We first saw this on Instagram last week, and have been crushing hard since on this front rack modification that Silva Cycles out of Campbell California is doing. Bronson, Tony and the crew are modifying the already amazing front rack made by Surly into a classic porteur style rack. Enabling it to carry substantially more on the top portion of the rack while still being able to attach two front panniers.
The rack normally costs around $125 at your local bike shop who gets it from Surly, at almost 3 pounds it’s no joke if you plan to tour or want to carry a bunch of gear on the front of your bike. It can carry up to 70 pounds and is made from 4130 cro-moly tubing. Silva’s custom modification definitely brings this rack to a new level, among the array of porteur racks available. The new Silva porteur rack with mod costs $300, direct purchase from them, and includes basic color powdercoat. $120 to modify a Surly rack you already own, plus shipping of course. We have already begun to save our pennies to include one on a future bike build. Nice work gentleman, looks sharp!