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Lots of room
Lots of room.
Accidental, but Serendipitous Purchase
In using three different models of these Topeak bags (with or without the expandable side bags) I have learned to either dedicate a particular bag to one bike type, or interchange a bag between a road and a mountain bike. I purchased a less expensive roadie right before purchasing this bag and have since learned that road bike frames are not designed to hold up very much weight, especially for cross country touring; hence the need for a "touring bike", of course. After dedicating this bag to the road bike I have alleviated those occurrences of imposing the weight of a bag on this bike with loaded expandable side bags. The top compartment and the two zippered side compartments are sufficient for packing small tools and supplies, or minor paperwork or notes to take to the bank or library; nothing more. This compatible arrangement turned out to be a blessing in disguise after I became accustomed to its design and designated its use properly to a more appropriate bike. No regrets now, after all!!
After the product was delivered I was disappointed to discover that it did not have the two expandable panniers (side bags) as are equipped on some other Topeak rear bags. However, this is what I get for assuming, so shame on me for not researching the product more despite the fact that the webpage did not necessarily declare nor disclose the absence of the expandable side bags. (Months later when ordering an EXP bag with expandable bags I had to email webmaster for precise descriptions of these bags so as not to repeat the same mistake.) But wait; later on the use of this product began to work out surprisingly well as explained in the Pros section of this review. Read on.
This same principle that I have adopted of dedicating different sized/styles of Topeak bags to appropriate styles of bikes will be reflected in the Review of the Topeak Trunk Bag EXP which has the expandable side bags.
Best trunk bag ever owned. Great construction, side pockets are perfect for tools, patch kit and such. Inner compartment holds lock, cable with room to spare. Sits low below set and does not protrude out from side of rack. One of the smallest of the series, but it holds what's needed for short trips. Another 10 for Topeak!
A bit drab....swapped out the black cinch down bungee cord for a yellow cord. The extra color adds a little detail.
Mod Bike, thanks for the great service....
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