Our new Anything racks/cages are in stock and selling well. Some might ask are they cages or are they racks? That's up to you to decide. They fit a lot of different things from insulated Nalgene bottles to shelters to who knows what? Let's take a closer look at details and frame/fork fitment.
As you can see from the pic above, this new cage is ideal for almost anything roundish and fairly light weight. I think the idea actually came from Kid Riemer zip tying his insulated Nalgene bottle carriers to his snow bike fork legs. Other bike nuts and adventurers were also doing this. After experiementing a bit we found out you could carry a lot of different things with this thing. However, it did require some new fixturing and an additional frame or fork attachment to distribute the load.
We chose a hi low 3 bolt attachment for these cages. Besides spreading the weight out more evenly, this 3 bolt design has been historically used in the industry. It's nothing new and we don't claim to be the originators. It works. It bolts directly to the 3 bolt design. We also know that not frames & forks don't have this type of mounting so we also designed the cage with slots in the clamps so that they can be hose clamped or zip tied to just about anything as long as there is proper clearance for the cage and/or what you carrying.
Speaking of clearance, we also want to point out a few things. Where ever you bolt or clamp this cage, make sure to put the item or items you wish to carry in the cage and test for clearances. We'll show you the proper way first using a prototype Salsa Enabler fork.
- For forks, you need to check tire/wheel clearance and frame clearance. Nothing ends your ride like a something stopping your front wheel. Be careful and if you are carrying something new that you have not carried before, make sure to check it for clearance. Also, large items can become tall and when turning, they can hit the down tube of your frame, thus limiting your range of turning and control. Again, always check for clearances. Please check pictures below.
Lots of tire clearance.
My tent just barely clears. I think I should find something else to pack my tent or carry something else.
Now, there have been LOTS of questions regarding the fitment to 2009 and 2010 Fargo forks. Unfortunately, the first generation Fargo forks were optimized only for regular size water bottles. As such, the mounting position, both in height and angle do not allow for proper and safe clearances if you use the braze ons on the back of the fork legs. Not only are the braze ons at the wrong angle from the centerline of the bike, they are also at the wrong height. See the pictures below for an unsafe set up.
The bottle mounts position the cage too high. This is shown with the two lower mounts of the Anything cage bolted directly to the 2009-2010 Fargo fork braze ons. This is NOT safe.
This is the top view showing minimal and unsafe clearance between the cage and tire. Tire shown is a Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25 on a 30mm Salsa Semi rim.
So, how can you mount the Anything cages to the 2009-2010 Fargo fork, or any fork for that matter? By using hose clamps or heavy duty zip ties through the 3 mounting positions. This is why they are slotted.
It is also important to point out that many folks can and will use this cage using only the traditional 2 bolt cage mounting and then using a heavy duty zip tie or hose clamp to secure the 3rd mounting postion.
Going forward, we will be using the 3 bolt hi low mounting positions on applicable bikes, frames and forks. For 2011 our Fargo fork and Enabler fork sold both seperately and as part of the Fargo or Mukluk framesets will come with the 3 hole hi low mounting standard. We will also use this hi low mounting on future frame designs on the down tube given there is proper clearance for both pedalling and for cage clearance.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.