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Offline DandeGrande

Front racks, suspension forks
« on: July 05, 2009, 11:00:42 am »
Does anyone who has done long distance, self-contained touring have a successful experience of mounting panniers on a front rack mounted on a suspension fork?

Offline bikerbob

Re: Front racks, suspension forks
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2009, 04:19:54 pm »
I rode for 6 days on a railway trail on a Norco mtn bike with front suspension and no eyelets with an Old Man Mtn front rack.  I did not even lock out the front suspension.  Everything was fine.  I would not hesitate to go coast to coast with that set up

Offline valygrl

Re: Front racks, suspension forks
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009, 11:13:21 pm »
I had a Delta rack on my MTB for my first tour, did about 2000 miles with it, no issues.

I kept the fork locked out the whole trip (all pavement), but I don't think it would have mattered.

Offline JayH

Re: Front racks, suspension forks
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2009, 01:13:18 pm »
Similar to Bikerbob, I had a Hardtail Marin Team mtn bike that I toured and also commuted to work on (though I didn'tuse the front rack for commuting) that worked fine.  I had an Old Man Mountain rack which was a QR fork mounted to the V-brake bosses on the fork. You will need to use P-clamps if you have a suspension fork made for disc brakes and don't have those brake bosses but otherwise, they worked for me.   My fork was an old Marzocchi Bomber Z2 with no lock-out.


Offline TCS

Re: Front racks, suspension forks
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2009, 08:16:38 am »
The Tubus Swing front rack mounts above the front suspension.

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Offline GeorgeC

Re: Front racks, suspension forks
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2009, 08:55:12 pm »
I have used an Old Man Mountain front rack on my Specialized Rockhopper for four week long bike tours very successfully. This old bike has a support between the two front forks so I didn't even need to use the brake bosses.