Topeak Uni Super Tourist Rack (Disc) review

Easy to fit, top quality rack

Topeak Uni Super Tourist Rack (Disc)
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A super rack that really does come close to fulfilling the description, 'one-size-fits-all'. The Uni Super Tourist is a durable, aluminium tubular rack equipped with adjustable legs to fit most 24” to 29” wheel MTB and 700C touring bikes with disc brakes. It's just as good for commuting and running errands, as it is for long-distance touring. While the top plate is designed to be compatible with Topeak's own luggage system, it can also accommodate a wide range of racks and panniers. The initial setup isn't difficult and, once on, it looks slick and resists wear better than some cheaper options.

Reasons to buy
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    Very adaptable

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    Intuitive and easy to mount

Reasons to avoid
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    Nothing to note

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In the not too distant past, you could be quite certain that any bike pannier rack would fit pretty much all bikes. But with standards having evolved at such a pace in recent years, producing a 'one size fits all' design has become an increasingly difficult task.

Yet it's one which Topeak has tackled head on, with the Uni Super Tourist coming out on top for compatibility, against the racks I've been testing such as the Ortlieb Quick Rack. This makes it a wise choice for anyone wishing to obviate the chance of any frustrating surprises when setting up – and for those wanting to keep their options open for swapping between bikes.

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Emma’s first encounters with a bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

With a couple of half decent UK road seasons under her belt, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there, spending two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, working primarily as a domestique for Emma Johansson. When Redsun folded, Emma was offered the opportunity to ride with a newly formed Belgian team and home to the first year senior and budding rider Anna Van Der Breggen.

After retiring, Emma returned to teaching, setting up her own tutoring business. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. While the road bike remains her true passion, she has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been sightings of Emma off-road, on mountain and gravel bikes… As if all of this isn't enough, she's been working as a freelancer since 2005, testing and reviewing the latest kit and sharing her insight into the sport.