Reviews of Topeak MTX Super Tourist DX Rack with Side Bar for Side Pannier

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StarStarStarStarStar Good rack, great value

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: somewhat low

Pros

Well priced
Good quality
Lightweight
Full set of hardware

Cons

Required adjustment to mount over brake calipers

StarStarStarStarStar Solid Rack

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Easy to mount. I like the side rails as they keep panniers more stable,

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

Modern Bike is always easy to deal with.

StarStarStarStarStar Great bike rack

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

I bike commute two to three thousand miles per year and this is the best bike rack that I have ever used. I researched many different bike racks before ultimately deciding to purchase the "Topeak MTX Super Tourist DX Rack with Side Bar for Side Pannier". I like how the:
- Rectangular bars provide more support for panniers
- Rectangular bars let you position the pannier further back, reducing the possibility of striking the pannier while pedaling
- Secondary horizontal side bar lets you place the panniers slightly lower thus they exert less leverage on the bike (i.e., less prone to tip over)
- MTX rack system works well.
- Rack has a mount point for a rear tail light
- Simple fool proof installation.
- Lack of spring clamp: Yes, the absence of a spring clamp is good. I thought about getting a rack with a spring/rat trap clamp but decided against it. I didn't want the clamp rattling every time I rode and I thought that it would get in the way when I really wanted to load up the rack.

Cons

- No locking option a la the Blackburn Interlock rear rack. However, in almost every other respect, this Topeak rack is far superior to the Blackburn Interlock rear rack.

Other Thoughts

I use this rack with the following devices:
- Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Panniers
- Topeak MTX Trunk Bag EXP Rack Trunk

I can use both the panniers and the trunk bag at the same with this rack.

StarStarStarStarStar My wife now has a nice rack

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Nice looking,fits and looks great!

Cons

None

StarStarStarStarStar Topeak super tourist DX rack

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Nice quality, easy to install, very secure.

Cons

None.

Other Thoughts

The matching rack and slide on bag from Topeak are great.

StarStarStarStarStar Excellent Rack, Excellent Vendor, Excellent Price, Excellent Shipping (time)

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

This is an EXCELLENT rack at a great price. The shipping was fast, three days to Melrose, MA. The extra rail around the top is great for multi-point anchoring of bungee cords. The spring clip on top makes for speedy and secure transport of small, light objects; i.e. sweater, rain jacket, book, etc. Very sturdy, yet very light. Spend the extra few bucks to get the spring AND rail around the top. Beautiful pairing with the Topeak MTX Trunk Bag DXP; quick attachment & removal, and MUCH better support for the panniers (side bags). I absolutely love it!

Cons

The only things to be aware of, that I would change to make it better are:
1. I would make the mounting holes on the lower attaching bracket a little bigger; for some reason, the standard size bolt that I used was too big, I had to reem (he said reem) it out just a small bit to allow the bolt to pass through without any resistance and to be able to turn without catching.
2. I would make the steel mounting brackets included with the rack out of a slightly thinner steel, a bit easier to manipulate and shape to conform to your bike and preferred mounting locations. For example, I have a full suspension bike, and I had to bend the brackets 90 degrees in order to attach them to my frame, and it was somewhat of a bits (sic) to bend them. I suppose heating them up with a torch would ease the shaping, but that may black up the nice shiny stainless steel, and who has a torch handy in their house, and who wants to go to that much trouble to mount this rack. Anyway, the brackets only hold the rack from moving back and forth, they don't actually support any downward weight of the rack and load, and the brackets can afford to be a bit more flexible without sacrificing any structural integrity (strength) of the rack and mounting system.
3. This probably has more to do with the bag, rather than the rack, but I'll add it anyway, so potential buyers can be aware; I have a small under seat accessory pouch that I keep jam packed full of repair tools. It's pretty solid when everything is packed in there. When I attach the Topeak bag to the rack, and push it forward to latch, the front of the bag hits the under seat pouch and presents a bit of constant pressure on it while riding, so when I hit a bump, the bag actually unlatches from the rack. It hasn't actually fallen fully off of the bike yet, as I mounted it with a slight forward lean as recommended by Topeak, but that possibility does exist. To eliminate this, Topeak can and should make the latch a little bit longer, so it has to travel further down to unlatch, and would not come undone going over bumps.
But, my overall rating for this rack is just short of perfect. With the above modifications, that is what it would be, and that is why I have given it 4 stars instead of 5.

StarStarStarStarStar Excellent Rack, Excellent Vendor, Excellent Price, Excellent Shipping (time)

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

This is an EXCELLENT rack at a great price. The shipping was fast, three days to Melrose, MA. The extra rail around the top is great for multi-point anchoring of bungee cords. The spring clip on top makes for speedy and secure transport of small, light objects; i.e. sweater, rain jacket, book, etc. Very sturdy, yet very light. Spend the extra few bucks to get the spring AND rail around the top. Beautiful pairing with the Topeak Explorer DXP bag; quick attachment & removal, and MUCH better support for the panniers (side bags). I absolutely love it!

