Surly Bicycles has always veered on to the utilitarian side of the tracks and today announced two new front bike racks. They come in two different sizes and are sized for the amount of beer cans they can carry, natch. Of course, you don’t have to carry beer with them and they’ll work for other cargo or camping or whatever.
They use tubular cromoly and come in at 640g and 860g respectively for the 8 and 24 pack rack. They are designed to attach to forks that use mid-blade and fork crown eyelets or uni-crown barrel bosses like most Surly forks use. There is plenty of height adjustability to fit a wide range of wheels sizes while still keeping the load low and tight to your bike.
Max load is 30lbs and both racks were tested to this weight with 16oz cans of….beverage.
Surly says “This method of attachment yields a very solid rack-to-bike connection that is very helpful when carrying lots of stuff on the front of your bike, there’s no flex to be had here.”
According to distributors, Ison Distribution, they’ll be around £90 and £130. Not cheap, but look at all those welds! Dates for UK delivery are likely to be spring – so in time for barbecue (in your coat) weather.