First Impressions: Racktime Top-It Rack & QubeIt Bag

When you think of bike racks, you probably think of the rear racks commonly found on touring and utility bikes.  In recent years, however, front racks have found renewed popularity among a wide range of cyclists and disciplines.  For riders seeking an alternative to the ubiquitous rear carrier, Racktime offers the Top-It front rack.

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Racktime’s Top-It mounted on the author’s Salsa Vaya.

The Top-It is constructed from 10mm diameter alloy tubing, and features a sturdy powdercoat finish.  Weight is a respectable 485 grams, and the maximum carrying capacity is 10kg (22 pounds).  Like the company’s other carriers, the Top-It is compatible with bags and accessories that use the Snap-It mounting system.

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The adjustable bracket fits a variety of bikes and forks.

Unlike other front racks that attach to the fork’s dropouts, the Top-It mounts to mid-fork (aka, low-rider) braze-ons (adapters are available for forks that lack such braze-ons).  A steel bracket secures the rack to the fork crown/steerer.  Installation was straightforward, and the rack didn’t interfere with my fender or disc brake caliper.  Once in place, I was impressed with the system’s rigidity.

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Early-morning commute with the Top-It and Cubeit.

Racktime’s Snap-It mounting system blends convenience and security in a single, easy-to-use format.  Our sample QubeIt bag could be quickly and easily removed, but remained securely attached even when ridden over bumpy dirt roads and trails.  Because of the Top-It’s height (compared to low-riders or a small rando-style rack), I did notice that very heavy loads affected my bike’s handling–producing a noticeable “wheel-flop” at slow speeds.  When paired with small panniers, however, the bike’s steering felt more natural.

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The QubeIt can be attached or removed by lifting the green lever.

I found the QubeIt’s 18-litre capacity spacious enough for daily winter commuting.  On the rare occasions that I needed a little more room, the bag expansion straps easily accommodated larger, bulkier items.  For off-the-bike use, a padded shoulder strap is included, and a high-viz rain cover keeps the bag’s contents dry.

The Top-It is available in black or silver, and retails for $54.95.  Racktime offers the QubeIt in black, red, blue, silver, grey, or brown ($76.00 MSRP).

Disclosure: Ortlieb USA provided review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.

6 thoughts on “First Impressions: Racktime Top-It Rack & QubeIt Bag

  1. I have a Racktime Top-It on my Kona Dr. Good commuting bike. On it rests a medium Wald basket In the basket rides a Sackville medium ShopSack. I also use a stretch net to hold everything tight. Works well for me.

      • Probably the most load I’ve carried up front was 10 lbs. I don’t seem to have any problems with wheel flop. The front end feels stable to me; though my riding style is fairly “conservative”. My tires are 700 x 40 Michelin City which I feel are helpful.

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