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Topeak MTX BeamRack - E-Type, V-Type and A-Type


    Topeak MTX BeamRack - E-Type, V-Type and A-Type

    Designed to stand up to the rigors of mountain biking, this rack is great for mountain bike touring with a full suspension rig.

    • $59.95

    Item # 697096

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    • Universal deck design for mounting any one of Topeak's QuickTrack trunk bags
    • Tough 6061-series T6 aluminum construction
    • Hinged seat post clamp with aluminum quick-release lever for easy mounting
    • Carries up to 20 lbs.; one size fits all seat posts
    • Big fits 18+ in. frames, standard fits 15-17 in. frames and small fits 12-14 in.; these are only guidelines and if the rack you want fits your bike, feel free to use it
    • Note: Big size = V-Type; Standard size = E-Type; Small size = A-Type
    • Also note: Topeak MTX Dual Side frames are required with this rack for it to carry a Topeak MTX trunk bag with panniers; bag and frames sold separately


    Item 697096

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    Topeak MTX BeamRack - E-Type, V-Type and A-Type Specs
    Best use
    Bike commuting & touring
    Rear mount
    Seat post mount
    6061 Aluminum
    680 grams
    Rack mount position
    Rack mount type
    Fits wheel size

    Topeak MTX BeamRack - E-Type, V-Type and A-Type

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    Rated 3.5926/5 based on 27 reviews
    Rated 1out of5
    by fromMoves Around I used this product on my mountain bike hoping it would be used for small bike tours (not a chance unless you go in a straight line with no potholes.) I was riding on the trails when the rack went into my wheels. It worked well with small weights but as soon as you start loading up in the 10-20 pound range you will need the rack triangulation.
    Date published: 2008-03-25
    Rated 1out of5
    by fromNot a great rack It's very unstable, only being mounted to the seat post. I bought it for a Topeak trunk bag, but I can't use the zip-out panniers without dropping another [$] on wheel guards. Worst of all, the clamp is so bulky that my legs rub against it when I ride.Maybe I just have big legs.Either way, I'm returning it and getting something else.
    Date published: 2008-09-20
    Rated 1out of5
    by fromDoes not "stand up to the rigors..." I selected this product for the well-designed quick-release style trunk/paniers that mate to the rack. Nice design; very functional. I commute to work (16 mi RT) 2x-3x weekly on a mtn bike which does not have "braze-on" rack mounts for a standard fixed-mount rack. I purchased the "v-rack" model in early 2009. I carry a change of clothes and pair of shoes in the trunk and panniers (nowhere near the 20-lb weight limit for the rack). Within 6 mo, the rack had cracked along the weld where the main bar bends at a 30-degree angle. I don't jump curbs, and I remove the rack if I'm trail riding. REI lived up to their guarantee and replaced the rack with the identical model. This week the quick-release bolt on the seatpose mounting bracket sheared during my ride. I've been stuck twice now in a year having to carry my broken rack, trunk and panniers as I complete my ride to work. I will ask REI to exchange the rack for the simpler fixed-mount rack and have a bike shop braze the mounting lugs to the frame. Also, when riding over small bumps while cornering the rack will pivot on it's single seatpost mounting point, forcing the side guard into the tire. The rack then needs to be re-centered before continuing the ride. I just don't think that the single point mount is practical for even light-duty regular use. The leverage exerts too much stress on the mount, main rack tube, and the friction mount to the seatpost provides insufficient stability.
    Date published: 2010-05-25
    Rated 2out of5
    by fromNot very happy I bought this product before a 100 mile ride. Oh, that was a big mistake! My inner leg rubbed the piece that locks into the seatpost all the time.
    Date published: 2010-06-10
    Rated 2out of5
    by fromGood for a while. I used the product about twice a week for my ride to and from work. Roughly 40 miles round trip. I never filled it to capacity (20 lbs) but after about 3 years of use (maybe 100 times out), I notice a huge crack through the head. It was never real easy to get the rack on the bike properly to stay in place and many times I noticed it was rubbing the tire. Best I can figure at this time is that the rack was not made to take the punishment of potholes and other bumps with a load on it. If you get this one, use is only for light loads, especially if the routes you go have bumps in them.
    Date published: 2010-09-13
    Rated 3out of5
    by fromGood rack, taillight mount is a joke The rack is as good as any seatpost mount rack is going to get. Fine for strapping a pair of shoes or a bike lock. Would not consider anything over the 20 lb max. Major weakness is the tail light mount (redlite mount). This is for clip on style rear tail lights. My tail light stayed on a day before the Topeak supplied mount broke costing my one ~ [$] LED tail light. Topeak needs to either fix this or drop the mount from the package. You would be better off attaching your light with a piece of bubble gum.
    Date published: 2008-07-11
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromYou got to love the ease of use I have the bags and the rack. Love the ease of mounting the bags to the rack. I also like the ease of mounting the panier supports. I'm a little worried about having it stolen.
    Date published: 2007-09-03
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromQuick Easy... a little heavy I originally got this rack for use commuting on fire road too and from UC santa cruz on my mountain bike. I would highly recommend the topeak rack, and bag system to anyone who is commuting. They easily, securely and quickly clip together and I never worried about it on slightly rough trails. It gets the weight off your back, which allows you to ride, sweet, and forget about it. Because there is a slide and clip system it works well for just taking cloths and lunch, or placing books, and running shoes in the fold up panniers. While it does add some weight to your bike, (I now live in chicago and it is very noticeable on my road bike), I still move faster with the weight off my back when I can just think about pushing and not a shifting bag. tristan
    Date published: 2007-09-03

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