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Surly Nice Rack Cromoly

Surly Nice Racks are expedition-quality bicycle racks for extended touring, camping, etc. The Surly Rack is made from high quality tubular cromoly steel that is built to take abuse and carry a heavy load. Great for anything from commuting to cross-continental globe trekking, the Surly Nice Rack is so much more than "nice."

  • 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, with the exception of Surly disc brake compatible bikes (Ogre, Troll, Disc Trucker).
  • 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
  • Front rack weight: 3lbs 13 oz (with mounting hardware)
  • Front rack load capacity: 70lbs
  • Rear rack weight: 2 lbs 9 oz (with mounting hardware)
  • Rear rack load capacity: 80lbs
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Surly Nice Rack Cromoly
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (6)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting (4)
    • Long rides (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (3), Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Reviewed by 13 customers

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    4.0

    Good but fiddly

    By cyclekarl

    from Nottingham United Kingdom

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Tough to Install

    Best Uses

    • Long Rides

    Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

    This is a lovely and strong looking pannier rack,although I haven't had the chance to test it out yet it looks as though it will last for years.I bought it as I have a bicycle that's difficult to fit full sized panniers on unless you have a very tall or adjustable rack which can very very hard to get.I previously had a Tortec Ultra light but wanted something stronger and easily repairable.The only things I dislike about this rack are the utterly useless instructions which need a magnifying glass to read,and the assembly requires a lot of patience as it's very fiddly to fit.

    To be honest had I a normal Touring/Mountain bicycle instead of a recumbent with 20 inch wheels I would have bought a Tubus cargo rack which is just as strong.Also it is much easy to fit with the added bonus of having a proper lamp bracket on the back.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    solid front rack

    By fred

    from Brazil

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Long Rides

      Comments about Surly Nice Rack Cromoly:

      Really solid. It was a tight fit on the stock fork of a Surly Big Dummy with 185mm avid bb7 calipers. Feels great. Hardware included is amazing.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      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.

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