Gear reviews, Racks » Freeload rack
The Freeload rack has only been around for a couple of years but is “World famous in New Zealand”, its country of origin. It fits on the majority of bikes because of its clever ratcheting attachment system and sliding mounts. It may look finicky but it is seriously bomb-proof.
I have used it successfully on a front suspension fork, but most of its use has been on the back of my Santa Cruz Superlight fully. It weighs 810 grams and comes in one size fits all for 26ers and 29ers but there are choices for two different “decks” on it.
One deck is specifically for using with side panniers, although it can also be used without them.
I don’t have any affiliation with the guys at Freeload although they sent me some rack frames to experiment with when I suggested that I could “chop” my rack-frame down for even more clearance for big hits on the back. They are really friendly like that. Top Kiwi Endurance rider Oliver Whalley also did some experimentation with his ones.
I have yet to see one broken, after two 1200 km Kiwi Brevets where probably half the field were using them.