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Explorer Rack Without Spring, Black
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- 625 g / 1.38 lbs (w/o spring)
- Braze-On Type
- 6061 Hollow Aluminum
- MTX Series Bag Compatibility
- Solid Fender Top, RedLite Mount, Tail Light Mount
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At Topeak, exciting new ideas for accessories are spinning at full speed and driving us ahead in a never ending cycle of innovation. From the dreams of our designers and engineers great cycling accessories are born - spun out from the ever turning gears of their collective imagination. From our humble beginning in 1991 our passion for cycling has evolved into the making of the worlds finest cycling accessories. In almost every category, our products set the standard of innovation, performance and durability. Products like our JoeBlow series floor pumps, Alien tools and RaceRocket mini pumps to our patented technologies like SmartHead, TwinHead, PressureRite, QuickTrack and QuickClick systems to the full service PrepStation and PanoBike App Topeak delivers the convenience and enjoyment your cycling customers deserve. Products.
All critical support points are precision welded for optimal strength.
Topeak's proprietary QuickTrack system makes it easy to mount compatible bags or baskets to a rear rack�simply slide, and click. Line up the composite QuickTrack base with the channels on any Topeak rear rack, and slide forward until it clicks into place. Without tools or straps, your bag's now securely in place and ready to ride. To remove, you push the yellow release button and slide the bag or basket free.
- 620-gram (1.38-pound) weight
- 55-pound maximum weight capacity
- Measures 9.3-by-16.1-by-13.6 inches (W x H x D)
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I believe (but I am not certain) that the Explorer is the most basic, least expensive of the Topeak quick-release racks. Apparently, though, it holds any of the trunk racks and trunk rack/pannier combinations in Topeak's MTX line. It was a little more difficult to install than I had anticipated, as the adapter on my 1996 GT Outpost (which has no mounting bolts on the seat tube) did not allow for a quick interchange between my old rack and this new one. With a little creativity, I solved the problem in about fifteen minutes and the rack is very solid now.
Many owners of this rack and bag set complain of a "rattle" when the bike is moving and the bag is not fully loaded. Some have come up with homemade remedies. I've noticed the rattle, but it does not bother me. If you are into quiet rides, be prepared to tinker around with some shims or strips of duct tape to silence the noise.
Overall, I don't see any reason why anyone would buy this rack without the MTX trunk bag. There are many comparably-priced racks that are equally as solid and some that are notably larger. But if you are sold on the Topeak MTX bag and want to spend as little as possible on a rack, go for this one. IMPORTANT: Be sure to order the correct one, as they offer models for disc brakes and non-disc brakes!
This rack is sturdy and installation was easy. In hindsight, I would have purchased the Super Touring rack instead of the Explorer due to the overall shape (so if you're on the fence, get the Super Touring). That being said: I'm perfectly happy with this rack.
I also purchased the Topeak MTX Trunk Bag DXP Bicycle Trunk Bag with Rigid Molded Panels, which uses the proprietary mounting system, and my morning commute has never been easier. I used to leave the panniers on the bike in the morning, which meant carrying my clothes/shoes/etc. back and forth to the garage to pack the cycle each morning (or evening, if I felt like being prepared to just go in the morning), because screwing around with the panniers was something of a pain. Now I just take the whole bag in with me, and out with me the next morning. Securely mounting the bag takes less than 5 seconds and you just ride away. Without the bag, this rack is just a solid, well-built rack. With the bag, it's easily one of the best racks you can buy.
The nice thing about the explorer is that the holes in the top make a nice storage location for my mini ulock. The bad thing is the bent metal for securing the Topeak brand trunk bags. I rarely secure things to the top, but I hope that bent metal doesn't tear other bags if I choose to secure one.
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