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Topeak rack final decision


Hi, Does anyone have experience with either of these two Topeak UNI racks?


https://www.topeak.com/global/en/products/mtb-&-700c-touring-racks/834-uni-super-tourist-(disc)


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https://www.topeak.com/global/en/products/mtb-&-700c-touring-racks/835-uni-explorer-(disc)


I'm looking for the functional differences between the racks (as I can't see much difference between them other than the rear bar). I'm also looking for which one might work best with the Topeak MTX trunk bag DXP.


https://www.topeak.com/global/en/products/rear-rack-bags/122-mtx-trunkbag-dxp


It's for a hybrid bike, http://www.bikes.com/en/bikes/whistler/2015 (must select Whistler 70 once on the site)

Also, For anyone who has the above racks, Can you get the measurement of the distance between the mounts? This distance.. https://www.screencast.com/t/hAjvlX6S

Also, For anyone who has the above racks, Can you get the measurement of the distance between the mounts? This distance.. https://www.screencast.com/t/hAjvlX6S

Thanks!
 

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Just looking at them I would reckon that the bottom one has a bigger loop in the rearmost side strut to give better side support for panniers. So if you plan to run your pack with the side bags extended most of the time, it might be a good choice. If not, then either one should be fine. (assuming they are MTX compatible, of course, and it does look as though they have the slide mount plate up top)
 

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Used to be the main difference was that on the super tourist, the rails for panniers were slightly dropped so you could mount a trunk bag and panniers at the same time. Looking at the links you provided, it appears they re-designed the super tourist.

I have a non-disc version of the explorer and like it. Have it mounted on a disc brake Marin Nicasio and it works just fine - no clearance problems. You don't always need a disc brake version of a rack on a disc brake bike. Disc brake specific racks are wider/more spread out, so the bike will handle a bit different.
 

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Old thread, I know, but I also have the non-disc version of the Explorer on my disc-brake Specialized Rockhopper Comp 2017. Since the frame has mounting point for racks on both the dropouts and the stays, I didn't need the "disc" version. The rack has been great and trouble free. It was easy to mount. I run smaller panniers, and they fit perfectly - Ortlieb Sport Rollers, which are perfectly sized for my needs.
 
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