Does what it says and does it very well.
When used on a road bike I snapped the adjustable Al, tab and used a nut and bolt. That way the tab doesn't keep hitting my leg
28 June 2010
Does a job for bikes unable to fit proper pannier racks. Easy to fit.
21 June 2010
Added this to my wife's bike so that she can carry some of our stuff whilst I have a child seat on my bike. It works well and the quick release is secure, but you have to make sure it's tight to stop the rack from slipping. I was surprised by the weight of the rack when I got it, but it needs to be substantial to be able to carry . I have fitted the side frames and Ortleib back roller classic panniers to complete to setup.
15 June 2010
Topeak QR Beam MTX Rear Rack
I bought this rack to fit on my Trek Fuel EX8 for the South Downs Way.
Normally I'd have used a rucksack but as I was doing this trip with my girlfriend I ended up as the pack mule and didn't fancy three days riding with a heavy rucksack.
At first I was a bit apprehensive and worried that the panniers would twist into the rear wheel as I rattled downhill. There was no need to worry at all as the beam rack was rock solid and only moved a few millimetres when I lent the bike against a wall. As my confidence in the rack increased I even did a couple of steep drop-off's at the side of the trail - still no movement.
If your using it with the pannier side frames make sure its clamped high enough on the seat post to prevent it bottoming out on the rear calliper - ouch!
Overall a great bit of kit, although I've not got over the shame of putting panniers on my full bounce bike!
15 April 2010
Changed my life!!...
...well, the bits when I'm commuting on my bike are much, much better. I've been commuting on a dualie for years and had never considered a bike rack for obvious reasons. A trusty backpack was all I thought I needed, but recently, by the time I'd packed food, a change of clothes, a towel and few other things, my (large) pack was stuffed and way too heavy for a comfortable ride. When I saw the Topeak Beam Rack I had to pay attention - a rack that I could use on my dualie? Hmmm.
I am so impressed with this simple and strong rack that I'm not sure how I managed without it before. I bought the MTX TrunkBag DX to go on the rack and they're a perfect pair; the trunk bag fits all my clothes and most of my food - sometimes I don't even need the backpack.
The whole system works really quickly and cleanly - the rack clamps the seatpost with a beefy quick-release and the TrunkBag snaps into place with a satisfying 'click'.
If your pack's starting to weigh you down and you're getting over arriving places with a sweaty back do yourself a favour and get this rack. You won't be disappointed.
20 October 2009
I bought the MTX BeamRack for my road bike as I'd spent quite a lot of money on the DXP bag for my hybrid and normal Topeak panniers would not fit.
The beam is easy to install and clamps to the seat post. I went for the V type as I had a large bike, so it sites just above the wheel.
Downside is that the clamp can rub on the inside of the lef, depending on seat height, and the bag, once clicked into place sits right against the seat.
09 May 2016
Excellent rack for use on my road bike
Got this for a small tour I was doing with the Topeak bag. I now use it almost every day on my commute and it has been absolutely fine. Only criticism is that the qr bolt is large and can let sometimes rubs when cycling.
Would recommend though for light weight touring and commutes.
01 May 2016
Great for shopping and the monday commute!
I bought this to fit to my road bike to take stuff to work on a monday for the rest of the week. Is a great fit and very stable. Perfect choice if you dont want a full rack and pannier set up. Is quite heavy but I'm sure i've got fitter because of it. One point to note is that when climing out of the saddle can be a bit wobbly, but you get used to it quickly. Top product.
15 March 2016
Good rack combinwith side parts and MTX trunk bag
Good rack, A type selected. I had the flat type but could not lift it high enough to stop the rear wheel on my Giant Anthem hitting it. This got worse when I fitted a dropper set post and had less height available to lift it up the seat post. The A type solved these problems.
I use it for commuting to work.
Only con is the rubber band does not last, possibly the NZ sun.
