Old 06-19-18, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
Which specific Topeak Explorer do you have from that page?

IMG_20180530_170321328 by jnjadcock, on Flickr

That is just the basic Explorer MTX rack (this one). Spring or no spring -- it's basically the same rack. The one with a spring has a large spring-loaded arm like a mouse trap that you can use to "trap" on a rolled up windbreaker or other type of soft cargo. I use mine with a trunk bag, so I didn't need the spring. And, as with the current Crosstrail frames, the Giant Roam's rear brake calipers are inside the rear triangle, so I didn't need the extra width of the "disc" version of this rack.

My picture above shows different rack stays than what come with it. Pretty much every rack today, Topeak included, has those chrome metal-band stays, and I don't like those. My local bike shop conjured up some miscellaneous rack mounting parts for me, and so I've got fixed rack stays that are black and match the rack.
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