Will my mtb take pannier racks?

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Will my mtb take pannier racks?

Postby Wingnut » Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:12 pm

I'm slowly modifying my mtb into a touring bike but not sure if the mounts on my rear drop-outs will be strong enough (I suspect not?) for the Tubus racks I want as they look more capable for fenders only? The frame is made of Reynolds 853 air hardened steel, any thoughts?

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Re: Will my mtb take pannier racks?

Postby il padrone » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:19 am

They do look more like designed for fenders. However if it's a steel frame you should have no problems strength-wise in fitting a rack I'd reckon. You may find they are a bit lower than normal as most rack-mounts sit 1-3 cms above the axle. You could use a steel spacer bar to raise the mount positon. Tubus can supply one to go with their racks.
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Re: Will my mtb take pannier racks?

Postby grw » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:32 am

Tubus also do mounting kits. I've used the longer rear qr set up on different bikes without dropouts for a few years now with little bother.
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Re: Will my mtb take pannier racks?

Postby Wingnut » Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:32 pm

Here's the bike I'm going to convert to my tourer. I spoke to a bike shop who thought it should take the Tubus pannier racks no problem.

I still plan to change several things such as the tyres, prefer 2" wide to the current 1.3" and possibly re-build the wheels with straight gauge spokes, laced three cross & brass nipples. I may also have to remove the rear brake brace to enable the Planet Bike fenders I want as well.

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Re: Will my mtb take pannier racks?

Postby il padrone » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:20 pm

No major problems there with rack fitting as far as I can see. Get the Tubus Cargo - it's a very versatile rack, easy to adjust to different frames. Your mudguards will fit under that brake brace, however it's really for extreme dOOd MTB trail descents, not touring riding. A more significant fender fit issue might be to get an extension bar to fasten the mudguard clip to the brake bridge. It looks to be a long reach to that.

You can get the LBS to fit some rack eyelets to the front forks at the mid-point (~16cms from the lower eyelet) to take a lowrider rack. Recommend Tubus Tara if you can stump up the $$$.

Otherwise the bike looks very good for a touring conversion. You have good long chainstays too. Have fun with it.
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Re: Will my mtb take pannier racks?

Postby KenGS » Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:36 pm

And while you're down that way give the chain and cluster a wash
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Re: Will my mtb take pannier racks?

Postby hartleymartin » Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:03 am

KenGS wrote:And while you're down that way give the chain and cluster a wash
Sorry - I'm a bit OCD that way :)


You have a kero bath for parts in your garage too?
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Re: Will my mtb take pannier racks?

Postby rustguard » Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:37 pm

hartleymartin wrote:
KenGS wrote:You have a kero bath for parts in your garage too?


What you dont?
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