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Specialized Sequoia: Rack Suggestions?

Old 07-27-20, 12:19 AM
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Specialized Sequoia: Rack Suggestions?

I usually post in the Classic-Vintage forum, but after a.) killing my main vintage tourer frame with a bad resto-mod job, and b.) suffering through a recent tour on a different and ill-equipped vintage ride (too many issues to list), I took the plunge, splurged, and finally bought myself a new touring bike. As in new, new.... not just new to me. A Specialized Sequoia (the Special edition, Merz, so kinda link the Expert model specs).

Anyway, looking for tested suggestions on good, stout rack options for it?

I used to tour with front and rear racks on my vintage tourer, but think I want to do rear rack with some smaller frame bags, in lieu of a front rack.

So, anyone have experience? I know in general what some good racks are.... but suggestions on fit compatibility with Sequoias would be hugely appreciated! Most interested in Rear racks, but if someone has used a front rack on it, I'd be interested to know too.

thanks!!
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Old 07-27-20, 05:28 AM
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I would consider the Axiom Journey Disc rear rack but there are several good ones out there.
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Old 07-27-20, 08:08 AM
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That bike has the lower rack mounting bolts quite high above the rear axle, thus most of the common racks like Tubus would sit quite high on that bike. So, look for a rack that is designed for those higher mounting points.

I make this comment because I was surprised how high my RackTime AddIt rack was on my Lynskey Backroad that also had very high mounting points.

Looks like the disc unit will not interfere with rack since the disc is on the chainstay, not seatstay.

Ask the bike shop you bought if from if they have any suggestions for a rack that would not sit too high.
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The plan for my Sequoia Pro Module when I get it built up is going to be the Tubus Airy rack most likely for lightweight stuff (since I have a touring bike). I guess the height was never really a big deal for me. All the Sequoias I have sold with racks have never felt too high or looked out of place but then again have not mounted one to the Merz edition.

Those Merz bikes are awesome. I remember when I saw one live and in person and was like oooooh me likely but luckily price and other bikes were in the way at that point and they didn't sell it as just a frame or frameset so it saved me. Though I wouldn't mind a full custom Merz at some point.
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Old 07-28-20, 09:42 AM
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On my Lynskey Backroad, the only way I got my rear rack (RackTime AddIt) down to a reasonable level with the high mounting points was with two modifications.

(1) My frame has two mounting points, the upper for rack and lower for fenders, I am using the lower for both fenders and rack. That lowers the rack a half inch.

(2) The RackTime rack has flat vertical aluminum plate for the two lower mounting points, I drilled new bolt holes in the rack so that I could lower the rack another half inch.

Initially, before I drilled it I mounted the rack on the upper mounting points and fenders on the lower, that put the rack way up high. I would have liked to get it another half inch lower than where it now is, but I can live with it the way it is.

I prefer racks that allow me to hang my panniers down on a lower rail instead of the top. I use a Tubus Logo EVO on my other touring bikes, that also has the lower rails.

This photo is with modifications.



You can see closeup of the modifications here, fenders mounted inside frame and rack outside.



Photo below is before I lowered it.

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Thanks to everyone for the feedback, and good advice on keeping an eye on height given the mounting spots on mine. Gonna keep doing my homework with your advice in mind! I appreciate it.
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I use a bontrager rack and the interchange bag. Works good stays secure
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