OMM Elkhorn Rack: At The Finish

OMM Elkhorn Rack: At The Finish – by Guitar Ted

Summer is gone and so is my time with the Old Man Mountain (OMM) Elkhorn Rack. I had intended to take an overnight trip using the OMM Elkhorn as a base for carrying all my things, but, well…… Life happened and I couldn’t find enough time to do that up to this point. So, I compromised and did a bit of an out-and-back for some “outdoor coffee” action.

The OMM Elkhorn Rack stays stable even in single track.

That gives me enough to go on to give you all a final verdict on this rack. My previous post on the OMM Elkhorn can be seen HERE.

For this little adventure I used the Salsa Cycles Dry Bag and attached it as before to the Anything Cage which is also bolted to the Elkhorn Rack. Then I rode some single track to my destination, had coffee, and rode back. The OMM Elkhorn Rack made this all a breeze because of its versatility in working with second party accessories and its strength.

Wheeling about twisty single track demands that your load be secure and that your rack be rock steady. Any flexiness can really mess with your lines, but the OMM Elkhorn Rack is a firm foundation and did not cause any handling issues at all. I would not be hesitant to go with a full load on single track, although I might go a bit slower!

OMM Elkhorn Rack loaded on a bicycle in a rural setting

At The Finish: The OMM Elkhorn Rack is a sturdy, versatile rack that can be mounted front or rear on most any bicycle with the extra fit kits available from OMM. This makes this rack something you could hold on to through various bicycle purchases, or it could be a solution for several bicycles you already own.

Close up of the OMM Elkhorn Rack on GT's pink BMC bicycle.
It may not win any beauty pageants, but it will get the job done well.

Additionally, with the accessory mounts on the stays, there are more opportunities to make use of the Elkhorn to carry rack attachments like the Anything Cage or just extra water cage mounts. Add in that the Elkhorn Rack is sturdy and capable of handling big loads and almost any terrain you could throw at it and it hard to see where one would find fault with this rack.

It is heavy. It isn’t probably the paramount of visual beauty either, what with its chunky stays and utilitarian looks. But it does what it is designed to do, and it does that really well. I give the OMM Elkhorn Rack high marks for its strength and capabilities, but with the additional versatility in mounting I think this rack is above the rest when it comes to value. This is a rack that will get the job done in terms of touring/bikepacking with no worries.

For more details on the Elkhorn Rack by Old Man Mountain see their webpage here:

Note: Old Man Mountain sent over the Elkhorn Rack for test and review to Riding Gravel for test and review at no charge. We were not paid, nor bribed, for this review and we always strive to give our honest thoughts and views throughout.


Author: Guitar Ted

Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. An inaugural member of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame and Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004- Guitar Ted has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and back road events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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