Cons

The only things to be aware of, that I would change to make it better are:
1. I would make the mounting holes on the lower attaching bracket a little bigger; for some reason, the standard size bolt that I used was too big, I had to reem (he said reem) it out just a small bit to allow the bolt to pass through without any resistance and to be able to turn without catching.
2. I would make the steel mounting brackets included with the rack out of a slightly thinner steel, a bit easier to manipulate and shape to conform to your bike and preferred mounting locations. For example, I have a full suspension bike, and I had to bend the brackets 90 degrees in order to attach them to my frame, and it was somewhat of a bits (sic) to bend them. I suppose heating them up with a torch would ease the shaping, but that may black up the nice shiny stainless steel, and who has a torch handy in their house, and who wants to go to that much trouble to mount this rack. Anyway, the brackets only hold the rack from moving back and forth, they don't actually support any downward weight of the rack and load, and the brackets can afford to be a bit more flexible without sacrificing any structural integrity (strength) of the rack and mounting system.
3. This probably has more to do with the bag, rather than the rack, but I'll add it anyway, so potential buyers can be aware; I have a small under seat accessory pouch that I keep jam packed full of repair tools. It's pretty solid when everything is packed in there. When I attach the Topeak bag to the rack, and push it forward to latch, the front of the bag hits the under seat pouch and presents a bit of constant pressure on it while riding, so when I hit a bump, the bag actually unlatches from the rack. It hasn't actually fallen fully off of the bike yet, as I mounted it with a slight forward lean as recommended by Topeak, but that possibility does exist. To eliminate this, Topeak can and should make the latch a little bit longer, so it has to travel further down to unlatch, and would not come undone going over bumps.
But, my overall rating for this rack is just short of perfect. With the above modifications, that is what it would be, and that is why I have given it 4 stars instead of 5.

StarStarStarStarStar Easy to install rack

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Installed with no adjustments to bike frame at all, fit perfectly.

Cons

None.

StarStarStarStarStar nice rack

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Ownership: a few months

Pros

good quality strong and light weight

Cons

recommend some type of locking device while bag is installed

StarStarStarStarStar my 3rd one - great rack

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

great by itself - fits perfectly on my Surly Disc Truckers
pair it with an MTX trunk bag and you can still use your panniers

StarStarStarStarStar Love this Rack

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Ownership: two months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Easy to install after reading directions carefully. Panniers fit beautifully along side my Topeak rack bag. Makes it very easy to clip on and off any panniers.

Cons

One screw and washer came undone and was lost but rack stayed in place.

Other Thoughts

Very well designed to hold any saddle bags for self contained bike travel. Makes loading and unloading a cinch.

StarStarStarStarStar Easy to Install; Looks Great and Performs!

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

1. The Topeak MTX Super Tourist DX was easy to install on my wife's Trek 520 Touring bike.
2. The paint covers all the metal pretty well so our hopes are that it will hold up to weekend use.
3. We have put a trunk on the rack and it was easy to strap on. The rack is solid with this light load.
4. The pannier bars go back a bit so it will most likely keep the panniers far enough back for peddle-free operation.
5. Price a great for the construction quality.

Cons

Don't have any in mind at this point.

Other Thoughts

I compared to many other manufacturers and for the price, I could not find a better rack for the weekend or long haul touring cyclist.

StarStarStarStarStar Great rack! ;)

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Ownership: more than a year

Pros

Bomb proof
Low mounting position
Light mount
Good paint

Cons

It is heavier than other options...

Other Thoughts

I've done two week long fully loaded tours with this rack and have had zero issues. If you want one less thing to worry about at the cost of a few ounces this is a great choice!

StarStarStarStarStar Love this thing

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Very solid- I have been able to install this, then go on a three week tour without giving it any attention. It has been able to carry two panniers loaded with food, clothes, and tools, as well as a tent, tarp, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, and pillow, on top of that. The lower pannier bars allowed all the camping gear to rest on top of the rack without putting too much load on the panniers, which would've likely caused some damage.

Cons

None discovered. Was able to easily bend the metal supports to avoid conflict with my brake calipers and cables.

Other Thoughts

Love this thing- solid enough for me to not think about it, and enjoy the open road.

StarStarStarStarStar Excellent and sturdy rack!

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

lightweight
non reflective/matte like finish
easy to install
no spring/moving parts that could break

Cons

can't think of any

Other Thoughts

I love this rack. Got it for my mountain bike which I have effectively turned into a hybrid/city bike. I have attached a milk crate using Nite Ize 18" gear ties, they work perfectly, and I can take the rack on/off quickly when needed. I have carried very heavy loads on this rack, I've gone grocery shopping plenty of times, way more convenient than having to take the car.

I've dropped my bike a few time and the rack got a little scratched up, but this thing can take a beating, it's very lightweight aluminum, I was shocked when it arrived, but don't underestimate it's strength and durability.

Modern Bike comment

There are Topeak baskets available with the MTX QuickTrack system. The Trolley Tote is a neat one. It is kind of like a quick-release, collapsible milk crate with wheels and a telescopic grip.

StarStarStarStarStar Convenient Rack w/ MTX and Pannier Access

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Ownership: two months
Tech Knowledge: average

I specifically got this rack because I can use the MTX slider locking part on top for my MTX-specific bag, and still attach panniers on the sides. The problem that I had with other racks was that I could only do one or the other. This gives me the flexibility to use both.

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