Posted by Logan Watts
Last year, RatKing Frames, a Seattle-based bicycle frame builder, launched their T Rack. 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…
We’ve updated our initial press release to add in today’s announcement that production is officially moving over to Tumbleweed Bicycle Company. According Smith Levi of RatKing Frames, “Daniel Molloy and I go way back. We worked together in Oakland, California, while building our own brands, and he was there to see the T Rack develop into what it is today. As I’ve been working on other projects, I realized I would no longer be able to allocate the necessary time and resources to produce these racks, and Daniel was the first person I thought of to carry on this product line. His emphasis on utility matched with his unrelenting quest for quality assured me that he would be the best candidate for the future of the T Rack.”
And it’s an excitement that Daniel Malloy of Tumbleweed Bicycle Company echoes, “The T Rack is a perfect match for the company’s philosophy of producing tough, no-nonsense and utilitarian products for self supported off-road touring. A new production run of racks will be available in late 2018/early 2019.”
Two styles are available. The Micro Pannier option adds an extra strut and mounting loop to the the backside of the rack to offer more support for a micro pannier system such as those offered by Porcelain Rocket, Revelate, and 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. Weight is around 350g, or 380g for the Micro Pannier version.
Smith is also doing a charity raffle to close out his T Rack production. RatKing Frames is offering the chance to win one of the three final racks in a lottery system. To be eligible to win, all you need to do is donate a minimum of $15 dollars to any charitable foundation / organization of your choosing, and send your receipt / proof of purchase to Smith (RTKINGframes@gmail.com) along with your preferred leg length (Long or Short). Your name will be put in a hat to be chosen randomly. The first three names will receive a limited edition Bubblegum Pink rack (RAL-3015).This will be your final opportunity to get your hands on a RatKing built T Rack before Tumbleweed takes over production. For more information tune into RatKing Frames at RatKingFrames.com or check out his Instagram @ratkingframes.