Bard Wyers Stealth Rack Bike Rack

Bard Wyers Stealth Rack

User Reviews (12)

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mark   Weekend Warrior [Sep 14, 2010]
Strength:

t2 2 biker carrier has no strenghths

Weakness:

can't get anything to tighten tight enough for the rack to stay on the spare tire. once the bikes are on, the rack shifts

the arms that hold the bikes on the rack have a tendency to come loose. the first time i new this was when a passing car pulled up beside me and told me my bikes are about to fall off. the second time was when someone pulled up beside me and told me my bikes fell off my trailer 50 miles back, so needless to say we lost boyh our bikes. NOT HAPPY CAMPERS.

Similar Products Used: n/a
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1
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1
Ken   Weekend Warrior [Mar 24, 2010]
Strength:

easy to install, no damage to car, fold up for easy storage, quick to remove, clean lines.

Weakness:

doesn't have pads to prevent wear to bike frame, no straps supplied to secure bikes to rake. A little light for carrying 3 adult bikes.

I've used this rake one 3 different cars, including my Mazda MX 6. I've never had a problem with it even when traveling down the 403 at high speed or a country road. Its easy to use and folds up nice for storage. The rack I have is the Stealth Roadie 3 bike carrier Part# RO 3000. Couldn't be happier with it. Only problem I've found is finding a good place to attach the lower straps to on my Mazda due to the muffler being close to one of the straps. Also 3 adult bikes while it was able to handle them caused some bouncing in the arms. I give it better than 3 flamin' chilis but not quite 4 Flamin Chilies.

Similar Products Used: none
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3
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4
D Shipley   [Jul 20, 2003]
Strength:

It provides enough heighth that the wheels don't "bottom out" on the asphalt when travelling. It's relatively easy to install, once the straps are adjusted and the rack is fitted. It also has an advantage over most bumper or rear racks because it works with most cars with protruding bumpers (which is almost all of them).

Weakness:

Few. Those who have had the racks fall off are evidently not following the detailed instructions. After numerous trips hauling generally two bikes, I had no failures, issues, problems whatsoever.

Not too shabby.

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3
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3
BOB   Cross Country Rider [Dec 18, 2001]
Strength:

DOESN'T TOUCH THE CAR.

Weakness:

THE RACK MAY SLIP OF THE BUMPER. THE DESIGN HAS PRO AND CONS. THE ONLY PART OF THE CAR THE FRAME TOUCHES IS THE BUMPER, BUT IF IT SLIPS OFF THE BUMPER YOU END UP DRAGGING THE FRAME AND BIKE BY THE STRAPS.

MAKE SURE YOU PERIODICALLY STOP AND MAKE SURE THE STRAPS ARE TIGHT. CHECK THEM AFTER DIPS, POT HOLES, SPEED BUMPS ECT.I HAVE HAD THE RACK SLIP OFF THE BUMPER ON 2 OCCASIONS. ONCE WITHOUT A BIKE AND THE LAST TIME WITH THE BIKE ON IT. I NOW HAVE ABOUT $500 WORTH OF BODY WORK TO FIX A DENT IN THE TRUNK LID WHERE THE BIKE HANDLES HIT. LUCKILY I WAS ONLY GOING ABOUT 15 MPH AND WAS ABLE TO STOP THE CAR QUICKLY. I HATE TO THINK WHAT MIGHT HAVE OCCURED AT HIGHWAY SPEED. I HAVE USED THE RACK ON 400 MILE TRIPS WITH NO PROBLEM BUT AFTER THIS LAST MISHAP I DOUBT IF I'LL USE AGAIN.

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3
VALUE
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5
James   [Sep 28, 2003]
Strength:

made of metal, easy to install

Weakness:

DESiGN FLAWS--lack of horizontal anchors doesn't so much allow the bike to sway from side to side, but all the weight of the carrier is on the two top straps. They can actually just pop off from the stress, which they did to me and dumped my bike as I was pulling into the driveway from picking up the bike at the very nearby bike shop. I installed it by following the instructions to the letter. Perhaps if I had a different model of automobile this would be less likely (I have a 94 Bonneville).

