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    Rear Rack for Mixed Use

    Hi guys,

    A brief note. I did posted this tread in the Beginners Forum earlier and a user advice me to put my question here because commuters usually know more about racks.

    I would like to buy my first rear rack. I have a Kona Smoke 700 cc (28 or 29 i guess it is the same size wheel). I will use it 70% for city rides. Anyhow, it would be nice than when biking in a rocky terrain or touring to have a solid and resistant rack as well.

    Of course there is always the issue finding the right balance between is the weight load, use and price.

    I have seen a couple of them mainly in UK stores, but i guess they can be found in the US as well.

    Here is the list


    1 - Madison Summit Rack
    Looks well built, but does not said its weight load, neither if it works on 700cc wheels.
    Cost: 29 euros

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=22653


    2 - Topeak Super Tourist DX Rack
    Does not said its weight capacity.
    Weight: 700 gr.
    Cost: 32 euros

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=32817


    3 - Blackburn EX 1+ Pannier Rack
    Does not said its weight capacity.
    Weight: 700 gr.
    Cost: 28 euros

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...x?ModelID=8189


    4 - Axiom Journey Rear Rack
    Mostly urban, i do not about putting weight for touring on it.
    Weight: 700 gr.
    Cost: 28 euros

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=14335

    5 - Axiom Odyssee Rear Rack
    Weight: 1020 gr.
    Cost: 32 euros
    The heaviest of them all. It looks solid.

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=14334


    Any help or suggestions would be just great!


    Cheers,

    Sebastian

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    Go for the Topeak Super Tourist DX. I have, quite literally, strapped a car-rooftop-rack bike tray to my DX rack and carried a complete bicycle on it. Now, a complete bike isn't all that heavy, but the majority of the bike was leveraged out over the rear, and that definitely upped the effective forces on the rack. I've also used it with big panniers full of stuff, and it is simply solid. I also quite like the separate rails for the panniers - this way I don't have to fight the pannier hooks underneath the rack bag.
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    +1 on the Super Tourist

    I got mine for $26.99 (disc model) and it is great. Well worth the money so far.

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    Have the stainless steel Madison summit, comes with mounting plates for 26" and a spare longer pair for 700c, Max load 30 kg for alloy 35kg for stainless - Madison web site - only disadvantage was lack of mudguard/fender clearance with clip-on's that flap up and down, now I have full length guards with stays its not a problem.

    it's a touch cheaper on sjscycles.co.uk

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    Hi guys, very good info indeed!

    The options are quite interesting. Still a bit undecided all seems good and similar. I just can delete in my list the Blackburn one which supposed to be the least strong of them all. I guess it will be betwenn the Topeak Super Tourist DX and the Madison Summit.

    Thanks for the good info on on sjscycles.co.uk. It is a good store. I check and is right a touch cheaper but the shipping is almost the same cost of the rack! what a crazy store. In chainreactioncycle the cost is just 10 euros at maximum.

    Cheers,

    S

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    Quote Originally Posted by theindividualist
    Have the stainless steel Madison summit, comes with mounting plates for 26" and a spare longer pair for 700c, Max load 30 kg for alloy 35kg for stainless - Madison web site - only disadvantage was lack of mudguard/fender clearance with clip-on's that flap up and down, now I have full length guards with stays its not a problem.

    it's a touch cheaper on sjscycles.co.uk

    Hi Individualist,

    Very good info indeed! By the way, are you sure the Madison rack will fit my 700cc wheel size? the description does not say it very clearly. Sorry for double asking but when buying blind in the internet i got to be sure. I did not see the longer pair in the web description.

    Cheers,

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    i've used the topeak disc and the axiom. both required a bit of fidgeting to make them work correctly....but i think that's pretty common when dealing with racks and big tires (29er stuff).

    take a looksee at bikeforums touring forum....typically some good info in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uzapuca
    Hi Individualist,
    By the way, are you sure the Madison rack will fit my 700cc wheel size? the description does not say it very clearly. Sorry for double asking but when buying blind in the internet i got to be sure. I did not see the longer pair in the web description.
    This is a pic of my Cross Check (definitely 700c)
    https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v...iBore/CC01.jpg
    between 45 to 50mm clearance above a 38mm Schwalbe Marathon Plus

    This shows the second set of brackets
    https://www.madison.co.uk/lib/zoom/kam1001.jpg
    I cut the loops off the tops of the brackets, otherwise fitting was straightforward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theindividualist
    This is a pic of my Cross Check (definitely 700c)
    https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v...iBore/CC01.jpg
    between 45 to 50mm clearance above a 38mm Schwalbe Marathon Plus

    This shows the second set of brackets
    https://www.madison.co.uk/lib/zoom/kam1001.jpg
    I cut the loops off the tops of the brackets, otherwise fitting was straightforward.

    Wow! that is a cool looking bike.

    Just curious, you said your rack is the stainless steel Madison, right? you mean just the color or a different material? Because there is a stainless stell rack (which is more expensive) and an alloy rack in color black and silver.

    I am planning to use Schwalbe Land Cruiser or Marathon XR tires on my bike. The maximum size on those tires are 44 mm, i think it might fit just right.

    By the way, how do you like the 38mm Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires? are they "wide" enough for you in case of off-road trails?

    Thanks for the good info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by uzapuca
    Just curious, you said your rack is the stainless steel Madison, right? you mean just the color or a different material?
    I got a good price on the stainless steel version (the material) from these guys, click , but it seems the stainless version is no longer available.
    No off-road trails as yet

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