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Surly Rear Rack Cromoly

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Surly Rear Rack Cromoly

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
4.9 / 5.0
15 Reviews
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I've used this rack...
I've used this rack for over a year on my Long Haul Trucker and it has worked flawlessly. It's a little heavy, but they bike isn't really meant to be light.
December 3, 2009
Alta Loma, Ca United States
7th Month of Crossing South America
I'm on my seventh month of crossing South America and am currently in Bolivia. If there are roads on this planet WORSE than Bolivia, I would love to see them. Thus far, both the front and back racks have been indestructible while carrying front and back panniers and 2 additional auxiliary bags. Front rack has topped out at least 45lbs and rear at probably 60lbs (with food water camping gear misc....)

Again, tested on some of the worst "roads" you would ever want to consider. Who cares if they are not super easy to install... you want something that is nuclear proof while in the middle of the mountains.

PROS: Easy to Use, Durable, Versatile, Lightweight
June 23, 2015
Bolivia (currently)
tubus is OK, but surly is where it's at
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.
February 22, 2012
Washington, DC
Built like a tank
I'm in New Zealand and yet my racks arrived from the US faster and in better condition than the tires I had ordered on the same day from a retailer just a few miles away. You people in the US are so lucky with the standard of retail service you have - or maybe it's just Jensons, I don't know. Anyway, sad to say for retailers in my country,but from now on I'm going to buy from Jensons whenever they are selling what I want. Highly recommended.

PROS: Rugged, Good Value

CONS: Not light
July 2, 2013
Katikati, New Zealand
solid front rack
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.

PROS: Strong, Durable

BEST USES: Long Rides, Commuting
June 4, 2014

BEST USES: Road Bikes, Long Rides, Commuting
August 1, 2016
honolulu, hi
Nice Rack!
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!

PROS: Durable

CONS: Heavy, Affects Handling
October 5, 2012
Walnut, CA
best chromo rack in the shed
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.

PROS: Easy to use, Heel clearance, Solid and tough, Adjustable height, Fits most bags

CONS: Expensive, Heavy and overbuilt

BEST USES: Cargo hauling, Loaded Touring
February 13, 2012
Northern WI
Surly Racks do the job!
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!

PROS: Durable, Lightweight, Versatile

BEST USES: Commuting/City, Road Biking
March 6, 2012
Patumahoe, Auckland NZ
excellent racks
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.

PROS: Stiff, Adjustable
May 29, 2013
Kawasaki, Japan

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Would this fit a kona Sutra 2015?
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BEST ANSWER: This rack will fit virtually and frame/wheel combo. This is hands down the best rear rack on the market.
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