ATS Hummingbird, RD/EX Hybrid and Expedition Hybrid racks were designed
to provide a unique opportunity to cyclists that combines the most
advanced designs, extremely low weight, superb fillet-brazed
craftsmanship and the highest levels of performance. Never before have
tubular chrome-moly steel racks been built to a standard even remotely
close to the level of craftsmanship and design of ATS touring racks.
I've always wanted to offer consumers a radical alternative to all of
the poorly designed, poorly executed racks that glut the market.
Consequently, I take a radically different approach to the design,
structural execution and the quality of finish in my racks. Today, all
ATS racks are designed and crafted in completely their own dimension.
To ensure the highest levels of performance, ATS racks are designed only
to be used in systems with RBD and ATS panniers, which have advanced
designs that contribute to much higher levels of pannier/rack stability
and performance. Other brands of panniers are simply not designed well.
The foundation of design and performance in ATS racks is in the
Hummingbird models. Introduced in 2003 and 2004, the Hummingbird
rack/pannier systems, featuring extremely rigid tubular chrome-moly
steel front mid-mount racks as lightweight as 8.75 ounces and rear racks
as low as 10.75 ounces, create superb strength-, rigidity- and
performance-to-weight ratios that have completely changed the standards
by which all racks may be measured. Their highly advanced designs have
set the tone for all ATS racks and have been the basis for the evolution
of design in all ATS racks during the past decade.
Currently ATS racks are built in three separate and unique design
groups, each one developed for very specific types of touring. The
extremely rigid Hummingbird models, with integrated single or dual
triangulation, are designed for ultra-lightweight touring, tandem
touring, all paved-road touring conditions and even, in specially
modified forms, for expedition-oriented touring. The very lightweight
and superbly rigid RD/EX Hybrid models, which incorporate integrated
dual triangulation struts in their design, were designed with general
road touring in mind, and as very high-performance expedition racks.
And the ATS Expedition Hybrid racks are exceptionally rigid racks, that
incorporate separate triangulation struts and that utilize the
ultra-stable integrated Pivotlock pannier mounting design in creating
the most advanced racks for extreme expedition touring. Within each
group there are several models of front and rear racks, with numerous
configurations of each model. As in all ATS products, each rack is
built to individual customer specifications, including many custom
options in lighting system designs, lighting wire routing, integrated
mounting systems, bracing struts and stays, and strap guides in addition
to custom options in powder coating, paint and chrome plating.