Was a bit difficult to setup as I had to push the rack closed really hard to reinstall my skewer on the rear wheel. I did about 10 miles on it with approx 15lbs of weight - had none of the problems other reviewers mentioned. It seemed sturdy enough to me
Though I did have to bend the brake attachment piece slightly to accommodate.
It wasn't the most elegant solution but worked decently for me.
I was so excited about this rack because it was so light and sleek. But it almost ruined our bike tour. The weight was too much for it and it slid down right on top of my rear wheel as soon as I started riding again. At some point it started putting pressure on my rear derailleur making me lose a few of my higher gears. I had to jimmy rig the rack to stay in the right place and ever 20 miles or so I had to readjust it. Lucky I made it home from that trip in one piece.
The front part of the mounting system for this rack does have some drawbacks. Basically, two small bolt fasten the rack to a sort of slotted tongue piece the connects to the bike. Other reviewers have apparently had trouble with the rack rolling forward or backward. I can see how that would happen, but I haven't had trouble with it at all.
If you are trying to put a rack on a bike that doesn't have braze-ons, there is going to have to be some compromise made. I think this rack is a great place to start because the rack itself is quite sturdy and has flat surfaces which are easy to bolt to. If the included hardware doesn't quite match up with the fastening opportunities on your bike, a trip to the hardware store will probably help you make the connection. If you are not comfortable with a little drilling and bolting, you might want to have your bike shop handle the whole rack project in the shop.
I love this rack on the back and I've ordered another for the front. It's not a front rack, but I have a hack in mind.
Summed up: Strong but very narrow. May take some creativity to install on your bike just right.
Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.
Likes: Good Asthetics, Easy Mounting, Aluminum / Lightweig, Highly Adjustable, Solid Workhorse, Great Utility
Works for: Road
June 25, 2010
reviewed by: A Guest
I had this rack installed at my local bike shop in Portland OR before I moved to Germany, and it looks great and streamlined, however, having had racks on previous bikes, I miss the larger platform, which was much more functional on a day-to-day basis, for carrying things like shoes, books, cakes, etc. I got over that.
But took the bike with me cycling and camping on Lake Constance a couple weeks ago. With a 10 lb load on the back (a tent and a little more), I went over a small bump in the road- the rack dropped and stopped the back tire. The design is such that 2 screws on the top of the rack are pointed down toward the tire with a very low clearance btwn the tire and the rack. Fortunately, I have very good tires. But I nearly had a heart attack when it happened.
I tightened up the connections and the quick release on the rear tire and set off the following morning for a ride around the lake. When I dropped off a small sort-of-curb, (the Germans leave a decent lip between the bike path and the road), the back tire stopped again. With NO LOAD at all.
The design with the moveable hinge attached to the quick release and the screws pointed toward the tire is terrible. I would not recommend this rack to anyone. It's unsafe.
It was supposed to be great and mount far enough back to keep from hitting my heals on the bags. However, it is not sturdy at all. I made it a mile down the road with my work stuff (lunch, basic tools for changing a tire, work clothes and a lock) before I had to start adjusting it. By the time I made it to work it had sagged all the way to the tire and was rubbing all the time. There was no way to support it without redesigning the connecting brackets from a stronger material witha better shape