The VO Porteur Rack is a traditional-style rack as used on the famed Parisian newspaper delivery bikes. Those Parisian delivery bikes were reputed to carry as much as 110lbs. of newspapers on similar racks (of course, the bikes had strengthened frames and forks, not just racks).
Our Porteur Rack is made from strong stainless steel tubing and polished to a lovely shine. It won't rust like painted steel racks or fatigue and crack like aluminum racks. The quality is actually superior to that of many custom racks. In short, this is a real load-carrying rack, not an aluminum "style-rack". Yet total weight with rail, nuts, bolts, etc. is only 1.079kg.
The platform is about 36cm x 29cm. A removable rail attachment is included and very handy for smaller packages.
The tangs are pre-drilled to fit 700c, 27", 26", and 650b bikes. There are four bosses for a light attachment. There is a boss for securing your fender to the rack -- no rattling! Please also note the elegant pannier/tie-down loops above the mounting tangs.
Mounting hardware is included. The Porteur Rack mounts to the dropout eyelet and the brake bolt (or fork crown hole). Max weight with this configuration is 25 lbs. You can use our Straight Arms for Campeur Racks and a pair of p-clamps around the rack's tube if you are running super heavy loads and want more stability. You can load it up with 40 lbs of gear if you use this configuration.
Note: Oversize charges may apply when this item is shipped outside the contiguous US (e.g., Alaska, Hawaii, international, and military addresses). Free shipping discount may not apply. We will notify you of shipping charges prior to shipping.
This is the second porteur rack Ive had on my second build including one. Im riding a Jamis Aurora right now and this was the first thing I threw onto it. Once I replaced the road drops with a flat bar my world changed again for the better. The construction is solid, looks great, the removable guard rail is a perfect feature. I've carried all sorts of stuff with this rack almost two years later and its still holding just as strong as it did out of the box.
This is a beautifully constructed rack with clean welds and a fantastic finish. Installation took some trial-and error and I made a small bend in the attachment bar so it could reach the center mounting hole on the fork, but it looks fantastic and is quite sturdy.
The amount of bolts and hardware included in the rack allow for compatibility with a large number of bike configurations, but as JP mentioned the fork crown bolts are generally not long enough. The weight is relatively low compared to other powdered-coated steel racks I've seen and the fact that it's stainless means there is no issue with scuffs.
I installed onto my primary commuter, a 2019 Giant Quick E+ (mounted to the fender mounting holes and using the stock spacers between the rack tabs and the fork) and paired it with an Inside Line Equipment porteur bag (since the VO bags are out of stock). It's stable, sleek, and functional, and has substantially nicer finish and welds than my other rack, a Specialized Pizza rack. I also found a nice mounting spot for my wired headlight to one of the outside bolts, under the rack platform.
My only gripe was the slow shipping, but it was absolutely worth the wait.
Highly recommend this rack!
Solid construction, awesome finish, looks great on my bike. My only complaint is that the provided hardware was not long enough to reach through my bike’s fork crown, and I had to rummage for a longer bolt. Otherwise stellar!