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Carrying Cargo: Old Man Mountain Sherpa Rack & Chrome Barrage Pannier
May 06, 2020
I’ve recently been riding the Cube Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC SL eMTB as an all around eBike for off road and on road adventures, commuting, and errand running.
It has also been a good test eBike for a number of accessories that enable it to be a great do-it-all eBike.
Carrying cargo is an important part for adventure rides and running errands around town.
A good combination of gear for carrying cargo on this full suspension eMTB is the Old Man Mountain Sherpa Rack with Chrome Barrage Pannier.
The Cube Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC SL eMTBis a well built eMTB that features a carbon fiber front triangle with aluminium 160mm rear suspension, 170mm Rock Shox front suspension, Bosch Gen 4 CX motor, 625 Wh Bosch Power Tube battery, SRAM NX drivetrain, Magura brakes, and Schwalbe 27.5″ x 2.6″ tires. It is priced at $5,499.
It’s fun for any kind of riding and its a good bike to test out some of these new eBike accessories.
It is priced at $210 as set up in this review and Old Man Mountain racks have a lifetime guarantee.
The Old Man Mountain racks are built to fit almost any kind of bike with their innovative Fit Kit system.
The Sherpa rack can fit so many different types of bikes: commuter, road, gravel, mountain, full suspension, etc.
The Fit Kit comes in a well organized box with everything you need for installation.
When selecting the rack on the Old Man Mountain website there is a helpful Fit Kit guide and they have a large database of bike types to help you select the correct set up.
The main attachment point for the rack is the axle of the wheel that offers a lot of structural strength allowing the Sherpa rack to carry up to 70 pounds of cargo.
In addition, the axle connection adds an attachment point to some bikes that many not have originally been designed for rack attachment. For instance a full suspension bike, a carbon fiber frame, etc.
The Robert Axle Project is the company that recently bought the Old Man Mountain Racks company and they supply the axle in the Fit Kit. Robert Axle Project offers a lot of specialized axles for bikes in general.
Here is a look at the left side of the new axle installed on the bike with the rack ready to be attached.
This is the rack installed with a bolted connection to the new axle.
This connection is much stronger than a typical rack because of the larger connection area and the bolt itself is not in a shear load scenario that is typical of most racks.
Here is the base Sherpa rack without the Fit Kit installed.
The Sherpa rack can be moved to another bike by getting a new Fit Kit.
The rack can also be moved to the front of the bike by getting the correct Fit Kit for front attachment.
The front attachment uses the same axle system for solid connection. As you can see it can be mounted on a suspension fork!
The Classic Sherpa rack fits almost any bike with a tire width of 3″ or less.
Old Man Mountain also makes the Fat Sherpa that will fit fat bikes with 4″ wide tires and larger.
The 6063 aluminum rack is built with 1/2″ diameter tubing for the main structure and 3/8″ diameter tubing for the top rails for bag and pannier attachment.
Old Man Mountain Racks and all the parts are made in the USA!