Bike racks for mountain bikes are designed to provide a secure and stable platform for mountain bikes to be stored or transported on. There are a variety of different bike racks available on the market, each with their own unique features and benefits.
Some of the most popular bike racks for mountain bikes include the hitch mount bike rack, the roof mount bike rack, and the trunk mount bike rack.
20 Best Bike Racks For Mountain Bikes
1. Yakima fullswing Hitch Bike Rack
Swings away with bikes loaded to provide ultimate access to vehicle.
Forget painstakingly taking your bikes off at every pit-stop just to grab the snack cooler or backpack in the trunk with the Yakima FullSwing. Solving the problem of loading and unloading gear when your bike rack is attached, the FullSwing effortlessly moves out of the way with up to four bikes attached.
Suddenly, road trips and family vacations just became a whole lot easier, especially with the constant demands of loading and unloading gear. Simply loosen the rack’s safety knob, pull the red pin, and rotate the rack away from your vehicle’s rear hatch.
You’re now able to access your vehicle’s gear and luggage, all without the hassle of removing each bike. The FullSwing accommodates up to four bikes, holding up to 150-pounds in weight. Yakima’s ZipStrips securely attach to all types of bikes, ranging from city cruisers to mountain bikes.
The rack’s arms fold down when it’s not in use for easier maneuverability and parking. Tool-free installation attaches to your two-inch receiver hitch without breaking a sweat. Plus, its locking SpeedKnob prevents thieves from stealing this rack from your vehicle while an integrated cable locks bikes to the rack itself for theft deterrent.
We’ve used this rack through two seasons of kids MTB racing and family rides. One season on a pickup and one on a mid-size SUV. As mentioned in other reviews, it barely fits 4 bikes, and they really need to be just the right size and frame shape.
Probably 4 road bikes with flat top tubes fit best. In the real world, we barely squeeze 3 MTBs (S, M & L) onto it, but must carefully wrap forks and chainstays with homemade pool noodle foam and Velcro to prevent damage from vibration, etc.
And you need to buy Yakima’s top-tube bridge things if you have any kind of funky top-tube or tight frame size. Top-tube/bridge and seat post are held securely in place by Yakima’s provided loose plastic clips which can be easy to misplace.
The rack does swing away nicely from even a dropped pickup tailgate, but you must unscrew the swing securing bolt each time you need access to the rear and redo it once closed. Hitch fit is pretty good and seems more dependent on small hitch receiver variations than the rack itself.
Some minor fading of the plastic parts after 18 months outside. Metal parts are still glossy and nice. Overall, this is really an OK rack for occasional 3 bike family use, especially if you’re not fussy about your bikes.
A 3-4 bike family with higher end bikes will probably want to look elsewhere. I’m probably moving on to a 4-bike tray rack.
This is not a 4 bike rack. I tried to fit 4 mountain bikes on it and there is no way to get all 4 on. I was able to cram 3 bikes on, though I had to remove 2 of the front tires to do so. Also one of the bikes we had would not fit on the rack at all, even by itself.
It is a standard Trek mountain bike but I could not get the frame over the rack arms. I thought maybe if I added a top bar to the bike that would work, but it did not. The arms are too thick to fit. Actually it is the holder for the bikes that is too big to fit through the frame.
Overall this was a huge disappointment. On the plus side, the swing arm does work well. I did have to get a drop hitch extension to make it work on my Jeep though, because the spare tire would hit the rack.
If you are looking for a 4 bike rack, do not buy this one.
I liked my previous Yakima bike rack so much that I bought the same one when the old one got totaled in a car wreck. I have had the new one for six months. At around month three, the swinging arm stopped lining up with the stationary part.
It no longer clicks into place. So every time I need to open and close it, I have to unscrew and then re-screw the bolt in the back. This never happened in the 10 year I had the other one. The straps that hold down your bikes are very cheap and get stuck.
The newer ratchet button-thingies are at really awkward angles now. I am looking at Kuat bike racks now. Done with Yakima and Thule.
From traveling to Napa for idyllic vineyard rides to Sedona’s high-desert singletrack, the Yakima HoldUp 2in Bike Rack is an invaluable companion for carrying road and mountain bikes to your favorite cycling destinations.
This sturdy, easy-loading rack attaches to your vehicle’s two-inch receiver hitch, ensuring a secure interface for hauling two bikes. As a cool bonus for family vacations and road trips with friends, Yakima offers a HoldUp +2 attachment (sold separately) that expands its carrying capacity to four bikes in total.
StrongArms firmly attach to your bikes’ wheels, securing those with wheel sizes ranging from 20 to 29-inches in diameter. This design safely accommodates a wide variety of bikes, ranging from carbon-frame road bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes equipped with 2.
5-inch tires. Side-to-side adjustments space out bikes for an ideal fit without rubbing. Plus, it tilts down when loaded with bikes, allowing you to access your vehicle’s trunk or rear hatch. And to deter theft, the HoldUp 2in features Yakima’s SKS locks for securing both the rack itself and attached bikes.
I live on Vancouver Island where we receive a fair amount of precipitation and the bike is on the car all year round. I bought this rack a few years ago. The arms rusted very quickly and wrecked the plastic at the arms joints.
Yakima was good about the warranty claim and replaced the first set of arms, but the second set quickly followed in the same footsteps as the first. 4 years later and I’m in the market for a new rack.
It rusted very quickly and is now super wobbly. If you can take good care of this rack, it’ll last a long time. If you’re like me and this thing is a year-round necessity, look for something a little more rugged.
Automatically positions your bike when you secure it, thanks to the uniquely designed frame holder and wheel tray. Quick and easy bike securing – the torque limiter dial controls the force going into the bike frame with a clear sign of correct mounting.
Improved mounting hardware fits most factory cross bar profiles. Pressure is spread via large, soft claw pads that adapt to your bike’s frame tubes – minimizing the risk of frame damage. Safe mounting – your bike is prevented from falling thanks to the claw’s extended lower jaw.
Stable wheels – firmly fixed in smartly designed wheel holders with diagonal quick-release wheel straps. Easy, tool-free interface for switching carrier from one side of your car to the other. Product details When you want to quickly go from 4 wheels to 2, enjoy the convenient loading and unloading of the upright Thule ProRide XT Bike Rooftop Rack.
It’s built tough to carry a bike weighing up to 44 lbs. Frame holder and wheel tray automatically position your bike when you secure it, giving you piece of mind while traveling.
I bought this to replace one of my Audi (Thule) brand fork mount carrier as my new bike, a Trek FX2 Disc has thru-skew fork, which means leaving the wheels on without the ability to fork mount. Fits on the Audi cross bars with the T-slot just like a factory component as Thule makes all of the Audi stuff.
They even have their Audi branded version of this but I didn’t not order as it was unavailable/backordered everywhere. I have this on top of an Audi Q3 and I am 6′ tall so I can use it fairly well without issue.
I did notice other reviewers saying they have to tilt the bike away from them to mount/dismount and they can’t see where to guide the wheel straps as they are on the opposite side of the wheel, etc. I can already see the issue they are having without them even providing photos.
They have mounted the carrier on the WRONG SIDE of the vehicle. The carrier comes out of the box to be mounted on the passenger side of the vehicle, making the jaw opening and wheel straps face the passenger side which facilitates you NOT having to tilt the bike away from you to mount or fasten wheel straps out of your view.
The mouth of the jaw should always be facing the side of the car you are putting the carrier on so when you put the bike up on the carrier, tilting it away from you would have the frame rest into the jaw holding the bike up for you.
It is possible to install the carrier on the drivers side simply by reversing the wheel trays by removing the end caps and sliding the trays off and back on flipped around. Also on the underside of the arm base there is 2 locks to unlock with a flathead screwdriver or even a butter knife.
