Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack

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Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack
Not enough room in your backpack? Don't sweat it. This bike rack bolts on the back of your bike and lets you carry up to 50lbs of whatever it is you can fit back there -- no more fumbling around with your gear.
  • Compatible with disc brakes
  • Powder coated, tubular aluminum construction for lightweight durability
  • Solid aluminum cargo platform with stainless steel stays
  • 3 height positions adapt to almost any bike
  • Includes rear bracket for tail light or reflector
Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack
  • WEIGHT N/A
  • DIMENSIONS 15 x 14 x 3"
  • MOUNTING Bolt-on Frame
  • CAPACITY
  • Rating 4

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Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack
 
4.1

(based on 34 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (26)
  • Versatile (19)
  • Durable (18)
  • Easy to install (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (25)
  • Mountain biking (9)
  • Road biking (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (14), Avid cyclist (13), Commuter (7)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (23), Speed oriented (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33)

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4.0

seat post attachments tricky

By Jim

from Vermont

About Me Avid Cyclist

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City

    Comments about Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack:

    The rack itself is fine. Installing it was another matter. It took quite a bit of contouring of the stays that attach to the seat post to get it to fit properly. The inclusion of the longer screws for the seat post attachment was critical, though, since the original bike screws were not long enough.

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

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    3.0

    Doesn't fit Nasbar's own AT2 mt. Bike?

    By ziggyf

    from Reno / Tahoe Nevada

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack:

      First off: can Nasbar allow us to comment on others without facebook...some reviewer admits he has a road bike and knocks the product fit when this is for mountain bikes!? ... also let these comments list across the whole screen instead of a narrow border. Now my problem with this.. I ordered this rack with a new AT2 Nashbar bike and unless I used the clamp method (making the rack much weaker) it would not fit...how nuts is that!!
      Rack looks sturdy and has all hardware needed but make it fit your bikes the best way, with the braze-ons.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Specs and updates

      By Repairman

      from Chicago

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Hi Quality Hrdwr Included
      • Sufficiently Adjustable

      Cons

      • Back Of Platform Not Flat

      Best Uses

      • As A Bike Rack

      Comments about Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack:

      Having read ALL of the reviews before buying, I decided to try to put what I think is useful size/fit etc. info all in one place.
      FIT: the rack is 8"ID where it mounts to the dropouts, I was concerned as my hybrid is 7"OD there so this was more than wide enough. The included allen screws are of good quality with correct thread tolerances and they drew the rack in tight with no problems. The rack is bowed a bit as a result but I don't see that as an issue unless it will interfere with whatever bags you may want to hang from it. I did not think that bending the rack at the points where the tube had already been tightly curved near the platform was a good idea, and bending that close to the welds put me off from trying to adjust it there as well. The problem of the mounting straps that go to the frame being too short has been solved, though the longer straps have several slots, not just one long one, so the short space where the each of the slots end could end up covering one of the holes in the rack. Happened to me, I lowered the rack as provided for and all was good since that "moved" the straps further back in relation to the rack and all slots/holes lined up. The breaks in the slots have to be there for strength, so the slots can't just spread wide on you when you tighten down the fasteners. At it's lowest adjustment height, the rack fit easily over 700C wheels with 700 X 32 tires. Fenders would fit as well. The one design flaw I take issue with that makes no sense to me is that the rear of the platform tilts up, meaning if you want to use a milk crate or other rigid flat container it will only contact the tail end and somewhere up toward the front of the rack. This to me was a stupid design decision as it has nothing to do with making the rack stronger and decreases it's utility. If it becomes a problem I'll mount something light as a spacer onto the platform that lets whatever flat thing I need to put there clear the tail end. Spacers are included for use with narrower frames, but I would not use them (or this rack) on such a frame since the shear force is magnified by even a short moment arm like that, meaning the rack and/or dropout holes get nuked if you're carrying max weight and hit a bad bump. Just get a rack that fits a narrower frame since using this rack on anything below a 6"OD dropout dimension is likely to get unpleasantly funky even if you bend the tabs on the adjustment part to be flat against the dropouts once drawn in. One thing you will notice from the picture is that the front part of the rack does not get as close to the frame as other racks do, where the center vertical tube is generally at the center of the platform. On this rack it's about a 2/5 front - 3/5 back split. The platform itself is trapezoidal, not rectangular and is 15 1/2" long X 5 3/4" wide at the widest point at the vertical tubes tapering to 5" at the back end. In closing, I wish mfg's and merchants would include basic size info on the stuff they sell, especially when it's going to be used on a multitude of varied products like bikes. Save us all time at the front end ya think?

