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Surly "nice racks" are expedition-quality bicycle racks for extended touring, camping, etc.
  • Designed for use primarily on the Long Haul Trucker frame (of course, fits some other bikes too)
  • Incredibly strong chromoly steel construction (most cheap racks are aluminum).
  • Chromoly means that in the unlikely event of a failure, you can likely find someone to weld it back together
  • powder coated for corrosion resistance
  • Includes stainless steel hardware
  • In general, these racks dont fit bikes with disc brakes or suspension
Front racks mount to forks with mid-blade eyelets - about 165mm from the dropout. Most quality touring forks have these. Hardware is included to help them fit forks without eyelets.

Rear racks are height-adjustable and has a wide platform to improve carry capacity


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Surly Nice Rack Cromoly
 
4.9

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    4.0

    Strong, but heavy

    By Cal

    from Little Rock, Arkansas

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Tough to Install

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Touring

    Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

    This is a great rack, specially if you have a touring bike. I have a Surly Long Haul Trucker, but even then it was not a simple process to install it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    A Bombproof Rack

    By Johnny I

    from Carson City, NV

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • A Quality Rack
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Simple To Install
    • Solid build
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Long-distance Trekking
      • Long Rides

      Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

      The Surly rear Nice Rack is an excellent addition to my Salsa Fargo, which is my primary long distance trekking machine. The rack is a solid, quality piece of equipment capable of carrying heavy loads in standard panniers. It's each to install and went on without a hitch. The top of the rack leaves plenty of room for strapping on extra gear in addition to panniers on each side. It will be interesting to see how the cromoly stands up to corrosion. It's a little heavier of a rack, but a bombproof build. Highly recommend.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Built like a tank

      By Bilbo the Biker

      from Katikati, New Zealand

      About Me Amateur Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Value
      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Not light

      Best Uses

      • Long Distance Touring

      Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

      You can see the quality of the build in every aspect of the racks. Come with a huge range of attachment bolts etc to attach them to any kind of bike. Highly recommended.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      excellent racks

      By Kanji

      from Kawasaki, Japan

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Stiff

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • City Bikes

        Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

        I installed front and rear racks to my Surly Cross Check bike.It might be a little bit difficult to calibrate front rack without reading the instructions.
        I found that my metal rear fender hit rear rack and made some noisy sounds when I passed ramps on the road.The gap might be too small.I attached small rubber sheets on the fender to reduce this noise.
        Otherwise, I have no problem with these Nice racks.It help me when I go shopping with my crosscheck bike.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Awesome Racks!

        By Turbo Hippy

        from alaska to argentina

        About Me Avid Traveler, Bike Messenger

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Compatible
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • City Bikes
          • Commuting
          • Mountain Bikes
          • Road Bikes

          Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

          These racks are simply the best racks on the market from my experience. The front rack comes with a giant bag of hardware that allows you to fit it to most bikes (I only say most because there is an exception to everything). I am sure that anyone who can turn an allen wrench can make this work on their bike. Discs, racks and fenders with lots of weight, no problem.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Nice Rack!

          By Dirt Missile

          from Walnut, CA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Affects Handling
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

            I use this on my Surly LHT, my commuter bike. Instead of carrying my messenger bag on my back, I bungie it to the front rack. It does affect the handling of the bike, putting extra weight on the front fork. Overall, great product!

             
            5.0

            Surly Racks do the job!

            By Hopeful Tourist

            from Patumahoe, Auckland NZ

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Road Biking

              Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

              The Surly Rear rack is wider than my old rack and sits my Panniers way further back than the other one. This gives plenty of clearance for pedalling. Attaching the Panniers is very easy and the Surly Rack seems to be tailor made for touring which is what I wanted.
              It goes with the Surly Front Rack I have on my Surly LHT. As with the front Rack it appears very stong and made to last!

              • Cycling Style:
              • Comfort Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Best Front Rack

              By Biopace

              from Philadelphia, Pa

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Chromoly
              • Huge
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Pricey

              Best Uses

              • Holding a lot of stuff

              Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

              I've been perusing front racks for years. But once I saw Surly's rack I knew I had finally found the rack I needed. Their rack is certainly one of the best, largest, most useful front racks on the market.

              I would say it's like having a rear rack on your front wheel, but its actually better. I end up using my front rack more than my rear, because it is so much better.

              When they make a rear rack like this front rack, then my bike may finally achieve nirvana.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              tubus is OK, but surly is where it's at

              By adam

              from Washington, DC

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

              I used both the Front and Rear Nice Racks on a recent tour around Iceland. I got them because they were beefy. I crammed all sorts of stuff on there... they easily held all my camping gear/clothing/food/tools/etc... Probably had more than 30 lbs on my rear rack and then another 20 lbs on my front rack, and I wouldn't have thought twice about adding more weight to them. The other nice thing, and it's subtle, is that the Nice Racks have a solid bar that goes up and over the back tire (closest to where your bike seat is). Hopefully this makes sense... but I was able to use this bar like a handle if I needed to pick up my bike and maneuver it around. The Tubus racks have a "bull horn" style design to the rear rack. Just go look at some interweb pictures you guys will figure out what I mean. Anyway, I used this much more often than I thought and I am convinced that it is a key design element after watching my friend (with Tubus racks) try and pick his bike up to turn around in a tight area. The other nice thing about the Front Nice Rack is that it has a top platform to lash more gear to if you wanted. Again the Tubus don't have this small, but critical, design feature. Surly wins big with this one. Best racks on the planet.

               
              5.0

              best chromo rack in the shed

              By 2mnybikes

              from Northern WI

              Pros

              • Adjustable height
              • Easy to use
              • Fits most bags
              • Heel clearance
              • Solid and tough

              Cons

              • Expensive
              • Heavy and overbuilt

              Best Uses

              • Cargo hauling
              • Loaded Touring

              Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

              I have an assortment of touring bikes with most of the top brand racks. Heel clearance for my size 12's is first priority. Note that the bags will sit slightly to the rear of the center beam of this rack where it attaches to the dropout. This is important for non adjustable bags that use two evenly spaced hooks at the top and a bungy hook on the bottom. Typical of the grocery panniers and light duty commuter bags that get a lot more daily use than my Ortlieb touring bags. A lot of racks will center the bag at the central point of the rack, instead of this slight rearward offset that Surly designed in to give better heel clearance. I have these on two bikes and they're effortless to use for camping, commuting, or grocery runs. I have OMM on other bikes and they are good also but my number 2 choice would be Jandd for heel clearance on the rain bikes at a lower cost. I finally sprung for a Cosmo for my latest bike build... my feet are hitting the bags! Bottom line, the Surly is the best designed rear chromo I have in my assortment.

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