5-rail CETMA rack



"A bike with no rack is like pants without pockets." -me

A low center of gravity, solid construction, and practical design make CETMA racks an ideal alternative to the popular standard of top-heavy baskets and inferior rear-mounted racks. 

CETMA racks are compatible with most bikes. The stays attach to the front axle, no eyelets needed. No drilling, sizing, or customizing is necessary. They assemble quickly with basic tools and all hardware is included.

CETMA racks are handmade in the USA. They're made of steel and built for daily abuse. They were originally conceived and designed by messengers for real-life courier-work and utility. CETMA racks are continually tested by messengers world-wide who use them for work. CETMA racks are not trendy toys for your static show bike. 

CETMA racks are used by a lot of people. You can find CETMA racks on the streets of Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Quebec, Mexico City, Brazil, Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Geneva,  Germany, Tokyo, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Shanghai, and every state of the totally awesome USA.

 Four barely compelling reasons for using a front rack:

1. The rear wheel is inherently weaker than the front wheel due to its asymmetrical build, offset hub, and torque input.

2. The rear part of the frame is where almost all frames break. The thin chain stays and seat stays are notorious weak spots.

3. Carrying weight on a rear rack makes the entire bike feel unstable and top-heavy. Put a heavy box on a rear rack and try to ride down the street. The entire frame flexes and the bike tries to lay down. Come to a stop and it gets downright scary. Transporting that box becomes a precarious balancing act.  It's easier to handle cargo when it's up front near your hands.

4. Rear-loaded freight remains behind you while you ride (duh), and you can't see if it's shifting or about to fall. It's easier to keep an eye on cargo when it's in front of you.


Platform dimensions:  11" x 11".

Weight capacity:  60-ish pounds, probably more. I've carried people on mine. Small people, but hey, people.

Compatibility: Fits bikes with average handlebar height.  Measure the distance between the top of your front tire and handlebar. If it's over 12", I recommend a HALFrack.

5-rail installation instructions HERE.

CETMA 5-rails in production

CETMA racks are available with black or clear powder-coat, or no coating at all (bare metal) if you wanna paint yours yourself.

CETMA rack with Wald brackets

5-rails can be purchased with Wald handlebar brackets, preferable by some for their added reach. This is an optimal feature for bikes with flat handlebars, giving extra room for cables and knuckles. These brackets are available for $10 with the purchase of any 5-rail, or separately for $20. 

Note: Wald handlebar brackets are intended for standard sized (25.4mm) handlebars only, not oversized bars.

CETMA rack with eyelet stays

Some forks have hooded dropouts which are incompatible with my standard stays (HERE is a good example). For this reason, I offer stays which attach to lower eyelets. Your choice when you order.

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