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Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

Postby fishfright » Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:07 am

Im about to get a rear rack for my small framed tourer. Its a 50cm horizontal TT Longstaff and im wondering is some racks are more suitable than others for frames this small.

Its only for camp / touring in this country and Im not sure if i can stretch to a Tubus .
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Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

Postby thirdcrank » Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:32 am

I don't think that frame size is the main factor here because wheelsize is the main factor. Unless your bike has unusually small wheels, the legs on the rack will have to be the standard length to clear the wheel and mudguards. You will need to ensure that the arms (or arm) connecting the top of the rack to the seatstays are long enough to ensure the rack is level when fitted. AFAIK, most modern racks are adjustable for this reason.

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Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

Postby 531colin » Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:46 pm

There is no way to sidestep quality.
Tubus do extra-long stays for small frames...http://www.tubus.com/info.php?xn=53

.....but who stocks them??
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Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

Postby foxyrider » Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:25 pm

these guys do !

http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/tubus-pa ... 66686.html

theses arms can be used with the Tortec and Racktime racks too :D
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Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

Postby mrjemm » Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:13 pm

2 bikes with frames smaller than that here (well, 3, but 1 has no rack at present), one with a Tubus Logo (IIRC), the other a Tortec Velocity Hybrid. Both fit well. Neither need any special long stays... not sure why they would. As ever, SJS also do lots and lots of rack spares, including long arms.

Recently bought a Blackburn rack for another bike, and unsure about the build quality, and prefer the Tortec and Tubus we have.
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Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

Postby Vantage » Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:22 pm

I have a 48cm bike and this http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004XVPDMC/r ... Stb03W2KDA fits nicely.
2 sets of stays are supplied (one set is stupidly long) and 2 sets of the little steel plates (can't remember what they're called) that bolt to the rack eyelets are supplied (also of different lengths).
10mm alloy tubing with twin rail heights allow use of the top of the rack without fouling the panniers. There's no sprung top plate but there is a plate on the back with 60mm spaced holes for a rack light.
I've seen nicer welds but it doesn't look or feel like it'll fall to bits any time soon. £25
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Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

Postby andrew.redman2 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:11 pm

I would suggest that the rack will break, mine did. I have had this one a few years now no sign of wear.
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Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

Postby Vantage » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:52 pm

There's a cyclist on another forum who had the same model bike as mine whos' left hand chain stay snapped. Mine is still intact.
Same with the chainset I use. Some reports of the left hand crank working loose and falling off. 7500 miles and mine is still there having never come remotely loose.
A few failed examples don't mean the entire production line is tainted.
£75 for a rear rack? Madness IMO.
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Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

Postby Aushiker » Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:23 am

thirdcrank wrote:I don't think that frame size is the main factor here because wheelsize is the main factor. Unless your bike has unusually small wheels, the legs on the rack will have to be the standard length to clear the wheel and mudguards.


In my experience racks can and do have different lenght stays. For example and I learnt this the hard way, the Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack w/disc Mounts height is ~ 16". It is claimed to be for 26" to 700C wheels. Now I appreciate this photo is from an recumbent but it illustrates my point.

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Note the height of the clearance above the wheel.

Now I suspect the original rack is a Delta rack or of similar elk .... note the height of the clearance above the wheel.

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BTW I have switched back to the original rack and the battery is mounted nicely now (sorry no photo as yet).

Delta racks as an example have a height range from 12.5" to 14.5", a two inch difference and actually product a size guide for their racks which is based on the frame size.

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