a Weekend Warrior
from Aventura, Florida
Date Reviewed: December 10, 2011
Strengths: Great to use on an SUV; allows easy access to bikes and trunk without unloading bikes. Great quality components. Have not tested others as have not had the need. Need adapters (Saris has great ones) to set up non conventional frame bikes (many MB). So far I consider it a great buy!!!!
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2011
Strengths: Easy access to the back of my SUV. Can tilt down for access with the bikes loaded. Bike hangers with associated parts can be removed to prevent parts theft, and to keep cleaner between rides.
Weaknesses: It's relatively heavy. Rubber straps are very stiff, and have failed.
I have had this rack about 9 years, so it's the older model. It hasn't changed much, except the cradles are better, wider to accomdate wider tubing, and the anti sway cradles are a good add. I use temporary cartop canoe blocks to prevent bikes banging into each other. I ride several days a week, so like to leave the rack on my SUV. The detachable arms make that practical. The quick release pins on both the old and new racks are easy to use, leaving the upright part of the rack on the back, ready to go. I am buying a second one for my wife's car, so she can go with her friends when we are riding different places. 4 flames due to weight. (42 lbs). There is a new 3 bike version coming at 20 lbs that looks interesting.
Bike Setup: Specialized Stumpjumper Comp, Lemond Tour, Rockhopper
a Weekend Warrior
from Oxford, MS, USA
Date Reviewed: June 27, 2009
Strengths: Keeps bikes parallel to the ground when getting things out of the hatch-back, without removing bikes from rack.
It would be pretty effective at minimizing rear-end damage to your car if you were hit from behind.
Weaknesses: If you have a non-typical frame design (like many mt. bike frames), you have to buy and use a frame adapter, which will most likely make one or both of your bike wheels drag when you go over bumps.
The plastic that surrounds the pins where the arms go into the top of the rack both cracked and broke off within six months of use (and I didn't abuse it and make this happen).
The cradles that "cup" the seat tube to keep the bike from swinging in the breeze while the car is moving rub paint off of the seat tube.
Straps that secure bikes to the arms of the rack seem to prematurely wear and break.
I pretty much hate this rack. I sincerely tried to like it, and I admit that I was initially pleased about how well it held my conventional frame road bike, until I saw the paint worn from my seat tube. Also, about the need to use a frame adapter, I should have known that it would take one to carry my mt. bike, but the company's website said nothing about the need for one if you have a non-conventional frame bike (my mt. bike is Santa Cruz Superlight), so I had no idea until I tried to load my bike the first time. Further, the cracking and breaking of the plastic around the pins where the arms attach to the rack-head is just poor quality -- I could understand if I just "slammed" the arms into place everytime I used them, but this wasn't the case. Honestly, if you have a conventionally framed bike, this rack will carry it well, and it will keep the bike level and parallel to the ground while you unload your hatchback, but be prepared for paint damage to your frame and, pretty much, the rack just falling apart quickly.
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