New Surly Front Racks Launched

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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.

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Almost big enough to go to sleep on
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We’re sure it’s been extensively tested

 

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Lots of mounting options

Max load is 30lbs and both racks were tested to this weight with 16oz cans of….beverage.

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Acting all casual in town

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.

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Perhaps you prefer something smaller? The 8-pack rack

 

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Lots of threaded eyes too for bolts and bungees to attach to

 

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Ideal for strapping the sleeping bag on for those adventures.

 

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (3)

    Guess they are the new “ET” tyres?

    They are. Needs some more pics on those?

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