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A Rear Bicycle Rack & BOB Trailer Scenario

by Josh Lipton

The Scenario:
The Kona Sutra 2009 with Topeak Explorer MTX Tubular Rack with Disc Mounts.

The Problem:
The 2009 model Topeak rack was changed from the 2008 model. The 2009 rear rack connection/eyelets are now just above the quick release where the 2008 model has it the rack eyelets on the frame. Now I cannot hook up a BOB trailer with the rack on the bike at the same time.

Bike Trailer Blog’s Answer:
There is one approach that I would recommend to using a rear bicycle rack and BOB Trailer combination with a 26″ or 700c wheeled bike such as the Kona Sutra. The Tubus Disco rack. This rack is designed to clear the disc calipers on your bike.

In order for this to work, you will need to switch your fork to the BOB Trailer Santana Fork and your quick release to the BOB Santana Quick Release. This fork is extra wide as it is designed to fit around the extra wide 160mm Santana Tandem hubs.

With this setup, everything will be able to work as the longer BOB quick release can be used for attaching the lower mounts of the Tubus Disco Rack. The BOB Santana Fork is wide enough to fit on the wider positioning of the BOB quick release.

This is a good solution for 26″ and 700c wheels however it will not work with 29er mountain bike tires with disc brakes. This is because there is not a longer (28) version of the wider BOB Santana fork.

 
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