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Old 09-06-10, 06:07 PM
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Blackburn MTF-1 front rack (w/pics)

Last week there was a good thread about front racks here, in which I finally found one that meets my needs without modification (doesn't happen very often). And with one phone call I found an LBS that actually had one in stock for a reasonable price (astonishingly rare for me).
So I bought one, threw it on Stella and took some pics. The close-up of the front brake area should explain my joy with this design, I didn't want to have to space the caliper way out to fit a rack.






All of the included hardware on 1/4'' grid, the spacers below the nylocks are aluminum, 6mm thick.

Their method for mounting if you don't have lowrider bosses.
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Old 09-06-10, 07:42 PM
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Nice front rack. I'm gonna check that out for my old Giant.

But dude, that is one bee-uuu-tiful bike. That Masi paint scheme is absolutly gorgeous!
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Old 09-06-10, 09:35 PM
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Nice! So you do need lower eyelets to mount it though right? I have a zero eyelet rack on order, also might be grabbing a used Old Man Mountain Sherpa front which also would solve my particular problem.
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Old 11-26-12, 11:49 AM
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Cool I was just thinking about buying one o these. I really want a surly front rack but I have fork mounted car racks and it wouldn't work with that. The OMM Sherpa rack is kinda cool, but this looks way better! Thanks for the post. Great looking bike too.
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Old 11-26-12, 04:17 PM
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I had one of those racks a few years back. It didn't work for me, I wanted a low rider rack instead, so I sold it on.

Looks great on that bike!
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Old 11-26-12, 05:58 PM
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Low Riders are good when you put heavy stuff, because the low center of gravity below the front hub makes it very stable. I could pedal without holding my handlebars. But they could not be used on roof racks that secure on the front forks.

These blackburn mtn front racks are useful when you need to strap your tents or sleeping mats. I had one when I travelled to Indonesia The front racks also makes the panniers cleaner as we were riding through muddy terrain. The design doesn't interfere with the brakes. My old mtn bike used cantilever brakes.
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Old 11-27-12, 04:55 AM
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here's a shot of the same rack mounted on the nashbar touring fork.
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Old 11-27-12, 07:11 AM
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Nice setup, great looking Masi
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I just got one off eBay for 20$ there's another one on there for $40 I think if anyone is looking for one.
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Old 12-03-12, 08:18 PM
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Got mine today it fits pretty good a little clost to the fender but clears fine.
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Old 12-04-12, 06:45 PM
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The MTF-1 has worked out really well. Have a Nashbar Daytrekker that fits the MTF-1 nicely, rain jacket, snacks, book, and other quick to grab items with sleeping bag strapped onto the platform. So far weight balance has been sort of lite on the front, but it's handy and works. Have not tried full front panniers on the front rack yet but I plan to. It's lightweight but a sturdy rack, I like it.
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Old 12-04-12, 08:40 PM
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This is super nice!

Didn't Blackburn used to make a smaller version of this? Mtn Rack 1, I think.
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I'm definately getting one of these for my next trip. lat year I had all weight on the back and the front was far too light. I'm thinking of adding a small trunk bag on the front to balance the load with my tools, snacks etc in.
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Old 03-12-13, 11:49 AM
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Blackburn's own low rider racks can bolt on too, using that front rack instead of the hoop.

they made another front rack for skinny 27" tire wheels too , used the hole in the fork crown

Older one came around back, newer , a strip piece of stainless, like for rear racks.. to the front.

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Originally Posted by saddlesores View Post



here's a shot of the same rack mounted on the nashbar touring fork.
It also fits well on Surly forks.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Blackburn's own low rider racks can bolt on too, using that front rack instead of the hoop.
^^^^

Have the Nashbar copy of the Blackburn lowriders mounted to the Blackburn front rack on my Trek 520. Arrrggghhh !!! Will have to come back when I can dig up pictures.

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Old 03-12-13, 06:51 PM
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That looks like a perfect sleeping bag rack!
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Nice ride. This rack would work without mid fork eyelets, right? I would just use the provided clamps?
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