Nashbar Front Rack

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Nashbar 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---------- 25 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 . www.nashbar.com made in taiwan 110802hd
Nashbar Front Rack
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  • Rating 3.5

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Nashbar Front Rack
 
3.7

(based on 14 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Hard to install (6)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (8)
  • Long rides (5)
  • Touring (5)
  • Road bikes (3)
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4.0

Versatile and inexpensive

By Mike

from Guilford, CT

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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.

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4.0

Great value, but expect to improvise.

By Seabiscut

from Indiana

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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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4.0

Don't be afraid to bend!

By RedlegDad

from Nebraska

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Long Rides

    Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

    After reading the reviews of this rack,I need to offer my view.I have these on two different bikes and have had them there for over three years,when I mounted them they were not level and some holes did'nt line up in the mid-fork braze-on holes.so I bent the main arm and ta-da!,all is good,mounted the cross brace,loaded bags,and never looked back.good,inexpensive rack.

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    2.0

    Seemed good...didn't fit my bike

    By Todd

    from Modesto, CA

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    Pros

    • Inexpensive

    Cons

    • Not Versatile

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

      Was really excited to receive this rack, great price and seems like good quality - it's difficult to find low mount front racks. However, I can't find any way to install it on my bike.

      I have a Novara Randonee, with mid-fork bosses for front rack mounting, and the Nashbar rack comes nowhere close to them! I thought, oh well, I'll use the u-bolt mounts instead. But neither of those fit either. Am a bit surprised when there are so many reviews on here about how it fits any bike, and is so versatile. Will have to return it.

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      5.0

      Awesome value for a low-ride rack

      By PacNw Hiker

      from Washington State

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile
      • Weight Distribution

      Cons

      • Front Wheel Removal Diffi
      • Tough to Install

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Touring

      Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

      Great deal on a low-ride rack. These appear to be made for Nashbar by Blackburn or are an exact copy. Installation can be a bit tricky an may require slight modification depending on braze-on location and fork geometry. Love how low they get those panniers for max gravity advantage. Removing the front wheel can be a bit more challeging with these installed, so don't get a flat! Also will preclude carrying your bike on a fork mount rack set-up as the bottom of the rack extends below the axle.

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      5.0

      Excellent rack for the money

      By mitnegah

      from Albany, Indiana

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Low Center Of Gravity
      • Not Difficult To Install
      • Seems Really Solid

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Long Rides
        • Road Bikes

        Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

        Excellent for use with Nashbar front rack. Wasn't difficult to install on 700c road fork with all the included hardware. Next one will go on a touring fork with braze-ons. Love to find great value items for building up bikes, and this one is a really bargain when on sale...even not on sale!

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        4.0

        Good Deal

        By Chuck

        from Salt Lake City, UT

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        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Stable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Tough to Install

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Touring

        Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

        This rack is either an exact copy or a simple rebranding of the Bl****** Lo Rider, which interestingly is no longer available. I only got the first page of the installation instructions, so I Googled the instructions for the Bl******* and it worked fine. I had to drill a couple of holes in the aluminum plate that is welded to the top bar of the rack in order to get my Lone Peak panniers to fit right, but after I did that they were solid. Took my first ride today, a quick downhill on a local paved bike path, with a light load in the panniers, and they handled well. The steering feels different, there is more inertia in the system, but it felt solid and stable.

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        5.0

        Great price on a good rack

        By LJM

        from Greenville, SC

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Touring

          Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

          Sure you can find heavier built racks but for what I wanted this is great and the price can't be beat. Don't know why some people say that it is hard to in stall because it was simple for me. What I was looking for was a light weight front rack that would give some more room for clothing for me and my wife when touring on our tandem. This fits the need perfectly. I would not recommend it for heavy loads.

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          4.0

          Nice rack for a good price

          By Bill

          from Idaho

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          Pros

          • Low Cost
          • Sturdy Design

          Cons

          • Weak Hardware

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Long Rides

          Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

          The hardware isn't the best quality but the rack is surprisingly very good quality. I used stainless hardware and better quality p clips, though rack doesn't have the best mounting options for forks that have rack brazeons as it seems it was designed to only use the u bolts but it still works with brazeons.

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          1.0

          heavier than expected

          By Mark

          from boise

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          Comments about Nashbar Front Rack:

          ok for town, too heavy for real touring

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