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Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Rack

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Reviewed 10/12/2018
by lebvendors
Midwest
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Attractive, sturdy, lightweight.

I mounted successfully a Tubus Tara rack on my 2017 CO-OP ADV 2.1 equipped with stock mechanical disc brakes, 700c x 35m Schwalbe Marathon tires mounted on Deore hubbed wheels, and PlanetBike 45m Cascadia fenders. I hang Ortlieb Gravel Pack panniers on the Tara. I am perfectly satisfied with the appearance and utility of the Tara in this configuration. The fork on the ADV 2.1 is wide and the fork blades are chubby. The Tara just barely fit, attaching the Tara by the the upper of the two eyelets. The Taras horizontal pannier mounting bar is almost level. The Gravel Pack panniers fit snugly, using both stock horizontal clips and one stock vertical clip on each pannier. (The angle of Taras vertical mounting bar does not provide enough access to attach both stock vertical clips on a Gravel Pack pannier. I had to slide out of the way the second vertical clip of each pannier.) Also, I had to replace my Deore quick release skewer with a slimmer after-market skewer in order to rotate conveniently the skewer quick release handle when the Tara is mounted. Further, in order to remove the front wheel when the Tara is mounted, I must first remove the skewer - which means I have to re-mount the front wheel on the fork without the skewer, then slide in and tighten the skewer. I am willing to tolerate this inconvience because I value the appearance, sturdiness and lightweight of the Tara, compared to all competing front racks I have observed. As shipped from BTD, my copy of the Tubus Tara arrived when expected in mint condition, and with all mounting hardware listed on the manifest, except for the spanner wrench. Overall, am very pleased with my purchase. I have been purchasing bicycle tires and accessories from BTD for almost a decade with confidence and satisfaction. I recommend BTD to friends and associates enthusiastically.

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Reviewed 6/28/2018
by Call me what you want.
Washington State
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Tubas Tara Lowrider Front Rack Review

My experience has been exceptional. The product arrived when it was supposed to, in perfect condition, and at a price significantly lower than Amazon Prime. I had a question of fit to a 2017 Specialized Carbon Diverge and your customer service provided with an accurate e-mail response to my Will it fit? question. Easy to install and remove. Stable when front gravel panniers are filled.

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Reviewed 6/28/2018
by Call me what you want.
Washington State
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Tubas Tara Lowrider Front Rack Review

My experience has been exceptional. The product arrived when it was supposed to, in perfect condition, and at a price significantly lower than Amazon Prime. I had a question of fit to a 2017 Specialized Carbon Diverge and your customer service provided with an accurate e-mail response to my Will it fit? question. Easy to install and remove. Stable when front gravel panniers are filled.

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Reviewed 6/15/2018
by Bob C.
Cycling Enthusiast
NW Iowa
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Solid and easy to install

Installed this rack on my wife's new Trek 520 Disc, and it went on easy around the disc brake with no spacers or customization needed. That was not the case for the rack I put on my own 520 Disc a couple years ago. Frankly, it's hard to understand why these racks are so expensive, but even so I am considering getting another for my own bike now.

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Reviewed 3/19/2018
by caxambu
Cycling Enthusiast
Detroit, MI
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0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
The best lowrider front rack ...hands down

I am getting ready for bicycle touring this summer. The tubus tara lowrider front rack is perfect ... light but strong and a great value. I had used another front rack on a trip last year but this was too heavy and did not get my panniers low enough. I should have gone with the best on the first purchase

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Reviewed 2/22/2018
by Anonymous
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Bay Area, CA
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Huge weight savings...

I replaced my Surly front rack with the Tara Lowrider, and so far am happy with the decision - the rack is less than half the weight than my Surly. The rack is solid, and I can easily fit my Ortlieb front roller panniers on it. I will clearly need to play around with the positioning of the bottom clips on the panniers (the angles to get them engaged with the rack are more limited than on the Surly racks).

I did have an issue with getting the rack plus fenders installed. In my case I ended up needing to get a new quick release lever that would fit with the hardware and still function - for someone forgoing quick release levers for the locking variety, this is not an issue).

Only other minor complaint was aesthetic... on my Disk Trucker, the horizontal bars are not quite parallel to the ground. I played around with all possible installation points and it's just not possible (gave up after reading that this is a common complaint with the rack).

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