22 February 2016
Much lighter than it looks as well. Also bought the DeFender (from elsewhere) for extra splash protection.
21 February 2016
very good rack with topeak trunk fit perfectly easy to use and fit
10 January 2016
Enkel och rejäl och samtidigt väldigt lätt utföran
En mycket stabil och lätt pakethållare och samtidigt perfekt med topeak väskan som man skjuter i skenan på pakethållaren. Rekommenderar denna produkt och samtidigt måste jag berömma wiggle för denna fantastiska leverans till Sverige. Snabbt och enkelt
06 January 2016
I got the A-type for my teeny tiny framed bikes :)
So great to be able to use on all my bikes and so far I haven't lost the rubber pads!
Easy to attach to the bike and put your bag on although I did buy an extra bungy with hooks.
Only mark down is I can't quite get the clamp positioned right so my inner thigh doesn't touch it - although this probably won't be a problem for some of you :) but it doesn't bother me too much and hasn't rubbed my shorts.
01 December 2015
Useful addition to my multi day mountain bike trip
Very sturdy and easy to use, a reasonable amount of adjustability.
Apart from the extra weight on the rear it was not too noticeable.
14 November 2015
Decent enough item, but a little unclear on which one i needed for a 16 inch MTB frame. Luckily, they have a free returns policy to allow for mistakes.
The frame is well made and perfect if you have the matching Topeak bag that attaches to the rails. Highly recommended.
07 October 2015
Exactly what I expected and just the bees nees!!
Top marks for delivery time.
16 August 2015
Well made and secure
Fits my seat stem well and is very rigid. Appears to be well made and hopefully durable
05 July 2015
Easy to fit and sturdy - just be careful of clips
I bought this product for a long distance, multi-day ride and it worked really well.
I also bought the MTX rack bag and the fitting mechanism was great. It slides on instantly so none of the faffing with bungee cords etc.
Fitting the rack was easy but can be slightly more tricky if you have a thicker seat post. The only problem I found with the product was that when my legs went back as I was pedalling my thigh rubbed the quick release catch. This isn't a problem for a few hours but I started to get some soreness after 12hrs riding.
01 July 2015
Robust and quick and easy to fit
Robust rack fit meant which takes less than a minute to fit the first time. With the top rack bag it makes an great way for carrying small luggage and tools for day trips or short trips for a few days.
11 May 2015
Used this rack on the south downs ride last summer and had no issues with it, rock solid all the way even down fast rough tracks.
26 April 2015
Excellent piece of kit, light yet very sturdy
Having viewed lots of other brands of racks we chose the Topeak QR Beam Rack - MTX mainly because of the positive reviews I'm so glad we did. They are very light and yet so rigid and strong. Lots of anchor points with a good bungy (although I may add another to go laterally). Very easy to attach to the seatpost in seconds. The most amazing thing about this purchase is that we live in New Zealand, we ordered them @9am Friday morning and they arrived 11am Tuesday morning! Surely THE BEST service anyone has ever had! 12,500 miles in 2 working days! Thanks Wiggle, you've done it again
24 April 2015
Been looking for a carrier that was suitable for a mountain bike - quick release. A mate had one of these on his road bike - was really impressed so decided to get one. Works well!
09 February 2015
Quality beam rack
Well made, attractive. Can provide a mudguard function. Quite nickable. Not consistent with a anything but the smallest saddlebag.
26 January 2015
Easy to attach and stable
Rack is a bit more expensive than others but it attaches easily and stays in place. I have only used it for a week now but I am happy with purchase. I hope to cycle off into the hills soon and it swaps from one bike to another cyclo cross to mtb.
03 November 2014
Good first impressions ...
This seems good and strong, and the QR mechanism is genuinely quick. It looks smart on the bike and is reasonably light. For a bike with 26 inch wheels (old-fashioned mountain bike size, not 650B or 29er) you will probably want the version of this which slopes down from the seatpost (V type), so that you can mount a light under the saddle and not have it obscured by your bag.
