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Old 06-19-12, 09:48 AM
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Front Racks - high loading

I know Surly make front racks that you can attach panniers high up. But are there any others?
My Thorn racks are low-loaders but I want more ground clearance...
Thanks for any advice!
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I have a Nitto Campee 35f, also known as the Rivendell Highrider, on one of my bikes. Fits two front panniers and a tent on top.

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Old Man Mountain Sherpa.

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My Old Man Mountain Cold Springs rack lets me mount my bags on the lower rail or the rail that runs along the top platform. I usually mount them on the lower rail, but even that seems like it might be higher than other racks.
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Tubus, Swing, and Smarti,.. and Bruce Gordon, offer higher sitting type racks.
10mm 4130-steel tube. ..


to take on an Africa tour ..
Sub Sahara, brazers outnumber aluminum Tig welders, for potential Repairs..

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Another inexpensive option is Blackburn MTF-1. However, as fietsbobo notes, a steel rack would be better if you are heading to remote areas.
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Ah thanks for the replies! Yes, I will be wanting steel I think. Not Africa this time, but probably more remote.
Will also be carrying quite a large load.
Are there any major advantages / disadvantages to the different mounting methods? My current rack uses the eyelets on the fork at the bottom and midway up, which is robust and strong (until the bolt sheared and got stuck in the hole and had to be drilled out!)
I like the idea of being able to put stuff on the top of the rack... so I think my options are narrowing down.
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Originally Posted by takeonafrica
I like the idea of being able to put stuff on the top of the rack... so I think my options are narrowing down.
Unless you go custom, this pretty much narrows it down to the Old Man Mountain rack mentioned above. I've seen a couple up close and they offer tons of mounting options. They are truly expedition quality racks. The only thing I haven't liked is that depending on the bike, the rack tilts down (forward) a little.
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Nitto, or Bruce gordon, or a combo of Tubus and a platform (nitto etc)

Tubus duo plus a nitto M12 is still lighter than the surly boat anchor....

it is likely that once you get your front panniers dialed in, that idea of lashing all kids of crap to a platform will go out the window. Front pans really are better for carrying weight than a top platform assuming you'll be using them.

For the record, I have used NItto (both the Rivendell and the campee with removable pannier mounts models) Tubus Duo, Tubus Smarti, Jandd expedition, and blackburn hi-low over the years. The only ones I have kept were the Nitto campee (the three piece one) and the tubus duo. The tubus smarti is great if you haven't got midfork braze-ons but do have canti posts... I also use some variation of the nitto M12 on a number of bikes for large handlebar bags.
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Originally Posted by takeonafrica
... ... (until the bolt sheared and got stuck in the hole and had to be drilled out!) ... ...
I often run bolts slightly longer than the threaded holes. That might make it a bit easier to remove a sheared off bolt as you have something on the other end of teh bolt to work with. For example, cutting a slot in it can give you a way to put a screw driver on it to back it back out.

If you want a platform and also want to use low rider racks, you might want to consider a separate light duty platform rack in addition to the lowrider racks. I would not want to put much weight on the platform rack, but it can come in handy for light duty storage.

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Someone mentioned custom here is a platform I made that I hang small front panniers from the side rails. I made the panniers also so the clip slips on the flat rails. With a bolt together design it’s easy to make repairs if needed on the road without welding.



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Nitto "Big" front rack made for (and sold by) Rivendell. The mount is higher than low riders but not super high. Super-strong steel that's nickel plated. Have used it off-road but not single track. Not cheap, though.
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I have a OldManMountain Sherpa mounted on a 26" wheel LHT with axle hardware removed so that it mounts straight on top of the top eyelets on the dropouts. It is then attached at the mid-fork eyelets with stock aluminum straps(no right angle) and at the cantilever bosses with right angle brackets. Very solid connection and the deck is just resting on the fender, stock set-ups raise the rack kind of high above the tire. It weighs a smidge over a lb. and can carry more weight than I'd ever want to carry on a bike. With Ortliebs I can bring the panniers back in line with the fork a bit and now that I've replaced the cantilevers with linear brakes the panniers don't have cantilevers poking into them.

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