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Great, but some swing...
on June 6, 2012
I bought this for my carbon bike so I could do a little camping and it works great. I can't afford a whole new bike for this purpose so I was using my road bike and I wanted it to be easily removable since this is an occasional event. With that in mind, it works great.
The only issue I had is that when fully loaded (20lb) with the mtx bag and panniers, and because there is no connection to the seat stays or the chain stays, there is a lot of wobble when you get up out of the saddle. In fact, anything over 5 mph is really almost impossible. I did 6000 ft. of climbing and couldn't get up out of the saddle even once without wobbling. I might try using velcro straps to the chain stays next time to reduce the lateral sway, but I doubt it will work. The rack doesn't swing back and forth, it's very well connected to the seat post, but the lateral flexing under load is very pronounced.
If you plan on doing hardcore camping I'd get the pannier rack that mounts to the frame if you can. If you are a commuter, this is probably going to be just fine.
I'm very happy with the product, and had a great time camping!