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Which front rack to order?

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Which front rack to order?

Hi all,

I am planning a few more or less extensive tours and am currently considering buying a front rack for my touring bike.
I found that some of the nice (Ortlieb) front bags are explicitly made for "low rider" racks, while the rack I first considered buying is the Racktime Topit, which seems not to be a low rider.

I would be more than thankful for any advice on which type you use and which are the dis/advantages of each type!

Thanks a lot and best,
Karen

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I would recommend the Tubus

I would recommend the Tubus Nova. It is a stainless steel rack, which makes it slightly more expensive than other options. However, it pays for itself if you consider the amount of time that you would spend caring for a rust-prone rack (repainting, replacing the tape over the pannier attachment points, etc.). Tubus racks have also been tried and tested on many major expeditions.

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Karen,

Karen,

The front rack you needs depends on what you want out of it. A low rider improves steering, balance, (and slightly) speed due to a lower center of gravity. However, if you are carrying a lot, a regular or top rack allows you to strap on more gear in addition to the panniers. Also, with top rack you typically can not store much gear below a handlebar bag so consider that if you currently use or want to use a handlebar bag.. If you are still unsure what you will need, you should go with the low riders. I would guess that about 85% of riders use low-riders since very few actually need to carry a lot of weight.

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Which front rack to order?

Hello Karen,
What rack you get also depends on what bike frame you ride. What size & design of rack will it fit?
In addition to the comments above there are racks that have -both- "low rider" position for front saddlebags and a top surface to strap stuff to. As has been mentioned if you use a handlebar bag you want to watch how big a pile o' stuff you strap on up there ;-)
I ride with low-riders. I prefer the handling.
Find your Local Bike Shop person & talk to them about what's available that'll fit your frame.
Have a great trip,
Gerhardt

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Thanks!

Thanks y'all for the valuable comments received so far.
I am now tending to a low-rider but will check out the combined option for sure.

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Jandd

Personally, for longer tours with a lot of stuff, I like the Jandd Extreme front rack. It accommodates low or high panniers, and has a shelf for strapping extra stuff to. It is made of aluminum, so rust is not an issue, and considering the capacity, it is not too heavy.

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Tubus make excellent racks.

Tubus make excellent racks.