Then you can flip the arm assembly so the jaw will accommodate mounting a bike from the driver’s side, this is what I did. NO part of the mounting process should have you tilting the bike away from your reach, if it does, you have the carrier set up for the wrong side of the vehicle.
The pro ride XT is slick and holds onto the bike very tight. It is very easy to use when you actually read the instructions and put it onto the right side! Who knew?! And when lined up properly and tightened right it had no wobble cruising at 100km/h and 80km/h with winds, other than small shakes.
Very impressed. Unfortunately It seems THULE decided that security should cost so you have to but the locks separately which just added to the already huge price. But it should last me a long time. It comes with T-slot adapters and square bar too so it can be used on different rigs.
Also it grabs meaty MTB tires with room to spare. She’s a banger of a rig overall.
I’ve been using this bike rack for a couple weeks now for my full suspension mountain bike. Today I was driving through a local parking lot going 10mph, the pavement was slightly uneven which created an intense side to side sway of my mountain bike.
In a flash, my frame had forced its way out of the locking frame clamp, swung down and created a decent sized dent in my A pillar. Note: the frame clamp was 100% torqued down and locked. My bike was struggling to hold on via the straps that hold the wheels in place.
If this bike rack can’t even handle an uneven parking lot, how could it possibly secure a bike while going highway speeds. I absolutely DO NOT recommend this rack.
A transport rack built with your bike in mind. This lightweight and versatile platform hitch rack is ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice. A Transport Rack Built with Your Bike in Mind. With its robust construction, eye-catching style and compact design that carries both bikes on a single bar, the SuperClamp is your bike’s new BFF.
This lightweight – yet mighty – platform hitch rack is ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice. Whether you’re hauling eBikes, beefy mountain bikes, your prized TT rig, or an assortment of bicycles, the SuperClamp’s dual shepherd’s hooks promise all bikes a truly secure ride without touching the bike’s frame.
And thanks to the SuperClamp’s tilting feature, no more unloading bikes to let the dog out of the back. Simply tilt down and release the hounds. Top it all off with integrated locks, a built-in bottle opener and head-turning reflectors, the SuperClamp 2-bike is proof that you can have your cake and eat it too.
There are so many great racks these days it was a tough choice. Here’s some pros and cons from me having just installed and loaded this for the first time. * EXCELLENT: Easy to install. Unlike an IKEA bookshelf this unit is mostly pre-assembled.
Only 5 bolts were used. For some vehicle hitches a socket wrench is likely a better choice than a crescent wrench (which is what the instructions suggest). Written instructions and diagrams were excellent.
* EXCELLENT: Bikes seem very well secured, with tire-only contact. * GOOD: Looks nice. There are other racks that look more cool or high tech, but this thing looks polished enough, and much better looking than my previous rust bucket rack * GOOD: Integrated locking system.
It is so well integrated that at first I thought I was missing something “wait, wasn’t this supposed to have some kind of locking feature?” I found the cables after a moment and found them easy to use.
I would prefer it if they were a little longer and tougher looking (more visual deterrent to someone thinking about using bolt cutters). Also, I wish they were partially retractable for times you don’t need the full length.
making it harder to get a good angle with a grinder or cutter. GOOD: Isolating bikes from each other. Make no mistake it will always be a jigsaw puzzle fitting 4 full size bikes in such a small space (and to be fair I have only loaded two so far), but with the offset positioning of the wheel trays, etc.
I am feeling good about my chances. Also, once the bikes are clamped, they can’t really move at all so I don’t expect to see unexpected contact from swaying, etc. * MEH: Plastic wheel trays and straps feel vulnerable to breaking.
I am trying to take it easy on them after reading of others accidentally breaking them. * MEH: Easier to load than my last rack, but not as fluid to load as an upright system like Velocirax, Alta, Recon, etc.
You need a strong and long-limbed adult to lift each bike up and into place before securing. Since you are trying to hold the bike horizontally in the air and control both wheel positions at the same time, it feels more physically challenging than just hoisting a front wheel into a basket Velocirax style.
* MEH: The rectangular tubing shaft which goes into the receiver hitch didn’t fit tightly in my receiver, allowing for some wiggle with other the poor hitch bolt to handle potential swaying/twisting loads.
I think I will add one of those tightener accessories to lock down the interface more Once I have more experience with it I will update with any major new pros or cons.
Have owned this bike rack for 6 mos and very pleased with it. Load mostly all mountain bikes without issues once you figure out ideal loading order of your various bike sizes. My only gripe is the clunky threaded metal piece or bracket that goes inside the of the rack arm that enters the hitch on my vehicle.
Have to carefully place and slide in so that thread stays aligned to where bolt goes in, otherwise you have fish for it and pull it out again, reset it and try again. This could have easily been resolved by making a better fitting threaded bracket instead of having to fish for it if not aligned perfectly.
Otherwise as stated before, very pleased with the overall quality and steadiness. Haves used the locks as well. No issues. Would definitely recommend and would buy again especially since I am able to put on and take off fairly easily due to manageable weight of the rack which is below 80# compared to competitors.
If you are contemplating needing a solid rack that is adjustable and will carry a variety of sizes of bikes, then this is your answer. I replaced my Kuat that I had that was very clunky and a total pain to use with this Saris Superclamp EX.
The hitch mount is very straight forward and the mechanisms, mounting trays, and wheel clamps are very sturdy compared to others what I have used before. Once mounted to the vehicle the rack is super sturdy and does not move like some cheaper racks.
I am running a 29er, 27. 5, and a 24 inch bike, but it will also accomodate a smaller 20 inch bike as well. When you have it collapsed and upright, it is very easy to get it in/out of the hitch mounts to take it on/off.
This rack is worth every penny and replacement parts are readily available if needed as well but I haven’t had any issues with mine. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
The Steadyrack MTB Rack is a revolutionary bicycle storage rack. The MTB Rack is designed specifically for bikes with larger tires like mountain bikes and electric bikes. It can be mounted to virtually any wall and its patented design allows it to swivel almost 180 degrees to either side.
This allows the Steadyrack bike rack to fold flat when empty, helping to conserve space. It accommodates most models with tires from 1. 95 inch up to 2. 8 inch wide and supports the storage of multiple units at least 14 inch apart.
This vertical bike rack is engineered to last and built to the highest quality standards. It is the perfect rack for storing bikes in garages, apartments or at the office. There’s also no need to lift your bike when placing it in the holder.
We have 8 bikes (and growing) including MTB, road, gravel, hybrid and Ebikes. We have tried several different of Bike storage products over the years – both floor and wall mounted and still ended up with a cluttered garage with no space to access anything else.
I decided to try one last solution and buy the steadyrack fat bike version for our 2 MTBs. Instantly the garage had some space again. I then bought the standard version for our Hydrids and the fender version for the road bikes with mudguards.
Now all 8 bikes are on the walls. The great thing about the steadyrack is that provided you have 30 cm of wall space you can fit in a bike. It doesn’t matter if the handlebars are 750mm wide – the bike still doesn’t get in the way because the bikes can be swung out of the way effortlessly with just 1 finger.
Getting the bikes on and off the rack is a breeze – it takes a few practice attempts – but if the wife can rack/unrack her 30Kg trekking Ebike then trust me anyone can handle any bike. The racks aren’t cheap and most people will need a few – if you are unsure, just buy one and try it and then buy more as funds permit.
Fantastic product, easily holds my e-bike (25kg) and make storage easy. The frame it well made and the swing action is perfectly balanced between easy swing away but also enough frictin to remain in place while loading and unloading.
