I have a hybrid style bike and its fits well to my bike. Looking at the way it can be adjusted I think it would be suitable for most people. Its very sturdy once fitted with no movement when going down big diverts in rubbish london roads. I also bought ortleib panniers to use on it and it takes them very well too. This product is also lightweight!
02 July 2010
Utility with little compromise
Firstly, while this rack looks bulky it is very light indeed. I wanted a rack to add some practicality and light-touring capability to my road/commuter bike (Giant Defy 3), so light weight was a priority as was the ability for panniers to be positioned further back (for foot clearance). It is obviously a quality product when you hold it in your hand, and the DX rail facility for Topeak rack bags is a plus (and doubles as a rear mudguard!).
I was worried that it would be difficult to fit, but the bendable attachments made navigating the rear brake assembly fairly easy on this particular bike.
I haven't put it through it's paces yet but see no reason why it shouldn't do the job.
One issue is that the 15mm allen bolts supplied didn't seem to accept the braze-ons on my bike, as they seemed slightly oversize. Instead of ruining the thread on my braze-ons I bought some 15mm (5mm width) hi-tensile screw-type bolts from the hardware store for $2 which worked perfectly.
12 November 2009
I am a commuter and do about 20 miles a day, mostly in all weathers. This rack sits on the back of my Van Nicholas Yukon and is a very good fit indeed. There are couple if titanium brackets that have to be bent to fit from the upper (on the picture its the upper left brackets with the holes in) brackets to the frame. These are fully adjustable to ensure the rack can be adjusted to level.
The rack itself is very lightweight and is one of those bits of kit that takes you by surprise when you pick it up as it looks much heavier than it actually is, it is of very substantial construction, just very light weight.
I went for the silver Topeak rack as I already had a Topeak RX Trunkbag with panniers which just slides onto the rack and clicks into place. When this isn't big enough I use a pair of Ortleib front panniers which just slot onto the top rail, It really couldn't be easier. The silver colour is a good match for the Van Nicholas titanium frame.
I'm no expert, but as the ad says... It does exactly what it says on the tin... and very well.
16 October 2009
easy to fit and very sturdy no rattling noise as you cycle. the topeak boxes just slide on or you can use the sprung clamp on other bags or boxes.
05 September 2016
Strong and versatile
Having done the Lands End to john O'Groats last year, with an old rack (it fell to pieces), this year for the West to East ride, I got this rack. It is stronger, and more solid, and will I know hold up to the weight of all my gear.
14 May 2016
Lovely and robust but a bit heavy
This is a strong rack ideal for touring if you are carrying more than 25kg. It is good quality I decided to go for a lighter rack for my daily commute.
08 May 2016
Great pannier rack
Was a bit fiddly to fit solo, I'd definitely recommend a second pair of hands. So far so good with this rack. Its very sturdy and i can see it lasting a long time. My Altura Panniers fit perfectly to it. I'll never cycle with a rucksack again!
26 April 2016
Simple & fuss free
I needed to add extra load capacity and decided a rack & pannier were the way to go. Topeak items I've used in the past have never let me down so when I found this rack at a reasonable price it was a simple decision. Fitting was fairly straight forward to my Trek FX hybrid (all the necessary mounts were on the frame), it was just a case of figuring out which bolt holes to use as the mounting arms have plenty of scope for adjustment. Now it's on it is solid & hasn't added a noticeable weight to the bike. The mudguard design is more of a splash guard, but does a fairly decent job of keeping the worst of the muck off. Using it with non-Topeak quick fit panniers probably means it's fiddlier putting them on/off but as we already owned a set of Altura ones getting the matching panniers seemed an unnecessary buy.
09 January 2016
A versatile rack
Easy to fit and able to accept most panniers etc. used to commuting and touring.
23 November 2015
good quality little on the heavy side. Oh 'with springs' means what it says...like the traditional rack with wedge spring.
23 August 2015
Very sturdy solid pannier rails
Very sturdy easy to install.
I've used these on a bike tour now with Heavy loads and no problems. I use it daily with the Topeak bag that is designed to fit on the top. I'm not quite sure what the little spring loaded contraption is for but I'm sure I'll find out in due course.
05 August 2015
Strong and sturdy
Really easy to fit and will make a difference as I will no longer have to carry a backpack but can load up my panniers on my new rack!
23 June 2015
Easy to fit and robust
First time using panniers so needed an easy to fit carrier that would manage Ortleib bags. All straightforward with the usual excellent Wiggle service.
27 May 2015
Good solid well made product!
Got this to use on a cross bike to carry all our cycle training kit.
Takes two Ortlieb panniers and the topeak slide on bag at the same time, so a really versatile rack.
The aluminium brackets had to be bent and twisted very carefully to fit the frame lugs, but once tweeked a few times and screwed up tight it is solid.
08 April 2015
Does the job!
Product is lightweight but strong. Very easy to fit and does the job well. Only slight issue is the hole for attaching a rear light requires a slightly different fitting than the normal one used for seat posts.
16 February 2015
This Rack has lasted me well for a number of months in almost constant use. Easy to fit and quite robust.
10 February 2015
A Useful rack
I needed to carry panniers which protrude above the rail to which they attach. This meant that these looked ideal as they have a flat rack for a rack bag but also allow you to hang panniers from the lower rail.
Being aluminium I assumed that thesy would be very light, in fact they were quite a bit heavier than the steel Tubus rack it replaced.
The quality and strength were godd but the Tubus was just a class better, however this was reflected in the price.
This rack is good and certainly does the job and is a reasonable price.
