Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack

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Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack
Throw your stuff on the back of your bike and go. The Topeak Explorer tubular rack is a strong, durable rear rack that's compatible with traditional road caliper, cantilever and linear pull brakes, so it's perfect for use while bike touring, commuting, or just hauling around some extra stuff.
  • MTX QuickTrack mounting system works with traditional panniers and Topeak MTX trunk bags
  • MTX system allows for quick attachment and removal of bags, perfect for commuting
  • Super durable 6061-T6 aluminum is incredibly strong and lightweight
  • Hollow tube construction helps keep weight manageable
  • Stainless steel hardware is corrosion resistant Integrated top fender with splash protection
  • Fits all frame and wheel sizes
Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack
  • WEIGHT 620 g
  • DIMENSIONS
  • MOUNTING Rack mounts
  • CAPACITY 55 pounds
  • Rating 4

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Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack
 
3.8

(based on 6 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (3), Commuter (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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5.0

As advertised

By Ranjen

from Erlanger, KY

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack:

    The rack fit my large frame and my wife's much smaller frame with the adjustable braces. We are using these with panniers and a top bag while preparing for a trip on the GAP and CO Canal. Bags easily strap on to this rack. Seems to be durable enough for our purposes.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Solid rack, easy to install

    By Barf

    from The streets

    About Me Commuter

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments about Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack:

      I don't have any bags with the MTX system, so I can't comment on the security of the track specifically. It looks like it would be secure, however, and I will update the review if I ever get a chance to test it.

      Mounting was easy but on some bikes, you will have to bend the long brackets that attach to the seat stays in order to level and center the rack. They're flexible enough to take it. Unlike some other racks (the Blackburn, I believe) the rack is not vertically adjustable--it's the same height from the chainstays no matter what.

      The other small niggle is in the mounting of the included taillight mount, which is just a glorified place to clip on a taillight/reflector if you don't have one that mounts with screws. This attaches by screwing a small machine screw through the bracket hole into the soft plastic backing of the mount, which seems less secure than it could be. I zip-tied through the other holes since I won't be using them. The clipping point is not as secure as I'd like; you can see and hear a taillight moving around on it. Though it won't fall off, it does tend to point down more than it should.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      1.0

      I like Topeak gear and this is no exception, exccept...

      By RichardBiker

      from New York, NY

      About Me Commuter

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Mounting Arms Too Short

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack:

      Bought this as an accessory for the 16" frame Nashbar Mountain/Road hybrid bike, that I bought for my daughter.

      I like Topeak brand gear; I find that the quality is good for all my purchases.

      The rack comes in two models. Although the bike does have disk brakes, the regular (not disk mount) rack fit fine.

      One thing that did not fit fine was the mounting bracket arms. With a smaller 16" frame, the included mountain bracket arms were way too short and would not meet the attachment point on the frame. I had to order separate extra long mountain bracket arms (a Topeak special part number). Nashbar actually doesn't have these extra long arms so I had to search and buy from the web. This meant that having everything available to actually do the installation took a couple of weeks.

      I would not recommend this rack, because Topeak does not include both sets of mounting bracket arms.

      A further dig is that the mounting bracket arms, because they need to bend, are somewhat flimsy. I could see them buckling under heavy use or load.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great Rack

      By The last Roman

      from Buffalo, NY

      About Me Avid Cyclist

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments about Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack:

        The rack was easy to install and fits most trunk bags without issue

        • Cycling Style:
        • Comfort Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        You need seat stay bosses!

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        By Rob

        from Rochester, NY

        About Me Commuter

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good value
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Mounting Information

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments about Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack:

        I did not realize this before I started trying to mount it on my older sport/touring bike, but the rack requires seat stay bosses for mounting! That piece of information is clear in the included instructions but is not called out on Nashbar's site or any of the other internet shopping sites I saw the rack on.

        I ended up putting it on my hybrid/comfort bike instead of the tourer I wanted to put it on. There are seat post boss adaptors out there, so at some point I'd like to pick up another Explorer and put it on the tourer. Then I'll be able to share MTX system bags/baskets between the two bikes.

        Great price on this high-quality rack.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        wow

        By Grant the great

        from OH

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack:

        exellent! works great carries whatever I need at the time. very conveinent

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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