I love Old Man Mountain [OMM] racks and have them on almost all my bikes that use racks:
- Surly Big Dummy [OMM Cold Springs front rack]
- Surly Pugsley [OMM Cold Springs racks x 2]
- Surly 700c LHT [OMM Cold Springs front rack and OMM Red Rock rear rack]
- Surly 26″ LHT [new OMM Sherpa rear rack and old OMM Sherpa front rack]
One thing I like about OMM is that they don’t churn out new improved products every year that aren’t any better than last year’s version just to get people to buy the latest greatest gizmo. My very first set of OMM Cold Springs racks looks pretty much the same as what you can buy today 10yrs later. To me that’s a solid design that performs and doesn’t need hype to sell. So I was interested when I heard that OMM had come up with some changes to their Sherpa rack design after all these years.
You can see a comparison between old and new Sherpa racks in these photos:
- the main rack tubes have been increased from 10mm to 12mm
- the top rails remain at 10mm for pannier compatibility, but on the new rack the top rail is one unit and is welded on to the larger lower 12mm portion of the rack
- the new rack platform is 2cm longer than the old one
- picking them up I can’t detect any weight difference by hand although I assume the new one is a few grams heavier
The new rack retains the same high quality made in the USA construction OMM is famous for and uses the same modular mounting hardware that can be customized to fit any bike. I really like that my 10yr old OMM rack will fit just about any touring bike I care to throw it on – disc brakes?…no problem….lack of rack braze ons?…no problem, bizarre full suspension frame?….no problem, etc…
To be honest I never felt that the old Sherpa rack was in need of being more beefy or stiff. I tend to carry moderate loads so perhaps I am not at the far end of the rack abuse spectrum, but I do ride rough dirt roads/tracks with my loaded bikes and that takes it’s toll on gear. I’ll be using the new OMM SHerpa rear rack on my 26″ LHT build so I’ll be reviewing it as I ride that bike, but OMM products kinda suck for blogging purposes because they just work and provide no drama to report on – that get’s boring!