6 customer reviews
Solid Rack - works with Disc Brake
This is a thoughtfully designed, solid, light weight low rider rack. I have been using it for 3 months with several different panniers. The rack holds the panniers firmly, there is zero sway in the rack or panniers, even with sudden steering inputs or road irregularities.
Installation on a Co-Motion Tandem with Avid BB7 Disc Brakes was frustrating mainly because the installation hardware supplied by Arkel lacked the proper length bolts and sufficient spacers for this application. However, once I sourced bolts of the correct length and sufficient spacers, the rack was easy to install.
Arkel should offer an optional hardware package for disc brake applications; I would pay extra for the convenience. Had this been available, I would have provided a value rating of 5/5.
Once installed, the rack has handled some very heavy loads of over 10kg without problem. Excellent product.
Not good for 2015 Raleigh Sojourner
Very unhappy about mounting on my 2015 Sojourner. Ended up having to make my own spacers and locate shims and correct length bolts. I've spent countless hours shimming rack to clear Disc-caliper and still only have about 1-2mm clearance. Not to mention bending the fender stays which changes the tire-to-fender clearance.
I needed 4 spacers approximately 25mm to obtain that amount of clearance, that's a lot of spacing. I'm concerned about the weight limit now as that much shimming changes the weight load on the bolt attached to the folk with having only about 1/4" of thread grip depth.
I asked about this very possibility before purchasing and was told there would be not problem with only a small amount of shimming. This is NOT the case. Still have not had a chance to fully test mounting w/weight.
Pricy But Easy Fit
This rack is very expensive for the material and labor that went into it but it is an easy fit and comes with all the necessary hardware, bolts, spacers & washers that you will need and installs very quickly because of it's adjustability. Highly recommend because campared to the other low riders I've seen this is the best design and quality.
AC Low Rider
My friend from Czech republik see it and he want one . So I ordered one AC low rider for his nice antique touring Cannondale touring bike . This think survived some tours in Europe and 14 000 km tour in Asia. I just recieve some pictures , rack is really beaten up but still hold - really amazing product for reasonable price!
Nice fit, solid when mounted. It does have a very close clearance with the front disc brake, but with the spacers and a little pressure adequate clearance is obtained for full motion of the disc brake.
I have on my another touring bicycles much better front racks , This one was present so i installed to my hybrid Raleigh 50 C and i tell you it is nice fit .Not bad low rider at all if you consider rack durability and price when you are on the road on fully loaded bicycle . I have it now 3 years ,most of the time on my birding trip this AC low rider was overloaded and still hold well . I think this AC Lowrider is excellent product for bike touring , path and urban cyclists , even for long distances touring . If you are riding mostly on asphalt or fast hard packed roads get one .