Raxter Bike Rack Bike Rack

Raxter Bike Rack Bike Rack 

DESCRIPTION

AutoNesting™, a key RAXTER™ innovation, provides for independent forward and rearward positioning of bikes. This feature eliminates the inconvenience of repositioning seatposts, entanglements and resulting damage that occurs with other bike rack designs. The bikes are nestled closely while being firmly prevented from touching. The AutoNesting™ innovation organizes the loading and unloading procedure into a few easy steps.

The RAXTER™ Bike Rack's wheel mount arrangement secures bikes without clamps, eliminating the risk of dents to thin-walled frames, scratches to bike or vehicle finish, and the damage commonly associated with other bike racks. Wheels need not be removed and are bound in place so they cannot spin. Since the wheels stay on the bike, dirt stays outside the vehicle.

With the RAXTER™ Bike Rack, bikes are positioned at the rear of the vehicle, allowing owners of the RAXTER™ Bike Rack to enjoy reduced aerodynamic drag and better fuel economy, while their bikes enjoy better protection from bugs and road debris.

The RAXTER™ Bike Rack, built from glass-filled nylon composite, cold-rolled powder-coated steel and marine-grade nylon straps, weighs a mere 28 pounds and accommodates virtually any bicycle frame design, style or size. The RAXTER™ Bike Rack is a solid receiver hitch-rack, but is light enough for anyone to install or remove. With a very competitive suggested retail price of $299.95, the RAXTER™ Bike Rack is positioned to appeal to value conscious consumers who want a full-feature bike rack.

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USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 22, 2018]
talldaddy


OVERALL
RATING
5
[Apr 29, 2016]
Sir Chico Demonte III
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Simple to use. It's reasonably priced.

Weakness:

Velcro straps will wear out and you will need to replace them. Atrocious rust has formed on my rack and has compromised the integrity of the rack.

I live in the southeast US and we usually get to ride year round. For this reason, my bike stays on all the time. The rack developed some surface rust the first year but, instead of calling Raxter, I decided to wire brush the loose rust, spray some rust converter on it and hit it with some satin black. I should have contacted Raxter, it might have been a warranty issue if I had. I didn't have any further surface rust appear but, I had internal rust form that has now compromised the integrity of the trays. I didn't realize that this was happening util this year when the rear rack cracked just to the side of the bolt holes and the front cracked at the junction of the plastic arm. I have replaced the velcro straps once and that was a very easy and straight forward procedure. I'm unhappy that this rack has now died but, I have been using it for a bit more than six years now. I feel that I got my money's worth out of it.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 23, 2014]
southpaw533

Strength:

Sturdy, folds easily, doesn't contact the frame, simple operation, fits any combination of bikes mt road kids tandem etc, did I mention sturdy

Weakness:

I guess velcro straps could wear out but mine haven't in 3 yrs of use. Slightly heavy but a decent trade off for its sturdiness and lack of flex. Need to purchase anti-sway threaded hitch pin if you want to eliminate "very small" amount of sway.

I love this rack!. I've used it on 2 different trucks and an SUV with my road, mountain, and kids bikes. Its sturdy, easy to use, folds up quickly and easily compared to my previous Saris rack. I love that the bikes don't touch each other and nothing contacts the frame. I love this rack so much I'm purshasing the additional 2 bike add-on since both my kids are riding now. One accessory I do recommend is the anti-sway hitch pin which is threaded and basically pushes the part of the rack that fits in the receiver of the hitch firmly to one side which eliminates 100% of the minimal sway it had before. I also find the velcro straps so much easier than the stiff rubbery plastic ones on my previous saris rack. I've used this rack for 3+ years and have nothing but positives to say about it. It does what its meant to do as easy as any rack I've seen.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 19, 2011]
nabanana
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Lightweight, easy to install, easy to use, low profile; customer service

Weakness:

can't open the rear door with bikes loaded

I can't say enough good things about this rack. I have a Toyota Rav 4 which is a challenge because the door swings open, and the spare tire is on the door. I do have two roof racks, but, I can't live heavy mountain bikes onto the roof. Now, I am so happy with this rack, that I even use it for my high dollar road bike!

The rack is low profile, so in the down position, you can swing the door open completely. The Yakima Double Down rack only allows you to open the door about 30%. Most of my riding is in town, so I wanted a lightweight rack that I could take on and off the car. Yakima and Thule tray racks are nearly 60 pounds! I don't even need to take this one off though because it is so low profile. In the up position, there is loads of room between the rack and the spare tire - I didn't need to buy the extra long rack.

I would recommend the locking hitch pin because the rack rocks with the pin that it came with. With the locking pin, there is no movement at all.

The only downside that I have found is that you can't open the rear door with the bikes loaded because it doesn't have a third position. This is not an issue for me, but it could be for people that drive around a lot with bikes on the car.

By the way, the four velcro straps are no big deal. The bikes are secure, and it takes second to load a bike.

Did I mention the customer service? I asked about a million questions before buying because of my Rav 4, and Kelli patiently answered everything.

Bottom line. This rack is awesome. Highly recommend.

Similar Products Used:

Yakima double down, Thule roof racks

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 04, 2011]
Jsaxonh
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Everything. This rack is light but stiff. It folds up. It looks good. Very easy to use. Good clearance

Weakness:

Nothing so far. Velcro could become an issue.

