The Tubus Tara front rack has got to be the best rack around. It’s lightweight, it’s stiff and it will last a lifetime – just asked anyone who’s completed a round the world trip.
Setting the Tara up takes time; you’ll want to get the pannier rail running parallel to the ground. You can adjust the rail’s angle by using any of the three mid-mount holes. I’ve found that the best lower mounting points are the eyelets on the front of the fork dropouts. Once you’ve got the rack fitted up well, taking your panniers on and off is very easy. I’ve managed to use the Ortlieb Backroller bags on this front rack with no issues at all.
– It’s the finest front rack ever made and the most popular amongst long distance bicycle tourers
– Super stiff design (you won’t feel any rack flex)
– Steel tubes make repairing the rack possible
– Mudguard eyelets are built into the rack so that it doesn’t interfere with your mudguard setup
– Clears disc brake calipers
– The rack almost folds flat, making it great for plane travel
– Very lightweight compared to other front rack options
– The steel tube that loops over the front wheel (connecting both sides) interferes with fork bridge mounted front lights
– Rust will occur after your panniers have scratched off the paint
– Tubus Duo rack
– Tubus Cosmo (made from stainless steel for those afraid of rust)
– Surly Nice rack