welding, and another option is to lash with some spectra, or lash with spectra and also saturate with glue. A lot of the big boats these days have learned that lashing to carbon is better than hardware take-offs. A great example of that was Outside magazine doing several exposes on a boat that wrecked after the keel torpedo sprung loose. It was lashed on with carbon. Outside kept coming back to the point that there wasn't a metal to metal connection, like the builders should have found some metal in the carbon composite wing keel to bolt the torpedo to.
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Thanks for the replies. The OMM racks certainly look like an option. I don't think I'd like to bond the forks. Does anyone know of any carbon forks with low rider mounting points 'built in'?

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Originally Posted by DualFrontDiscs
Thanks for the replies. The OMM racks certainly look like an option. I don't think I'd like to bond the forks. Does anyone know of any carbon forks with low rider mounting points 'built in'?

Regards,

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I haven't seen it yet.

Wound Up makes a ton of different forks
https://www.woundupcomposites.com/tandem_fork.html
the above link goes to their tandem fork
generally thinking, I'd think that this fork would hold up to a couple of panniers up front.
you could email Wound Up and give them a try.
you never know... I think they make custom forks, and they may be able to make a custom carbon fiber touring fork
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Someone suggested the Tusk Trekking Fork on another cycling forum.

I've enquired with two of the distributors.

Thanks for the help.

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Originally Posted by DualFrontDiscs
Someone suggested the Tusk Trekking Fork on another cycling forum.

I've enquired with two of the distributors.

Thanks for the help.

DFD.
wow!
that looks like the fork

thanks for the info!
as you can tell, I'm constantly hoarding bike info.
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I have one for sale...

If you are still looking, I have a carbon fork with lowrider mounts for sale. Kinesis Pro Carbon, has v/canti brake mounts, lowrider bosses built in, and fork eyelets. 1-1/8" aluminum threadless steerer. Fork has been mounted on a bike but only has 1-2 rides on it. Steerer is 7" long, has star nut installed. Pics available. $95 + shipping.
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Actually, the fork I'm selling looks almost identical to the Tusk fork noted above.
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