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Thorn Expedition Steel Rear Cycle Pannier Rack - Black Powdercoat

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Cycling Plus Recommended - Best Rear Rack For Expeditions.
The strongest rear rack on the market, the ultimate !
Perfect for adventure touring, cycle camping, carrying the shopping, whatever you need to do.
We believe that our Thorn carriers are the strongest carriers on the market. They are not particularly heavy and they are very reliable…they have been used in extreme conditions, with massive weights and nobody has broken one yet!
Our carriers are also very functional. Unlike other products, our rear carrier’s 5 cross members allow precise and non-slip positioning of your panniers. We provide a mount for your rear light.
Our carriers are made from 10mm seamless, cold drawn, heat treated, aerospace Cr-Mo steel. It is difficult to cold draw such small diameter tubing consequently; a dead straight tube is a rare beast. We have our tubes heat treated; this makes a significant difference to the UTS (Ultimate Tensile Strength) of the tube but heat treating such small diameter tubes, dramatically decreases the chances of making a dead straight tube. It is fair to assume that the tubes used in our carriers won’t be straight and that they will need some tweaking to fit the bosses. Our mechanics are used to this and you need not worry, if you buy your Thorn bike with the carriers fitted. If you buy carriers separately, you will need to be prepared to do this tweaking yourself.
We’d love to make beautiful, straight, strong, reliable, lightweight, functional carriers but we can’t.
But we are happy and proud to be able to supply strong, reliable, functional, affordable carriers at a sensible weight.
Dimensions - 380mm long x 130mm wide.
Height 350mm from lower mounting bolt to rack top.
Weight - 860g
5 tubes for the load surface!
Max load when used on surfaced roads:- When fitted with 6mm screws = 60Kg…when fitted with 5mm screws = 40kg. These figures should be halved when being used on South American Ripio.
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Product Reviews (7)
Overall Product Rating 5 / 5
Great Rack
By
17 Sep 2015
5 / 5
I recommend this product
I have the very excellent Thorn expedition rack it has done fine service on my Sherpa, then a Raven Sport and finally on my Raven, most latterly when I went to Patagonia and had that delightful smug feeling you get when your expensive steel expedition rack is still in as good condition at the end of the trip as when it left the factory: others saved a lot of money buying cheap aluminium racks. I saw a lot of them hanging up on the wall outside Hostel El Mosco in Villa O'Higgins in Patagonia, many of them in two or three pieces.
Exactly As Described
By
18 Jun 2011
5 / 5
I recommend this product
Constrouble installing
Prossturdy, large, no sharp edges
I needed a rack that would support hanging two 6 liter MSR dromedary water bladders on the sides and a cylindrical stuff sack on the top. I'll be touring the western US, incl Death Valley, on dirt roads. The Thorn rack works much better than other racks for this. There are no sharp edges to cut the 2cm webbing straps I use to hang the water bladders, top is wide and long and so supports the stuff sack well. I anticipate carrying about 25kg, incl the 12kg of water. This was shipped to the USA. Pricey, but worth it.
Fantastique!
By
22 Apr 2011
5 / 5
ConsHoles on rear bar not cut accurately, had to refile, but no big deal.
ProsBomb proof, simple.
Currently in the flow of cycletour in Brittany with new rack. 250 miles so far of undulating coastal roads and hot sunny, dusty days on the Brook's saddle. The rack is perfect! It replaces a Blackburn EX2 which was good but upset my artist's eye for simplicity. It's solid and fits my shire horse of a hybrid perfectly.
The Perfect Rack
By
02 Oct 2010
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsNone
ProsRobust and simple
Faultless. Handles heavy loads over rough terrain without any noticeable movement. The simplicity of the design makes it easy to attach a wide range of panniers or other loads. The robustness of this rack allows serious cycle touring or shoppng with heavy loads with complete confidence.
The best rear rack bar none
By
24 Jan 2007
5 / 5
I have used one of these on the back of my touring bike for a year, in conjunction with Ortlieb panniers (also brilliant by the way), and it's just amazing. I have carried some pretty major loads over some rough roads, and it's never given me cause for concern. It's stiff, there's no sideways motion or 'sway', even when i was loaded up to the roof with several extra days of food and water on a recent trip in south America. I would unswervingly recommend one of these to any serious tourist contemplating a rugged trip where reliability is paramount. It's not even that expensive when you consider how long it's going to last, and in any case, what price peace of mind ?
Super tough rack!
By
30 Jun 2006
5 / 5
So pleased with this rack. Done several heavy laden tours now and it is just so stiff. My Ortliebs sit well and there is zero sway! Well done Thorn!
My husbands Thorn Expedition rear Rack
By
28 Jun 2006
5 / 5
He said it is PERFECT!
Questions & Answers (7)
Hi, What Is The Weight Of The Rack
By
21 Feb 2016
What is the total weight of the rack including fittings, as there are two different weights given in the description, one of 1143g and another weight of 860g. Thanks
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

