The premium cargo rack maker, Old Man Mountain, is relaunching under new ownership. In 2019, the Santa Barbara-based brand was acquired by Bend, Oregon’s owners of the Robert Axle Project, a manufacturer of high-quality thru-axles and cargo attachment solutions for mountain, road and gravel bikes.
The Robert Axle Project played an instrumental role in the redesign of Old Man Mountain’s Sherpa rack before securing ownership of the company, wherein they worked closely with Old Man Mountain to optimize rack compatibility with modern thru-axle frames, and have supplied Old Man Mountain with thru-axle rack components for the past five years.
“We’ve continued to watch bike touring and bikepacking evolve, and see the continued need for a superior rack system. Old Man Mountain makes the most durable, strongest cargo rack that fits nearly any bicycle,” said brand co-owner Chris Kratsch.
“We’ve used Old Man Mountain racks on our bikes since 2000, including a full summer on the entire Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in 2003. I love the durability and function of the product. The racks are renowned for their durability, with a cult following amongst heavy users who can’t afford rack failure.” he added.
Sherpa racks are also compatible with full suspension bikes and suspension forks, making them the best front rack option for mountain bikes, as well as eBikes and comfort hybrids with suspension forks. Moreover, Old Man Mountain’s Fit Kits ensure a secure fit on almost any bike; particularly bikes without eyelets such as modern gravel bikes and mountain bikes.
Fit Kits are available to adapt one rack to multiple bikes or adapt one rack to the front or rear of the bike.
Sherpa racks are made in the USA with 6063 aluminum and stainless hardware, rated for loads up to 70 lbs, and backed by a lifetime warranty.
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