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Old 02-27-09, 12:09 PM   #1
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Topeak BeamRack

http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks

Has anyone used this type of rack before? How was it?
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Old 02-27-09, 01:41 PM   #2
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I have not used one but I have heard that if you put a lot of weight on them and then really rock back and forth going up a hill they can sway back and forth over time... Perhaps those people didn't install it right or tighten it enough... Anyway may be something to either find out more about...
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Old 02-27-09, 02:56 PM   #3
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I've got one of the V-types with the side frames. It works for me, but then again I don't carry much more than my lunch, a thermos and a change of clothes. It's not going to carry as much as a dedicated rear rack. Can't speak to the swaying issue as my commute is flat. That said, I haven't experienced any stability issues nor consider it to be flimsy. YMMV.
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Old 02-27-09, 03:13 PM   #4
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I've taken my v-rack out into the local foothills for 60+ mile rides, holding about 15-20 lbs of stuff (work clothes, extra repair gear - no cell phone coverage up there, lunch, etc.). I've gone down rather steep and twisty canyon roads at over 40 mph, and it never moved a centimeter.

If you are going to carry more than that, I think that you need to think about hooking up a regular rack to your seat stays using pipe-clamps. There are some pictures on here that show how other people have done that


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Old 02-27-09, 03:17 PM   #5
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I used one of the A type for awhile. It did move around a bit, and I didn't like the quick release. I switched to a regular rack.
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Old 02-27-09, 03:47 PM   #6
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I have the mtx A rack. Only used it on a few test rides so far.
As the beam angles up, I sometimes kicked the large trunk I got
for it as I swung my leg over. I got the next size smaller trunk
with the side mounts to drop the unrolled side pockets over.
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Old 02-27-09, 03:54 PM   #7
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I couldn't reccomend it either way.
Have a little project involved where I plan to dye
the black cordura bag to orange or pumpkin
whatever shade the dye dries out to.
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Old 02-27-09, 03:56 PM   #8
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I've had one for over 10 years and I use it every day on my commuter (along with my topeak trunk). I generally carry 10-20 pounds of stuff in there and it's never moved on me. Of course, I keep the clamp TIGHT.
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Old 02-27-09, 04:16 PM   #9
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I've got one -- I think it's the E-type (for large frames). I use it on three different bikes, all with the same seatpost diameter. I've had it for a year and never had it move on me nor have I had any heelstrike issues.

It is quite a bit heavier than a standard rack, and could be easily stolen.
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Love the quick release. On and Off no problems.

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Old 02-27-09, 06:30 PM   #11
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Had one for over three years now. Love it. Great for quickly switching between the road bike (commuting) and the MTB I use for shopping. I cut up an old inner-tube and wrap it around the seat post and then clamped the rack (tight!) over the tube to provide alittle more "stickiness". So, rarely ever moves now with the topeak bag (http://www.topeak.com/products/Bags/MTXTrunkBagDXP) I use with the rack. Also have a topeak basket (http://www.topeak.com/products/Bags/MTXBasketRear) with the rack for shopping which is great.

Do you have a carbon seat post ? If so, you may wish to reconsider a steel post. My carbon post snapped after about a year of daily use with the rack ... no probs now with the steel (or some kind of light weight metal) post I use.

Also, they look so much cooler than your standard rack.

Highly recomended.
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Old 02-27-09, 08:43 PM   #12
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I've been using this one for 2 years now with no issues.



The topeak DX bag holds quite a bit of stuff
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Works pretty good, but when loaded up well, when I mount the bike it twists to the side. It's wonderful if youre not hauling a lot, but commuting wth groceries is way too much to keep it straight; and that was just a trunk bag with a bag of cat food in it.

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I have been using my E-type nearly every day for a year now.
Things I like about it: I can attach (via screws) my rear light to the rack and don't have to worry about it walking off while I'm working
The little added frames allow me to fold out my panniers from the trunk and attach so they don't swing around
Its quite secure

Things I don't like about it: The bracket under the seat rubs on my left leg unless I get the little handle thing in just the right place. I had a bloody mark on my leg for a while because of this.
The rubber thingy that goes around it makes it hard to put the trunk on if the panniers are extended.

I hope that helps!

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Old 02-27-09, 10:52 PM   #15
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I have one that I no longer use. My set up was similar to 10 wheels pic above, except I had a yellow F70. Anyway, the road salt sort of rusted the mechanism to tighten the bolt. It could be fixed I suppose, I just don't feel like doing it. It is worth a try for light stuff.
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Thought the trunk bag was too high so I went one size smaller.
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I've got one of the RX racks and a small bag. I used to wear a backpack and it's not that it bothered me or anything but this was just more elegant.

99% of the time I don't even know it's there but in a strong wind you feel it. But that goes for a backpack as well.

I love mine. Don't carry much. Tube, minitool, airpump, rain shell, cell phone, wallet, digital camera. It's a perfect solution for me.

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Can't see much of my rack, but that's the bag I've got on it.

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u...s/IMGP1086.jpg
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I have a quick release Topeak beam rack w/ a side frame and I like it a lot. I use either a Topeak MX trunk bag or hang my panniers on it. The loaded panniers are probably within the listed 15# limit and I haven't tried carrying a laptop in it. I did crack the plastic base when I removed the trunk bag a little roughly after I had been riding in temperatures around freezing for a few hours. I really like that I can quickly secure the trunk bag without velcro straps. While the beam rack is QR, I haven't removed it yet.

The rack has shifted only when I have transported the bike on its side in my car with the trunk bag on.

I did have to swap out my fancy carbon fiber seatpost for an alloy seatpost with a standard round cross-section to use this rack. The supplied shims weren't sufficient and it would probably have ruined the seatpost since it wasn't designed for that type of force. My carbon fiber bike could not have a rack otherwise.
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While not having the Topeak rack I have a Delta seatpost rack. Use it in combo w/a Sunlite trunk bag. Works for my 1x8 rb commuter or my SS depending on mood. Just enough room for extras and lunch. It's a good compromise between a full on set of rack/panniers or a backpack. The SS has a frame bag for tools and the rb has an under-the-saddle bag. Works well for me.
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I gave the one I used for a week to my son for his Bmx bike. I put the explorer, explorer disc, and super tourist topeak racks on my Surly CC, Kona Blast, and my wife's Bianchi Cielo bikes.
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you could also check out the carradice SQR quick release bags:

http://www.carradice.co.uk/sqr-saddlepacks/
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