The Net weight of 1143g is the full weight including all of the fittings and a small amount of packaging, the 860g weight in the description is for the rack on its own.

Thanks.
Clearance On 700C (Part 2)
By
09 Feb 2016
No, I didn't mean widthways, I meant vertically. 37mm is indeed the tyre nominal width, it's also the tyre height. So the nominal mounted radius is 622mm/2=311mm + 37mm = 348mm. Plus say 10mm mudguard clearance. Oh, and I want to go to 42mm tyres so +5mm. That's 363mm. Versus your 350mm plus 28mm axle centre to rack leg bolt centre = 378mm. So I am probably ok, but 29ers with big tyres may hit the tyre on the rack, vertically. I guess it does depend upon the bikes dropout design, too.
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

It does completely depend on the bike, it does look as though you'll be okay with 42mm tyres, but you may not be able to go a huge amount wider. We have however seen these racks fitted to bikes with 2" wide 29" tyres with mudguards without any clearance issues.

Thanks.
Clearance On 700C
By
08 Feb 2016
Hi, 350mm to top, but from which side of the bolt? On my 700C tourer with 37mm tyres & guards it looks like I'll have almost rackmudguard contact. Put it another way, in these days of 29ers, what's the biggest 700C tyre you'd recommend with this? I may well bring the bike in, Monday, BTW.
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

The 350mm measurement is to the underside of the rack. These racks are very wide so even with mudguards fitted you'll run out of room within the frame before you have any issue with clearance from the rack.

Thanks.
Just Fitted Exp Carrier Not Very Straight
By
28 Sep 2015
Hi. I've just fitted my Exp carrier to Genesis Croix de fer.
When viewed fro behind you can see carrier is not quite in line.
Tweeting and adjusting the carrier is mentioned, but doing this with rack on the bike is a bit scary. whats the best way to do this or am I being to fussy and it's best left as it is.
Thanks.
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

These racks do occasionally require a small amount of tweaking to get them better lined up, in some extreme cases though it is still not possible to get them fully perfectly in line. I would recommend seeing how far out it is, if its out by quite a bit we'd recommend quickly taking it back off of the bike to give it a tweak, if its a small amount then you may just be better off leaving it as it is.

Thanks.
Expedition Rack
By
20 Sep 2015
does the thorn expedition rack come with fixing bolts. if not what length m5 bolts are req.
thanks.
simon.
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

All of the fittings required should be supplied with the rack.

Thanks.
Is It Safe To Mount A Child Seat On This Rack?
By
07 Jun 2015
I am considering mounting a child seat on this rack. The child seat clamps to the rack. Is this safe?
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

without knowing how the child seat clamps to the rack its hard to say if it is safe or not. If the child seat clamps securely then it should be safe enough as this rack will easily support the weight of a child-seat and child without any issues.

Thanks.
Mudguard Bolt Size Thorn Exp Carrier
By
02 Feb 2014
Just fitting mudguards back on our 2 Ravens for trip Oman to UK. What is the size of the bolt to fix the mudguards stays to the Thorn Exp carrier rack.
Thanks, Paul
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

They will use an M5 bolt to attach to the rack.

Thanks.