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I dont have one of those fancy racks for my car. Can you guys fit a 29er in a compact car? ie: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla etc. Just curious since I currently dont have one to test it out on and Im thinking about driving a decent distance to a shop this weekend.

Also, when investing in a trunk rack for the car have you found any clearance issues with the 29er vs. the 26?
 

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I dont have one of those fancy racks for my car. Can you guys fit a 29er in a compact car? ie: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla etc. Just curious since I currently dont have one to test it out on and Im thinking about driving a decent distance to a shop this weekend.

Also, when investing in a trunk rack for the car have you found any clearance issues with the 29er vs. the 26?
I can get my 29er in the back seat of my Audi A4 on a moving blanket with both wheels off.

Worst case, you might have to put your back seat down flat to get it both wheels off in the trunk.

Just make sure you don't set it down on the derailleur with the back wheel off. You can bend the hanger.
 

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I don't know about fitting it into a car but I would think if you have a car that you can fit a bike with 26 inch wheels into you would be able to get a 29er in there. as far as the clearance issues I have put 26 inch wheeled bikes, 29er's and even a trail a bike on my trunk mount rack with no issues.
 

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My bro in law has an older Tercel and he fits his 29er in there just fine. Take off the front wheel put a seat down and put it in through the truck. Fits like a glove.. I would go with a roof rack vs a strap on truck rack. Just my 2 pennies
 

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When I was traveling for work...we had a couple rental cars, 2011 Hyundai Elantra (Corolla size) and a Hyundai Accent..even smaller, and I fit my tallboy in the back with the seats down with no problems with the front wheel off.

I also rented a Dodge Charger for a weekend, and had to do the same thing even with a full size class....so inevitably a wheel has to come off no matter how you work it.

You could get a bike rack for the back. In my opinion, the Saris Bones with a frame adaptor is the best setup outside of a hitch mount. You dont "need" a frame adaptor, but it does make it a lot easier to mount the bike, take it off, and keep it from rubbing the car once you use bungee cords.
 

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I have a toyota matrix and can fit my large 29er in by taking the rear wheel off. I also have a saris rack on the back (trunk rack) and I still have to remove the wheel because if there are any dips at all (driveway) it will hit. So I pretty much have to take off the front wheel every time. It is not a big deal to me at all though, at least I can still ride.
 

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i can take both the wheels off my large stump fsr and fit it on my back seat with some room to spare. im thinking you could play some bike tetris and get it in a smaller car too.
 

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I have a Chevy HHR and can fit two 29ers in it with the front wheels off and the seats removed. But I suppose that's cheating for this thread as it is a wagon.
 

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I have a toyota matrix and can fit my large 29er in by taking the rear wheel off. I also have a saris rack on the back (trunk rack) and I still have to remove the wheel because if there are any dips at all (driveway) it will hit. So I pretty much have to take off the front wheel every time. It is not a big deal to me at all though, at least I can still ride.
Hmm...I have a Pontiac Vibe which is supposed to be the same and I can fit my large 29 in with no issues and no dropping seat/taking off wheels. Maybe try it rear wheel first?

This is with the seats down.

I also have a Saris rack, mine is a bones but I can adjust it to ride high enough that the bumper would have to hit before the wheel of the bike (front) would hit.

Maybe helpful suggestions?

Edit: Photo uploaded depicting bike in back.

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thanks that will work. I didnt want to drive a hour+ to this place who says they have a huge inventory to test ride, then end up buying just to find out I cant fit it in the car.
 

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A full suspension 29er will fit in Civic with both wheels off but it may require loosening the stem and re-orienting the bars/fork or taking the bars off altogether, depending on the wheelbase of the 29er in question. Transporting a hardtail isn't really as big an issue, shorter wheelbase. You may get a hardtail in with the rear wheel on if you put the passenger seat forward and roll it in backwards so the rear tire is behind the pass seat and stuff the fork behind the drivers so it is resting in the rear drivers side seat (on the armrest more likely).

The trunk racks.. I have a Saris 2-bike model, you really need to adjust the arms so the bottom of the lowest tire is at least as high as the bottom of the rear bumper or thereabouts, or you will drag the bike on the ground if you drive through a sharp dip. It puts the bike up pretty darn high with a 29er, depending on the frame in question. This is much less an issue with 26er's. Also, a lot of full suspension bikes will not reasonably go onto a trunk mount racks because of shock interference. They are convenient to have around in case you need some overflow bike hauling capacity but for your primary means of bike transport, if you plan to do it a lot -- don't waste the money, pony up for a roof rack.
 

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My small Scott Scale 29er fits perfectly in the back of '08 civic with a decent amount of room to spare. I have a $300-$400 Yakima rack that I've yet to bother getting mounting clips so I can put it on my wife's car (roof is flat and better suited than mine) but I think its faster to just put the back seat down, take the front wheel off and slide it in my trunk.
 

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I have a VW Golf (small hatchback) and my Specialized Epic 29er (size Large) is too long to fit in the back without taking both wheels off. However, I always use my roof rack unless it is a very long drive.
 

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My bro in law has an older Tercel and he fits his 29er in there just fine. Take off the front wheel put a seat down and put it in through the truck. Fits like a glove.. I would go with a roof rack vs a strap on truck rack. Just my 2 pennies
Something wrong with your "N" key? :D

I can fit my XXL Stumpy FSR 29 in my '03 BMW 325ci with the back seats folded flat and only the front wheel off. QR = fitting in most cars.
 
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