The only improvement I would suggest is to make the top and botttom bolt covers a bit easier to remove after fitment. I had to relocate mine and ended up breaking off two of the plastic tabs trying to remove the cover.
Not a big deal, the covers still stay in place and the tabs can’t be seen.
We had a couple of ‘gravity’ racks that sat up against the wall – they were impossible for the kids to reach the top bikes, so there were always a couple in the way in the garage. The SteadyRack makes it possible for the littles to now get their bikes down and then independantly re-rack them at the end of use.
They are actually excited to be able to put them away, because the process is fun, and we all appreciate how they now have a dedicated home on the wall. Although the are designed to bolt directly to the wall studs, the placement would not accommodate for the spacing we needed.
Found a way to leverage some ‘Gear Rack’ from a blue-box-store, and using 5/8x18x1″ elevator bolts with a washer on them to take up the slack was able to create an infinitely configurable system. The SteadyRack is an incredibly stable and robust rack system – it has made a significant difference to how our family stores and accesses our bikes and we’ve been able reclaim a significant amount of floor space in the garage.
Great buy, great value! I would not hesitate to purchase these again, and can recommend them 10 out of 10!.
Light, strong, and always ready to roll, the SingleSpeed hitch rack is built for solo travel. Ready for any kind of bike – road, mountain, fat, or BMX – the StrongArm hook ensures your bike is secure and protected, holding the bike tight by the wheels, and babying those carbon frames and painted surfaces.
Lightweight, hitch mounted tray rack that carries one bike without frame contact. StrongArm hook secures bike at wheels, protecting painted surfaces and carbon frames. Fits 20” to 29” wheel sizes and tires up to 5” wide.
Folding wheel cup and compact design keeps the rack out of your way when not in use. Fits both 1. 25” and 2” hitch receivers right out of the box.
Owned for 3 months, used 3x a week. This rack is lightweight and easy to install/remove. I’ve had 27. 5” and 29” mountain bikes on this, both with 2. 6” tires. Never a problem getting the bar over the tires.
I’ve tested this rack over posted speeds just to see if there was any issues and found none. The one thing I’d like to see Yakima change is the length in the cable locks, they always seem too short for my liking.
The one this I am not thrilled about is the flex when rolling over off camber bumps or drives. It just would give me peace of mind if it didn’t do that. Also, it sits close to the vehicle and doesn’t flip up which I would like to have.
I’m satisfied with my overall impressions for the price paid.
I have a 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL with a 2″ hitch receiver and standard spare tire. I never need to transport more than one bike and I wanted something light that would be easy to install and remove as needed.
I was afraid this rack would not clear the spare tire. It does with no problem. I have carried my road bike and a mountain bike on several test runs and purposely went over speed bumps and railroad tracks.
The bike was very stable. At 70 mph on the highway, there was no issue. I have seen one review that stated the rack was not stable in a 2″ receiver. I did not find that to be the case. When installing, the knob should be tightened as tight as possible.
Then wiggle the rack and tighten more. The rack will be stable in a 2″ receiver. The tailgate will only open a couple inches with the rack installed with no bike loaded. I’m OK with this because the rack is easily removed and installed.
At 25 lbs, it is easy to remove and store in the garage when not needed. The rack includes a cable in front in addition to the ratcheting tie down for the rear wheel. I like having the extra protection of the cable while transporting the bike.
The cable is advertised as a security cable to prevent theft. I’m not convinced it lives up to that. I’m pretty sure I could break the cable loose. The rack also has a lock that secures it to the receiver.
Sturdy, well-engineered carrier for single bike. Installs and can be removed quickly and easily. Slight lateral motion when driving, but minimal. Bike seems very secure. My only issue with the rack is, while reported to be able to accommodate tires up to 5″, it is difficult to move front bar over my 4.
8″ tire. I doubt any wider tire would fit as it is a bit of a struggle to get the bar seated over my tire. Otherwise, I would readily give the rack a 5 star rating.
You want fast and easy? You want secure? Then you want the Yakima HighRoad Upright Roof Rack. The HighRoad does it all and it does it with no problems. Wheel removal is not required, so you won’t have to but an additional through-axle adapter for mountain bikes, and the rack works with 26″, 27.
5″, 29″ and 700c wheels up to 3. 25″ wide. All your bikes, from the sleek road racer to the floaty fat bike, will be welcomed aboard the HighRoad. Hoops hold the front wheel, and are easily secured by twisting the large TorqueRight knob.
The rear wheel is held by an adjustable position tray with a ratcheting strap. Installation takes less than ten minutes. There’s really no way to lose with the Yakima HighRoad.
This is a sturdy roof bike rack that does the job well (assuming you can follow instructions – I had no issues with loading, slipping, falling off or anything else). Not having to remove the wheel (and carry it in the car) is a big plus.
We took this on local drives and a 400-mile round trip on highways at up to 80 MPH and it worked great. Note that if you have a kids’ or other small wheel (20”) bike this rack cannot accommodate it, and you’ll have to use the Yakima FrontLoader to do the same job (which I otherwise don’t recommend, the HighRoad is superior in every other way).
Pluses of the HighRoad: * aerodynamic when collapsed down * easily fits factory, Yakima, and other racks * really easy to install and remove (after going through the instructions the first time) * Turning the locking knob does not involve awkward/tiring torque of your hand (though it does take a lot of turning) * The locking knob has a comfortable grip and provides audible feedback when properly dialed (it clicks when at proper torque).
* The retracting locking cable is smartly designed and out of the way when driving (Yes, the locks are an additional purchase) * the HighRoad has dual front rack clamps for a more secure grip As others have noted, taller vehicles (like my Ford Escape SUV) will be a bit more awkward to load, especially full-sized bikes.
But I had no problem (being tall) and a stool would work well, If the rear (sliding) wheel tray is properly placed, there are no issues with the bike sliding onto the roof or rack as one reviewer experienced.
I combined the 20% off REI Anniversary Sale coupon, some gift cards, and my dividends to get the Yakima Highroad bike rack. I was able to utilize my existing Yakima BedRock truck bed crossbars that I use with my Yakima FatCat6 ski rack in the winter.
Unlike my previous MTB fork-mount setup, this allows me to keep my bike’s front wheel on, my truck’s tailgate to close and not obstruct my rear view camera, still retain all my truck bed space, and is more sturdier/secure for those long MTB roadtrips.
Yakima states that the max. bike wheelbase for this mount is 48″. My Orbea OCCAM is a Large size and has a wheelbase of 46. 18″, so I had to move (shorten) the rear tire mount inward a few clicks on it’s track from it’s maximum position to get it centered under the rear axle.
I could definitely see some longer trail/enduro XL/XXL size bikes possibly having issues with their rear tire hanging off the rear mount or not fitting at all. Online ordering and the curbside pickup was a breeze at my REI Fort Worth, TX location!.
I got this a few weeks ago and happy I did. I also have a Thule Outride 3 for my hatch back. I cant use the Thule on a carbon bike. This installed on my roof cross bars in minutes, securing a bike and removing it also takes minutes.
The only concern are bridge clearances. You need to measure from the highest point on your bike to the ground and then PAY ATTENTION to bridges. I have a small SUV. Probably wont work in the North East if you have a large SUV.
Top to bottom for me id 8’8″ I will eventually buy a second, It also stores easily in a closet. Unlike my Thule. All the reviews are correct. Easy to use and keeps my bike secure. Its 4 stars because locks should be included.
I bought those later and they too were easy to install. Very satisfied with this product.
DR TRAY DrTray is light, durable, secure, and takes it all on—road, mountain, and fat bikes with 5″ tires. And it’s adaptable—add the EZ+1 to carry a third bike. Trays can slide side to side for a better fit -no pedals gouging paint or brake levers cutting saddles.
