Fullsize rack on full-suspension bike

Dmitri

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Having been spoiled by R&M Delite which is a dual-sus bike, I was wondering if a similar solution exists out in the wild. I'm not talking about those cheap horizontal racks that attach to the seatpost at one point, but something similar to the Delite, i.e. at least two mount points and a carrying capacity of at least 20kg.

Does anything like this exist? I have this idea of getting such a rack and putting it on, say, a dual-sus fat Haibike, put additional batteries on there (maybe 2kWh or so) and that would be a long-range trekking bike.
 

Dmitri

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The only one I can think of is the Thule, but it has nowhere near he capacity you are looking for.
The only Thule rack I know is the one below, is that the one you mean? Because it doesn't work with dual-sus... you might be able to attach it but it will tilt as the suspension compresses.

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Mr. Coffee

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Thanks! But this solution won't work with dual-sus.
I think you should talk to them.

It seems plausible to me that you could modify one of those racks by replacing the bars that connect to the seat stays with beefy metal springs and keep the p-clamps on the seat stays. Since all of the weight is supported on the axle you should be able to carry quite a bit.
 

Bicyclista

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Thanks! But this solution won't work with dual-sus.
I installed an Old Man Mountain Phat Sherpa rack on my full-suspension Haibike AllMtn Plus. The rack is attached to the thru-axle (I ordered a replacement Robert thru-axle from OMM) and to the seat stays via rubberized clamps (provided by OMM). Obviously, the rack moves together with the suspended wheel. I normally attach a pair of Ortlieb panniers to the rack. I carry my professional photo equipment in the panniers. Although I usually shoot birds using a monopod, on occasion I will carry a heavy-duty professional tripod with a gimbal on the rack itself. I also attached a rear light to the rack. It works very well!
 

Bicyclista

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The only Thule rack I know is the one below, is that the one you mean? Because it doesn't work with dual-sus... you might be able to attach it but it will tilt as the suspension compresses.

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A while back somebody posted pictures of his installation of the Thule rack on a full-suspension Haibike. I tried to install the Thule on my full-suspension bike, but it would not work because my Haibike has plus-sized tires and the Thule rack is not wide enough. I then found the OMM Phat Sherpa, and it worked!

I also think the Phat Sherpa method of attaching to the thru-axle is much more solid and secure.
 
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rich c

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I've used the Thule for about a year on my XDURO Full Seven S RX. I have the pack and pedal side panels for bags too, but haven't used them yet. Clamped the rack on the first time, used a set of the shorter bars to level it, and haven't had to touch it since. I have 27.5 x 2.4 Schwalbe super moto tires. I use a nice sized pack when riding rail trails, riding single trails the day I took this pic. I wouldn't worry a lot for carrying more weight than recommended, unless you jump off some curbs or ride single trails with a ton of weight on it. I've lifted the back of the bike when loading into the van by grabbing the rack a couple of times. Nothing moved. Load capacity is 25 pounds.
 

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WalkinTarget

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I bought a FullNine 6 (haven't received it yet) and have an interest in adding a rear rack, so I am following this discussion with interest. My plan was to just copy the Trekking 4.0 rear rack, an XLC Carrymore Systemgepäckträger Alloy Rack with Spring Latch and Pannier Hangars, but it appears you cannot order that unit anywhere in the US, and I haven't even found a link overseas to order it either.

I was also thinking of adding a fender, but I'm thinking that unless I can somehow attach the fender to the underside of the rack and let it float on the front, the fender will possibly have issues with the flex of the rear suspension. Pardon my ignorance on this, but this is the first bike I've bought since '96, and I am just getting back into biking for a little over a year now, so I have no experience with adding this gear.

When I started riding in earnest last year, I had the opinion that any biker that added a set of fenders really ruined the sporty look of the bike. With a year under my belt, I now know that these guys were a lot smarter and practical in adding the fenders. My plan was to buy a HardSeven 6, but there were none in stock anywhere and without thinking about accessories, I just jumped on the FullNine. I hope we find a solution for this issue eventually.