Check out this rack. Nitto makes it to a Simworks design. Nitto makes the nicest racks on the planet. The joints are fillet brazed, which not only looks nice, but brazing is also done at a lower temperature than tig welding, so the steel isn’t as impacted by the heat. It also means that if you break the rack at a joint, your friendly local cold beer and welding place can braze it back together for 25 bucks. It won’t break, but if it did, Rudy’s would have you covered.
Here’s what makes this Simworks Off the Road rack cool: It’s wide. That means if you want to use it on a bike with boost spacing, you can. It’ll look goofy on a road bike, don’t do that. Get a different rack. Good for 2.4 - 3.5” tires. 148mm or 142mm drop outs. Big tires. It has an adjustable height.
A word about the adjustable height: the height adjusts with a big bolt that has an eyelet at the bottom to mount to the frame. There’s a lock nut that you snug up against the rack where the mounting bolt thing goes into the rack proper. Put a dot of blue loctite or a big knob of beeswax on that once you dial in the height, so it doth not shaketh loose.
The Off the Road rack has two levels. Or maybe one of them is just a Mezzanine. Pretty good album, that. The top level is for strapping stuff onto. Boxes of donuts, your Cecil Taylor LP collection, and so forth. Then the next level down, there’s another rung so you can hang panniers if that’s your jam. My jam might have gone bad. It’s been in the shed for a few years.
Look, if you wanna run big tires and have a mtn bike frame, and you are into panniers or just a lot of Cecil Taylor, this rack is for you. Made in Japan, by the metal masters of Tokyo.
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