Attachment is simple with the locking SpeedKnob, the tilt lever is accessible and easy, and the rack folds for easy transport. Exceptional security is built in with a comprehensive SKS cable lock system.
This rack is a bit on the heavy side compared to Yakima’s premium (as in over $800) two-tray rack which drops down to allow the vehicle rear door to open with bikes loaded, but in addition to being much less expensive than that rack, the spacing between the trays is adjustable, which is a nice feature & worth the weight penalty.
The handle which operates the adjustment release requires some hefty hand strength & a little wiggling to retract the retaining pin in order to drop the rack down, or to fold it upright when not carrying bikes, but that’s the only issue I’ve discovered.
This rack is amazing. Very solid construction so I have no anxiety bringing my bikes around on long, even bumpy, rides. Simple to put together and attach to a hitch. It allows you to pull the rack further down so you can get into your trunk even when the bikes are mounted.
After researching hitch racks I decided to purchase the Yakima DrTray over the Thule that has been rated #1. The thing I was concerned about is the weight of the racks when removing from the vehicle and the ease of changing the positions of the rack when on the vehicle and when the bikes are on the rack.
All my other roof rack items are Yakima and they have worked flawlessly over the years. I can only say that the DrTray met all the concerns with its ease on loading, positioning and removing from the vehicle.
I would highly recommend the Yakima DrTray to anyone who is looking to purchase a quality hitch rack.
Tired of overly complex bike racks and poorly built alternatives that cause concern at highway speeds? Pick up the Yakima HalfBack 2 Bike Rack for quick mounting, easy-carrying convenience and secure attachment for two bikes.
The HalfBack 2 effortlessly mounts to your vehicle’s trunk or rear hatch with its four-strap attachment and QuickTrigger II HUB design. To ensure scratch-free mounting, Yakima provides coated buckles for the strap attachments and premium padded feet to protect your trunk.
This modern rack easily secures your favorite road and mountain bikes without requiring a rear hitch or roof rack, holding up to 60-pounds in total weight. SuperCush ZipStrip cradles make loading and unloading extremely simple, safely holding bikes without scratching their paint.
Plus, the rack’s folding arms collapse when it’s not in use for compact travel and storage. There’s also a built-in bottle opener for frosty beverages upon return to your vehicle.
Very solid, very heavy. Fit our 2021 Mazda CX 30 perfectly. No problems transporting bikes over semi-tough terrain. Box states 2x SKS keys included, but they were not included. Not sure what they were for.
Overall, very satisfied with purchase and shipping (although there was a big tear/hole on side of box- no damage). Would highly recommend!.
Although it’s only for two bikes or 70 lbs. this carrier looks like it could hold much more. I feel very confident putting my very expensive bikes on this well made equipment. Doesn’t scratch my car or my bikes.
Description Whether you are an avid mountain biker or a casual rider, you will want CURT along for the ride. CURT bike racks offer both versatility and quality and are available in several different styles to fit your needs.
CURT standard hitch-mounted bike racks are anything but average. They feature an adjustable shank to fit either a 1 1/4″ or 2″ receiver and allow use on most trailer hitch classes. Our standard bike racks also come with several useful features, including an anti-wobble shank to reduce noise and keep bikes more secure, and a compact design for easy storage.
They feature adjustable arms to accommodate various bike heights and styles, and the arms can be folded down, when not in use, to remain out of the way. The tilt-down design built into our standard bike racks allows you easier access to the rear of your vehicle whenever necessary.
This particular CURT standard bike rack is able to hold up to two bikes and features a maximum load limit of 90 lbs. To protect it against the elements and the trail ahead, this bike rack comes with a durable black powder coat finish.
Features Adapter sleeve allows mounting on either 1 1/4″ or 2″ receiver tube Securely holds up to two bikes with a max weight capacity of 90 lbs.
This product got the job done with one gripe: we have a 2 inch receiver on our vehicle and this rack has a plastic adapter that wraps around the smaller shank for the smaller receivers. Because it is a plastic adapter there was a little play making the bikes a little wobbly in transit.
Like I said, it works, but at first I was a little concerned. The company could have made the adapter metal to avoid this. All in all, a decent product.
So far we used this for 4 mountain/hybrid bikes on a 7-hour round-trip drive. Easy to install on our Honda Odyssey. Our old rack was half the price, but it bent on the last trip. This rack doesn’t look like it would ever bend.
We didn’t even have to secure any wheels with bungee cords. the straps and arms were enough to hold everything steady. I don’t have a big garage so I like how this one stores easily; it’s the main reason I didn’t purchase a platform-style rack.
After much research this is the best 4 bike hitch rack on the market under $350 It’s solid, the straps are good, bikes are well spaced, good distance out from hitch, fits 1 1-4 and 2 inch receivers without sacrificing strength.
You may buy another rack but you will pay more and your weight capacity will more than likely be lower. (180 pounds) I wrote this review to save you time, I am confident you cannot do better than this hitch.
Thule DoubleTrack Pro XT 2 Hitch Bike Rack – The Thule DoubleTrack Pro XT is a lightweight 2-bike platform hitch rack that that accomodates a wide variety of bikes. Padded hooks slide down over your bike’s top tube and integrated locks keep it secure when traveling or parked.
Sliding wheel trays are easily adjusted to fit bikes of all different sizes. The Thule DoubleTrack Pro XT is a great option for both versatility and value.
The Thule Double Track Pro XT is a great in-between platform rack for 2″ or 1 1/4″ hitches for two bikes based on cost. Heavy duty enough for bike stability and durability but not too heavy to carry from the storage area to the hitch.
It has well built plastic cups (wheel trays) for both front and rear wheels with straps to hold the wheels extra securely while the user is locking down the frames. The straps ratchet tightly and include a sliding pad to protect the rim finish.
They can be laced into the wheel tray one way to allow for fat tires or laced another way to fit narrow road bike tires. The center mounted mast has ratcheting arms with cushioned hooks to hold down both bike frames and both lock to prevent theft.
There are no locking cables to bother with and the single key works for the 2 bike locks on the ratcheting arms and the lock on the hitch bolt. The hitch bolt is 19mm and secures the rack tightly in the receiver preventing excessive wobble.
The rack comes ready to use for 2″ receiver hitches, but there is a set screw that can be removed to slide off the sturdy shank adapter that fits over the 1 1/4″ core. This makes it usable for both typical hitch receiver sizes.
The wheel trays adjust easily side to side with cam locks to tighten and there is a tray for each wheel for extra stability. The instructions guide the user to install them so the curved opening is facing away from the mast which adds to the secure hold on the tires.
The mast hooks that press down on the bike cross bars can flip either direction. This was helpful when my wife’s step through frame required the hook to be moved farther left of the mast to press down on the lowest and most flat portion of the cross bar.
The wheel trays allowed adjustment so the mast arm came down very close to the seat tube part of the frame. The round center button at the base of the mast is very large and unlocks the mast from the down or up positions.
I found that when I needed one hand to hold the bike and one to pull up the mast, I could hit the mast button with my knee or a foot to release it. The HitchSwitch lever lets you tilt the rack away from the vehicle with bikes loaded to access cargo area.
When bikes are not loaded, the same lever allows the user to fold the platform up and closer to the back of the vehicle. There is plenty of room between the rack and the hitch to access the HitchSwitch or the receiver bolt.
I am grateful that a company like Thule made this intermediate platform rack with sturdy plastic trays for the tires. I did not like what I saw in less expensive platform racks that had simple, slighlty curved wire rectangles to hold the tires.
