Likes: Aluminum / Lightweig, Great Utility, Easy Mounting
Works for: MTB, Road, Hybrid, Comfort
June 14, 2012
reviewed by: jhammond
Decent rack, especially for the price. I didn't find it too difficult to mount, though it would have been much better to use some kind of integrated nuts for the four bolt/nut sets that hold the rails to the rack, which would have eliminated the need to use two tools at once to get them tightened down after adjusting them.
It's very lightweight and, when correctly installed, feels solid and doesn't rattle. No washers but the included hardware was of decent quality. Installed with no problems on my wife's 2011 Giant Sedona.
I bought a pair of these for my commuters. One is a 29er with 1.66" tires and the other is a regular old steel frame 26 with similar width tires. The rack barely clears my tire on the 29er (though this is more the fault of the frame manufacturer), making the rack double as a low coverage fender even better.
The low weight is nice, though some panniers may be a tight fit on the large diameter tubing. Bikes with a wider stance require attaching the rack in tension, which is a little scary for aluminum. Still, I doubt you'd have a failure unless you bolted the rack on with some serious spacers.
The rails for angle adjustment are overlong, but can be trimmed down to lower weight even more. I also traded out the bolts for some shorter ones with lockrings. I'm not sure how necessary that was, but everything has been working well for a couple thousand miles.