reviewed by: Imzadi
I spent some time doing online research and reading reviews prior to making my decision to purchase the MTX TrunkBag DXP.
I give myself an A for making the decision to buy this bag. The thought that went into the design, the quality materials, and the best price on this site made me happy and my friends jealous.
We use this bag for casual biking, business commutes, riding trails, and an occasional trip to the market.
I highly recommend you treat yourself to this jewel.
reviewed by: Darquesand
Using it on Performance XPR Blade recumbent w/ Topeak Explorer Rack
I LOVE THIS BAG!!! Easy to use. Very ROOMY. There is a elastic loop with an adjuster in the bottom pannier to make sure they don't flap around. The internal pannier itself has a velcro in the back that attaches to the hardshell. The internal adjustable divider in the trunk is great on keeping my tools separated. There is a pocket on the inside trunk cover that can hold the shoulder harness as well.
reviewed by: amarklin
I researched a lot of bags/systems before deciding on Topeak (this bag and the Topeak Explorer Rack, which I also recommend). The two work well together; the bag snaps securely on the rack and goes on and off in 2 seconds. The sides of the Explorer Rack support the panniers on the trunk bag when full. This is a large and versatile trunk bag, and I use it for grocery shopping, overnight trips and anytime I need a little more space.
The main compartment is padded and water resistant, and has a movable internal divider so you can snug down the contents. The top flap has a zippered expansion that raises the height of the bag 2-3 inches for more storage. There's a pocket on the inside of the flap that holds a first aid kit handily. An elastic drawstring pouch on the rear holds water bottles or snacks securely, and a cargo netting pouch on top of the flap rounds out the main storage.
The panniers unzip from molded foam pouches on the side and will stretch somewhat to hold bulky items. They fold right back up in to the pouch when not in use. There's a bungee cord at the bottom that loops around the Explorer rack to keep them from flopping around. Note: the pouches store only the panniers, nothing else. They're thinner material than the rest of the bag, but should still hold up if treated with care.
There's a velcro handle on the top and it comes with a shoulder strap that you could use to carry it as luggage.
Looks really durable. I've crammed two paper sacks full of groceries into this bag and didn't really feel the weight on my way home (except when getting on the bike! Hold on tight if you tip the bike toward you to jump in the saddle with 50lb of groceries on the back!)
Only negative: the top zipper sometimes hangs up as it's going around the curve of the top flap. Greasing it up with some white lithium grease helps.
reviewed by: A Guest
Cheapest on the net, yet I've had this bag loaded with 30 pounds of batteries on a topeak rack for 250 miles, and it is holding up great!
reviewed by: cjrhodes
Love the bag. It fits everything one would need for a picnic, work, overnight travel, groceries. Just with the zippers were as strong as the rest of the bag.
reviewed by: jmundt
I have used this trunk bag for one year's worth of commuting twice a week 20 miles each way and love it. It can hold the clothes I take to work my lunch and breakfast. If I need to transport my laptop or extra gear I just unzip the panniers which fit a normal laptop no problem. When folded up the pannier storage area is perfect for holding a snack, wallet, keys and phone. Appreciate the extra water bottle holder to give me 3 water bottles on hot summer Texas days. Only gripe is I wish the interior pocket had a zipper to hold watch/rings.
reviewed by: Bostoj
Great bag for commuting. Would benefit from outside pocket for small items like wallet and keys. Was a little stiff to slide on my rack so greased with a little Vaseline.
Panniers make the bag quite wide when not in use, so only order this version if you think you'll use them.
On one of my first rides I happened to notice the bag had come unclipped, now always make sure the yellow clip is fully engaged. Might add a safety clip just in case, but this would detract from the convenience of sliding it off so easily. Overall much better than the side pannier I used to use.
reviewed by: tubeguy
Why did I wait so long to get this? Now I can bring a decent lunch to work instead of stuffing a sammie in my pocket. Changed my life (a little).
reviewed by: A Guest
I've put on about 110 miles so far with this bag. I ride to work and it holds everything I need pants/shirt/undergarments/u-lock/cable lock/etc. I love the quick release and the expanding capability. Good design though the panniers seem a little flimsy (I haven't had any issues with them yet). I would recommend it.
reviewed by: wjohnson
Good bag overall. Plenty of storage space, especially with paniers folded down. Racks for trunk bags are simple and quick to install. Usually ride about 20 miles per day with about 20 lbs of gear in the bag. The mounting racks help to better balance the bag, but at the expense of a little weight. Great bag though. with a nice carry handle. Seems to be made well.
reviewed by: cerbx7
It's a great design and mounts on the rack smoothly. It's balanced and the carrying handle is more than adequate. My only issue is that the zipper for the main compartment is thin and feels weak. I feel I have to be careful or it will bind, unravel and fail.