Can You Put A Basket On A Mountain Bike?

Can You Put A Basket On A Mountain Bike? – (With Video)

Baskets are only sometimes designed to be mounted on mountain bikes since they are intended to be ridden with few accessories. However, with more and more people choosing mountain bikes as a mode of transportation and outdoor recreation, there are more compelling reasons than ever to affix a basket to a mountain bike.

Surprisingly, many individuals choose mountain bikes instead of purpose-built commuter bicycles for their daily commute. Others choose a mountain bike because they like how it looks or because they believe it can handle any terrain.

In most cases, a basket can be added to a mountain bike. However, not all baskets will be suitable for your mountain bike,

So you’ll need to check before you buy. Certain bike baskets need an attachment point, like eyelets, to be attached to your bike, but this is rarely the scenario.

Here are some suggestions for attaching a basket to your mountain bike, whether you use it for commuting to work or weekend trail rides.

We barely discussed Put Drop Handlebars on Mountain Bikes in our previous Article.

How Baskets can be installed on Mountain Bikes?

1. Installing Front Baskets on Mountain Bikes:

There are two main key benefits of using a front basket:

  • As you ride, you’ll get a clear view of the goods.
  • Everything you’re transporting is easily accessible.

Because of the above benefits, many commuters use front baskets to store their primary bags.

How to Install a Front Basket on a Rigid Mountain Bike?

These days, rigid mountain bikes are a rarity, but that wasn’t always the case.

Early mountain bikes, now regarded as antiques, were either completely inflexible or equipped with a suspension fork whose utility was debatable at best.

You should count yourself fortunate if you own a rigid vintage MTB since that bike is compatible with most front baskets on the market.

A front basket may be attached to a rigid mountain bike in a few different ways:

Option 1: baskets supported by struts

This basket will not work with a front suspension fork, but it is perfect for a rigid mountain bike. Fortunately, the forks of many vintage mountain bikes include fender eyelets, which may be utilized to secure the basket’s struts.

If the fork doesn’t have additional mounting points, you may still attach the struts using P-clamps to the fork legs or the front wheel axle. Struts may be attached to the fork using P-Clamps.

This approach has certain drawbacks, though:

  • Putting the struts on the axle means you’ll have to deal with them every time you take out the front wheel to change a flat.
  • P-clamps are only some of the most stable options. Therefore you shouldn’t use them. Therefore, a fork with rack and fender mounts is the optimal choice.

Option 2: Handlebar baskets with quick-release clamps

Baskets with a quick-release mechanism may be attached to the stem or handlebars. Handlebar-mounting variants are compatible with both rigid and suspension mountain bikes.

However, a mountain bike with a treadless stem is not likely to be compatible with baskets that only attach to the stem.

Some baskets, like the one seen above, include a central pillar as an attachment point to the stem. Since the attachment’s clamp is made for thinner, longer quill stems, it cannot hold a current threadless stem.

Installing a Mountain Bike Rear Basket:

mountain bike rear basket

Additionally, baskets may be attached at the rear. The primary advantage of rear baskets over handlebar-mounted versions is that they have less impact on steering.

However, it is only possible to ride a bicycle with a filled back basket and have it alter how you handle it.

Attaching a Rear Basket to a Rigid and Hardtail Mountain Bike:

A rack is required to secure a back basket. The frame-mounted racks of most vintage mountain bikes already come with the appropriate eyelets. But many newer hardtails don’t have eyelets.

If that’s the case, your choices are as follows:

A rack that fastens to the frame’s seat stays

Clamps that fasten into the seat stays are included with certain varieties of rear racks. Hardtails without specific rack mounts won’t prevent you from using one of these racks.

A rack that is attached to the back wheel’s axle

In addition, there are versions of racks that connect to the rear wheel axle. Even bikes without rack eyelets may have similar racks mounted. Removing the back wheel will require dealing with the rack’s legs, which is inconvenient.

Holder for a seat post

Suspension bicycles allow for the attachment of racks to the seat post. They have a poor carrying capacity and shift the burden of carrying heavy loads to an unnaturally high position over the back tire. As a result, a rack that attaches to the bike’s frame is the preferred option.

Different MTB Baskets and Accessories

1. Front And Full Suspension:

You may use a dedicated bike rack with a basket or bag to transport your front or full-suspension bicycle. The Thule Pack ‘n Pedal rack can be attached to the fork legs, or the seat stays using ratchet straps, allowing you to put it in front or behind the bike without affecting the suspension.

If your handlebars are no more than 31.8mm in diameter, you may also be able to mount a basket on top of them. The Axiom model’s basket is removable from the handlebars, making it convenient to bring along while leaving a car at the supermarket.

It’s possible to attach some types of rear racks to the seat, making them very suitable for a wide range of bicycles, including those with front and back suspension. With this, you might secure a basket or bag to the rack.

2. Rigid:

Since a rigid bike has no suspension, you have a little more leeway regarding accessories like baskets and racks. You may attach a rack to the back of your bike to carry items like a basket or a bag. If you have disc brakes, a rear rack like the Topeak Explorer may be the best option. This one will work fine for mountain bikes with front suspension and disc brakes.

Stylish bike with the basket

All you need to act is attach a front basket like the Topeak Fixer to the handlebars of your bike, and you’re good to go. As long as the diameter of your handlebars is no more than 31.8 millimeters, this basket can work with your front or rear suspension mountain bike.

If your bike has the right eyelets, you may also put a basket with struts that connect to the front axle, like a Blackburn one. If your bike doesn’t have eyelets, you’ll need to find another means to attach the struts to the frame, such as using P-clamps.


As you will see, a basket may be easily added to your mountain bike. Some solutions will be a good fit for your Mountain Bike and the items you want to bring along for the ride.

I hope that you had fun exploring the many baskets and accessories available. Do share your thoughts, particularly if you’ve added a basket yourself. Share this post with your friends if they’d benefit from learning how to add a basket or luggage rack to their mountain bikes.

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