I would have preferred this rack be availible with a one or two bike add-on system. I could not justify a $900 2-bike rack then have to add-on an additional $500-600 for 2 more bikes. There were some Thule platformn racks like the T2 Classic that were $550 + $400 for the two items.
This is my second Thule rack. The first one gets a 5 rating. My issues here are with the lack of instructions and “cautions. ” First, the instructions are entirely pictorial and difficult to follow, at least for me.
Example, instead of “tighten securely with provided wrench” we get a bulging bicep. After the fact, I found a few comprehensive 10-15 minutes videos on YouTube that were helpful but too late. Start here, not with the provided instructions.
Second, the rack does work with a step-through bike. Would have been a nice cautionary note in the product description. But for $40 more, Thule will sell you a cross bar to make the rack functional. Even with this cross bar, it is difficult to get both vertical supports tight using a step through cross bar bike and a standard bike.
Third, the rack does not have a serial number, which precludes the buyer from registering the warranty. This lack of serial number, supposedly from not being produced in the USA, was also noted on various web postings, but not by Thule, which simply instructs the buyer to enter it to register the rack.
Still unclear how to register. Finally, never start your bike unload process without the vertical bar being tightly in place to secure the bikes. I loosened the vertical bar and left the wheel straps secure.
The bike, being held in place by only the wheel straps tilted and snapped both the “shoes” where the bike sits. Given I cannot register the rack to explore replacement parts, appears my best option us to buy two replacement “shoes” for $40 each on Amazon.
So, my “usable” rack will cost an additional $120 with much aggravation in the middle. I understand the costs saves of universal packaging materials and instructions to avoid multi-language manuals. That said, I would have gladly paid an extra $5 for better instructions and FAQs to avoid these pains.
If you are thinking about buying this rack, do your homework first.
I was going to do a car top bike holder on my Thule roof rack but with an SUV, that just seemed like it would be tough with a large bike. Went with this instead. Fairly simple to put together and holds the bikes really well.
As someone else said in a video, the locking mechanisms for the bikes themselves could be removed (while locked) by someone with an Allen wrench, but it’s a deterrent, not a fail safe. Don’t leave bikes unattended for long.
The locking mechanism for the rack to the hitch, however, is solid. No easy way to get past that so I don’t worry about the rack disappearing overnight, even parked on the street. One negative with Thule, though, is their utterly abysmal customer support.
I lost my keys on the first ride. That meant I couldn’t even remove the rack from the hitch. There was no way for me to be sure what kind of key I needed because the Spare parts page doesn’t list it.
I emailed and waited. And waited. 8 days later, I got an email response. REI had already helped me out, thankfully, with their set of master keys and advice how to order a new set. But if you need help, CALL Thule.
Don’t bother emailing unless you want ti feel ignored for over a week.
At the intersection of lightweight, durable & stylish is the Bones Hitch 2-bike. Inspired by the Italian design & function of our best-selling Bones trunk rack, the arching lines of this rack is more than attention grabbing – it’s functional, too.
Brought to life by materials sourced within 300 miles of our headquarters in Madison, WI, the Bones Hitch is 100% American Made right down to the final touches. The Bones Hitch is also available in a 3-Bike & 4-Bike version.
Bought this a week before moving across the country. Even when hitting some pretty questionable potholes on backroads, this rack held steady! Paired with a uhaul hitch on my 2011 crv and it’s solid. Very easy to take the bike off and on.
I did use a strap to secure the front tire to keep it from moving around when I was driving- definitely recommend that for longer hauls.
I like this rack, it’s easy to use and fairly well built. However, it’s basically impossible to secure your bike to this rack unless you have a very long cable. I bought the lock and cable Saris sells and it is too short to wrap around my hitch, and there is no place on the rack to secure the cable.
It’s a poor design. There are two openings at the top, but they are narrow and you can not fit a cable through it.
Fits 2 in. hitch receivers Carries up to 2 bikes Tilt away design Hitting the road with two bikes propped up on your roof is one thing. But, what do you do when the whole family’s ready to go along for the ride? Brush off breaking down your bikes and instead load them all onto the Rhino-Rack Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier.
Rolling with two cycles in tow is a breeze with the Rhino-Rack Hitch Mounted Bike Rack. Boasting a durable steel frame design, padded cradles, rubber straps and more, your two-wheelers always stay secure during transport.
And, this hitch mounted bike rack features fold-down, swing-away arms, so grabbing gear in your cargo area is quick and painless.
I love the levers to drop & raise the rack – when it clicks in, it’s really solid & by the design of it, it cannot fall out of place. I purchased it with the intention of buying a locking pin to replace the hitch pin – unfortunately on this model, it’s not possible.
There is threading on the inside of the hitch pin area for the bolt that it comes with, which makes the area too small to fit a straight locking 1/2″ pin through the area. I ordered & returned several pins before I realized it’s just not possible without going to a 1/4″ pin, which I was not interested in trying.
Rhino Rack offers a locking end piece but it is not compatible with this hitch pin per my research. Instead, I bought a regular padlock and slipped it through the cotter pin hole – boom, locked. The rubber straps are heavy duty & I loved that they included a strap for securing the wheels – when the bikes are strapped in, they’re not going anywhere.
I researched a lot of bike racks online and this was the 2nd one we bought after a failed & returned high end carrier. There are not many 2” hitch only 2 bicycle racks. Most are combo 2” & 1& 1/4” hitches.
We are recreational riders and looking for a good price point. Got a great deal at Moosejaw on discount and free shipping. The bike rack is well made, sturdy and easy to assembly. I’m in my 70’s and I can lift the rack by myself.
It is attractive looking and the quality one expects from Rhino Rack.
This rack shipped fast and was packaged to keep the box contents very safe. Straightforward to assemble. Used for the first time driving from Knoxville to Detroit and back. There was a very small amount of wobble in the hitch, and hours of wind hitting the bike slid one of the cradles forward so my bike did not sit at a 90 degree on the carrier anymore, but it worked as intended besides that.
I like how smooth and easy it is to use the handles to raise and lower the moveable parts of the hitch. Rack does not come with the vertical bar pad shown in the photo. It would be nice if this came with a couple more rubber straps, I used all of them on my one bike during the long commute to keep it from wobbling.
Plug Thule’s trailer hitch mounted T1 Single Bike Hitch Rack into your receiver and enjoy the convenience of carrying your bike on the rear of the car. Never struggle to put a heavy bike on a high roofline and avoid the horrible bike to driveway/parking garage collision embarrassment.
The rack secures your bike quickly, without frame contact, with a ratcheting arm eliminating the chance of damaging a carbon top tube with excessive pressure or scratches from bungees or straps. When not in use, the carrier easily folds up.
The rack comes sized for 2 and 1-1/4-inch trailer hitches, and you can secure the rack to the hitch receiver with the STL2 lock. Your bike is safe and secure to the rack with the integrated cable lock, so you can grab a post-ride burrito with the crew.
The Transport T1 uses wheel-only locking so it easily handles mountain, downhill, fat bikes and ebikes with wheels ranging from 20 to 29-inches and up to 5-inch wide tires without adapters. Thule’s Transport T1 is easily capable of handling bikes of up to 60lb.
This bike rack was perfect for what I needed. I bought a 2008 Subaru Impreza last summer and always struggled to slide my bike into the trunk and had to use a bungee cord strapped to my passenger seat to keep it from falling out when accelerating up a hill.
(I never had this problem with my 1999 VW Golf as I was able to slide my bike into the hatchback completely and close the hatch. ) Finally rolled up my sleeves and installed a hitch and the T1 bike rack on the weekend.
Everything went smoothly for the most part. This bike rack feels remarkably strong, is rugged, and looks like it will maintain good appearance for many years with its thick black coating. Securing my bike was quick and easy.
