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Looking for a thorn front and rear rack?
« on: February 06, 2018, 05:40:59 PM »

As the title says, I'm on the search for a front and rear thorn cycle rack. Does anyone have any for sale? Rusty and beaten accepted.

I'm touring from this march around Europe and found that my thorn forks would suit M6 bolts that are mainly found on thorns racks... Let me know if you know of another brand using m6 bolts! :)


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Re: Looking for a thorn front and rear rack?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2018, 06:14:06 PM »
I use a Tubus Logo on my Nomad in back for touring, not sure if the M6 fit or if I drilled the rack to make it fit.  I use the Logo for most of my touring, but do not use it for around town general use when at home because at home I want a wider platform.  Touring, platform width is unimportant to me and I like the stiffness of the logo.  I also use my Logo on my Sherpa for touring.  And when I owned a Long Haul Trucker, also used that rack on that bike for touring.

I use a different rack on my Nomad for riding around home, that rack I drilled to M6.  But I would not recommend that rack, a Surly, it weighs twice as much as the Logo, is overpriced, and is not as stiff.  And, it is less flexible, so it squeezes the rear dropouts inward making it harder to set the wheel in the frame because on the Nomad the lower rack mounts are wider than on most bikes because the M5 to M6 gizmos.  I regretted buying the Surly a few months after buying it, but since I already owned it I still use it.  I tried to cold set the rack to fit better on the wider rack mounts, had some success.

For front rack, I would not recommend the one that I used on my Nomad, so I am not citing it here.

Some of the non-Thorn front racks do not fit well on the Nomad because the mid-fork mounts are further forward than on most other bikes, thus some racks it is difficult to get the horizontal bar to be horizontal.  I tried a Tubus Tara on my Nomad, did not fit well but I think some others had better success.  My point is if you consider other racks, it might be best to hold the rack up to the bike in the store before you buy to see how it would look.

Photo is of my Nomad rear end with the Surly rack attached to those M5 to M6 gizmos.


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Re: Looking for a thorn front and rear rack?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2018, 06:17:37 PM »
Hi Steven!

If it helps, I found 6mm bolts would drop nicely into the eyelets of my Tubus Logo Evo rear rack...they do the same on my Tubus Cargo Evo. Both of these racks have Tubus' "3-D" investment cast lower mounts and are their most recent design. I'm not sure of the earlier, non-Evo ("Classic") versions of these racks will allow the same, but this opens up some possibilities.

Here's a link to my earlier post on the topic with photos attached:

Do note: The Nomad's lower rear dropout mounts are not natively threaded to M6x1.0...there are instead two M5x0.8mm bosses. Thorn make and sell a stainless M6 adapter that bridges these two M5 fittings and results in a single M6 mount per side:


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Re: Looking for a thorn front and rear rack?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2018, 06:31:05 PM »
The M5 to M6 stainless adapters that Dan referred to are what I called gizmos in my text, shown in the photo that I posted.

My Tubus Logo is the newer EVO one too.  I bought that rack in 2012, so not really that new.