Stuff We Like: Tubus Logo

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Tubus makes just about the toughest racks out there. For transpo riders who regularly carry a lot of weight on their bikes, Tubus racks are hard to beat. Unlike many less expensive racks on the market, Tubus racks are either brazed chromoly, welded stainless, or welded titanium. This nearly doubles their weight bearing capacity over most aluminum racks, while allowing Tubus to provide a full 30 year warranty.

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My personal favorite Tubus rack is the Logo. As you can see in the top photo, the pannier mounting rail on the Logo is placed down and back from the main rack. This carries the load lower and further to the rear which is ideal for commuting bikes, many of which don’t have the heel clearance of touring bikes with their ultra-long chainstays. It also keeps the center of gravity low when running briefcase-style panniers that often ride a little high on standard racks.

Tubus Logo

At around $120, the Logo’s not cheap, but as a primary carrying device on a bike used as a car replacement it’s a great long-term investment. Highly recommended.

Material: 25CrMo4
Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Maximum Capacity: 88 lbs.
Price: Approximately $120

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32 Responses to “Stuff We Like: Tubus Logo”

  • brad says:

    I also appreciate Tubus’s extender kit that allows the rack to be positioned even a bit farther back, providing more clearance for Bigfeet like me (size 14).

  • Spencer says:

    Don’t forget the lovely titanium versions that Tubus offers. I use the Carry Ti on my Casseroll. I agree with Tubus being a valued transportational investment. Their hardware is actually pretty to look at, too.

  • Tal Danzig says:

    I have a Tubus front and rear racks on my touring bike and they’re pretty bomb proof. They are super solid and don’t flex under load like previous racks I’ve used. For the heavy of wallet and light of bike, they also make light-weight titanium versions of their racks.

  • Adam Booth says:

    I’ve always heard the argument that steel is a better choice when doing a tour in less developed areas because you can nearly always find someone who can weld it back together, whereas aluminum often can’t.

    I recently was modifying an old Pletscher and found that Bernzomatic makes an aluminum braze. With just a propane torch and a stainless steel brush I was able to make a braze on 6061 scraps that was strong enough to bend the material around the braze. Might be a good idea for tourists on aluminum racks/bikes to take along as a bail out plan. This would make the steel over aluminum for ease of repair argument less supportable in my mind.

    Maybe more interesting is that I was able to bend the brazed pieces of aluminum with my bare hands–even the unheated pieces that I started with. What I took away from this (that I think is pertinent to a discussion of Tubus racks) is the incredible difference in toughness between chromoly versus aluminum. On a rack that’s going to have big stresses from things like pannier hooks or have someting rigid bouncing on it–it sure seems to me that steel will hold up to so much more of these stresses.

    So I’m planning on scrapping the mod of the Pletscher and am planning on getting a steel rack.

  • Alan says:

    Thanks guys; I spaced on the ti models…

    Alan

  • Jason Sublette says:

    Beautiful rack. I wanted to buy a Tubus Fly for my Klein Quantum, but I just couldn’t invest that much in a rack that will only be used occasionally. Luckily, I discovered that Tubus also makes aluminum versions of these racks sold under the name of Racktime. I saved $60 getting a beautiful, very light and slim Racktime rack perfect for a road bike like a Klein that isn’t designed to have a rack. I did buy the Tubus branded attachment adapters (high quality, handsome, and expensive) that enables such a rack to work on such a bike. Even this tiny aluminum rack has a capacity of 44 lbs.

  • Scott says:

    And for those of you (me) who like their rack to match the rest of the bike’s silvery shiny parts, there’s the Tubus Cosmo in stainless steel. Same lower mounting rails, with a wider and longer top platform. Nice for carrying panniers AND a racktop bag or large saddlebag. It’s even more expensive than the Logo … but less than the Ti models … and worth every penny for the versatility and strength.

  • Tucker Burroughs says:

    Hi Alan,

    I understand that one of the purposes of this bike is to test different configurations. Having said that, what did you think of the Civia Rack that you originally had on the bike? Does it carry the load farther back than the Tubus?

  • Alan says:

    Tucker,

    I wasn’t satisfied with the stiffness of the Civia rack with a full grocery load on the back. It was fine for a commute load, but for the kind of hauling I sometimes do, a steel rack is required. This is not a fault of the Civia specifically as much as a general characteristic of aluminum versus steel racks.

    Both racks carry the load sufficiently far back to reduce the likelihood of heel strike, even on bikes with short-ish chainstays.

    Alan

  • Walter Enomoto says:

    Aloha Alan,
    Where did you purchase this rack from?
    The Tubus website does not show any dealers in the US, only in other countries.
    Thanks,
    Walter

  • Roberta says:

    That is really nice! I’m excited to find out that there is a distributor in my town and I’m going to be picking up one to put on my build. I love it when things work out as nicely as this!

