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How To choose your bike rack

April 23, 2018
Bike

Choosing the right bike rack can be a little daunting…but we’re here to help!


On The Back Or Up On Top: There are a few ways to carry bikes on your vehicle

Each has its own benefits. One of the biggest factors to consider is how you like to load and unload your bikes.

Hitch

  • Easy to install and remove
  • Minimal bike-lifting required
  • Room up top for other gear
  • Convenient access to trunk

Trunk

  • Easy to install and remove
  • Room up top for other gear
  • No need for a hitch or roof rack
  • Must install/remove for each use

Spare Tire

  • Easy to install and remove
  • Utilizes spare tire bolts
  • Low profile when not in use
  • Only available in 2 bike capacity

Roof

  • Won’t block your rear view
  • Set it and forget it
  • Requires the most lifting
  • Garage clearance can be an issue

 

Hitch racks come in a handful of options

We have five different hitch rack types – plus an adapter to turn your bike rack into a swing rack.

 

TRAY-STYLE – ZERO FRAME CONTACT

  • Does not touch bike’s painted surface
  • Secures bike at both front and rear wheels
  • Tilts forward with bikes loaded
TRAY-STYLE – FRAME CONTACT

  • Touches bike’s painted surface
  • Secures bikes at wheels and frame
  • Tilts forward with bikes loaded

TILT-STYLE – FRAME CONTACT

  • Touches bike’s painted surface
  • Secures bikes at the top tube
  • Tilts away when empty for hatch access

SWING-STYLE – FRAME CONTACT

  • Touches bike’s painted surface
  • Secures bikes at the top tube
  • Swings away from tailgate with bikes loaded
SPARE TIRE – FRAME CONTACT

  • Touches bike’s painted surface
  • Secures bikes at the top tube
  • Attaches to a rear-mounted spare tire

SWING ADAPTER – BackSwing

  • Converts most 2″ racks into a swing-style rack
  • Supports loads up to 250 lb. (rack plus gear)
  • Swings away from tailgate with bikes loaded


FULLBACK, HALFBACK, SPARERIDE ,GATEKEEPER , SINGLESPEED, DR.TRAY, HOLDUP EVO, HOLDUP, TWOTIMER, EZ+1, HOLDUP EVO +2, HOLDUP +2, FOURTIMER, RIDGEBACK, LITERIDER, DOUBLEDOWN, FULLTILT, FULLSWING, SWINGDADDY,  BACKSWING  LONGHAUL, ROADTRIP
*RV Approved bike racks are tested and engineered to a higher standard to account for more bounce and swing.

Roof Mounted racks have two variations

Either keep the front wheel of your bike on, or remove it and secure the bike at the fork.

WHEEL-ON

Secures bike at front and rear wheel

FORK MOUNT

Secures bike at rear wheel and fork

HIGHROAD, FRONTLOADER, RAPTOR AERO, HIGHSPEED, FORKLIFT, FORKCHOP, SIDEWINDER