Nashbar Front Rack

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Nashbar Front Rack
The Nashbar Front Rack uses a unique design that mounts to the V-brake/cantilever studs to provide a small, stable platform the size of a 6-pack.
  • Increased security is offered by the stabilizer tab that attaches to the reflector mounting hole (center hole) located in the center of the fork crown
Nashbar Front Rack
  • DIMENSIONS 9 x 6"
  • WEIGHT
  • MOUNTING V-brake/cantilever studs
  • CAPACITY 15lbs
  • Rating 4

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Nashbar Front Rack
 
4.1

(based on 40 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (26)
  • Versatile (26)
  • Durable (21)
  • Easy to set up (5)
  • Inexpensive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (24)
  • City bikes (6)
  • Road bikes (6)
  • Road biking (6)
  • Commuting (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (19), Commuter (12), Casual/ recreational (8)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (21), Speed oriented (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (28)

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4.0

Nicely done, makes the bike look very cool

By rhythm riders

from ulster county new york

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

    Makes a safer pack set up than my usual when using the bike as the sole means of transport.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Little Rack

    By JustaTrek

    from Southern CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Inexpensive
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

      Mounted easily and securely using hardware supplied, after a little bending of the flat steel bracket. Lashed a wire basket to mine with some zip ties. A really handy, lightweight setup!

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      More installation tips

      By Bob S.

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Durable
      • East To Install
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Extreme Sports
        • Mountain Biking
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

        Additional installation tip (see my others):

        Leave out the plastic spacers, it will be stronger by attaching closer to the brake bolt bosses. Just put one washer (the washer from the old bolts) in between the lower rack brackets and the brake arms, to keep the brake arms in place. Use the new longer bolts if they will screw in far enough (check by screwing in with no rack), and use the washers provided. Tighten those (brake bolts) fully (torqued). Then rotate the rack forward (it will pivot on the lower rivets) to get the position you want in terms of brake and cable clearance and rack angle. Then tighten the fork crown bolt, and then the small screws for the metal strip to fix the rack position in place (you have pre-installed this strip with the screws loose, per my previous instructions).

        • Cycling Style:
        • Comfort Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Installation tips

        By Bob S.

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Commuter

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City

          Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

          This is the 3rd and 4th of these racks I have bought. Great little rack for the money. A couple of installation tips:

          1) Most V-brake bolts are secured with blue thread adhesive ("Loctite" blue). If you are unable to break the bolt loose, hold a soldering iron to the head of the bolt to heat up (just) the bolt (mostly). Don't use a torch, it is less precise and might damage plastic or aluminum parts nearby. Heat it up just enough to break it free (don't leave the iron on there for hours). Once you break the bolt loose, be careful not to burn yourself on it, but you do need to back it out while hot as otherwise the thread adhesive will re-harden.

          2) While you have the V-brake bolt off, pull off the brake arms and grease the bushing surfaces, and I also recommend re-positioning the spring to the lowest tension position. Most V-brakes have three spring positions and come set in the middle one, but most people don't need that much return force and the lesser setting will reduce your lever force. If you bike in serious muck, you might need a higher setting, your mileage may vary.

          3) The rear vertical bars/struts of the rack should be parallel to the arms of the V-brakes, or tilted forward if you want the rack platform level. The little riveted brackets at the bottom of the rack may be off a little in rotation, such that the rack interferes with the V-brakes. However, the brackets rotate fine on the rivets, I rotated the rack forward after mounting to the brake studs, but if I had noticed it sooner I would have used an adjustable ("Crescent") wrench to rotate the brackets parallel to the rear rack bars/struts.

          4) For the bright metal strip that attaches to the center of the rack, attach it to the underside of the rack with the two bolts and nuts (loosely) first, then spring the strip down into place to install the (long) fork crown bolt and nut, tighten that one down, then go back and tighten the other two bolts and nuts, which will automatically bend the strip as needed. This order is much easier than the reverse; installing the fork crown bolt and then trying to hold the strip flush to the rack to get the other two bolts and nuts started.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Comfort Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Rock solid, no shimmy, no shaking and easy install

          By Latitudeadjustment

          from Lakehurst, NJ

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • A Little Small

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City

          Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

          This is on our tandem which rides on the back of the RV. It will get a lot of use on shopping and day trips.
          It's described as being 6-pack size, that's about right. I was hoping for something a little bigger that would support a dog basket.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          Did not fit

          By Jonny B

          from Albany,NY

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Road Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

            It doesn't fit.
            I'm the type of person that, if I can, I'll modify it to work, but this time the geometry just doesn't work with my bike. The product description should be updated to include how it mounts.

            Other than that the construction quality seems good

            • Cycling Style:
            • Comfort Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great rack on my surly Troll. Nice price, great fit.

            By Bikepacker

            from Spokane, WA

            About Me Avid Cyclist

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

            Great price, great fit. Have not really put the screws to it as far as loads, but added to my Surly Troll for a backup rack during a bike packing trip of 150 miles in WA state.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Comfort Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Great rack, especially for 20" wheel bike w/V-brakes

            By Bob

            from Seattle

            About Me Commuter

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Low Cost

            Cons

            • Missing Bolt - Reflector

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Folding 20" Bike

            Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

            Great little rack for the price. Relatively easy to install. On 20" wheel folding bike, appears perfect size, not "small", almost extends to front of wheel. Vertical position is perfect as brake post relationship is the same on 20" wheels versus 26". Deck is almost level, angled just a little bit back (better than forward), but that will vary depending on the brake post angle. A little concerned about the side rivets, but if they fail I will just replace with bolts and nuts. Bolt for front reflector bracket missing. I plan to put a small trunk bag on it.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Comfort Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            What's not to like?

            By Bike Dufus

            from Bishop, California

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Mountain Biking
              • Road Biking

              Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

              I haven't had a chance to use it yet but I know it will do what I expect it to. The included hardware was perfect and if I wasn't a fumble fingers it would have taken 15 minutes to install.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Comfort Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              great little rack

              By Oregon Cyclist

              from Beaverton, OR

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting/City

                Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

                While I prefer to use a rear rack, carrying stuffing on it usually blocks my tail light mounted on the seat post. So this little rack is pretty handy for carrying my flat repair and bike tools. I want to find a small plastic or metal basket I could put on top, so I can more easily carry small items.
                The price is just awesome for this product. Although I have not carried a lot of stuff on it nor have I had it very long, it seems relatively strong and could easily carry 15 pounds of stuff. I was able to install it right up against the v-brakes, without employing the spacers, and I believe it will be stronger without them.
                Mine does not have the "Nashbar" logo on the rack, and that's just fine by me. Also, mine, too, was missing a small bolt, and I had to call Nashbar to get it.

                • Cycling Style:
                • Comfort Oriented
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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