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Old 07-31-12, 10:57 AM
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Topeak MTX Trunk Bag EXP Bicycle Trunk Bag with Rigid Molded Panels - comments?

I'm eyeing this Topeak bag on amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Topeak-Trunk-B...cmu_pg__header

Looks like people are using the side panniers to carry a laptop comfortably. But the reviews are confusing. One of the pictures suggests that the panniers have a rigid panel when extended, and others say it isn't so. Anyone here have an idea? Also, I'm wary of Amazon reviews since they can be written in just a week or two after purchase. Is anyone on BF using this specific bag? Are you using the side panniers for a laptop? What has your long term experience been?

I have to lug a laptop back and forth everyday, so unless I am able to get my backpack off my back there isn't a point to getting an extra bag - and I really want to go backpack-less. In the current heat, its not very comfortable!
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Replying to myself - but I figured part of the answer.
https://www.amazon.com/Topeak-6310703...d=U4WWL0DK9060
has a side frame, so the panniers will get support from that.

So I guess the only question is, how reliable and durable are the panniers to cart a laptop around?
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Topeak MTX Trunk Bag EXP Bicycle Trunk Bag with Rigid Molded Panels - comments?

Hi, I own this exact bag and use it daily with the Topeak Explorer rack.

First, when the panniers are zipped-up, the molded panels are on the outside. When they are unzipped, they fold down and face the inside of the wheel and rest against the side of the rack parallel to the wheel. I put my 15" laptop inside a padded bag from my Briggs and Riley bag and it fits easily. I have no doubt that it could hold a 16" or maybe even a 17". A secondary padded bag is a must, though.

The rail on the bottom of the bag slides onto the guide of the rack, then snaps secure. I can't imagine how it could "fall off".

I'd for certain purchase this setup again.
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Originally Posted by treadtread
Replying to myself - but I figured part of the answer.
https://www.amazon.com/Topeak-6310703...d=U4WWL0DK9060
has a side frame, so the panniers will get support from that.

So I guess the only question is, how reliable and durable are the panniers to cart a laptop around?
There is a carry strap for use when it is not mounted to the rack. Just release from the rack, slide it off and use the strap on your shoulder. Works great.
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Cool, thanks. I already have a secondary padded laptop sleeve, which currently functions as my two year old's office bag. I can rescue it from there and use it with this
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