Rear bike rack for customized frame configuration

#1
My new ebike arrived with shipping damage including a bent rear rack with paint flaking off of it. I don't have the tools or facilities to bend it back, and if I did the paint would flake off even more.

The vendor has given me a partial refund on the bike to cover the cost of repairs (there were other things damaged as well) so I'm shopping for a new rear rack. The trouble is, the existing rack is custom and the bike frame doesn't have the usual places to connect a rack. For example, the "triangle" frame below the seat (where the rear fender is attached) doesn't have holes to attach the front two "arms" on racks that don't connect to the seat post. I do have drills, if drilling holes in the frame is an option.

Here's a diagram of the rack and where it connects to the frame. Is a rack that connects to the seat post my only option? I'm looking for the following:

- compatible with side panniers, prevents bags from tangling in spokes

- has a plate on the back to mount my rear light

- maximum load at least 50 lb, preferably up to 100 lb

- compatible with disc brakes

- costs less than $75 USD

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Tuna

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#2
Personally I would see if you could find someone who could bend it back or see if the company will send you another rack.... Ummm...

you CAN drill but usually that will also void any warranty on the frame

if you don't want to drill, you could possibly use P-clamps but you might have to loose the rear fender

(below is a picture of a guy who modified his older model ariel rider for a rear rack with P clamps)
 

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#3
Personally I would see if you could find someone who could bend it back or see if the company will send you another rack.... Ummm...

you CAN drill but usually that will also void any warranty on the frame

if you don't want to drill, you could possibly use P-clamps but you might have to loose the rear fender

(below is a picture of a guy who modified his older model ariel rider for a rear rack with P clamps)
Thanks for the ideas!

As I previously mentioned, straightening the existing rack is out of the question. It doesn't meet my needs anyway, because it doesn't support panniers (unless I want them catching in my spokes as I ride). I did ask the vendor about getting a spare rack but they don't have any in stock.

The p-clamps are an interesting idea, and would not affect my rear fender which is connected to the middle of the "triangle" below and behind my seat. I see Amazon carries them with rubber liners, which would be perfect. Unlike the bike in the pic you sent, I wouldn't require long front "arms" on the rack to reach the frame under my seat.