I'd give this rack a solid 4.5 stars. I used it to drive from SoCAL to Oregon and had no issues at all. My two bikes were held sturdy and safe the entire trip. I really like that this rack has both a hitch lock and a lock on the bike rack to keep my bikes secure for short stops while on the road. The only reason I knocked off 0.5 stars is because the velcro straps are very flimsy and are too short for many bikes. They barely fit around my road bike and they did not fit around my mountain bike. I will probably replace them in the near future. Overall though, I would recommend this hitch rack!
This rack is near perfect for transporting a variety of bicycles securely. It is easy to install and folds down to access a trunk or hatch. It has a lock on the hitch pin and locks on each bicycle stabilizer. The bicycle trays keep the bicycles from scraping each other or the vehicle and makes it very unlikely that the bicycles can come off while traveling. Once the trays are set, it is a five minute job to install or remove the bicycles. The trays fold up to have minimum protusion for traveling without the bikes or the rack can be easily removed from the hitch. I have put on many miles over 5 years with no issues with this rack. It is also one of the cheapest bike hitch rack available.
I've had this rack for about 2 years. It installs on the hitch in about 2 min with one bolt. I have a preset ratchet wrench to tighten the bolt but a box wrench work fine too - just a bit slower. Both bikes go on in another 3 -min. The ratchets are secure and I never use the velcro straps. I use it for two drop bar road bikes and have it set for those bikes so it is very quick. It is well made, solid. It easily folds up for storage. Can't see why someone would spend $600+ on another brand rack that does the same thing. Would buy it again and recommend it highly.
Easy to assemble. Light enough to get off and on the car. The locking is very convenient.
We are happy with the quality at that price level except for the hardware, as others have stated, is extremely low quality. Having a machining background, I recognized these nuts and bolts as some of the worst I've laid eyes on. We did not use them!!
Luckily, our local hardware store happened to have the replacement parts that work very well, so that was an extra step having to go to the store to replace parts we just got with a new item. To improve your product, you may want to consider using more quality nuts and bolts! We used the rack for a weekend trip with our two bicycles and all went well. Thanks much.
Arrived on time and well packed. Instructions were easy enough to follow. Had to stagger the bikes a bit and face them opposite directions when loading to get the hook down low enough on my women's Trek. Have only used it on a short trip to town and it worked fine. The short hook was on the outside bike (the women's bike). Would be great if the company made a cheap cover to cover the bikes in weather while on the rack. The velcro straps were useless as they aren't long enough to reach around the tires and secure again.
My bike hung on my old rack and I hated it. It was such a chore to get my bike securely strapped down as not to damage my bike or my car. This flatbed rack fixes all those problems. Easy to set up, but the bolts that secure the rack to the hitch arm were way too short and could not be used. Luckily I am an auto mechanic and I set this up at work (that's where the tools are) so I was ably to go to the cabinet and get longer bolts. So, you may need a trip to a hardware store for longer bolts (get the correct grade). Torque specs for these bolts would have been very helpful. Adjusting the rack to fit my bike was simple. Loading and unloading is quick and easy. There are velcro straps that secure the wheels, but they don't really reach around anything and I have narrow road bike tires. I also don't see the need to strap the tires down when they're sitting in a tray, but I'm new to this and don't know much. Overall I really like this product
I bought this product at least 5 years ago. Have taken long trips with this and it is very good....Everyone thinks it is great!!!
Overall it's an "OK" flat bike rack. I had two big issues when assembling and using the rack for the first time. During assembly, the two bolts that affix the trailer hitch tube to the rack frame stripped out when I was tightening them. The tube has internal nuts that the bolts thread into and the threads on the bolts stripped after torqueing them. I opted to drill out the threads in the tube and install through bolts all the way through the tube and put locking nuts on the outside of the tube. In the original design, the two bolts with the internal nuts are the only things holding the rack (and the bikes) to the car. The bolt stripped out so easily that I had no confidence that they would hold with the car going down the road and keep the rack attached to the hitch tube. The last thing that I want is for the rack to fall off of the back of the car because of cheap bolts.
Secondly, the locking pin that goes through the trailer hitch to secure the rack to the car fell apart on the first use. When I unlocked the lock all of the internal parts fell out. I had to piece them back together and reassemble the lock. There's no way that the lock barrel should fall out when the lock is in the unlock position. It would be better if the hole in the tube were drilled for a standard 5/8" diameter hitch pin. The locking pin that comes with the rack actually threads into the rack and then lock goes on the end of the pin. This is to hold the rack snuggly to the hitch, but it requires a wrench to tighten the bolt. Plus the internal threads on the tube for the pin won't allow a standard receiver hitch pin to pass through. I plan to modify the tube to accept a standard hitch pin.
I have pictures, but can't attach them to this review.
I was happy with the price, but it cost me $25 in hardware and about an hour of my time to modify.
On a good note, the rack is easily adjustable for bikes of different sizes and shapes and the locking clamps are solid. The clamps fit will with a men's or woman's bike frame style.
What an improvement over a trunk mount! I bought a new vehicle that has a 1 1/4" hitch mount. I bought this mount immediately thereafter, and I'm glad I did. Assembly was easy (though watch for pinch points), and mounting and locking to the hitch is a breeze. Our bikes go on so much easier and lock down more securely and more quickly than my trunk mounted rack! When we finished our ride we were back in the car and on the road in no time at all.
Other reviews mentioned some bounciness, but with the mounting bolt tightened down and locked on, there wasn't much bounce to speak of. Love that it can be locked at multiple points, too... Run some errands with your bike mounted, it's secure!
Very happy with this purchase.
Great product. Very sturdy and easy to load bikes
Assembly was pretty easy but you need to read the instructions closely to ensure it is assembled correctly. Installation into a 2" hitch receiver was good and appears secure. I like that the rack extends out far enough that I can have my tailgate down on my Honda Ridgeline truck so I can carry two motorcycles and two bikes with all my gear.
Have not actually used the carrier yet but it seems like it will do the job of carrying two bikes.
Great product. I've used roof racks before and different hitch mounts. This product is super convenient and is also very economical. I noticed a substantial time savings as well versus roof mounted systems: compared to my counterparts on the group rides i get to the coffee shop/boba shop quicker than everyone else. I've used it everyday since I have had it. The one thing i had to add myself were reflective tape because it does not have any type of reflectivity and i saw this as an opportunity to be more safe while parked.
This rack for the money so far has worked great. Just used it once so far and just carried one ebike a Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0, it weighs around 45lbs without the battery installed so right around the weight limit bike wise but if can put 4 45lb bikes with the 2 bike extension I figure my one bike and even another should carry very well as a 2 bike rack.
Great 4 bike system! This bike rack will accept different size bike easily. The rack was very easy to assemble and the only problem I have with it is that it is heavy. You really need two people to put it on and take it off.
Good rack for the price. Very convenient to fold down and store in trunk or back of SUV when not in use. Fits 2 MTB bikes easy. The 2” insert is a little wobbly but the bikes stay firm in the rack with no movement. I bought this for my daughter at college and it works perfect for her and weekend trips.