This rack is awesome. A three year old could work this rack. It holds the bike super firm with no frame rubbing or bouncing. You can trust this rack with your $3000+ bikes. When you are not using it you just fold it up or remove it since its so light. For 36 lbs. this thing is strong, just jump on it. I dare you to go jump on the side of a thule. Fits 29ers well side by side. The only problem is could foresee would be the velcro straps. So far even when wet they have worked great. My only concern would be how they aged, but the best part is how cheap it would be to replace just velcro straps. Great price when compared to Thule T2 and performs better.

Similar Products Used:

Thule, Yakima, etc.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 26, 2009]
RustyMallard
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Simple
saves time(bikes go on and off quickly)
light weight(way lighter than competition)
does not damage bike!(does not even touch the frame,think carbon)
excellent design
no need to remove bike wheel
no damage to vehicle
bikes do not touch each other
no need to move seats or handle bars (bike fitting is expensive and I don't have to move anything)
modular, I bought a single and have added a double to use on occasions of hauling more than one bike,two bolts and the double is off in 30 seconds.(way cool)I always leave the single on the truck.
excellent customer service! small parts available fast and reasonable price.
velcro straps do not hurt carbon or anodized wheels, and after two years still work great.
better gas mileage than roof rack
safer than roof rack(think garages)(if some one hits your bike with thier car,thier insurance pays for it not yours,your insurance man will thank you)).
folding option(think pulling vehicle in garage without removing rack)
customer service. Kelli rocks!!


Weakness:

None that I can think of. far as the sway bolts they really are not needed as the minor sway others have observed in this review is not detrimental to the product,vehicle,or bike it is just a perception that movement is bad. I think that is why the engineer did not spec it. Just saying.

This bike rack does it all. I have not found a combination of bikes that will not fit together on this rack. I have used it for 2 years with no complaints. It is strong,light weight and fairly priced(rare.) I have hauled many bikes thousands of miles without issue. The rack has never caused damage to any bike or my truck. Only a major brain fade could cause a bike to come off(think forgetting to attach all four velcro straps, if you have done this do not admit it.) Tires can go flat and the bikes still can not come off. The guy who designed this is a thinker. He has used the KISS method of engineering (keep it simple stupid:)) no fancy marketing hype it just works the best.(think better mouse trap). best buy for my money. Raxter Rocks! (This has not been a paid advertisement)

Similar Products Used:

trunk mounts,other hitch racks.(I do not want to bad mouth by name,it is impolite)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 23, 2009]
jajepp
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

It works. Its simple. Its fast. Its strong. Its well constructed. It looks great. It holds the bikes efficiently. It is easy to adjust. The bikes go on without a struggle.

Weakness:

Really none

If you want a bike rack that is strong, easy to use, comparably affordabe, and efficient you want this rack. The Raxtor guys are easy to work with and they put out a very good product. If you're looking to replace an old rack (which I was) then you won't regret this investment. Gone are the days in which loading bikes onto my vehicle is a 30 minute endeavor in patience and self control of the tongue. With Raxtor, the bikes go on quickly, efficiently and easily. Buy it!

Similar Products Used:

Saris hitch (4 bike), Hollywood trunk mount

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 21, 2009]
Mad Chemist
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Secured by the bike's wheels. Doesn't touch the bike frame or fork or anything else for that matter. Simple, easy to use and assemble (4 bolts), light weight.

Weakness:

4 Velcro straps per bike is a little slower to secure than similar racks from other manufactures.

So far so good. I bought the non-folding, 2", two bike version. The folding version didn't seem that much shorter when folded and seemed more likely to scrape (the folding mechanism sits lower, further back). And I always remove the rack when not used. The light weight makes removal a breaze. Bought this rack to replace my 1 year old Yakima Stickup. The rubber on one of the hold down tubes of the Stickup wore thru and scratched the paint down to bare metal on of one of my bikes :( Like most here, I recommend the anti-rattle pin. silverarrowcycleworks.com got the rack to me quick.

Similar Products Used:

Yakima stickup, Allen

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 19, 2009]
gzacckey
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Versatility, ease of use, compactness and lightweight are some of it's best strengths

Weakness:

I feel all racks of this caliber should come with locking hitch pins and anti-sway features.

I have the fold-up version.

I've loaded bikes with 12", 20", 26", 700c, and 29" wheels. The nesting feature eliminates most interference issues. This allows the bikes to be racked much closer together so the rack doesn't extend as far as competitor models.

It's lighter than Thule, Yakima, and Saris tray style racks.

It's extremely simply to load your bikes on the rack. I put the bikes on the rack and my 7 yr old grandson can secure them.

The only thing I added was the silent locking hitch pin. It's stops the rack from swaying and locks it to my truck. It doesn't come with a locking cable so you will need to purchase a cable lock to secure the bikes from theft.

I would have given it 5 chilis if it came with anti-sway and locking capabilities.

Similar Products Used:

Thule, Hollywood racks (love their built-in anti-sway feature)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 11, 2009]
clee-bikes
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Lightweight and simple to use. Single rack works great on VW when mated with a Curt Hitch. Works with my road bike and my fat tire 29er. Ready out of the box in 5 minutes.

Weakness:

Go ahead and buy the anti-sway nut or silent hitch pin to eliminate play at hitch. Adds a little to the price, but well worth the peace of mind.

Outstanding product and customer support. I had questions on order and Raxter was quick and friendly with responses.

Similar Products Used:

Thule and Saris products.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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