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Old 10-05-10, 08:58 AM
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TOPEAK MTX Trunk Bag DXP

Anybody use this and could provide a review? I'm a personal trainer in Manhattan and I'd like to be able to carry some basic fitness equipmemnt that I use when I train clients in parks and teach bootcamp classes. I could also see myself using it for day trips with my gf who is now getting into cycling. We have a car but so often we don't go places because finding parking is precious and once you have it you don't want to lose it. Now that we both have bikes, I can definately see us doing shortish 20-40 mile daytrips and just using our bikes but still wanting to be able to take things with us.

I just got the compatible topeak rack installed on my bike and this looks like it will mount into place sturdy and quickly. Speed is really important when I'm using this for work purposes as I'll want to be able to lock my bike up and quickly and easily take the whole bag right off and carry it where I need to go with it.
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Originally Posted by cappuccino911
I'll want to be able to lock my bike up and quickly and easily take the whole bag right off and carry it where I need to go with it.
This bag will do that. I have an this Topeak trunk with fold-down panniers. It's my main commuting bag. Has been for nearly a year. It holds a lot of stuff with the panniers folded down. I'd highly recommend this trunk, or any of the Topeak MTX-compatible rack trunks. Solid products.
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The Topeak MTX/DXP is a great bag ( https://www.topeak.com/products/Bags/MTXTrunkBagDXP ) The panniers are large enough to carry whatever you need for a weekend (or longer) trip if you're staying at motels.

And the Topeak Explorer rack ( https://www.topeak.com/products/Racks...ack_w_o_spring ) can hold up to 40 lbs, enough for reasonably loaded touring panniers, e.g. Arkel T-42 or GT 54, if you ever want to go on longer tours.
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Originally Posted by Recycle
The Topeak MTX/DXP is a great bag ( https://www.topeak.com/products/Bags/MTXTrunkBagDXP ) The panniers are large enough to carry whatever you need for a weekend (or longer) trip if you're staying at motels.

And the Topeak Explorer rack ( https://www.topeak.com/products/Racks...ack_w_o_spring ) can hold up to 40 lbs, enough for reasonably loaded touring panniers, e.g. Arkel T-42 or GT 54, if you ever want to go on longer tours.
Good info guys. Is the explorer rack rated for 40lbs or have you used it found through trial and error that 40lbs is about it's max? I can't imagine going much over that, but it would be good to know in case I ever try to throw a couple of 15lb dbells in the panniers to bring to train a client, I don't want to end up overloading and breaking down.
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Originally Posted by cappuccino911
Good info guys. Is the explorer rack rated for 40lbs or have you used it found through trial and error that 40lbs is about it's max? I can't imagine going much over that, but it would be good to know in case I ever try to throw a couple of 15lb dbells in the panniers to bring to train a client, I don't want to end up overloading and breaking down.
Last year the Topeak web site listed the rack capacity as 40 lbs. I don't see the capacity listed there this year. I've never put a full 40 lbs on the rack. I've had about 25 lbs in the Topeak bag riding around town. For credit card touring I carry about 20 lbs in Arkel panniers in the back + 10 or 15 lbs in Arkels up front.
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https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...716579.2712468

Just bought this one.

- Bigger / more space
- Cheaper
- Friend has one, amazing quality (durable)
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Lamabb, not a bad looking trunk, BUT...

-it doesn't seem to have fold-out panniers
-more importantly, it doesn't make use of the Topeak MTX system, which is really, REALLY convenient if you have compatible bags. Things slide on and off remarkably quickly. Faster than you can say "velcro". I say, if you've already got an Explorer rack, spend the extra ten bucks for a Topeak trunk. You won't regret it.
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Originally Posted by EKW in DC
Lamabb, not a bad looking trunk, BUT...

