About Pannier Racks
Bicycle racks gives you versatility when riding, it means you can go shopping, commute to work with a change of clothes or your laptop, or go touring overnight or for days. It’s safer and more comfortable to carry weight on the bike, and not in a backpack which just makes your back get hot and sweaty.
It keeps the centre of gravity low down and means less load on your hands and bum and side wind doesn’t knock you around as much. A quality rack will support either a rack pack or a set of panniers and your camping gear.
Racks which fit directly onto the frame are best, but there are racks for full suspension models, seat post mounted racks are also very effective. Disc brakes which were once a problem with racks are no longer a problem, with more and more companies making disc specific bicycle racks, the world is your oyster.
Straight out of the box: Well the Cosmo Rack is a solid piece of engineering and well-constructed. Hard to flex the supports legs in to forwards each other. It’s pretty light in the hand and the colour is not too bad. The seat stay mounts and the connecting pieces are sturdily constructed.
The Cosmos Rack has a plate welded to the base of the two vertical rack bars which gives extra strength compared to most racks which connect to the bike via a single vertical rack bar which then flattens out with hole for attaching, which is where most racks seem to break. The plate is welded on all four sides.
I didn’t find this rack difficult at all to install, especially after I flipped through the instructions although in fairness I only looked at the pictures as the wording was in German. It comes with stainless steel fittings and once all the bits are in place this is a rock solid rack, it has excellent weld quality and protection for your rear light.
The mounting system is extremely sturdy (solid aluminium rod connects the rack with the seat stay mounts instead of pressed zinc coated tin which did twist and vibrate on my old rear rack.
Very tough and lightweight. When carrying a heavy pannier load you need to know your rack is up to the job. It is on the expensive side, but a cheap rack will soon have you screaming in the middle of nowhere when it breaks. The Cosmo rack removes at least one worry from your mind when touring.
If you are humming and haring over this rack, it’s well worth the extra money. You won’t regret buying the Cosmo rack as you’ll never need to buy another.