In the past we haven’t been a fan of racks on our bikes… however, we may just have changed our minds. The Old Man Mountain Elkhorn Rack offers a fresh perspective on ways to carry gear in the backcountry. Designed to carry your favorite luggage, the Elkhorn rack can be mounted in the front and/or rear of the bike, with the weight positioned on the axle, so you can still feel the trail and ride it way you want to.
Old Man Mountain is owned and operated by the mountain bike axle specialists at the Robert Axle Project, which allows the two products to integrate, creating a system that with mounting kits and fits for almost any setup.
Elkhorn Details & Specs (via Old Man Mountain)
- Available in two sizes: S and L
- The S is designed for 27.5 and 700c wheels. Fits tires up to 27.5 x 2.8″ or 700c x 50mm
- The L is designed for mud clearance and bikes with 29″ tires. Fits tires up to 29 x 3.25″
- Can be front or rear mounted
- Made of 6061 aluminum
- The rack is made from 1/2″ (13mm) diameter tubing
- The solid deck measures 3.9″ x 10.5″ (100mm x 266mm) Deck includes slots to easily stow gear in place and holes to mount a light
- The Elkhorn comes standard eyelet ready with optional fit kits available for thru-axle or QR mounting.
- Load capacity: 25lbs/11.34kg
- MSRP: $148 USD
We had our first look at the Elkhorn rack earlier this season at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, where it was mounted on an Evil Following. According to the folks at Old Man Mountain, the racks have been a game changer on their bike packing expeditions, allowing them to ride the trails almost as aggressively as they would on a typical trail ride.
As I have been gearing up to get out on some overnight trips, I took them up on a sample rack and am playing with it now – will report in shortly after logging some time experimenting with different setups.
In the meantime, learn more at www.oldmanmountain.com.