-it doesn't seem to have fold-out panniers
-more importantly, it doesn't make use of the Topeak MTX system, which is really, REALLY convenient if you have compatible bags. Things slide on and off remarkably quickly. Faster than you can say "velcro". I say, if you've already got an Explorer rack, spend the extra ten bucks for a Topeak trunk. You won't regret it.
good to know, the topeak rack is what Igot. paid $15 more than the cheap GIANT rack my lbs had but the mechanic said it was stronger and would act as a fender because of the solid metal down the middle of it and this bike is mainly going to be my rain/commuter bike with some potential for light day trip touring (of course I will be a bike ho and build a dedicated touring bike when the time is right) this latching system seems to be additional gravy.
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I've had the MTX DXP bag for 3 years and it has held up magnificently. I generally prefer regular panniers (the bag makes things a little top heavy), but in situations that I need easy, fast removal/installation...or in casual riding (where I may need to carry an unexpected bargain) it's great!
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Ditto all the positive comments. A friend and I toured France for a week last autumn on race bikes with the DXP bag suspended from a Topeak seatpost rack, where the weight limit was 20 pounds. No problems at all, the combo (together with a quick-release handlebar bag) held plenty of stuff and came off the bike in seconds, and was easy to carry in one hand even fully loaded because of a great padded handle in the top of the trunk bag.
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I've had mine for about 3-4 years and love it as well. I have never actually known how much weight I have put in it but I have never overloaded it yet. The quick track is also great. But I have got in a hurry and not made sure the lock was engaged all the way. The bag slipped toward the back but I have always caught it before it fell off. It was always my fault not anything mechanically wrong, just in a hurry.
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I have also used the Topeak Rack and back for about 3 or 4 years with good results ...

One year I actually put 20 pound weights in each fold down bags and one in the top. That did deform the top foam a bit when the weight was in but its still fine now without...
I now use it on my LHT with the Surly rack since my version of the bag also has velcro straps.. works well just looks funny... thinking bags for xmas... but will give the wife my MTX Bag and Rack.

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Just picked this up today guys! OF course my primary use for it is going to be carrying fitness equipment around to the parks where I train people at, but it's going to get some work doing a couple of short day tours this weekend with my gf. The size seems perfect, big enough to carry some significant stuff but small enough to avoid heel strike on my flat bar roadie that it's mounted to. seems to be made of good quality and for those of us who have always thought racks on bikes looked stupid and people who used them were geeks, it's actually somewhat cool looking!
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Originally Posted by cappuccino911
for those of us who have always thought racks on bikes looked stupid and people who used them were geeks, it's actually somewhat cool looking!
It's a slippery slope from here my friend. I see some fenders for you in the near future!
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Originally Posted by Digga
It's a slippery slope from here my friend. I see some fenders for you in the near future!
lol, I'm sort of there already, the topeak explorer rack sort of doubles as a fender! contemplating on getting one on the front tho!
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Sorry for bringing back an old thread. My question refers to this bag, the Topeak DXP. My questions is whether I can use the side panniers as just pockets and not fold them down?

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Originally Posted by mattybGR
Sorry for bringing back an old thread. My question refers to this bag, the Topeak DXP. My questions is whether I can use the side panniers as just pockets and not fold them down?
Yes, but the side pockets won't hold much with the panniers folded up. A Canon Powershot G9 camera, (1.5 x 2.5 x 4.5 in ) a cell phone, a wallet, and a couple of power bars make the pocket pretty tight.
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Originally Posted by Recycle
Yes, but the side pockets won't hold much with the panniers folded up. A Canon Powershot G9 camera, (1.5 x 2.5 x 4.5 in ) a cell phone, a wallet, and a couple of power bars make the pocket pretty tight.
I'm impressed you could get that much in them. My "side pockets" hold my spare tube, tire levers and multi-tool. Now I'm using an Arkel handlebar bag that requires a worlds strongest man competitor to remove, so I just keep my tubes, levers and multi-tool in the front pocket. For overall bag review, I love this thing. I've been using it to commute for a year and it still looks brand new despite my abusing the zippers and overstuffing the pockets. Very nice bag with the best quick-lock system I've used or seen.
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