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

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      2.0

      Won't fit on Specialized Ariel 29'er bike

      By Bzb1sk

      from Ann Arbor, Michigan

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

        Cons

        • Doesn't fit
        • Stays Too Short

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack:

          Rack fit on Specialized Ariel 29'er very easily, but the stainless steel stays, or braces as I call them, are 3 " too short. Nashbar does not offer longer stays as Topeak does. Have to remove and return rack.

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

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          4.0

          Good sturdy rack.

          By Kirk

          from Phoenix metro area

          About Me Commuter

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack:

            The Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack was easy to install with basic tools. Total time about 30 minutes with final adjustments. I installed the rack on my hydraulic disk mountain bike, its sturdy, quiet, and it looks good. I use a milk crate strapped to the rack to do most of my grocery shopping, and general running around. I've put the bike down several times and the rack hasn't moved a bit. recommend this product.

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

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            5.0

            Perfect for our Cruiseliner Tandem

            By TandemCouple

            from Elizabethtown, PA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Height
            • Durable
            • Easy installation
            • Lightweight
            • Strong
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Cruiser Style Bikes
              • Mountain Biking
              • Road Biking

              Comments about Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack:

              I bought this rack because I needed a rack that would be tall enough to clear the top of the fender on our Trek Cruiseliner Tandem.
              Other racks weren't adjustable for height and the specs generally didn't address their height.
              I inquired of Bike Nashbar re. the max height of this rack and they responded in less than 24 hours with a definitive answer.
              I ordered the rack and it works perfectly and was very easy to install.

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

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              4.0

              Tough and Functional

              By Excuses to Bike

              from Denver, Colorado

              About Me Commuter

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Color

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City

              Comments about Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack:

              I put two Wald folding baskets on this rack and can now carry two huge canvas bags of groceries on my bike along with three children under 6. After two years of heavy use, my old rack broke in a car accident, saving my wheel from needing a true. Replaced it with the same rack, and I'm golden again. Only problem is that my bike is mostly chrome and grey. I wish they had a chrome option.

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

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              4.0

              Nice rack, but...

              By Ray

              from Syracuse, NY

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack:

                  First off, the rack is very wide. It includes one inch spacers so it will fit, but it's wider than it needs to be. Second, if you have a Trek FX, it won't fit. The frame geometry just wont allow it to fit. It fit fine on my daughter's Specialized Sirrus. It also functions as a fender, keeping rain off your back.

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

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                  3.0

                  Not quite universal...

                  By mpls cyclist

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  About Me Commuter

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Size

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting/City

                  Comments about Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack:

                  It took my friend an I a good hour to get this thing mounted to my frame. I think part of the reason it took so long is that I have a pretty small road bike that I use for commuting, but I don't think it should have been so difficult. We actually had to warp the metal attachments so they would fit around the brakes. I wouldn't recommend this for smaller frames.

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

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                  5.0

                  Solid construction, easy install

                  By David

                  from Hollywood, FL

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Simple to install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Commuting/City

                    Comments about Nashbar Universal Fit Mountain Rack:

                    I put this rack on a hybrid bike. It was easy to install, taking only about 30 minutes, including the fine tuning of placement. I bought this rack to mount the nashbar daytrekker panniers on, great combo!

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

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