Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

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JustinJamesBrowne
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Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

Postby JustinJamesBrowne » 6 Aug 2019, 6:24am

Yes does any one know if you can fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks or would you have to go rigid. Thanks

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Re: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

Postby Greystoke » 6 Aug 2019, 7:24am

There's two ways to do this, the easy way which mounts the rack to eyelets at the bottom of the fork and then clamps round the fork. EBay sell these.
However this adds the weight in the wrong place and adds to the unsprung weight.
The better way to add a front rack is so it's suspended. Tubus used to make such a rack which mounted to the top of the fork, but I believe it's discontinued now. So you'd have to sort something similar out.

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Re: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

Postby HobbesOnTour » 6 Aug 2019, 7:28am

I did exactly that a number of years ago on a no-name hybrid with suspension forks.
Attached to the brake bosses and used U shaped clamps to fix to the fork. Locked out the suspension.

If it was a good bike I'd think very carefully about it. I wanted to get on the road as quickly and cheaply as possible so I used what was to hand.

So possible, yes. Advisable? Up to you.

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Re: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

Postby Oldjohnw » 6 Aug 2019, 7:34am

You can get modest racks which suspend from the handlebars. These can take the weight of, say, a sleeping bag. From Planet X. I have no experience of them.
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Re: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

Postby londonbikerider » 6 Aug 2019, 7:57am

I'd be concerned about the strength of the threads, most of those forks have their lowers made out of cast aluminium.
Also, to increase the unsprung weight will reduce the performance of the suspension, which means that a cheap one will turn almost useless? I used to have a mountain bike with cheap suspension forks, I had to get rid of them.

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Re: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

Postby colin54 » 6 Aug 2019, 8:13am

A couple of previous threads on this subject with pictures in the first one.
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viewtopic.php?t=26008

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Re: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

Postby mercalia » 6 Aug 2019, 10:27am

I dont see the point - any real weight will just compromise the suspension? Some sus forks you can lock the suspenstion out, maybe then

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Re: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

Postby pq » 6 Aug 2019, 6:20pm

The answer to this question has always been Old Man Mountain racks. I've never seen one and don't know whether they're still made, but google will no doubt reveal all.
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Re: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

Postby hemo » 6 Aug 2019, 10:36pm

Thule pack n ride will fit all sus forks, front or rear.

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Re: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

Postby MarcusT » 8 Aug 2019, 5:16am

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