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Nitto Mark's Rack M1 - 20108
Our own Mark Abele came up with this design, and Nitto executed it perfectly. Basically, we wanted a rack that could be used on the front of a bike with sidepull brakes, because sometimes sidepull users need to carry some extra stuff, too. Mark looked at some such racks from the past and present (including a Gilles Berthoud model) and came up with this clever design. Not only does it mount on the fork of a sidepull-equipped bike, but it also mounts on the rear; and as far as that goes, it works just as well if your bike has cantilevers. It's our smallest rack, and weighs between 11 and 13 ounces depending on how you rig it, but it's tubular CrMo, and is rated to 4.4 pounds. There are lots of ways to use it as a saddlebag support in back, as a platform for a basket (zip-tie the basket on), or just strap a stuff-sack full of gear onto it. We use it all these ways, all the time.
Comes with the fork clamps that work on traditional road forks that are roughly 28mm x 20mm--like on all of our bikes and 99 percent of all steel roadish forks; and two 14cm rods - for mounting on rear seatstay bosses; and two 26cm rods - designed to work on all Rivendell forks with the mid-fork rack mounts; may or may not reach other fork lowrider braze-ons. Includes diving boards for front and rear.
If the 26cm rods are not long enough to reach your particular lowrider braze-ons and you don't want to use the fork clamps, then get the 42cm Nitto rack rods and cut em to size.
Installing a Mark's Rack
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