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    Topeak Super Tourist DX rack

    Has anyone purchased or used a Topeak Super Tourist DX rear rack. They show up on the Topeak web site but a Google search only shows up sources in the UK and Australia...none in the USA. Is this rack sold exclusively outside the US? See it http://www.topeak.com/2007/products/...rtouristdx.php

    I am interested in it because it has a second mounting bar which is slightly lower than the main rack level. Appears it would allow you to mount your panniers a little bit lower to improve center of gravety as well as make it easier to strap stuff on the top of the rack with less interference with the panniers on the sides.
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    REI might be the place to get it. I found the disc mount Explorer rack there. I would think they or any bike shop would order for you.
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    The Tubus Logo also has a lower mounting point. It's a great rack which I use on three of my bikes.
    http://www.thetouringstore.com/TUBUS...OGO%20PAGE.htm

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    I have the logo too, but it is 3 times the price of the topeak

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeArcher
    I have the logo too, but it is 3 times the price of the topeak
    Jaa, Tubus racks are expensive, but worth it for the quality and ease of use.

    FWIW they are only twice as expensive as a Topeak in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldokie
    Has anyone purchased or used a Topeak Super Tourist DX rear rack.
    No, but I think I need one.

    I am interested in it because it has a second mounting bar which is slightly lower than the main rack level. Appears it would allow you to mount your panniers a little bit lower to improve center of gravety as well as make it easier to strap stuff on the top of the rack with less interference with the panniers on the sides.
    Actually, I think they made it because you can't attach both panniers and their MTX series trunk bags. The trunk bags lock into the rack and are very secure (which is great), but are so wide that they cover the rails on the side, thus leaving no place to hook on a typical pannier.

    I'd assume they will be available in the US soon, it's a new product.

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    The tubus is chromo, which is a lot more expensive and durable in a rack than aluminum. Chromo runs about 2 dollars a foot and the prep and finishing are more expensive. There is about 10 feet of tubing in the average rear rack. I suppose the rack makers get a better price on their materials, but that should apply to Al also. I'd rather ride an aluminum frame than run an aluminum rack. So if nothing else, the money is going somewhere.

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    Item not on REI web site. I will ask my LBS if they can order one. Would consider ordering one from UK or AU but the exchange rate is a killer right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldokie
    Item not on REI web site. I will ask my LBS if they can order one. Would consider ordering one from UK or AU but the exchange rate is a killer right now.
    It'll be out eventually. Contact Topeak directly to find out when it's shipping.

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    Inquire sent to Topeak. Will see what they say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    Jaa, Tubus racks are expensive, but worth it for the quality and ease of use.

    FWIW they are only twice as expensive as a Topeak in Europe.
    My mistake! ha ha

    (by the way, the my tubus logo is so great I'd pay six times the price!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe
    No, but I think I need one.


    Actually, I think they made it because you can't attach both panniers and their MTX series trunk bags. The trunk bags lock into the rack and are very secure (which is great), but are so wide that they cover the rails on the side, thus leaving no place to hook on a typical pannier.
    The secondary lower support bars like on the Tourist is not specific to Topeak and their special trunk mount. It is a general problem affecting any rack of moderate width where there is the expectation of mounting both panniers and trunk to the same rack hardware and expecting easy individual mount and dismount of any of the three bags. Since some Tubus models feature a lower set of support bars, then it would seem they, too, have a special trunk mount to account for. They don't, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldokie
    Inquire sent to Topeak. Will see what they say.
    Did topeak ever respond to you? I'm interested in getting one one of these racks.

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    Topeak never responded to my request so I bought Jandd racks front & rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeArcher
    By the way, the my tubus logo is so great I'd pay six times the price!
    Ditto!

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    Bumping this because i just installed the non-disk version on my Tricross and it's a great rack. It's not available in the states--i called several LBSs and also looked in the Topeak US catalogs--but it's a pretty good deal from SJS Bicycles in the UK. I ordered quite a lot and the shipping was about the same as the VAT deduction.

    The rack came out about $55.

    Just FYI.

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    Available on Pre-order from Amazon

    Available on pre-order from Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...X0DER&v=glance
    Shipped in one or two months for a total of forty bucks (+ tax for me).
    Edit: now shipping from Amazon

    I imported the Tubus U-lock and have to say I'm underwhelmed by the "European craftsmanship."
    Last edited by kenja; 10-20-08 at 10:27 AM.

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    I just ordered one from my LBS here in the states. The only foreseeable problem with this rack is the lip on the top shelf that is designed for the trunk might get in the way.

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    I have this rack (also for a Tricross), and like it. Topeak rack bag + topeak super tourist dx + panniers = works well. It would be even better if the secondary bars were slightly lower, so my pannier clips didn't hit the bag at all, but it's not a major problem - just makes it fiddly to get panniers or rack bag on/off when the other one is on.

    With my handlebar bag, rear rack, rack bag, multi tool and pump, Topeak hasn't let me down yet.

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    I have the Topeak explorer disc, and I bought my wife the Super tourist. I didn't have much of a selection where I am at. I don't like paying double for shipping. The topeak racks work fine for me now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hofweber View Post
    I just ordered one from my LBS here in the states. The only foreseeable problem with this rack is the lip on the top shelf that is designed for the trunk might get in the way.
    Yes, the slide bracket on my Topeak Explorer Disc rack is a fraction of an inch higher than the horizontal tubing on top. It doesn't matter for third-party trunk bags but I was afraid of crushing down the bracket if I tie-wrapped a Wald basket onto the top. I like the Topeak slide-on bag I have--it's the smaller model (no drop-down panniers).

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    I just ordered one of these from My Bike in Tinley Park IL, for $40 and change. This looks like a great touring/commuting rack to add to my newly acquired 1983 Trek 520. I like the lowered pannier mounting feature, and I have no need for the spring mount rack (which seems to be readily available at amazon.com).

    The Topeak slide-on basket looks like a fun thing to add.

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    Nevermind. Got an email back from MyBike, saying that their distributor doesn't actually carry that rack. So why is it on their website!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenja View Post
    Available on pre-order from Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...X0DER&v=glance
    Shipped in one or two months for a total of forty bucks (+ tax for me).
    Edit: now shipping from Amazon

    I imported the Tubus U-lock and have to say I'm underwhelmed by the "European craftsmanship."

    That's the disc brake version, which is commonly available in the US. For some reason the regular model isn't available here even through distributors. I got mine from the UK for a reasonable price but it's asinine Topeak doesn't offer it in the states. I love using the big trunk bag i bought that just slides on and the ortliebs fit simultaneously if i really want that much bag space. The rail makes a good work surface/shelf, too.

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    Someone might call Nashbar
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...All%20Products
    The weight they show doesn't match the picture, judging by the Topeak site.
    http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks
    I didn't want to hassle with getting the non-disc version, so I bought from Amazon.
    Last edited by kenja; 10-21-08 at 09:25 PM.

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