  • Bee says:

    you forgot to mention how gorgeous it is, but as always, your excellent photography speaks for itself. I use mine for extremely heavy loads- I don’t have a cargo bike but i treat my commuter as one, and it has never given me any trouble.

  • Alan says:

    Hi Walter,

    I mail ordered mine from Universal Cycles in Portland, Oregon.

    Alan

  • Spencer says:

    Walter-any dealer who carries Ortlieb can get you Tubus.

  • Alan says:

    @Roberta

    Cool! You’ll love the rack.

  • Alan says:

    Thanks, Bee! I too sometimes use my commuter as a cargo bike and my various Tubus racks have never let me down.

    Alan

  • Ira Kinro says:

    Why is Logo your favorite? I was just looking at their website. The Locc is super cool. Talk about thoughtful design. Ditto for the Disco. And, I like the Cosmo a lot. AAARRRGGGHHHH. My bike has only one rear wheel. What do I do?

  • doug in seattle says:

    While I would have a hard time justifying a Tubus for a commuting bike, for a camper they’re a no-brainer. With these you can load your bike up and never, ever worry. Barring some catastrophe, it isn’t ever going to break. Even carrying sixty pounds they’re like a rock, with no noticeable flex.

  • Jay (Epstein) in Tel Aviv says:

    Axiom claims very high capacities for their aluminum racks – much more than I would ever carry on a rack.
    They are very inexpensive and seem to have a good reputation.
    Do you think these would be a reasonably substitute for occassional use? Say 30-40 lbs vs their claim of 150 for the Journey.

  • Pete says:

    Tubus steel racks in silver painted finish are available from European dealers online, I’m case you like the silver look but don’t want to spend extra for ti or stainless. I’ve heard the silver finish is a bit fragile in that it scuffs easily.

  • Alan says:

    @Ira

    “Why is Logo your favorite?”

    They’re all nice! :-) The Logo just happens to hit the price/capacity/feature sweet spot that works best for me.

    Alan

  • Alan says:

    @Jay

    “Do you think these would be a reasonably substitute for occassional use? Say 30-40 lbs vs their claim of 150 for the Journey.”

    I think they would be. They seem to be nicely engineered racks.

  • Bob Cook says:

    Thank you for the best on-bike pictures I’ve seen of the Logo. They’re helpful.

    If I recall correctly, you used a Tubus Cargo on your LHT and carried an Arkel Bug on it. Like the Bug, my Arkel Commuter and Utility Basket are tall and hang relatively low. Do you see a problem for such bags on the Logo, with its lower mounting point?

  • Alan says:

    Hi Bob,

    The Civia Bryant pictured above has relatively high mounting points due to its replaceable dropouts. That makes the Logo a particularly good match for this bike. The Arkel bags are fine on this bike.

    In looking at the data sheets on the Logo and Cargo the mounting rails on the Logo appear to be around 2.5″ lower than the rails on the Cargo. You can probably use that measurement to determine if clearance would be an issue on your bike.

    Alan

  • Charles F Nighbor Architect says:

    Tubus makes a tough rack but Nitto and Bruce Gordons Racks are an equal.

  • Charles F Nighbor Architect says:

    To see Nitto racks and their other products go to rivendell Web site

  • MSRW says:

    One of the benefits of the Tubus Ti racks is that they don’t get scuffed up to the degree than the powder-coated Tubus racks do–for that reason alone, along with the complete elimination of corrosion, I’ve shifted all my bikes to Tubus Ti racks.

    For some reason, Tubus, Son and Rohloff retail prices in Germany are about 50 percent less than American retail prices for the same items. It’s nice to support local dealers, but the difference in cost is pretty extreme, and it’s now relatively easy to buy German-made bike components in Germany. http://www.starbike.com is probably the easiest vendor to deal with for Americans.

    I would think that the Ti Logo would look great on a silver Bryant.

  • TS Wu says:

    Nifty. Slightly OT, here’s a lovely example of a minimalist rack- unfortunately, a one-off. From the BOB list:

    http://tinyurl.com/6awl7p7

    Imagine it in brass…

  • voyage says:

    This type of rack, bolt on, makes more sense than integrated racks such as that on the Detour Deluxe, Globe Haul, etc. There’s more flexibility, fine-tuning, and personalization with after- market parts.

  • Adam Booth says:

    @ MSRW

    If I calculated correctly, ~69 Euros for a Tubus Cargo comes down to something like 57 Euros if you deduct VAT. Then there’s 30 Euros shipping. 87 Euros is about $123 I think.

    I’m pretty sure you can get a Tubus here in the states for that much–maybe cheaper if you don’t have to pay shipping.

  • John Speare says:

    Lovely yes.
    But the Fly is awesomer.

  • Brett Lindenbach says:

    cool endorsement. i had a nitto rear on order at rivendell but you convinced me that i need a logo instead, so i ordered a silver one from germany.

 
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