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Compass CP-1 Extralight Front Rack for Centerpull Brakes


Equip your new custom bike with the lightest and most beautiful rack available anywhere. Inspired by the racks of classic René Herse bicycles, the CP-1 rack is made exclusively for Compass by Nitto in Japan. It is fillet-brazed from thinwall Cromoly steel tubing, with a chrome-plated finish for durability. The elegant tabs for mounting the rack are brazed into the ends of the rack support tubes, like dropouts on a classic bicycle frame. (Other racks often use plates that are simply welded to the ends of the tubes or just squeeze the tubes and drill a hole.) At 168 g, it is one of the lightest racks available.

The Compass rack is designed to be used together with the Compass centerpull brakes. It requires dedicated braze-ons on the frame, so it cannot be retrofitted without brazing on the mounts. For bikes with cantilever brakes, we recommend the Compass M-13 rack.

The Compass light mounts are designed for use with “standing” headlights to give you a choice among a wide range of lights.

See “Technical Specs” below for detailed information.

Made in Japan. 10 year warranty.

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The racks are supplied with custom bolts that provide secure attachment:

  • 2x René Herse rack mounting bolts (M6) for mounting to centerpull pivot with smaller-diameter M5 forward extension to hold the rack securely
  • 2x M5 domed nuts with lockwashers to attach to fork braze-ons
  • 2x V2 braze-on for fork blade (centerpull pivots available separately)
  • 1 M5 tensilock nut with leather washer for fender mount
  • Light mounting bolt and hardware included with racks featuring integrated light mount.
  • Attaches to centerpull braze-ons and fork braze-ons.
  • Requires dedicated braze-ons
  • 75 mm centerpull braze-on spacing
  • Designed for 93.5 mm between centerpull braze-ons and fork braze-ons.
  • Fork braze-ons should be approximately 85 mm apart, though the rack will fit if this distance is slightly wider or narrower.
  • Platform: 160 mm x 90 mm
  • Fender attachment at the front of the rack
  • Custom hardware for secure attachment.
  • Designed for bikes with up to 44 mm tires.
  • Made by Nitto to Compass Extralight specifications
  • 168 g (rack); 22 g (hardware)
  • For detailed drawings, see pages 4 and 5 of the Compass Centerpull Brake Specs, here.