26 October 2014
I bought this so I could take my road bike to work without having to wear a rucksack.
Although it looks a bit odd, it does the job perfectly!
30 June 2014
Got V-type one for my cyclocross bicycle Boardman CX Team, it does its job perfectly. I don't put really heavy stuff on it, I've bought it for bulky but lightweight stuff, like sleeping bag(s), tent, and things like that.
It doesn't slip to any direction and fits great.
Very fast to put it on and off, and I put it on only when it's needed (usually I ride without it), but when I need it, it is done quite quickly.
The band included isn't quite large, so, it I need to carry really bulky stuff, I use other larger band. But it's enough for little sleeping bag for sure.
27 June 2014
Great lightweight rack
very good rack. Had the more expensive one and the plastic bar that holds the bag in place broke. This rack is aluminium and much lighter that my old one. Grest rack
06 March 2014
Great product - well worth it.
I have the E-type version fitted to a full-suspension MTB, on which I do around 2500 miles a year commuting with fairly heavily laden panniers. After about 4-5 years of riding on the UK's typical zero-maintenance roads the hinge pin is starting to get slack so the rack moves a bit. However, I'm more than happy to buy another to replace it if it'll last another 4-5 years! I use the same bike off-road, but although the rack is secure I found that because the weight is of necessity high and back there's a feeling of the back end of the bike wagging around. The rack just gets taken off in 5 seconds, the bike is an MTB again, and I wear a backpack!
One tip - grease the QR screw to stop it rusting...
13 February 2014
Easy to fit
Fits perfectly to a Medium frame.Not cheap, but works extremely well without issue
10 January 2014
Hi there. i will be buying one of these racks in the next couple of days for JOGLE ride this summer. i have a Moser road bike (bought on wiggle 2 months ago), frame size 50-51. Which of the following types would you recommend for my bike?
Would be good to select the right on from the first try, as do not have much time to be sending and exchanging the product back and forth. Appreciate your help Best regards Mariya
I have a small frame and conventional pannier racks require long extension arms to reach the lugs on the frame. I'm looking for an alternative that fits my bike with the seat relatively close to the top of the seat post. I can raise it a bit but as I'm just getting back into cycling I'm being extra cautious.
I can confirm that the QR clamp will require at least 65 mm of seatpost to be exposed. The A-Type will likely be the most suitable option as this raised the height of the rack by approximately 3 inches over the standard E-Type model.
I also wondered this, but opted for the Altura Orkney 34 Universal Panniers and they fit just fine. I cant see anything to suggest that any other type of pannier wouldn't fit, so long as they have their own clip system. Off topic, but if you are planning on using panniers with this you will need to buy the side frame attachments as this is not included.
I have seen the three styles of this rack (A, E and V) advertised elsewhere with different discriptions. Here in general they are stated that A - Small, E - Medium, V - Larger frames. This is in contradiction to the description stated on wiggle which is that V-type is more suitable to smaller framed bikes. This is from both online retailers and local shops in person.
It makes more sense to me that the V-type, having a downward bend would be more suitable to larger frames where the distance between the top of the wheel and available seatpost to clamp the rack onto is larger. This would allow any luggage to sit with a lower centre of gravity without interfering witht the wheel. However with smaller frames there is less clearance space and so a rack without a drop must be used, which means the use of a E or A-type rack. In my mind using the V-type with the drop angle would risk the rack coming into contact with the rear wheel, particularly on full suspension setups. To me this is much more logical.
So, to clarify, would you still suggest the V-type for smaller frames?
I bought the "V" type rack for my 20" frame hardtail MTB and the rack sits parallel about 8 cm above the rear wheel, (26"). I Googled as many images of the rack as I could find and compared the rake (?) of the seat post in the pics against my bike. As the angle seemed right I took the plunge and it worked out well. Not sure if all bike seat posts are the same angle. Refer to pic.