Nashbar Low Rider Front Rack

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Nashbar Low Rider Front Rack
Nashbar's Front Rack is built to take the punishment of long distant tours. Constructed of solid aluminum rod and treated with a black powder coat finish, it should be standard equipment for any expedition. Includes mounting hardware for attachment on virtually any road or ATB bike, with or without fork braze-ons.
use on------------ most front forks weight------------ 632g by tech max load---------- 10 kg/22 lbs material---------- aluminum finish------------ painted color------------- black cover------------- none mount------------- fork hardware---------- for clamp-on or braze-on reflector mount--- none dimensions--------- 18"= h 15"= L 7"= w .
Nashbar Low Rider Front Rack
  • WEIGHT 632g
  • DIMENSIONS 18"= h 15"= L 7"= w
  • MOUNTING Fork
  • CAPACITY 10kg/22 lbs
  • Rating 4

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Nashbar Front Rack
 
4.0

(based on 22 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (14)
  • Durable (11)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Easy to use (6)

Cons

  • Hard to install (7)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (11)
  • Long rides (10)
  • Road bikes (5)
  • Touring (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

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5.0

i would buy this product again

By brewser

from new jersey

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting

    Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

    fairly easy to install depending on type of your installing to,hardware is adequate, i prefer bolts that use -4mm or 5mm allen wrench but wasn't available at the time, so i installed it to my surly with the hardware that was packaged with the rack, i'm pleased with the result's ,

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Yes, this is a durable rack.

    By Tim From VT

    from Moose Country

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Long Rides
        • Road Bikes

        Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

        I've got one of these racks on my Nashbar trekking bike that I purchased over 25 years ago. Now, I don't know what may have changed in that time, but the one I bought has certainly held up. I bent it slightly going off the side of a wet plank bridge a while back, and bent it out. Still going. When cycling loaded, they help get some weight down low on the front wheel, which is a big bonus. As I recall, the hardware wasn't much to write home about even back then -- looking at mine, I recall I replaced the supplied fasteners with some marine-grade stuff I had hanging around.

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        4.0

        Nice rack

        By Picard

        from Kentucky most of tme time

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Must mod to fit older Nashbar Touring frame
        • Older Touring forks had braze-ons in wrong place

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Long Rides

        Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

        This is a decent rack for the money and seems to hold up well. In my review, I noted the issue fitting to the Nashbar touring frame/fork from 2-3 years back as the fork had the braze-on too low. It wasn't much work to remove and relocate the mounting tabs to fit the errant fork. I will not attempt to move the altered fork to another bike; just leave it alone. Bike, wronged fork and altered rack have given me lots of good miles and expecting many more.

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        4.0

        I would buy this product again.

        By nel

        from florida

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Long Rides
          • Road Bikes

          Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

          Can't speak to durability yet. Otherwise would have given 5 stars. Easy to install. Will use for extended bike trip.

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          • No

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Decent rack - cheap hardware

          By GreginRI

          from Rhode Island

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

              The rack is versatile, in that it fits multiple front fork configurations. Aluminum frame parts are light and strong. However, for all its virtues Nashbar has chosen to provide very cheap, poor quality fasteners with this rack. Cap head screws in poor quality steel with a cheap hex wrench proved difficult to work with and resulted in stripped pieces. Fortunately I have access to SS hardware and swapped out most fasteners for ones durable and capable of getting wet without corroding. For a few extra pennies quality hardware would make this rack an easy homerun.

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              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Durable, functional, lightweight.

              By JW

              from La Crosse, WI

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Long Rides

                Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

                I waited until finishing my 1600 mile camping ride to comment on the rack. Others have found it hard to install, but fitting it to my older steel-frame road bike was no problem, and I bought a second set for another touring bike that also went on easily. Both racks accommodated a variety of brands of front panniers without a problem, and we loaded them up heavily, and traveled on both paved and gravel roads in all kinds of weather. There was no loosening or slippage of the attachments. I am satisfied with this rack, and expect to use it for the next big trip.

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                Bags are good but instructions need work

                By Tom

                from Saint Paul, MN

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Tough to Install

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

                    The rack is fine. But the instructions were hard to follow. Needs more pictures/drawings. I hope Nashbar will beef up the printed instructions or, even better, do a short video showing how to put the rack together.

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                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Awesome rack, lacking hardware

                    By Pete Po

                    from Seattle

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good-looking
                    • Lightweight
                    • Sturdy

                    Cons

                    • U-bolts Too Long

                    Best Uses

                    • Commuting
                    • Long Rides

                    Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

                    This rack is sturdy and well-made – enough to carry a serious amount of groceries of some more interesting stuff like 25 pounds of lumber or a box tied with a rope. The look of the bike with a front rack instead of a rear one is improved in my opinion. And now I finally feel those 32 front spokes are actually put to use, which is a nice bonus :)

                    The only downside is that this rack might need some jerry-rigging depending on your fork. Ironically, even though I own a *Nashbar* Steel CX bike, its fork is too flat to use correctly with included hardware. What I did was put a wine cork sliced in halves along the curved parts of the U-bolts. This fixed the problem of them being too long with not enough threads to actually grab onto the fork. Also, be careful with the 3 mm Allen screws, the slots are very easy to damage with too much torque.

                    All in all, this is a great rack for a truly miniscule price. You are unlikely to regret buying it, but likely to actually enjoy.

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                    • No

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Versatile and inexpensive

                    By Mike

                    from Guilford, CT

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Tough to Install

                    Best Uses

                    • Long Rides

                    Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

                    I bought this to add capacity for colder weather touring when I need to pack more than a bathing suit and tee shirt for extra clothes. I had read it was difficult to install, but I enjoy the challenge. I got a lot chances to enjoy myself with this installation. I don't have mid-fork lugs so had to use the included U-bolts. But my fork, is very wide and flat. I reshaped the U-bolts, the nuts didn't fit well and stripped. I spent too much time trying to use the holes and slots already there. Finally I just drilled my own holes where I needed them and everything worked out fine. I had to raid my SS bolt and spacer stash, but installed these on top of my fenders without difficulty.
                    These racks will likely fit a wide range of bikes out of the box. My isn't one of them but in the end, I have very sturdy and inexpensive racks.
                    My favorable rating is influenced by the price I paid. I would not be so pleased if I had paid what most other racks cost.

                     
                    4.0

                    Great value, but expect to improvise.

                    By Seabiscut

                    from Indiana

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Design
                    • Lightweight
                    • Low Cost

                    Cons

                    • Installation A Challenge

                    Best Uses

                    • Commuting
                    • Touring

                    Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

                    After looking around for a decent front pannier rack that wouldn't break the bank, I decided to take a chance on Nashbar's offering. This appears to be a close copy of Blackburn's Low Rider rack (no longer available). The basic rack is solid, but the installation instructions were incomplete and the hardware inferior. I tossed most of the hardware and went to Ace to get some good stainless steel nuts and bolts that wouldn't rust. The predrilled holes lined up okay on my bike (I had fork braze-ons for a rack), but some folks might have to drill their own to make it sit level. I've taken it out for an extended test ride, and so far, so good. Really won't know for sure until I have a couple hundred miles with loaded panniers. If you are reasonably handy with bikes and tools, you should have no problem adapting it to your bike. If you are not mechanically inclined, then you will probably find someone who is.

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