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  • Am I asking for trouble if I try and bend the tombstone on an M18 forward so that it's perpendicular to the rack?

  • Yes, if you try and bend it from the welds. If you fix it so you're bending a few cms above the welds, I reckon you'd be just fine.

  • Figured that might be the case. Back to the drawing board...

  • @dan_apeks could you measure from the fork crown hole to the top of the rack for me if possible? Wondering if this would clear my handlebars or not.

  • @sacredhart- just measured - you'd need 20cm clearance.

  • @dan_apeks thanks that's very kind of you

  • Pretty sure that angle helps secure the basket or bag better. Though there is usually provision for securing underneath the bag or basket too.

    Jon Blum

    I have not used a front rack yet, but I have a question about the
    design. Most of them have a tombstone that is angled so that it is not
    vertical, but instead is angled like the head tube. Why not have it
    vertical, since the bags used with these racks all seem to be vertical
    rather than angled at the back? Just curious. April 26, 2017 at 7:35

    Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

    The main reason is probably aesthetics, but the angled backstop also
    prevents the strap that goes over it from sliding upward.­ndlebar-bags-on-modern-bikepacking-bikes­/

  • Yeah, that all figures, except in this instance the bag I have has a really tight tombstone sleeve and the velcro straps on the base can't be done tight enough to stop the bag being pulled back by the tombstone.

    I can't believe i have let myself get sucked in by big rando and all this bullshit again.

  • Hi, I can relate to your frustration. I recently bought used Carradice Super C panniers and on closer inspection discovered to my amazement that it had the most poorly thought-through bottom bracket fixing mechanism with a hook 'system' that couldn't even swivel around to adapt to various racks. So it fits one rack, but not the others. I mean, it's hardly rocket science! Anyway, I nevertheless subsequently bought a new Super C pair because it has a swivel hook now, and because I like the Super C saddlebags...but in future I intend to go custom, either or both with this or with this forum's own user71349 - bags (made by me) thread.

    Anyway, about your issue, could the problem lie with your bag and not the rack? Even that link I used in my first reply contains pros and cons of different very established brands. If you have not bent the rack yet and no longer want it, then I would potentially buy it off you.

  • is there current fork+rack combo that is reccommended? Want a disc fork on my langster and something that can carry some weight too.

  • Surly do good forks that definitely work with their racks. Heavy though.

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Front rack suggestions

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