Reviews of Topeak MTX Rear Basket

Topeak

your price $44.95

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StarStarStarStarStar Great Product

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Easy on and off with the Topeak Rack (necessary). I use if for my small pet 10-12 pounds.....just attach a short leash to the bottom, add small cushion to the bottom and a noodle around the top edge for comfort.

Cons

none

StarStarStarStarStar Fit the rack perfectly.

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Fit the rack perfectly. Used for carrying a small cooler on casual rides.
I removed the handle as I don't plan on using it as a shopping basket.

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

I think this was a great price for this item. Shipping was fast and item was not damaged.

StarStarStarStarStar Nice rack accessory

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Ownership: one year
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Quick and easy to use.

Other Thoughts

I own 4 separate systems for carrying items including a Bob trailer. This basket has a niche well filled in my arsenal. It is my aim to leave the car parked as much as possible. The basket serves that purpose well.

StarStarStarStarStar Sleek Agronomic

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Easy to install and slide it in and it clicks into place. The finish is of good quality, the basket nylon cargo stretchy net with thought out hooks is an option, it was made for this basket, a great add on, it helps keep my stuff in the basket when hitting bumps, the basket handle is amazing, it helps avoid the clunky shopping cart, for a quick shopping adventure in a busy store. It has a weight capacity of only 16 lbs. So, just imagine only 4 : 4lb bags of sugar. That isn't much. I have exceeded that weight restriction without any failure.

Cons

The slide on the bracket is plastic, with high quality screws, they haven't rusted, they must be stainless steel, I am not sure of the plastic braces that hold the basket to the slider on the track, however, not sure how they will hold up over time, You think a better material would of been used. Plastic tends to cracking over time from stress and weathering. Time will tell. But, I was surprised at how wobbly it seems when on the bicycle Topeka metal rack. It is not a snug fit but a secure fit with confidence it will never fall off. I had over weight items in the basket, hitting many bumps on and off the 6 mile sidewalk trek. I called Topeak customer service and they were rude, not welcoming about this product, the dude must of been having a bad day. They are based in MA. But, overall I am happy with this purchase. Modern bike has great customer service. 5 Stars.

Other Thoughts

I would recommend this product with the optional nylon cargo net. You just would love it.

StarStarStarStarStar Topeak Rear Basket

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Ownership: a few weeks
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Combined the basket with the cargo net, and it works great as a universal hauler. Also have bags on my bike, so the basket is for more quick access to things.

Cons

No idea why Topeak builds the connection they way they do, as it sat up under my seat, so that I sat almost half way into the basket. I have my seat up pretty high, and it still didn't clear.

Other Thoughts

I built my own connection base and used the quick release that came with it, to continue to use the track and release system. I moved the basket back about 5 inches, which moved it back to actually fit flush in the back with my rack. This also gave me the clearance for it from my seat. Just have no idea whom Topeak thinks can fit the basket on a rack the way they designed it.

StarStarStarStarStar Convenient, but with some flaws

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

1. It's removable from the rack for when it's not needed.
2. It's a nice large size.
3. You can tie things in or clip a cargo net around it easily due to the top edges.
4. Sits stable on the rack and can hold quite a lot of weight.
5. Convenient location on the back of the bike.

Cons

1. Handle bent immediately.
2. Handle doesn't fasten down, therefore, it bounces around and hits your butt.
3. Handle is totally uncomfortable to hold with a full basket.
3. Basket is too large and bulky to carry off the bike comfortably (especially with the awful handle).
4. Basket does not sit off the bike on any surface flat or completely stable due to the fastener on the bottom.
5. Takes some practice to slide on and off the rack (somewhat difficult).

Other Thoughts

Despite its flaws, it's still convenient, but I wouldn't pay more than $30-40 for it.

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