Over the years, weve been finding new and better ways to haul stuff on the front of our bikes from fork braze-ons to racks to bags. The Pack Rat is the culmination of all those years and is specifically designed around porteur-style racks and front-loading optimisation. Why would someone want to strap a bunch of crap to the front of their bike? Glad you asked.
Having your stuff in front of you means its close at hand and easily accessible. It also allows for better weight distribution. Weve all ridden with a pannier full of groceries. Some of us have wiped out around a sketchy corner and watched as our precious eggs and bananas go flying every which way in an act of Mario Kart-level carnage. A front load keeps the bike nimble and allows you to more efficiently use your body English to steer from the rear and avoid such a super market massacre.
The Pack Rats front cargo-specific design eliminates that steering issues but also rides great without cargo. Theres no need to load it down with cans of beans every time you want to go for a ride. Unless thats your thing. Were not here to tell you how to live. In an effort to jumpstart your front cargo carrying dreams, we include a 24-pack rack on the complete bike version.
The Pack Rat rolls on 26 wheels in the smaller sizes and 650b wheels in the larger ones. Smaller diameter wheels keep the weight of the load lower than a 700c wheel would, thereby improving handling and ride feel. Pack Rats fork also includes some handy internal routing for generator hubs so you can safely ride off into the night.
Dedicated commuters, credit card tourers, those who enjoy the occasional sub-24 campout, and sweaty back people looking to leave their backpack behind need look no further than the Pack Rat.
- Frame Surly 4130 CroMoly steel.
- Fork 4130 CroMoly
- Headset Cane Creek custom 5
- Handlebar ProMax Flare-Out
- Stem ProMax DA-296
- Saddle WTB Volt Sport
- Seatpost ProMax SP-2016
- Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra FD-4700
- Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra FD-4700
- STI Levers Shimano Tiagra ST-4700
- Chain KMC X10EL-1
- Crankset Shimano FC-R460 48x34t
- Cassette Microshift 10 speed, 11-34t
- Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-RS500
- Brakes Tektro CR720
- Rims Alex Adventurer 2
- Hubs Formula
- Tyres WTB Slick 26x1.5" or Panaracer Pancenti Pari-Moto 650bx42