10 October 2014
Out of the box, this rack felt sturdy and solid. I wasn't sure about twisting the metal bars to get them to fit, but once in place, this rack feels strong and won't budge.
I haven't had the rack for a long time, but it feels like a product that will last, and does not flex even with fully loaded panniers. And at a cheaper price than the high-end brands too.
12 August 2014
good solid rack
A good solid rack that feels strong and robust. It was easy to fit. My ortleib panniers fit on it very well although they do sometimes catch on the top rack (a very minor issue).
14 May 2014
Really good fit and reliable rack
It is really good rack, I cycled across France with mine and it fitted my Giant road bike perfectly, but also my mountain bike and is really useful when cycling around town. The only point I would say is it quite heavy, but It is so strong and worth using when transport your life for over week!
18 February 2014
This is a rugged rack that comfortably fits the road bike because of the bendable mounting bracket. It was very simple to fit and the instructions were very clear. Not the lightest of racks by any means but great for a commuting bike.
13 February 2014
Ideal for Trek 7.6
Needed a rack for commuting and a planned trip to the coast and this rack fits the bill.
I paired it with deuter side panniers and a Topeak 12ltr rackbag, giving 52 ltrs.
So far so good no rattles and easy to fit (4 bolts) I did not have to bend the front stays as some have said.
05 February 2014
Hard to fit
The good points of this rack are that it is solidly made, and once fitted feels and looks good on the bike.
However, fitting the "bendable" rail around the rear brake on my bike (Omega Audax) was really hard, and now looks unsightly due to the huge bend I had to put in it. My previous rack (Tortec Ultralite) fitted first time, and no bending required.
Also, the main reason for buying this rack was to use the special fitting system with a DX Trunk Bag. While this is really good for connecting and removing the bag quickly, the mount on the rack is not a very tight fit meaning the bag constantly rattles inside it when in use, which can become very irritating. Given these problems, I wouldn't buy one again.
13 January 2014
Good solid rack
Wanted a rack and bag to avoid using a backpack. Use it for energy drink, multi-tool, puncture repair outfit etc on hybrid bike. Maybe not the 'coolest' design - my wife has one of those clamp on seat post Topeak racks. Topeak system for fitting bags to rack is really good. Spring clip on this model is good for holding things like a newspaper on way back from shop!
09 December 2013
A real must if you want to get away from a back pack. Easy to install and feels strong once on the bike. The only problem I had was the bar which attaches to under the seat I found I had to bend to fit because the back brake caliper.
08 December 2013
excellent rack for money strong looks nice on bike.done a bit of weekend touring tent roll mate etc etc no problems so far.just fitting you seem to have to bend the two silver bars which connect rack to bike but soon sorted
29 September 2013
Does the job at a great price
Fitted to a hardtail mountain bike no problem. Reasonably light and strong. Paint does come off easily.
05 September 2013
Does the job...
Basically, as described. Not pretty, but how many racks are? Good point is that the attachments bend easily, necessary due to the positioning of the attachment points on the bike.
20 August 2013
Flexible fitting, sturdy performance
Bought this for commuting, and it's been good - you have to be happy bending the struts to make it fit your bike, but once bolted on it's very sturdy.
Not the prettiest thing in the world, but then it is a pannier rack...
05 August 2013
This rack was really easy to fit and adjust into the right position, despite my bike being of an age that it doesn't have seat stay fixings, so I had to use p-clips.
My existing Altura pannier bags fit the rack without any problems, as well as my Cateye rear light on the bracket at the back of the rack.
The spring feature is useful for keeping bag loose straps, etc. in place.
In general, the rack feels very sturdy, it is not too heavy, and has been a very good buy.
20 July 2013
I'm afraid that this will not fit a bike that does not have pannier mounting points on the frame. If you're bike is a carbon frame we would not recommend fitting a pannier to it as it can twist and damage the frame.
You can purchase kits to fit pannier racks to bike without mounting points. I have put links below to the parts you need.
Unfortunately you would not be able to fit this rack to your bike. There are adaptors available for use with the Tubus pannier systems which you could use to fit a pannier to your bike Please see the links below:
I have a small ladies merida crossway with 700 wheels so the distance between the rack and frame lugs is larger than usual, around 30 cm. I'm trying to find a rack that will fit so any suggestions gratefully appreciated. Thanks
The genesis CDF has the brake caliper mounted on the seat stay, and so you will need the disk version of this rack - https://www.wiggle.co.uk/topeak-super-tourist-dx-fdisc-rear-rack/ which basically has a wider stance to avoid the brake caliper. If you have chainstay mounted brake caliper (i.e. fitted within the frame) you can use this non-disc version as they are out of the way.
I have a 2011 Specialized Allez but don't have any frame lugs for attaching a rack. I'm aware of several fixing methods for the top part, but does the lower section assemble to the axle? If so, do I need a new, longer skewer?
The standard way to fit this would be using the rack/mudguard lugs at the rear dropout (if you have any) using bolts (supplied with rack). It does not fit to the axle and your frame would need these small eyelets at the rear.
You can see the bolts on the attached photo. (top bolts are for the rack, bottom bolts are my mudguards.
I was puzzled by this too. I chose springs. Its just a spring-loaded arm in the traditional style for securing light loads. The only downside, if there is one is that it makes the rack appear a little bulkier.
I don't see the difference in the mounting plate between the Topeak Super Tourist DX rack and the Topeak BabySitter rack, and I don't want to buy a new rack with the baby seat if it's not necessary (nor to do I see why Topeak wouldn't use a universal mount for bags, seats, etc).