General Cycling Discussion - Topeak - beam racks and RX bags - any experiences?
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07-14-06, 04:44 PM
Been considering replace my rear rack with a topeak beam rack and one of the RX bags.
Does anyone have an experience or recommendations?
Does the bag just snap into the rack, or do you need ties?
Is the rack stable or does it make a lot of noise?
anything else useful to know????
07-17-06, 02:15 PM
The bag slides into the rail on the beam rack and clicks in at the front. It is quite secure and doesn't rattle, no ties are needed. The rack wouldn't clamp on my '02 GF Tassajara so I used a piece of rubber as a shim to make the clamp tight enough so it wouldn't move or rattle. It works fine.
What is nice is I put a Topeak expedition rack on my road bike so I can use the same bag on either bike.
07-17-06, 03:01 PM
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d99/bettzke/IMG_7646.jpgI use the quick release seatpost rack and mtx bag...couldn't be happier! Great product ingenuity with the slide-in bag.
07-17-06, 03:19 PM
Great, thanks for the product confirmation. My standard rack is overkill and I like the cleaner beam rack look.
I use one on multi-day supported tour-style rides. The bag just slides onto the rack via rails integrated into the bag itself; there's a little plastic hook on the front to keep it from sliding back off. Very secure; there's no excess front/back or side-to-side motion to speak of. I've been closing in on 50mph with mine, ridden over gravel roads -- basically toured. It never occurs to me that it's back there. Excellent design. There's a bungee-style weave on top of the bag, so you can stash a jacket on top and leave a little more "interior room" in the bag for other stuff.
07-17-06, 04:53 PM
I have had this rig on my FS MTB for a couple of years now. I am very happy with it: secure, well-built and a good carrying capacity. You probably should not mount it on a carbon seatpost; a friend of mine tried that and crunched his post pretty good.
07-18-06, 10:27 AM
Great point about the carbon seat post. Luckily I was not thinking of CF post.
Off topic, but I have a Topeak wedge that won't fit the seat. It has a little plastic attachment system that simply won't work on the Giant seat, and I tried filing it to fit the rails so can't send it back. Free to the first person offering to pay postage. It will probably not work with anything else attached to the seat post.
Oh, I found another bag by the same brand that attaches with straps and velcro. It works, and was slightly cheaper.
07-18-06, 03:39 PM
Sent you a PM Nermal.
The bag is committed. Squeakr, your's was second, so if I get an address from the first, it is gone. For clarity, it is a seat wedge pack, not a trunk bag for the rack, if that matters to the first.
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