The rack didn’t wiggle much when I took it for a test drive with the bike attached. I tried sudden panic stops and maneuvers as if to avoid a dangerous pothole and the bike rack held the bike just fine.
My only complaint was steps 4 and 5 in the instructions. For someone such as myself who has never owned or installed a hitch mounted bike rack before, I had trouble figuring out exactly how and where to mount the assembly onto the rotating arm.
There is a label indicating ideal horizontal placement, but nothing for vertical placement. The instructions only have a drawing indicating that you should stay above the THULE label. Well I wasn’t sure how far above, so I left it loose at first, and in trying to figure out the ideal height, the assembly slid down and, without me realizing at first, scraped off half of the T in THULE.
I only noticed once I rotated the arm up. After this, I determined that the ideal height for my car (so that nothing will touch the rear bumper) is to put the assembly as high as possible, flush with the handle.
I have a professional label machine so I can print another label that says THULE, but it was annoying not to have a minimum vertical placement notch in the metal that could have prevented me from scuffing up THULE in the first place.
Almost lost my Mate X bike on the highway! The front tire holder is not deep enough and strong enough to hold a 60lbs fat tire bike!!! Front tire just kept slipping out of the sleeve. After about 15 miles I literally watched my bike flip backwards on the rack in the rear view mirror at 65mph on the highway.
Thought that was it for the bike. Rear wheel strap and the locking cable on the rack prevented the bike from falling off the rack completely, but my fork got scratched pretty badly. Can’t imagine what the driver behind me must have felt at that moment.
Had to stop and readjust the bike 5 times after that during a 100 mile trip and felt like the bike can fall backwards at anytime! If you getting this rack to transport heavy electric fat tire bikes – stay away!.
Getting the whole gang out for a ride has never been easier! The FourTimer is the ideal hitch rack for up to 4 bikes of all shapes and sizes. Perfect for fat bikes, bikes with fenders and women’s specific bikes.
Converts to a two-bike rack in minutes and tilts down when not in use for rear-of-vehicle access. Transport up to four bikes regardless of frame design, suspension, or wheel size. Ideal for fat bikes, kids’ bikes and fenders.
Low tray height for quick and easy loading and unloading of bikes. Converts from a 4 bike rack to a 2 bike rack in minutes. Folds down with bikes loaded for rear-of-vehicle access. Folds up when not in use.
SKS Hitch lock included Fits 2″ hitch receiver only. FatStraps (not included) are necessary for carrying fat bikes Maximum bike weight 45lbs/20. 5 kg ( Total maximum load 180lbs/82 kg).
We just used this for our first road trip with our bikes and it held up great! Bikes were snug. Able to fit kids bikes 16” and 24” and 2 adult mountain bikes. So easy to adjust to for different wheel sizes and heights.
I was disappointed that one of the pins is attached by a cable with a plastic washer. That washer busted day 1 of using the rack. I expected considering the price and brand’s reputation that they would use better quality parts to put this bike rack together.
Easy to install. Easy to get four bikes on including two kids bikes. Have to spend a few minutes adjusting wheel supports the first time I loaded the bikes, but now that is set, it takes seconds to load a bike.
Very sturdy, yet not too heavy. Very secure No bouncing while driving. No sagging. I appreciate the hitch pin key lock so I don’t have to worry about the rack getting stolen from the car. Zip bands to secure the wheels to the rack are very convenient.
The screw that kept the removable locking pin attached to the rack when the pin was not engaged (via a thin metal cable) may have been plastic and broke after two uses of the rack. It’s okay because it isn’t needed to operate the rack, and just forces me to put it back in after changing the rack position (folded up or extended out for use), which is a good thing to not forget to so anyways.
I recently bought my Yakima rack and took a 300 miles trip. PROS: The bikes stay in place through all the bumps in the road. Easy to adjust from 4 bikes to 2 bikes set up. Easy to put together. CONS: Very very heavy, over 70 lbs.
The design is off, difficult to load/unload the bike by yourself. The middle poles that hold the bikes are in the way when loading and unloading. No lock or cable, have to provide your own (at this price point, should come with it).
Attaching to the hitch requires a wrench. Black screw that holds wire to the pin came off before I even assembled it. Screw needs to be a metal one, not plastic. I contact customer support and they said it’s not an option.
They gave me the screw size and said to go buy your own.
A solid and durable construction, the Thule Trailway Hitch Mount 2-Bike Rack transports your bikes safely to the trails or course. This car rack fits both 1 ? and 2? receivers with the included adaptor.
Fit up to 2 bikes in the anti-sway cages for secured protection and travel. When youre not biking, the switch levers allow the arms to fold down and tilt the carrier away from the car. FEATURES:Carries up to 2 bikes Fits both 1 ” and 2 inch hitch receivers with the included adaptorBike cradles with detachable anti-sway cages hold bikes securely and prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-vehicle contact Hitch switch levers allows arms to fold down when not in use and tilts carrier away from vehicle for trunk, hatch or tailgate access High-strength steel construction.
After studying some of the other reviews I purchased this carrier for my SUV and tried it out yesterday on a 60 mile trip to a local bike trail. The rack was set up in no time and the my bike (traditional design) fit on the rack with no issues at all.
It’s important to tighten the rubber straps rather hard to prevent the bike from tilting or slipping sideways, and I would also recommend installing the additional no-sway bracket as well the the additional polyester strap (both come with the carrier) securing the bike firmly against the carrier while the car is in motion.
After installing all those straps and brackets, less than 5 minutes, the bike felt very secure. While driving, sometimes up to 75 mph, I watched the bike in the rear view mirror. No vibrations, no moving parts, no swaying.
When back home it took one minutes to detach the carrier from the car. Overall, it’s a great carrier and exceeded my expectations. Would definitely buy again.
It’s been doing the job. It’s sturdy but there is too much wiggle in the lower neck where you release (to drop low) it to allow the tailgate/hatchback of your vehicle to open. Instructions aren’t so great.
I guess I’m supposed to know that the holders (with the straps) can be moved farther away from each other so that my two bikes have more space. I have wasted money because reviewers have suggested purchasing the $35+ Thule lock kit with the longer bolt.
I found out that full-service brush car washes will not accept the car with the bike rack on it. At Lowe’s today, I bought a 5/8 hitch pin with a lock (and keys) for $16, which means that I can now remove the bike rack easily (without needing a wrench to unscrew the tightly torqued bolts, which could be either the short bolt that came with it or the longer Thule screw-in bolt with the lock that I bought separtaely.
) So, this is a real “duh” moment. After wasting money in the Thule bolt with lock, at least with the Lowe’s hitch pin it can be easily removed to get a full service car wash. I live in Pittsburgh, so I don’t anticipate riding during the cold, snowy, and salty-street cold season.
This is a very good solid bike rack. There are more expensive Thule racks with added features like integrated locks and easier to install, but this is a good rack. It is easy to install. It has a bolt that goes in place of the hitch pin.
It includes a small wrench that I leave in my car. I can install or remove it in 2 minutes flat. Very easy. The bolt stops any hitch rattle and makes the rack slightly harder to steal. The thief needs a wrench.
Any determined thief will have your rack. The bikes stay in place quite well and the whole set-up is solid. The rack easily fold down to open your hatch. It will also fold down with bikes loaded, but it requires a reasonable degree of strength to push it back up with bikes loaded.
The Thule Easyfold XT 2-Bike Rack for 1-14 or 2-inch receiver is a user-friendly bike carrier for all types of bikes. In a simple two-step operation you mount the carrier on the receiver hitch unfold it and its ready to use all in a matter of seconds.
