Fitting Tubus Racks on Road Bikes wDisc Brakes

I am looking to get a Tubus rack, specifically the carry model, and am looking for information on its compatibility with road/cx bikes with rack mounts on the frame, but with disc brakes. Is there clearance to mount these using the frame mounts, or do you need the QR mounting kit? Is there any difference in stability when loaded using these two mounting options? Should I be considering keeping cantis on the back?


Generally, this Tubus Rack will not work with most bikes with disc brakes. However, if the bike has lower and upper mounting eyelets, it sounds like they may have set it up to work with bike racks. Should this be the case, the disc brake caliper will have been positioned between the seat stay and chain stay rather than above the chain stay.

If your disc brake is positioned above the seat stay, the only Tubus Rack I would recommend is the Tubus Disco. This rack swoops back around the disc brake caliper and would fit as shown in the photo below:

As far as other racks that work with disc brakes, have a look at Old Man Mountain’s rear racks.(We currently do not have any OMM rear racks in stock but keep your eyes peeled on our inventory for when we restock.)

As a last resort, you may opt to use the Tubus QR Adapter if your frame doesn’t have eyelets on the rear dropouts. The way it works is that a quick release skewer clamps to a bracket that you can then use to mount your rear rack and compatibility is limited to only the Tubus Logo Classic and the Tubus Cosmo. I must also point out that the addition of a QR adapter to your setup will make the process of removing your rear wheel a little more complicated.

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I have a swobo baxter commuter bike. My rack has fallen apart (after being hit by a car!) and I need a new one. I am also in the market for a pannier for my macbook pro and other office stuff/bike tools.
My bike has shimano disc brakes.


Swobo baxters are great, I like the fenders on that bike. Unfortunately, the Tubus Logo Classic will most likely be incompatible with your bike. It seems to me that the rack would conflict with the brake caliper. If you find the time, please take a look at the previous post and response where I explain the mechanics of this.

You can consider getting an Old Man Mountain rear rack to work with your bike by using the OMM Rear Fit Kit for Solid Axle (neither the OMM rear rack nor the OMM Rear Fit Kit for Solid Axle are in stock but keep checking our inventory periodically for when we restock.) This setup would however not be convenient if you had to remove the wheel. With some DIY engineering, some people have managed to mount Old Man Mountain racks to the eyelets on their bike. It might be tricky to do with the sliding dropout, but I don’t think it would be impossible.

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I own a Jamis Coda Elite approx. year 2008 Black/gray with avid disc brakes. I am looking to install a Tubus bike rack. which model and accessories would you suggest.


As a rule of thumb,Tubus racks generally do not work well on bikes with disc brakes. Most of the time, they have issues clearing the disc brake caliper. I would suggest you looking at the Tubus Vega Classic, the Tubus Cosmo, or the Tubus Logo Titanium(currently not in stock) racks. All these racks are compatible with the Tubus QR Adapter  which is a tool that allows one to mount a rack on a bike that was not intended to have a rack or frames without dropout eyelets.

The QR adapter places the rack a little farther back which may allow the rack to clear the brake caliper depending on your frame and your bike’s engineering. Please take a look at the previous posts and responses where I have addressed similar concerns.

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