2016 and newer Surly owners, be sure to mount our racks to the eyelet closest to wheel-center for best fit. Our racks fit great! 2015 and older Surly owners, due to structural issues in their dropouts Surly does not recommend their lower eyelets for mounting racks. The mid-stay mount (found on some models) is not a viable option for our racks. Sadly, we cannot recommend OMM racks for Surly bikes that are 2015 or [...]
Well, first of all, every bike has a wheel and a center of a wheel, so this allows us to mount Old Man Mountain racks on pretty much any bike with a thru axle. Additionally, there are a few other benefits: All the weight is carried on the axle, which is the most secure, durable and lowest mounting point on the bike. On eyelet-mounted racks, the bolts are in shear, which is fairly weak [...]
We don’t think it is an either/or situation. Racks can compliment bikepacking bags, and vice versa. But we do think there are advantages to racks: Cargo racks are ideal for small people with small bikes, who don’t have the frame capacity for soft bags. Cargo racks also allow for more carrying capacity, for those of us who want to carry more food and clothing, or a trombone. Just sayin’. Racks allow for the weight [...]
Almost certainly! Our Divide racks come ready to eyelet mount front or rear. If your bike doesn't have rack mounts or you'd prefer the higher weight capacity and reliability of axle mounting we have an excellent Fit Kit Finder. When using the Fit Kit Finder we guarantee the rack will fit your bike.
The weight limit of an Old Man Mountain rack is 70 pounds (or 31.75 kilograms) when axle mounted. When eyelet mounted we recommend a weight limit of 55 pounds (or 25 kilograms). whether 55 or 70 pounds, that is a lot of weight to carry on a bike and it will diminish the ride quality. We suggest spreading your total weight load to be 40% on the front wheel and 60% on the rear [...]
All panniers work with Old Man Mountain racks! While the rest of our rack frames use robust, oversized tubing, we use the industry standard pannier rail size. What about Ortlieb? Yes! What about Vaude? Yes, those too. Smaller brand panniers also work with Old Man Mountain racks. The rack is designed to work with all brands of panniers. If you are looking for a recommendation, we are fans of the Revelate Designs Nano Panniers [...]