Thule EasyFold XT gives you the freedom to bring almost any bike on your car on distant traveling as well as when you only need the bike for a short trip. When you dont use it Thule EasyFold is neatly stored in the trunk of your car or in your home.
Also comes with a conveniently removable ramp for easy loading and unloading of your bikes.
I purchased this unit for an ebike (Trek Allant +7). Due to the weight of the bike, the presence of fenders and the easy-entry configuration of the frame (downtube only), very few bike racks were compatible.
No assembly is required on the rack and it comes with locks for both bikes and the hitch. It is fairly light, folds in a small package for storage and has a ramp to roll the bike. It has the expanding feature in the hitch receiver that prevents wobble and noise.
The locking mechanism however for the bikes and hitch is of an older generation, goes back to 30 years ago, at least. It disengages the handle from the nut, preventing theft, but does nothing to positively secure the nut in place against vibration from the road.
This has to be done by applying a certain pre-load which is ok for the hitch portion, but not recommended on todays thin aluminum or carbon frames. So you have to tighten enough to prevent losing your bike on the road but not too much so as to not damage the frame.
My old Thule roof rack had this type of lock and for sure I had the unpleasant surprise of arriving home one day with the nut loosen. Luckily the bike had not fallen sideways from the roof but I was not far for from this happening.
The Big Mouth generation of roof racks that followed solved that issue with a positive locking mechanism. It is a sad thing that Thule put back in service here some hardware from 30 years ago that had known flaws.
The second serious issue with this bike rack is that it is difficult on some bike configuration to secure the bike frame with the top mounting soft jaw. It requires a lot of adjustment and swapping of the short arm position with the longer arm position, and moving the bikes back and forth, to reach a configuration that works.
Most of the time, the jaw will end up grabbing the frame sideways, not perpendicular, and the grip will be far from optimal, having edges instead of surfaces contacting the frame, which makes you want to apply even less pressure to the jaw in order not to dent the frame, with an increased risk of loosening on the road.
It is actually so time consuming that the only bike I put on the rack is my wife’s ebike, on which the jaw grips perfectly, and I keep putting my bike on the roof because it is quicker to do so, and I feel safer having it there.
I am not surprised to read the comments from people on the Thule site that they have lost their bike with this rack. It is not a mistake proof bike rack and I can see why this happens. Nothing beats the reliability, universality and ease of use of a Big Mouth rack, if only they could adapt it to a hitch mount, and make it accept big tires.
Bottom line, this rack is good but not good enough, Thule you can do better and re-commissioning old hardware that had known issue 30 years ago is a big no no. Good corporations are those that design with best practices that are continuously updated based on their lessons learned.
You have not done so here. You need a version 2 of this rack, ASAP.
I purchased this bike rack in October of 2021. On 10/25/21 I posted the following review on the REI website where we purchased the bike and also on the Thule site. Thule refused to publish my review indicating it did not meet their criteria.
Instead they pretended to work with us, asking us to submit proof of purchase and the receipt for repair of our bike due to the faulty control arms. They promised to send us a new arm and to activate our case.
We have heard nothing. Please read my original politely stated, respectful but rejected review: Caution! We have had nothing but trouble with the control arms that hold the bikes upright. Our first incident occurred while highway driving when the longer control arm came off and the bikes fell backward, dragging on the ground at 60mph.
The cost to fix the handle bar, brake level assembly and replacement mirror was over $200. We assumed the fault was ours, thinking maybe we had not completely fastened the control arm to the bike bar.
After this incident we were very careful to fasten the control arm securely and added nylon rope as an additional precaution. Our most recent incident involved removing the shorter control arm and placing it in our trunk where we keep the arms when not in use.
Today when we retrieved the control arm there was a part missing. The hinged clamp must have come apart and fallen off. We found it but it had been run over and destroyed. We called Thule customer service and spoke to a helpful gentleman who will order a replacement part for the arm but he cannot guarantee when it will arrive.
We have had Thule products in the past and have always been satisfied, however, we will have to delay our planned travel and no longer have any trust in this bike carrier. I have never written a negative review before, but Ido not wish this problem on another customer.
I was told this was the Roll Royce of bike racks. Its very good, but not perfect 1. The wheels are a big help in moving i when it is closed, but the handle is so low, its awkward to lift the end up to roll it.
I end up having to carry it. 2. The automatic pin insert is a great idea. I no longer have to fisget with the insertion of the rack to align it to the hole in my hitch. The problem is, the pin is on a spring, so when I want to remove the rack, I need to hold the pin open and pull on rack at same time, which is difficult.
If you dont hold the pin, it snaps back in. 3. for the bikes I have, it is sometimes tricking to attach the long removable arm and find a place to attach it to the front bike. I always get grease from the bike chain on my hands 4.
This is not a problem, but a concern. My old rack had a steel pin I put in the hitch hole that held the rack on. This as I say was difficult at times, but I had peace of mind that it was secure. The method this rack uses of expanding the piece inside the hitch does work, but I constantly worry about whether it is strong enough.
5. The 2 arms that hold the bikes to the rack, need to be turned until you hear a click. This takes some strength to get it that tight. 6. There is an included ramp for anebike that is stowed inside the rack.
There is no way to secure that piece and anyone can lower the rack and remove it. I keep it separate from the rack. The bikes are otherwise easily but on. It is a good size and easy to store. The arm that inserts into the hitch folds up unlilke most racks which is great for storage.
Proudly made in Wisconsin, USA, the Saris Cycles MTR 2 Bike Hitch Rack hails from America’s Dairyland to offer a versatile Modular Tray Rack (MTR) design that accommodates two bikes of varying sizes, and is customizable with add-on trays to bring the whole crew’s collection.
Each MTR rack is built from American-made steel and aluminum for maximum strength, and is installed to your two-inch hitch receiver easily without tools, frustration, or breaking a sweat. The MTR’s nesting bike trays also eliminate the need to lift the bikes over the rack–giving you an easy, hassle-free on-and-off loading.
Simply flip the trays out of the way after loading to get you from parking lot to trailhead with time to spare. Roomy wheel trays wrap bike tires up to 5-inches wide for a stable hold, while dual-arm wheel holders never touch the bikes’ frames, keeping the bikes locked in position through the bumpiest of rides.
The MTR is built on a burly hitch-based foundation that can be tilted away, when fully loaded with bikes and without, for fast and easy vehicle access to grab your helmet, lunch, or extra layer out of the trunk.
This thing’s easy to use and the bike feels secure. The pin is easy to get in and out. Both the tool-less one and the regular bolt head one work fine. I find it just as easy to tighten down the regular ne down with a ratchet as to turn the tool-less one.
The rack is well made and the powder coat looks great. That actually leads to my only complaint. When I got the rack it would only go about an inch into my new Drawtite 36601 receiver and then would get stuck.
I took it over to the place that installed the receiver and the filed out the inside to make sure there were no burs. They determined there was too much powder coat on the MTH and it was too thick. I cringed as I saw them take a giant file to it and start removing material, but it did the trick.
After a few minutes of filing and putting a little grease on, it now goes in and out easily. I took off 1 star for having to have that done, but otherwise everything is perfect!.
I chose this rack primarily for 3 reasons: 1) ability to take bikes of all flavor without adapters; 2) holding bike without touching frame or fork; 3) foldability of trays providing easy trunk access for my dogs.
The rack delivers on all three very well, better than any competitor. However, the rack is not perfect (what is?). The construction quality is not up to the standards of Kuat, nor is the tool-free tightening method.
The Kuat I could have on and off in less than 30 seconds, with the Saris and the pin tightening approach, it takes much longer. I used to take the Kuat on and off, but with the Saris it’s too much of a pain and I just leave it on.
