Reviews of Decathlon ELOPS 100 24 “-28” luggage rack

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If Ikea sold luggage racks, I suspect they would stock the Decathlon ELOPS 100; it comes in a flat pack and requires patience and time to assemble it, although all the necessary tools are provided. Once you have it on the bike, it does its job pretty well. It won’t fit all frames, so don’t assume it will fit on your bike, even if you bought your bike from Decathlon.

Construction and compatibility

According to the Decathlon website, the main frame is 100% steel; the rack is both aluminum and steel. The elements of the spring and the lever are made of polypropylene.

The entire rack tilts the scale at 1220g and has a maximum load guide of 10kg.

Compatibility claims on the website are varied. You may first read that it is compatible with “All 24” to 28 “bikes with frames fitted with inserts.” Scroll down a bit and here are some conflicting advice: “See compatibility with Decathlon bikes on the simulator at the top of the product sheet. As with other brands of bike, we cannot give any guarantees, since we are not able to test all bikes on the market Warning: not compatible with the following bike models: The B’Twin Original 7, road bikes, bikes with disc brakes, bikes not fitted with inserts on the wheel axle and on rear shrouds, suspension mountain bikes, and folding bikes. ”

A rather confusing guide, even for those who like to settle for bikes.

Some of the welds hint at a price of £ 12.99; it does not live up to the quality of this on racks of more reputable brands.

Assembly and riding

As mentioned, the entire rack is made of both aluminum and steel. Since it is not possible to weld these two assemblies, the ELOPS comes in several parts which bolt together. There weren’t any spare bolts or nuts in the pack, so be careful where you work to avoid losing any. The necessary tools are provided. The wrench is a good size for working around the frame and rack, but not really for tightening the bolts properly (in my opinion). I used a decent wrench for this – I’d rather be safe than sorry. Without sufficient torque, they would definitely loosen over time which could damage the wheel, bike, or in the worst case, yourself.

This “multi-piece” construction leads to the 10 kg limit. It’s an obvious thing to say, but if you overload it, it will be compromised in the long run.

I mounted the rack on a Triban RC520 womens disc bike. I had no problem upgrading it and getting a secure attachment. I also tried it on a Dolan Preffisio, it was not very successful, as you can see in the picture. In short, the luggage rack is not suitable for all bikes. Since it is flat packed, there is no way to know it until you have unpacked it and tried it out.

I had several saddlebags on the luggage rack, all without a problem. The V-shaped frame means a rigid-backed frame is the best option. If you ride a saddlebag, like Altura’s Thunderstorm City 20, you’ll have 9,150g left to play with. While this is more than enough for most commuters, don’t be caught off guard thinking that this will carry a good chunk of shopping – it just might not.

The spring loaded lever is ideal for securing loose clothing or small items at the top of the rack. I always used a bungee too, to make sure nothing came off. I also had a rack bag on the ELOPS 100 without a problem – a “universal” accessory (BTR).

The finish of the rack is not the most durable. After only a month of use, it shows signs of wear. You can see it in the photo of the dismantled rack, taken after removing it from the Triban.

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Height adjustment

(Image credit: Emma Silversides)

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Height adjustment

(Image credit: Emma Silversides)

Value and conclusion

At £ 12.99, this is possibly the cheapest rack I have ever come across. There are several questions you will need to answer if you are considering a purchase: will it fit? Can you ride it with confidence and safety? Does it offer the capacity you want? If you answer “yes” to all of these questions, it might be worth shouting out. Even so, there is no guarantee that it will outlast Topeak’s Explorer Disc, which has better weld quality, will fit a wider range of bikes, is more intuitive to ride, and can support up to 26 kg. It will set you back £ 38. If you want something with a spring bar and aren’t willing to spend that much, the Lifeline Alloy Luggage Rack could be an option for a price more than the ELOPS 100. The Brake Luggage Rack Halfords disc is also similar, with a spring bar, for £ 28.

The ELOPS 100 rack is certainly an affordable option, and not bad if you’re traveling light. However, it is not guaranteed to fit your bike and you will need to be a little patient if you assemble it yourself. For me, this is definitely a case where you get what you pay for. Personally, I would not pay for something that is not guaranteed and that limits my carrying capacity.

Characteristics

  • Product composition: Frame 100% Steel
  • Weight: 1220 g
  • Max load: 10kg
  • 2 years warranty
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