Drawtite Drawtite Bike Rack

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $130.00

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Weekend Warrior from Miami, Fl. USA

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2001

Strengths:    Easy to use, sturdy, easily stored.

Weaknesses:    Smallish cushions supplied were quickly lost- I replaced them by cutting a piece from a large square of rubber mat which cost eight dolars. An old truck tube will also do the job!!

Bottom Line:   
Look in the phone book for a trailer hitch installation shop,go and get an estimate on a drawtite. Most shops have a booklet with illustrations for carriers with different capacities. Pick one, have the hitch installed and you will not have to worry about flex, theft or anything else.

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Favorite Trail:   Secret

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   150.oo or so for rack and installation of hitch.

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Raleigh R-600, Selle Saddle, Cateye Computer.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jerry Whittle a Weekend Warrior from Belleville IL USA

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2000

Strengths:    Holds 4 bikes even with a 1 1/4" hitch. Comes with brake/turn signal lights which is a good thing if you ever seen a rack full of bikes block the vehicles lights. When my Trek 5200 carbon fiber bike is hanging off the tail of the van, I don't want anyone tail-ending me! Tilts out of the way of the hitch easily. Not too difficult to remove and install.

Weaknesses:    The one long plate to clamp down on all four bikes makes it difficult when the bikes have different top tube diameters. Using pipe insulating foam helps here. Made of very heavy materials (which might also be a good thing). Rocks back and forth quite a bit at the receiver. Probably not a problem with a 2" receiver.

Bottom Line:   
I bought a new Mercury Villager minivan and had the hitch, wiring, and bike rack installed for about $350. Very nice indeed. If I had to do it over again, I would consider the 2" hitch which would probably reduce the rocking.

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Favorite Trail:   KATY across Missouri

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Camper Exchange, Belleville IL

Similar Products Used:   Graber.

Bike Setup:   Road, mountain, and hybrids.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John McConnaughey a Cross Country Rider from Yakima, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2000

Strengths:    Holds 4 bikes well, reasonably easy to use. Comes with lights and optional locks. Lock nuts big, easy to turn with hand. Sturdy, not prone to failure. Fairly easy to install and use.

Weaknesses:    It's a little bit klutzy. Rubberized padding causes the eyebolt that holds/releases the bikes to stick, requiring some fussing to move to the correct position. Has problems accomidating several bikes if their tube sizes are different from each other. Sticks out kind of far from car rear. Device for reducing the rack tight with the reciever hitch to prevent movement is a pain to put on and take off, and not particularly necessary.

Bottom Line:   
Recomend, though other 4 bike cariers may be easier to use. We used it with a Ford Explorer and Dodge Caravan, worked well with both. I do not recomend for the mechanically challenged.

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Favorite Trail:   John Wayne Iorn Horse Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Internet mail order

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Rear mounted, attaches to a 2" reciever hitch. Bikes held behind car.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by dennis a Weekend Warrior from atlanta, ga

Date Reviewed: September 24, 1999

The bike rack is excellent for the price. I went to get a trailer hitch put on my suv, when i noticed that they sell bike racks. WEll the bike rack is awesome for the price. I paid around $130 for it. 1st it holds 4 bikes, it drops down so you can open your doors, and plus it comes with tail lights. The rack is made of metal so it ireal durable. Something like this in a thule or yakima brand would of cost me probably around the high $300-400. So if you want to get a good bike rack go to a local trailer hitch store, make sure they sell the Draw-Tite brand.


Bottom Line:   
If you can find it get it. It is definately worth the price.

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Favorite Trail:   
soap creek

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

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