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    Rear Rack

    Looking at fitting a rear rack on a bike with full suspension.
    There is no provision at all on the frame for this & I don't want a seat post mounted one.
    So I am thinking, secure the lower legs with the axle & top front mount should clamp to the rear fork.
    Main problem is with the axle.
    Bike currently has a 12mm quick release.
    I guess the easiest way would be to replace that with a longer 12mm bolt & a nylock nut.
    Anyone else been down this road ??

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    This is a bad idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    This is a bad idea.

    Fitting a rack or using a bolt?

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    Finally, a bike with a front fork and a rear fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schulze View Post
    Finally, a bike with a front fork and a rear fork.

    Yeah ok, I used the wrong word, I guess you knew what I meant though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky.289 View Post
    Looking at fitting a rear rack on a bike with full suspension.
    There is no provision at all on the frame for this & I don't want a seat post mounted one.
    So I am thinking, secure the lower legs with the axle & top front mount should clamp to the rear fork.
    Main problem is with the axle.
    Bike currently has a 12mm quick release.
    I guess the easiest way would be to replace that with a longer 12mm bolt & a nylock nut.
    Anyone else been down this road ??
    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky.289 View Post
    Looking at fitting a rear rack on a bike with full suspension.
    There is no provision at all on the frame for this & I don't want a seat post mounted one.
    There is a reason for this. Full suspension bikes aren't designed for rear racks.

    So I am thinking, secure the lower legs with the axle & top front mount should clamp to the rear fork.
    Main problem is with the axle.
    Bike currently has a 12mm quick release.
    I guess the easiest way would be to replace that with a longer 12mm bolt & a nylock nut.
    Anyone else been down this road ??
    You cannot just replace a thru axle with some random 12mm bolt. And even if you did, no rack can use that, so you'd be back to more cobbling unless you've got some underlying metal fabrication experience. You'd be better off using a Robert Axle with an Old Man Mountain rack (and using p-clamps to attach the rack to the stays).

    https://robertaxleproject.com/
    https://www.oldmanmountain.com/

    As you can see, neither the Thule option nor this one is cheap. Of course, this all presumes that your bike's rear suspension design would actually WORK with it (not all will). Does your bike have chainstay pivots or seatstay pivots? How about cable/hose routing? Does any of that run down the seatstays? Does your bike have funky shaped tubes to deal with? For example, if you've got seatstay pivots, the OMM racks won't work, but the Thule might. If you have brake line or shift cables that run down the top of the seatstays, the Thule won't work, but the OMM might (as long as there aren't seatstay pivots). And if the seatstays are carbon, no f*cking way would I put p-clamps on 'em. There are other considerations here as to whether something might work or not.

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    I have some experience fitting that Thule rack to different bikes and it is pretty versatile. It was able to fit on my wife's XS Julianna when nothing else would. They are surprisingly stable with the ratchet strap system, though I don't believe I'd use one for a world tour.
    A friend recently closed his long time online business and retired. When I stopped by his warehouse this week, he still had a few of those Thule racks left and was thinking of liquidating them on eBay.

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    A rack that works off a clamp to the seatpost might be the ticket.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Thanks team.
    Some good information there.
    I'll give this some more thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    ...that was unexpected.



    I'd rather not mount my gear on to undamped parts of my bike, like the rear triangle. I'd go with a handlebar bag/roll or a frame bag before looking for a rear rack.

    Not to mention that rear racks mount the weight in a really awkward place on a bike, from a handling perspective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Wow!
    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    ...that was unexpected.



    I'd rather not mount my gear on to undamped parts of my bike, like the rear triangle. I'd go with a handlebar bag/roll or a frame bag before looking for a rear rack.

    Not to mention that rear racks mount the weight in a really awkward place on a bike, from a handling perspective.
    Yep I was considering putting one on my bikepacking rig as a supplement to the seat bag for bulky lightweight stuff. I decided against it because it probably would have rubbed the seat bag when the suspension squishes. Some small panniers would be cool though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    DJ, yer sposed ta count down when you do that, not up.
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    You count up?
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Do you clowns have nothing else to do but post dribble on someone elses thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky.289 View Post
    Do you clowns have nothing else to do but post dribble on someone elses thread?
    lol
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    Apparently not.

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    Pfffttt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky.289 View Post
    Apparently not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky.289 View Post
    Do you clowns have nothing else to do but post dribble on someone elses thread?
    Ahh, shit. And here I was drooling. I'd better rectumfy that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky.289 View Post
    Do you clowns have nothing else to do but post dribble on someone elses thread?
    Dribble.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky.289 View Post
    Do you clowns have nothing else to do but post dribble on someone elses thread?
    are you new here?
    because everyone knows these clowns do that, and thank god they do
    always mad and usually drunk......

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