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Old 09-08-13, 01:51 PM   #1
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Topeak MTX rear basket won't fit my bikes - any suggestions?

I have two bikes with the Topeak Explorer rack, with the MTX rails. Several months ago, I bought one of the MTX rear baskets, which required some minor assembly (attaching the mount to the basket), so there was no way to test-fit before buying. At the time, it fit the bike I was using it on (Raleigh Sports with Brooks Flyer saddle), but just barely...the top of the front edge could be felt while riding, so it was rather uncomfortable, and I only used it a couple times. I've since adjusted the saddle position to make riding more comfortable, but now the basket doesn't fit at all, without actually needing to be slightly bent around the saddle springs.

On my other bike, a Bianchi Volpe with a Gilles Berthoud Aspin saddle, the basket won't even clear the composite framework of the saddle, so there's no way to get it close enough to the front to click in place.

Since my bike is my primary mode of transportation, and since I'm currently effectively car-less, I need to figure out a good way to carry stuff. I'm frustrated that I spent $40 on this rack, and it won't fit due to being too tall to fit with the saddles at their optimal heights. Has anyone else ever run into this issue before, and perhaps come up with a decent workaround?
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Can you reposition the MTX mounting plate on the basket.
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You could position/rotate the rack further back from the saddle. I have done this with a Topeak rack and MTX bag. The rack does look off level without the bag, but works great.

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Can you reposition the MTX mounting plate on the basket.
I thought of this, but unfortunately, there's really no good way to do it.

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You could position/rotate the rack further back from the saddle. I have done this with a Topeak rack and MTX bag. The rack does look off level without the bag, but works great.

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I really can't stand the look of the rack not being parallel with the ground. I was trying to figure out alternate ways to get either the rack or the basket somehow mounted farther back. I have this feeling it would involve some fabrication that I don't have the ability to do myself. Really, it'd be nice if Topeak made a slightly shallower basket, though!
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Can you cut out the intersecting part yourself without affecting the basket's structural strength?
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I thought of this, but unfortunately, there's really no good way to do it.
There is always a way, usually involving a dremel, a drill and a file.
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I don't have that rack, but had a similar problem on my bike and solved it by slightly bending the very bottom legs. The only photo I have that somewhat shows this I will attach. By bending the leg it slightly lowers the rack along with moving it back. not sure how your rack will bend mine was aluminum rod and bent fairly easy with the help of some tools. The rack is black the silver rods are something else.

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