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      With an integrated top plate, the Topeak Explorer MTX Rack allows quick mounting of specialty Topeak trunk bags.

      Topeak MTX Basket Rear

      The MTX rear basket from Topeak is the perfect size for shopping and other errands.
      • $44.95

      Item # 780119

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      • Basket includes a carry handle that attaches and releases quickly and easily
      • Basket mounts onto the Topeak MTX rack, sold separately


      Topeak MTX Basket Rear

      Specification Description
      Best use Bike commuting & touring
      Gear capacity (L) 23.43 liter
      Gear capacity (cu. in.) 1,430 cubic inches
      Material(s) Metal
      Dimensions 15.9 x 13.2 x 9.5 inches
      Weight 3 lbs. 8 oz.

      Topeak MTX Basket Rear

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      Rated 4out of5
      by fromVery good, if it fits I use the basket for getting groceries. It's plenty strong on the bike. The handle is too flimsy to take lots of groceries around the store, but I usually stick it in a shopping cart so I can rearrange it all before putting it back on the bike anyway. It fits really snugly against the seatpost, so you'll definitely need to make sure it fits on your bike. It has held up extremely well for me, though.
      Date published: 2010-01-10
      Rated 3out of5
      by fromNot for the short or big-boned I bought this for my commute to work so that I'd have what is essentially a "trunk" for my bike. Having used a bike with a milk crate during all of my college years I was eager for an easy-on, easy-off solution. I was pleasantly surprised by how light but sturdy this basket is. It weighs very little and is very manageable. It slides on/off the Topeak rack very easily and was simple to attach. Eager to test out the basket before I committed to my tough uphill ride home from work, I decided that an easy ride to the grocery store would be a good bet. I'm glad I did because it means I'm going to take the basket back. I'm 5'8" and ride a brand new Giant commuter bike. The front edge of the basket just fit under the seat. My behind, however, is wider than the lower front opening of the basket, making it uncomfortable to sit back on the seat properly. It felt like I was sitting on the edge of the basket. Unless you're very tall, have a rack that sits back farther, or whippet thin, I wouldn't recommend this basket.
      Date published: 2010-05-28
      Rated 3out of5
      by fromNot bad, but... If you look at the picture on this basket's packaging you'll notice that the seat post on the display bike is about a foot out of the fame. There is a reason for that. The basket sits very close to the front of the rack (This basket only quick mounts on TOPEAK products) If your bike is properly sized you wont have enough space under your seat for the basket. You can get around this by mounting the basket further back, but of course you will have to hard mount it directly to the rack and that kind of defeats the purpose of a quick release basket... All in all it is not a bad basket, but you will want to bring your bike to REI to see if you will actually be able to mount it on your rack. -Justus
      Date published: 2009-06-04
      Rated 2out of5
      by fromProblematic attachment I wanted a basket I could use for grocery shopping, so I got this and the Topeak rack that goes with it. As other reviewers have mentioned, about 30cm of clearance is needed between the bottom of the rack and the bottom of your seat for the basket to clip on securely. It is still in the 'track' part of the rack, but it doesn't seem very secure there, and I'm afraid it will slide backwards if I have to stop suddenly. Further, the handle of the basket is *very* flimsy, and I don't think it would work well as a grocery basket because of this.
      Date published: 2011-04-04
      Rated 2out of5
      by fromGreat for hauling, does not hold up. I've purchased this bike basket twice. I love that I can fit an entire bag of groceries in it and my purse without anything ever falling out. The down side is that the back bottom corners rust very quickly (within two months). This has happened on both of them even though my bike is rarely in the rain. My first one lasted about a year before it rusted so badly (around the bracket attachment) that it went flying off my bike in the middle of a busy street. After this one rusts through completely I'll probably just replace it with a milk crate.
      Date published: 2009-07-24
      Rated 3out of5
      by fromNice basket but not as advertised I bought this basket with the intent of using it for grocery shopping. I loved it for about the first 2 months. Then, the orange clip popped off and could not be repaired. So, I went back to REI and got a replacement for free. Within a month, the clip popped off again! I don't do anything unusual, like riding over speed bumps or curbs at high speeds, so I blame the manufacturer's lack of quality for this defect. At first, I was ok with the idea that the basket was no longer removable. I used zip ties and metal wires to attach the basket to the rack. But now that I might have to carry my bike up and down stairs, the added weight of the basket makes me wish that it was removable! All that said, if you don't care whether you can remove the basket, it's a really good size and is fairly secure. I can carry 4 6-packs of beer in it! (Proceed at your own risk!) However, if you want a more flexible (and light) carrying system, I'd recommend panniers.
      Date published: 2011-06-11
      Rated 1out of5
      by fromPoor Design I bought this basket with the integrated rack to carry groceries around. Many problems. The handle bent the first time I carried two gallons of milk. The basket sits far too close to the saddle on the rack. Unless your saddle is at least 12" above the rack, you will get an butt full of basket. Poor design all around. I wish I had bought the front basket instead.
      Date published: 2010-10-12
      Rated 2out of5
      by fromOk For Some Bikes I agree with another reviewer that if you have your seat positioned correctly you won't be able to utilize the quick release, I had to secure it with bungies in order for it to stay in place while riding and also the basket itself isn't exactly light so when you are carrying groceries in it the carry handle bends quite a bit and constantly is detaching from the basket. It does have a lot of room and is a good concept.
      Date published: 2009-06-18

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