Topeak QR Beam Rack Rack

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Designed for the tough world of mountain biking. The MTX is great for mountain bike touring with a full-suspension rig. It features a new universal deck design for mounting any one of our QuickTrack Trunk Bags.

User Reviews (32)

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nutricycling   Cross Country Rider [Mar 30, 2009]
Strength:

Strong and simple to use, well priced, does exactly what is needed of it.

Weakness:

None

At first the rack would sway a little, but really cranking the bolt with the provided shims soon fixed that. Similarly the quick release would rub my inside thigh, again simply setting the quick release lever to th3 2 o' clock position remedied that problem. I use the bar with the matching bag (with zip out side bags) and commute over 250km a week with about 10kg of load, it is excellent and at the price a real bargain. Before I bought this I was using a great tatonka X-vent backpack, but having the load off my back makes commuting so much more pleasurable.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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Knut   Weekend Warrior [Jun 16, 2003]
Strength:

kind of lightweight for such a thing, stiff(but only in itself)

Weakness:

rotates on the seatpost, allows only 12kg(though enough for short trips), ruins the suspension bearings

I used the thing for two 2-3day trips. First time I had only my sleeping bag on it, 2kg weight are ok with the thing, slight roations though. Second trip: 12kg(sb, tent,sidebags). Held the weight quite well, but it got loose every hour( plastic distance plates around the seatpost were shrinking)and it rotates while riding corners, standing up, leaning the bike on a wall... .
the trip also included root tracks and that was the end for my bearings, kind of. 12kg roating on your seatpost have a real bad effect on your riding and your frame.

Similar Products Used: 30 NZ$ dollar taiwan rack...but on a hardtail.
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Jon   Cross Country Rider [Jun 25, 2007]
Strength:

It works! I got it on closeout with the bag that slides into it for $50 2 years ago. Does exactly what it's supposed to.

Weakness:

I use it on a cross bike. Read: short exposed seat post. So, it rides a little high on this bike. Not a problem on my compact frame mtn. bike. That high on the bike, and your center of gravity is a little wacky for a while, and the big-ass clamp rubs your legs until you get used to it... Lose the quick release.

Replace the quick release right away with a bolt and a washer, and crank it down.
1. It's going to slow someone down from taking it. Commuters can't use quick release anything unless you want to carry it everywhere.
2. My rack does not move a fraction of an inch under daily use, 8 miles a day, five days a week, packed to at least 20 pounds.

No more sweaty back from a backpack when I get to work! (If only my laptop fit in the thing!)

Similar Products Used: Blackburn frame-mounted
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
KEITH SPANGLER   [Feb 08, 2006]
Strength:

LOOKS GOOD / MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR TRUNK BAG IS SMARTLY DESIGNED FOR EASY ON AND OFF / LOOK STURDY

Weakness:

RACK DRIFTS OFF CENTER DURING RIDING / QUICK RELEASE SYSTEM DOESN'T ALLOW FOR SECURE MOUNTING OF THE RACK TO THE SEAT POST WITH SHIMS.

WOULD RECOMMEND IF I CAN GET THE DRIFTING TO STOP WITH RUBBER SHIMS - WE'LL SEE.

Similar Products Used: NONE
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Roy Burnham   Racer [Feb 27, 2002]
Strength:

The Topeak QR Beam rack offers a great deal of flexiblity to the commuter in terms of the ablity to put the rack on and off. If you are going for a longer ride without the need for ther extra weight, the rack comes off easliy. The rack is fairly light and easy to use. The integrated straps work well. Overall quality is good.

Weakness:

The quick release mechanism tends to not hold the seat post as firmly in the 27.2 size. The use of the provided shims is required and impedes the removal/installation of the rack, almost negating the QR function. The rach also has no place to tie painiers that decend. I fabricated a bracket so I could use painiers. Capicity for weight is also a little low.

This is a good rack for commuting. I wouldn't use it for cross-country bike tours but I don't think that is it's market. The quick release could use improvement but overall, it's a solid performer.

Similar Products Used: Blackburn bolt on rack
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Scott   Weekend Warrior [Oct 09, 2003]
Strength:

nice looking design, light-weight, able to remove with little hassle, rubber bungee works great to hold down u-lock

Weakness:

swayed on seatpost, even with rubber shims supplied. a little bouncy over the curbs when weighted out.

My problem is that a conventional rack won't attach to my bike due to the cable disc brakes are in the way.

The best shim I've used is a sheet of rubber gasket material from the auto parts store. I'm anxious to get the quick release bag with the fold-out panniers (really nice!), but need to make sure the rack stays put so the pannier frames stay out of the spokes. I'll might consider getting the Topeak QR Basket.

Topeak would do well making a bolt-on version with a smaller post hole.

Similar Products Used: blackburn mtn rack
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Mike Syria   Cross Country Rider [Dec 19, 2001]
Strength:

Q/R is ok & rack bag slides on & off
Thats way I Bought it.

Weakness:

This is The 2nd rack I have used the first one crack at Q/R
on bottom At weld bead. I return the first one And received
a new one And now it has crack in the same spot.
I only pack xtra pants & socks light coat, so i know I am
not packing more 20#

piece of crap I would like to return it but I do not have sale slip.

Similar Products Used: bell rack Cheap and never cracked
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Gary White   Cross Country Rider [Jan 24, 2004]
Strength:

Very well made, good vfm, light, looks good, bungees and platform area just right, can use on my hardtail or full suspension bike. easy to fit

Weakness:

Not designed for Kona seat posts, which are 27.0mm. Using the shims supplied, it was impossible to get the mounting tight enough without over-stressing the bolts, hence to rack swings away from its centre position. I had to experiment with improvised shims (e.g. cut-offs from old inner tubes!)

(I have the non-QR version - two allen key bolts on a locking collar). A good idea but they need to sort out the locking collar and shim business - it's a struggle to set up on narrow seat posts.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
DAVE   Cross Country Rider [Feb 28, 2003]
Strength:

LOOKS NICE

Weakness:

THIS RACK WILL NOT HOLD TO SEAT POST. KEEPS ROTATING

THIS RACK IS A NICE LOOKING PIECE OF JUNK. SAVE YOUR MONEY

Similar Products Used: BOUGHT A TREK RACK AND IT WORKS GREAT.
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Craig   Weekend Warrior [Mar 20, 2001]
Strength:

Easily installed and removed. Works great with the matching bag.

Weakness:

Heavy. Expensive compared to convential racks.

I've been using the bag/rack combo to commute with and it's been great. The quick release feature of the bag makes it a snap to remove the bag. The rack did swing around a bit on me no matter how much it was tightned. The plastic spacers included to adjust for different seat post diameters are a very hard and smooth plastic that offer no friction to keep the rack from moving. I cut a piece of inner tube to go around the spacer between the clamp and seat post and this has completely stopped the rack from swinging. Great Product.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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