Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Bikes: Specialized Tricross Sport 2009
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To answer more of your original question, I don't think anyone really does one piece "over the top" panniers anymore do they? You're much better off with separate bags, that you can use individually for errands, and that you can mount lower. Though the Topeak all in one rack bag plus panniers looks like a good option if you don't do much touring, don't want to spend too much, and want lots of options.
There are lots of good panniers out there, but quality varies with price. Make sure you get big ones - don't think there's really such a thing as a pannier that's "too big".
With your bike with "track geometry", make sure you have the right mounting points - should be brazeons on the seatstay just behind the seatpost, and threaded holes just above the dropouts. In practice, racks always seem to fit - you may just have to bend the mounting rods or do something creative to make it work.