I will never use this carrier again. The bike shop was out of Thule carriers or I probably wouldn't be using the Bell one either. Do not use this carrier with a bike that is not expendible.

Similar Products Used: Bell "Deluxe" two bike carrier. This one has horizontal support straps, is made of metal, and actually feels a bit sturdier, but finding a place to clip the horizontal straps is difficult on my Bonneville.
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1
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2
Rob   Cross-Country Rider [May 27, 1999]
Strength:

Easy to set up.
Holds bikes vertical so less scratching.
Comes with fasteners.
Very easy to store.

Weakness:

Not quite strong enough for three bikes.
Arms not permanently attached to body of rack.

A good rack, and cheap. I bought it because it hold bikes vertical, so they're not resting on each other. In general, it's great. However, it's not quite strong enough to take three bikes, as that much weight causes the bikes to bounce around a lot and the straps holding the rack up slip a bit. Two bikes is no problem at all, though. The other bad thing is that the arms aren't permanently mounted to the body of the rack (so they can fold up for storage) which means that if only one bike is on the rack at freeway speeds, sometimes the arms lift up a bit and swivel, putting the bike in a somewhat different position than when you left it. Not a bad feature, but a little annoying. But I guess it's the price you pay for easy storage.

Similar Products Used: Various roof and trunk racks
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4
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jaws   Weekend Warrior [May 11, 1999]
Strength:

Easily installs to any vehicle in less than a minute.It only rests on bumper and does not touch trunk. Very Stable.

Weakness:

Allows bikes to touch which may cause scratching.

This is by far the best rear mount rack I've ever seen (excluding hitch mounts). Its design seems so simple, but it works better than any of the other rear racks out there.

Similar Products Used: Various roof racks and rear mount racks.
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5
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Robert Lavarias   Weekend Warrior [Jan 02, 2003]
Strength:

none

Weakness:

Bent my back of my SUV back Door

It works fine, until I went on a 3 hour trip and it bent the back of my SUV back door

Similar Products Used: Thule Bike racks
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1
VALUE
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1
Johan   Racer [Jun 27, 2003]
Strength:

bike does not scratch the car and it's vertical

Weakness:

The bike rack has BIG problems, it fals off the bumper and could couse mayor accident. I was going 70mph in freeway and boom rack fell off the bumper and my bike started trailing afer my car. Man was I scared.

Don'd buy this that simple it's not safe.

Similar Products Used: hollywood rack
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1
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1
Rob   Cross Country Rider [Jul 11, 2000]
Strength:

cheap
doesn't touch the trunk and still have trunk access
bikes hang vertically

Weakness:

straps break
too much torque on lower straps can bend the rack frame

A nice rack but after a year and a half of use the straps were getting worn by being crimped in the same spot every time. I had two bikes on the rack last month and had the upper strap break!!! Catastrophe is what I thought and the end of the two bikes. I was VERY Lucky. The other remaining straps held, so I ended up dragging the rack and two bikes still attached about 200 yards down the road before I got the car stopped. Fortunately the portruding bumper portion of the rack was the part that was dragged down the asphalt and the two bikes remained bungeed to the rack nicely and never contacted the pavement. I have since replaced all the straps and put the rack back in service. I should have noticed the fraying straps but I won't make that mistake twice. The only other complaint, if you can call it that, is that when tightening the lower straps you don't need to apply that much pressure to cause some damage. As you tighten the upper straps the lower ones get even tighter and this caused my rack to bend at the lower trunk bumper section. I have bent it back and put in an old piece of aluminum shower pole as a cross member to strengthen the center of the rack. This is working well however the rack doesn't collapse down for storage as nicely as it used to. I leave it on my car anyway so who cares. I like the design and it is great that it doesn't touch the car paint and you can still get into the trunk with the rack on. I have never had three bikes on it but the two have been fine. No bouncing or moving arms etc yet I do use extra bungee chords to attach the lower portion of the bikes to the rack. JUST WATCH THOSE STRAPS!

Similar Products Used: crappy tire roof rack
pickup truck bed
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5
VALUE
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5
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