Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes: Pugsley, fixie commuter, track bike
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I have the Blackburn EX1 - It is a good sturdy rack but does not have the extra loop behind the verticle stays to keep your panniers out of your wheel if you mount them real far back.
I like the Topeak if you decide to get one of thier rack trunks. The trunks mount easily into the plate on the top of the rack and don't interfer with the pannier mounts. The mount also allows you to quickly install or remove the rack trunk unlike most rack trunks which can be cumbersome.
Any of these racks should be sufficient.
If you are not riding in a dry climate (AZ, SoCal, etc.) I strongly recommend full fenders for your bike. The plate on a rack will reduce the stripe up your back but full fenders will keep you and your bike much cleaner. This is true if you are riding in the rain or if you are riding shortly after a rain when the roads are still wet.