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    Surly's Rear Disc Rack vs. ??? for Karate Monkey

    Just picked a Karate Monkey from my LBS andI'm considering outfitting it with a rack as it'll be pulling a lot of commuting miles for the foreseeable future. Is there a better option than the Rear Disc Rack for the Karate Monkey?

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    What’s your budget?


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    And how much weight do you want to carry?


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    Good questions... honestly I haven't considered either. As it'll be used predominately for commuter duties I'd imagine 20-30 lbs at the most. Not sure what I'd have to spend for quality. I'd value a rack that was plug 'n play and mounts easily.

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    I love Surly racks. Heavy and chunky, but some of the nicest, highest quality and most practical racks I've ever used.

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    I can't speak to being better than Surly, but I've got a few Ibera racks which are pretty inexpensive and have been working well.

    https://smile.amazon.com/Ibera-Bike-...bera+bike+rack

    I never thought much about them, but I've had one on my year round commuter for 4 years now I think. I crashed once on some ice, sheared one of the bolts that went in by the dropout. It was a long bolt, couldn't find a replacement after going to 3 bike shops. Sent an email to Ibera asking if I could buy a replacement, I was well out of warranty plus it was caused by a crash, so I was fine with paying. I got a quick response saying they would look into it, a couple days after that 2 of the bolts were in my mailbox at no charge.

    I greatly appreciate service like that, and I'll continue to use their racks because of it. I've also been quite happy with the trunk bag that snaps onto the rack without any straps. Surprisingly weather resistant.

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    I bought the new disk rack for my Surly Ice Cream Truck. It's basically the same rack offered for the Karate Monkey but a bit wider. The rack is built like a tank and very easy to assemble and put on and take off the bike. I believe the carrying capacity is 60 lbs. so it may be a little more burly that what the OP is looking for but I can't recommend it enough!

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