Durability of the rack is also not as good as the Kuat. It’s a mixture of painted aluminum and painted steel, and the paint is not very durable on either one. Saris has been nice about replacing parts that start to look old, but I’d much rather avoid the waste and the hassle and have a rack that continues to look good without having to resort to such things.
I also had an issue in the winter where snow/salt got into one of the mechanisms and prevented the arm from locking in place. Luckily this happened between rides, and not during a drive to ride – I could take it apart in my garage and clean it out, which took 20 minutes, but got it working again – had it happened on a drive to the trailhead, I’m not sure I could have gotten the (second) bike home again.
You can forget about painstakingly loading your bike in the rear hatch when you outfit your vehicle with the RockyMounts MonoRail Platform Hitch Rack. This two-bike carrier conveniently mounts to either 1.
25- or 2-inch receiver hitches, giving you the ability to mount it to your smaller car or large truck. For greater capacity on downhill shuttles and family outings, the 2-inch receiver version gives you the option for carrying a third bike with the MonoRail Single Bike Add-On (sold separately).
The sturdy platform design carries up to 120 pounds of total weight, which is considerably more than many hitch-mounted racks in this category. It accommodates bikes with 20 to 29-inch wheels, with tires up to a gargantuan 5-inch width.
This gives you the ability to quickly and easily transport bikes ranging from your favorite road bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes, and even the biggest of fat tire bruisers. The adjustable front wheel clamp eliminates the need for frame contact, which is a major plus for riders with carbon frames and sensitive paint jobs.
Three inches of side-to-side adjustment gives you ample room to space out bikes, without them contacting each other at highway speeds.
The MonoRail is a solid, capable rack but has a major design flaw: it is incompatible with Subaru Foresters. After a short 2 hour road trip, I was shocked to find that the front bike cup melted (see picture).
Upon contacting RockyMounts for support, they referred me to a warning in small print buried in their user manual that states to “check the car exhaust is not pointing at the rack, bike tires, or rims” and said this damage would not be under warranty.
Of course, one only knows about the user manual if you purchase the rack; it is not posted on the REI website. RockMounts then offered to sell me a $60 hitch extender to push the rack farther away from the car and alternatively suggested I could modify my exhaust.
A hitch extender solution is frustrating because (a) the exhaust would still be pointing at the rack, just from father away so still violating the very warning they referred me to, (b) it’s a terrible engineering solution, as extending away from the car significantly increase the torque on the rack, decreasing the weight limit, and (c) it’s a frustrating feeling to be told to buy a $60 part on a $540 rack.
That’s terrible support. I appreciate that I purchased this rack at REI and so was able to return with little hassle. However, I am very frustrated at RockyMounts and REI for not specifically stating in the product description that this rack is incompatible with Subaru Foresters unless one purchases additional hitch extender accessories (only sold on RockMounts.
com, not REI!) or modifies ones car. The incompatibility should be stated clearly for customers to know to avoid this rack if they own a Forester.
I really love this rack! The ease of use and the simplicity of mounting and dismounting a bike is so good. The rack holds bikes very securely and provides room for two bikes to easily fit side by side.
The wheel tray adjusts to allow a large mountian bike or a skinny wheeled road bike to fit comforably on the rack. I like the simple, yet secure locking system. Easy to secure my bikes when I walk away.
I also like the tilt away feature which allows me to keep the bikes on the rack and still have access to the vehicles hatch. Love, love this rack!!!.
Sometimes you want to save the riding for the destination, in that case you’ll want to get your bicycle there using Thule’s OutRide Bike Rack. This versatile roof carrier fits a variety of traditional and nontraditional bikes and securely gets them to your destination, so you can focus on riding.
PRODUCT FEATURES: Fits most 20 29 wheel bicycles with tires up to 3″ wide (up to 5 with Thule UpRide Fatbike Adapter, sold separately) Maximum bike weight up to 20 kg. Locks the bike to the bike rack and the bike rack to the vehicle (locks sold separately) Load capacity: 44 lb Dimensions: 64 x 13 x 4.
3 in Weight: 17 lb Fits round frame dimensions: All Thru-axle compatible Carbon frame compatible Fits roof racks with 20×20 mm T-tracks Fits Thule SquareBar One Key System compatible Bike and vehicle not included OutRide Bike Rack.
Good: Looks stylish (my opinion, subjective) Holds the bike very well if used correctly. Fast bike install ONCE you get used to it. Bad: If you don’t have a Thule set of cross bars you need to buy T Bolts for your model unless you use the over clamps.
The over clamps can and probably will scratch your cross bars. The T bolts for my car that Thule recommended had to come from a dealer in Europe and could not be shipped to the US. I will keep looking and hope to find them.
I am using the over clamps at the moment that are all metal, for a metal on metal fit. I am not sure why the insides are not lined with a non marring material like rubber. It is possible for the two bars to not click together which could lead to a less secure holding of the front wheel.
I double checked and found this condition and reinstalled. Very important to listen for the click. If a person is in a hurry or in a loud area its possible to install the bike incorrectly. Best to visually check to assure the pin is in the groove/ Takes a little getting used to.
Not intuitive. Easy once you get used to it. Not the easiest to get your bike into but to be fair This is my first roof rack. My SUV is not tall but I need a step ladder. The lock for the bike to the rack needs to be purchased separately.
The lock for rack to the cross bar needs to be purchased separately.
The rack works well for me and my road bike and I love not having to take the front wheel off to load it. Personally, I don’t understand the purpose of having a roof rack but also needing to take the wheel off and put it in your car.
Oh well, I really like this rack as it’s easy to install and use but when I came back to buy another one, I noticed that the price seems to be much higher than it was when I bought my first one. I bought this while on sale and used something like $40 in REI rewards which meant I got this rack for under $200 – a steal, I know! BUT even without my points, it was close to $200 on sale and I think around $250 MSRP so I was pretty shocked when I saw it’s around $100 more expensive for the exact same rack.
I was pushing off adding a trailer hitch to my car because I didn’t want to make the investment in the hitch and the rack, but with how expensive roof racks are becoming, it’s pushing me further in that direction.
At the end of the day, I’m sure Thule has their reasons for the price increase, whether it be material costs, paying employees fairly, or whatever it actually is, but 33% or so seems like a lot. I’d still recommend this rack though.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll expect as rack like this to be intuitive and more-or-less “just work”. The good news is that it does work very well (with one small modification that I’ll explain), but it does require developing some “muscle memory”.
The directions don’t help much, so let me advise you: (1) extend the forward arm at the required setting to accommodate your wheel; (2) use two arms to grasp the bike and hoist it up onto the rack, ensuring first that rear wheel/tire nestles into the track and then front wheel also nestles in the bottom track, but also rolls into the center of the arm/bracket extending forward; (3) once that front wheel is appropriately aligned and nestled the bike will essentially stay still, allowing you to complete the mount without worrying about the bike falling; (4) strap the rear wheel by inserting the plastic, rubbed strap and ratcheting it down; (5) raise the second arm that wraps the rear part of the front wheel and pull it up until it loosely stays in place [you will ratchet it in place next step]; (6) rotate the lever at the base of the front wheel and push the rear arm up until the latches at the intersection of the forward and rear arm engage and hold [this is the piece that took me a while to figure out].
Once you do that you’re mostly good. I’ve found that securing an additional line around the forward and rear arm does provide necessary, additional tension.
In conclusion, bike racks for mountain bikes are a great way to keep your bike secure while you are riding. They are typically made of metal or plastic and can be easily attached to your bike. Most mountain bike racks will have a place for you to strap down your bike, as well as a place for your helmet and other gear.
Bike racks for mountain bikes are an essential piece of equipment for any serious mountain biker.
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