I have both this front rack and the matching rear rack. They are both amazing racks. On a bike tour in S. America I had the front rack fully loaded including 6 liters of water strapped to the top surface. We rode hundreds of miles on rough gravel roads. The rack is still immaculate. The nickel plating holds up much better than powder coating as compared to my wife's powder coated racks.
If you are planning to do fully loaded touring buy a good rack. It really stinks deal with a broken rack. Of course they break in the middle of nowhere and they are hard to fix. Don't skimp get these well made Nitto racks! Without a doubt don't buy and aluminum rack for heavy touring.
This rack is probably best suited for fully loaded touring. There is nothing wrong with using it for lighter duty loads, but it might be slightly over kill.
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carrys a ton, easy set up
March 8, 2012
from Portland, OR
The rack can carry two large panniers and a load on top, and doesn't sway. It is seriously not possible to bend this rack.
Great for bikes that can't fit panniers on the rear rack, you can throw (mostly) two racks worth up front. And since it mounts to the eyelets below the fork, you can go touring on your road bike!
The only downside is that you can't remove or install the front wheel without pulling out the quick release. Not a big deal.