Full disclosure: I was given the Tubus Logo by Lyon Equipment (Tubus’ UK distributor) as part of their Expedition Grant in 2007.
The German manufacturer Tubus’ range of racks might occupy the upper end of the pricing scale, but for good reason — the racks are immensely strong. The Logo is specifically designed for mountain-bike geometry, offering increased heel clearance for the panniers.
With a tubular steel construction, the rack is not only lightweight, rigid and durable, but is easily welded in case of a breakage. I have not encountered any problems so far, and 10 year guarantee speaks for the manufacturer’s commitment to quality.
The rack is powder-coated but Tubus also supply a number of protective patches that you can apply at points where an interface occurs between the tubing and your panniers. This prevents the coating from being worn and the metal exposed to the elements, where rust might occur. I recommend that you check where rubbing occurs and apply these patches as soon as possible. The most common areas are likely to be at the points where the pannier attaches to the rack (depending on your pannier system), and on the lower tubing where the bags will be resting against the sides of the rack.
Tubus supply a range of accessories to let you mount the rack on practically any frame you’d ever want to take on a tour, even if it lacks the standard bolt-holes and rack-mounts. The rack can interface with an axle-mounting kit for the rear wheel’s axle, which makes use of a special skewer replacing the standard skewer.
Tubus also make a range of clamps for the seat-stay attachment, with a number of options to suit the seat-stay diameter of your frame. These are easy to fit, being little more than thin steel strips that wrap around the seat-stays and which are bolted together. The system is simple and it works very well — in fact, with bolting being generally stronger than welding, it should actually be more secure than using brazed-on rack-mounts.
I’ve used the rack successfully with both Carradice Super C and Crosso panniers, but it’ll carry pretty much any pannier you might lay your hands on.
I have on occasion had the need to load the rack with a huge amount of weight — 750km was cycled through Bulgaria and Turkey with an entire repertoire of luggage and a spare wheel strapped to the Tubus Logo (including the entire contents of a broken trailer), and it didn’t complain.
For a long and arduous tour, you’d be well advised to choose the strongest steel rack you can go for, and the Tubus Logo fits the bill. It is especially suitable if you are planning on using a mountain-bike frame, where heel clearance and the availability of rack-mounting points may be an issue.
Tubus also make a number of similar steel racks that may be more suited to the geometry of other types of frame.
Read more at Tubus’ website. Get the Logo online from Wiggle* or Evans Cycles*.
5 replies on “Tubus Logo Rear Carrier Rack Review”
Niche question. Although Im asking because I intend to make a purchase, this is more of a nerdy tech question as I am interested.
I think that I have settled on a Logo for the secondary rail option, and and the flat top (despite the top being quite narrow).
The puzzle is the following. Tubus say on their website that they have upgraded the Cargo and Logo models to also make an Evo version of both. The geometries are different, but the main thing they advertise is the increased strength of the new 3D feet. However, the stainless steel version of the Logo has the feet from the Classic Logo. So it seems that you have to choose between Chromoly, new design, or Stainless Steel, old design. Ive read that Chromoly is technically stronger than stainless steel, but Tubus rates them both to the same max load. The tubus website also states that the stainless steel version is 70g heavier, though Ive seen different numbers on different seller’s sites. So the question is if you would advise stainless still but with an older design?!
Extremely grateful for any advice as Ive spent hours on this!
I’d still choose the original version, because it has the decades-long track record. The jury’s still out on the Evo as it’s too new to have been truly put to the test. Hope that helps!
Really useful, thankyou. It’s solved the problem of adding panniers to the MTB-based expedition bike, saving me four hundred quid on a decent replacement frame. Nothing not to like there!
What is the chainstay length of your bike?
I have heel clearance issues with my MTB which has chainstays of 425mm and instead of buying a new frame I’d rather buy this rack. Would Tubus Logo solve the problem? I have a shoe size of 27cm (9.5 in UK) and I’d put big Crosso Twists on it.
The Logo is designed specifically to solve heel clearance issues on bike with shorter chainstays.