Topeak Top Rack
The MTX Rack has been designed to meet a fairly specific market. That is, carriage of a relatively light load (<15kg) with the minimum of fuss. I used to wear a small rucksack to carry a few essential spares and lunch - although not too onerous a task, the freedom now enjoyed by sliding a rack bag onto the MTX Rear Rack is wonderful.
It also doubles as a pretty effective rear mudguard, useful in the summer months when unexpected showers strike.
I opted for the QR version in the MTX. The QR mechanism is sturdy and effective. I have to offset the handle slightly to prevent my thigh from rubbing on the lever.
The rear light adapters are a good idea, but could be improved if they directly accepted the largest of brand lights. I have managed to fit my light, but it required some ingenuity.
Overall, an excellent product - I just wish now that the fitting plates found on the rack bags, were sold separately so that I could make quick sliding baskets and shelves for other uses.
13 June 2009
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.