The new Ratking T-Rack just went on sale. The T-Rack is a minimal, lightweight rear rack that can clear large tires (up to 29×3.5″) while also adding two sets of ‘3-pack’ triple bottle mounts to the lower rear of a dirt-touring rig…

Posted by Logan Watts

RatKing Frames, a Seattle-based frame builder, just launched their new ‘T-Rack’ for pre-order. The triple bottle mounts on each leg of the T-Rack make it a unique rear rack for folks interested in running gear-intensive bikepacking kits or classic saddlebags. According to RatKing, the T-Rack allows you to carry up to a gallon of water. Using the King Cage Manything, you can also add extra stuff sacks or ATM Many Things Sacks, or the new Oveja Negra Bootlegger bags. While in Peru, Cass used the T-Rack to run extra bottle cages on his Tumbleweed Prospector

  • Ratking T-Rack, minimal rear rack, triple bottle mounts
  • Ratking T-Rack, minimal rear rack, triple bottle mounts

Ratking T-Rack, minimal rear rack, triple bottle mounts

Two styles are available. The ‘Micro Pannier’ option adds an extra strut and mounting loop to the the backside of the rack offering more support for a micro pannier system such as offered by Porcelain Rocket, Revelate, or Bedrock.

This rack is designed to be used with everything from a cross bike to a 29+ rig. It is specced to allow room for a 29×3.5″ tire with mud clearance to spare. According to RatKing there will be some minor design alterations that make it difficult to give an exact weight, but they are expecting it to fall below 350g (380g for the Micro Pannier version).

Ratking T-Rack, minimal rear rack, triple bottle mounts

  • Ratking T-Rack, minimal rear rack, triple bottle mounts
  • Ratking T-Rack, minimal rear rack, triple bottle mounts

It’s also worth noting there have been clearance issues with some seat-stay mounted disc brakes, so you may want to get in touch before purchasing to check compatibility issues.

Learn more and pre-order at RatKingFrames.com.

  • Smithhammer

    Oh yeah – this ticks a lot of the boxes I’ve been looking for.

  • No kidding! Super cool design. It appears to have gone through some rigorous testing too.

  • Cass Gilbert

    I tried a proto version out in Ecuador and Peru and it shrugged off 9 weeks of burly dirt roads! Really nice design with great clearances. I like that its mounting hardware is Tubus compatible too.

    Note that if you’re using a cargo bag like ATM’s Many Thing Sack and a saddlebag, it will make top access tricky. Best to pair it with a side-loaded cargo bag, or a conventional water bottle cage, as I did above.

  • onabikewithnoname

    This looks great. May l ask what saddle bag you used in this instance. thanks!

  • That’s the Fabio’s Chest. You can find another photo and link here: http://www.bikepacking.com/gear/bikepacking-gear-that-lasts/

  • Cass Gilbert

    It’s an Ultra-Swift Fabio Chest.

    You can a few details and a link here:
    http://www.bikepacking.com/gear/bikepacking-gear-that-lasts/

  • That is pretty sweet. I was just about to purchase a rear rack for my ECR but might hold off for this beauty if it is compatible.

  • Cass Gilbert

    I think it should be, as the disc tabs on the ECR are between the seat and chainstays.

  • Smithhammer

    Ordered, and planning to use it on the ‘OR Big Country’ route next spring.

    Btw, this review isn’t showing up on the home page, for some reason?

  • Nice. Perfect for that route. This is just a ‘news’ release (not a review) so it doesn’t show on the home carousel. We’ll eventually update the homepage to display news in another way, but only so many hours in the day ;) … right now you can see all news here (or on the popup menu under ‘Upcoming’) : http://www.bikepacking.com/news/

  • Mark

    Material?

  • Cass Gilbert

    Chromoly.

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