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Old 07-24-14, 06:14 AM
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Portland Design Works Payload Rear Rack

Has anyone used this rack for touring. It is made of cromoly steel, and claims to carry a load of 77 lbs. I think its downside is the bamboo deck. The big upside i saw it on Amazon for fifty less then a tubus rear rack.
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Old 07-24-14, 08:10 AM
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Based on observation only, that rack looks to be designed more for carrying stuff on top rather than a pannier rack. It looks like attachment points on the top rails are limited giving you less access/flexibility for use with panniers. My first hand knowledge of Tubus racks is they are top notch for serious touring with panniers, and although pricey they are worth it.

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Old 07-24-14, 08:24 AM
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Others have complained that the strut is curved the wrong way, so panniers can shift into the spokes ..
so, as above, probably better suited to a rack bag on top..

Price conscious? Trek-B'trager, Axiom and etc. alloy racks are another decent option ..

though a Tubus Chromoly rack will last a lifetime ..
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A good Tubus alternative are the Axiom touring racks, and Racktime from Ortlieb. Both last a billion miles. They might get some of the black paint scratched off here and there, but otherwise they're perfectly suited to loaded touring with strong welds, good mount points, flexible attachment to the bike, and corrosion-resistant materials.

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I have an Axiom pro tour inox which is stainless steel. Very strong and relatively inexpensive compared to Tubus racks. Unfortunately, I don't think Axiom carries them anymore.



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Thanks for the replies. the Racktime from Ortlieb looks like a possibility.
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