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    forks for commuter/tourer?

    building up a gt zum frame for commuting and light touring. I'm wanting to run mustash bar which won't fit a traditional handlebar bag, so I'm wanting to find 26” fork with mounts for bags. Cheaper is better. Any ideas for this? oh, I'm running V-brakes.

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    Do you mean a lowrider rack bosses? Surly sells the LHT fork separately. Not a lot of places carry the 26 version, but Amazon offers it for about 100 USD.
    Long Haul Trucker Fork | Parts | Surly Bikes

    You can also get front platform racks that mount to canti studs and fender (brake) hole. Very pretty Nitto stuff for big $$$ or the Nashbar version that a lot of people claim is the best bargain since $2 per gallon gasoline. They`ll hold a bag up where you can reach it while riding.

    And I`ve seen pics from a guy who mounted a Blackburn style rear rack to his fork. Cheap, clean, and looked like a very easy hack.

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    Surly forks

    I was hoping for a cheaper alternative to the Surly forks. It looks like the LHT fork or the Troll fork would do the job but I wondered if there were any others. Like a Kona P2, but I don't think they come with bosses for a front rack.

    I have seen that smaller front rack I think it was called a randonneur rack. That would probably work I didn't realize that it was attached at the brake bosses. I'll look into that too.
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    Racks can be attached to forks without eyelets.
    Axiom & Old Man Mountain make racks that can be mounted in various ways.
    Axiom Performance Gear Racks
    OMM Front Racks
    Tubus makes some mounting hardware for forks without eyelets.
    Tubus Spares and Accessories




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    ^^ Cool, I didn`t know that Axiom offered front platforms. It looks like some of them even have back stop bars, which is handy for toting a big bag.

    Hartmame, do you already have a rigid fork? If you can find somebody in your area who does brazing, adding a pair of bosses might turn out to be a reasonable option too. It`s a 20 minute job, including prep and shooting a little patch of Rustoleum.

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    old fork

    I wish I did have an old fork but the only fork I have is an old Manitou Mars. For touring or trekking I'd rather have a rigid fork. I might build the bike up with the Mars fork so I can ride it while I'm hunting down the fork I want.

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