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Finally I found a well built bike rack that will allow me to comfortably fit 2 bikes and still close my garage. I have a shallow 2 car garage.

Granted there is not much clearance between my vehicle rear glass window and the handlebar, but the bike and rack does not sway or move during transport. I honestly see little to no movement through rear view mirror when going over speed bumps.

I also did not have to use my hitch lock and stabilizer since this bike rack does both out of the box. Also, everything is quick release.

I will be selling my Sherpa which will pay for this rack multiple times.

Pros:

-Rubberized protector on bar that touch bike. -Quick release trunk access.
-thick rubber straps
-top bar folds down to save space when no bikes are on rack.
-lock (with 2 keys) and stabilizer implemented in the hitch bar
-matches my bike?
-little to no play or movement in the rack

Cons:

Includes a ratcheting strap but the strap is like 10ft long. Can't really cut the strap due to the low clearance of the ratchet.makes it worthless for my use.


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Allen Sport makes one of the best value racks for the money for sure. We used the 4-bike version for several years and it went with us from Montana to The Grand Canyon and everywhere in-between.

As our bikes got nicer, carbon fiber, etc I wasn’t comfortable with the frame contact and close proximity of the bikes to one another. On bumpy roads, we ended up with some paint worn down to bare metal, and the nylon straps left rub marks on the top tubes. Looks like they have upgraded to rubber straps now!

For a few bikes, or an around town rack, it was a decent rack.




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Allen Sport makes one of the best value racks for the money for sure. We used the 4-bike version for several years and it went with us from Montana to The Grand Canyon and everywhere in-between.

As our bikes got nicer, carbon fiber, etc I wasn't comfortable with the frame contact and close proximity of the bikes to one another. On bumpy roads, we ended up with some paint worn down to bare metal, and the nylon straps left rub marks on the top tubes. Looks like they have upgraded to rubber straps now!

For a few bikes, or an around town rack, it was a decent rack.

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They still make a lower end model with nylon straps. No lock, no stabilizer, no quick release, and no rubberized main pillar. I wasn't comfortable with nylon or any part of my bikes touching metal. That's why I didn't buy the 60$ model, although I was tempted

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They still make a lower end model with nylon straps. No lock, no stabilizer, no quick release, and no rubberized main pillar. I wasn't comfortable with nylon or any part of my bikes touching metal. That's why I didn't buy the 60$ model, although I was tempted

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Cool, that looks like a nice rack. Aside from the nylon straps, all of the scratches came from bikes on bikes when I had that rack. There was a very specific configuration for loading for all of them to fit (2 FS and 2 HT).

Nice to have the stabilizer, rubberized metal post cover and quick release.

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