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    Rear rack, topeak or Surly?

    I have a hard tail 29er with disc brakes. I am thinking about getting a rack for long rides over the weekends.

    there are two topeak ones that look great and affordable.

    http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-Super-T...4021351&sr=1-3

    http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-Explore...4021351&sr=1-2

    And there is a Surly one that cost a lot more but seems more popular (i mean i saw it a lot on this forum).

    http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CFAQ8wIwAA#


    so, any opinion?
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    Topeak ones





    Surly one:


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    Will these clear the height of the big wheel?

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    the surly Nice Rack is heavy duty.
    Old Man Mountain racks work great.

    how much stuff are you carrying?
    how about frame bags?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion
    Will these clear the height of the big wheel?
    all of these fit 29ers

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    the surly Nice Rack is heavy duty.
    Old Man Mountain racks work great.

    how much stuff are you carrying?
    how about frame bags?
    old man mountain seem great, quite expensive as well. I plan to carry two messenger bags amount of stuff or may a little more. just like cloth and some food for the travel. nothing too heavy duty.

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    I have both Surly racks
    and a few OMM racks

    the OMM racks are lighter, and tough
    the Surly Nice Racks are really tough, and heavier

    the first topeak rack that you've posted with the larger sized frame, would help stabilize a larger pannier

    looking at the links at under $40 for a rack... I'm not sure if you'd find something at that price point.

    what bags are you going to use with the rack?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    I have both Surly racks
    and a few OMM racks

    the OMM racks are lighter, and tough
    the Surly Nice Racks are really tough, and heavier

    the first topeak rack that you've posted with the larger sized frame, would help stabilize a larger pannier

    looking at the links at under $40 for a rack... I'm not sure if you'd find something at that price point.

    what bags are you going to use with the rack?
    well, i don't have the bags yet, but I figure it would be something like this or even smaller:



    thanks for your help

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage
    well, i don't have the bags yet, but I figure it would be something like this or even smaller:



    thanks for your help
    yee haw...mondo baggage

    REI has some pretty good ones. I've been using some Safari's for a few years now.

    so here's a couple of examples
    these are Old Man Mountain Racks and REI Safari Panniers

    the other pic
    are frame bags from Carousel Design Works
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    ultimately it comes down to packing, what you can get away with carrying
    or
    what comforts you want to carry
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    what few items you want to carry
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    how much riding you'd like to do...
    its a never ending math equation
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    I used that Topeak Explorer rack you posted for TransWisconsin last year, it worked great for my overpacked bike. I wouldn't hesitate a second to use it again for an extended tour.

    That said, I think I'll go for some Revelate bags for TD 2012; lighter is better.

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    What frame do you have? The Surly is not disc compatible. The Topeak racks are disc compatible but you still need rack mounts which most frames do not have.
    Some Old man mountain racks do not need mounts and are disc compatible.

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    Topeak

    I've used two versions of the Topeak ones over six years (on and off) now and really like them. Never had a massive load on either, but the new one has happily survived two offroad bikepacking trips.

    It doesn't clear the 29er tyre by much, but it does clear it. I also later did my own home-brew OMM mounting system copy which has worked OK for two trips, and gave me a lot more clearance.

    HTH.
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    The topeak ones are better. The surly ones have a metric tonne of fiddly little nuts, bolts and washers.

    I really like tubus racks too.

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    these look quite good ... have seen them in the flesh and they look quite sturdy, plus you can use them front or rear, on suspension forks and without rack eylets ... good reviews too

    freeload racks
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    Axiom makes a pretty good disc-compatible rack. It's $38 here. I've been using this rack on my touring/grocery getter bike for several years. The claimed 110lbs weight capacity seems ambitious, but I've carried many 50+lbs loads on it without a hiccup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Undies
    Axiom makes a pretty good disc-compatible rack. It's $38 here. I've been using this rack on my touring/grocery getter bike for several years. The claimed 110lbs weight capacity seems ambitious, but I've carried many 50+lbs loads on it without a hiccup.
    great! thanks.
    did you install this on a 29er? did it fit well?

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    Another fan of Tubus racks.

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    I took a Trans-It rack I had in my garage and modified it to see how it would work with my On-One. For course, I had to make some extensions and find a place to mount it up to the seatpost, but it works.

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    Here's how the bike looks with all the fixin's. I guess it's good for some kind of mountain tour adventure - I just don't really have the time or a route I could take!

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    looks good
    you probably want to bring the rack closer the tyre.
    reason, lower center of gravity

    here are a couple of seatpost clamps with rack bosses:

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...5&category=168

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...2&category=168
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage
    great! thanks.
    did you install this on a 29er? did it fit well?
    It's currently installed on my road/touring bike with 700c wheels. It doesn't have disc brakes so I can't really speak to that, but the left side lower mount is highly adjustable and should clear most disc brake systems. Eventually I will probably install it on my Rockhopper 29er for some bikepacking trips.

    The only "issue" I've had with this Axiom rack is that it doesn't work very well with some smaller Axiom panniers (McKenzie 10L bags) that I have. I find it ironic and frustrating that a rack and panniers from the same company would be incompatible. I have no such issues with larger Axiom panniers (Champlain 25L bags), they work quite well with the rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    looks good
    you probably want to bring the rack closer the tyre.
    reason, lower center of gravity
    Thanks for the advice. I went back into my garage and lowered the rack by readjusting the homemade extenders.

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