Reviews of Arkel Randonneur Rack Black

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StarStarStarStarStar Best rack ever

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Low profile, outstanding stability, very sturdy, works with variety of small bags

Cons

none

Other Thoughts

Maybe a bit tighter seat tube clasp so the rack doesn't tip backward. This is a very minor slippage however and is easily corrected.

StarStarStarStarStar Great rack

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Great rack. Easy to install and remove. Extremely lightweight. Works on bikes that don't have rack mounts so it is extremely useful.

Cons

Works best with its proprietary bag.

StarStarStarStarStar Arkel Back Rack

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Lightweight
Attaches easily
Detaches easily
Sleek design
Acts as a rear fender on wet rides
Great for road/racing bikes

Cons

None at this time

StarStarStarStarStar Arkel Seat post rack

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Easy to mount and transfer to another bike no other tools are required once properly installed. Lightweight rack worth its weight. It connects to the seat with a mechanical connection plus to the seat post with a velcro strap that is plenty secure. The rack is rated for 13 pounds, I have never loaded mine to this limit but, probably half of the max easily, it feels stable unless you get out of the seat and start really pumping the pedals you may feel the extra weight behind you.

Cons

Not designed for heavy loads. May have to adjust locking lever when it's moved to another bike. Certain bags may slide to rear of rack depending on velcro strap placement. There are two positions of rack height from under the seat. I like my rack to be low as possible. So l custom made a bracket to allow me to change the rack height to go low on one of my road bikes, On my Caletti road bike this is not an issue.

Other Thoughts

I do light road touring basically for the day so a seat bag was to small for me. I really try to avoid using a small back pack just not comfortable riding in Santa Cruz mountains or anywhere, the back pack does not breath well with annoying chaffing. I also commute on the bike and it is holding up well I have over 200 miles on this rack with out a problem. For day trips I will not leave without this rack and bag.

StarStarStarStarStar Great rack and easy to fit.

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Ownership: several months

StarStarStarStarStar A well-engineered and very useful product

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

I had given up the idea of using my Cannondale Synapse 5 Carbon on certain rides due to not being able to carry enough stuff, and that problem is now solved. This fits well also using the adapter for my Brooks B17 seat and seems sturdy enough.

I really like to keep any load as low and far forward as possible, so am using the included extensions. Unfortunately, I don't have quite the "minimum" seatpost exposed, but it is close and goes onto the bike with just a slight downward slope to the rear. Still a big thank you to Arkel for thinking up something like this!

Cons

It would be nice to have a couple of alternate extension lengths for cases like mine.

StarStarStarStarStar Worked well, Easy to install

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Worked well with Arkel pack. Did 500 miles of road rides on country roads with no problems. Easy to install and remove. Caused no damage to carbon fiber seat post.

Cons

A bit heavy.

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