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Best Fat Tire Bike Racks

A fat tire bike rack is an essential tool to help keep your bike safe while you transport it. These racks are designed especially efficient heavy bikes with oversized tires.

A bike carrier for fat-tire bikes must be able to fit tires measuring 3.8″ to 5″ in width. Thankfully, due to the popularity of fat bikes, there are many manufacturers who are currently producing this type of rack. In this article, we have put together a list of the best models for both fat-tire e-bikes and regular fat-tire bikes.

Below we have listed and reviewed a bunch of bike racks which

– Fit Bikes With Tires 4.8″ – 5″ Wide

– High Weight Capacity (50-60lbs p/bike) + To carry eBikes as well

fat bike rack


 

table of contents

1. Safety / FAQ

2. Fat Tire Bike Racks

3. Fat Tire Electric Bike Racks

4. Truck Bed Bike Racks

Feel free to recommend more racks in the comments section!

 


  • Almost all fat tire bicycle carriers are platform type-racks
    No direct frame contact = Grabs the tires
  • Fat tire bike racks accommodate mostly 20″ – 29″ bikes (Some even fit 16″ – 29″ wheels)
    *20-24″ tires might need an adapter as well as low-step and step-through frames
  • Most racks can be locked to the hitch, and the bikes on the rack as well.

fat bike rack features


Carbon frame compatibility

Bike attachment point – wheel vs frame

Although there aren’t many carbon fat-tire bikes around, many of us will still be stacking different kinds of bikes on a bike rack.

We want to remind you that carbon frames don’t like direct contact (racks tightening knobs around the frame).

bike rack frame contact

Two most-used platform bike racks for Fat Tire Bikes. Most racks reviewed down below can accommodate a wide range of bikes due to the universal ratchet hook, but it might not fit bikes with fenders. The rack on the left can be used with integrated fenders, but might need an adapter for low-step and step-through frames.

Loaded tilt vs unloaded tilt

Tilting the rack is a feature that makes using the rack so much easier, especially when you don’t have to unload the bikes each time.

Which is the best rack type for fat bikes?

Platform racks are the most convenient way to carry bikes on a hitch mount. All racks listed below are designed to carry wide tire sizes (4.8″ to 5″)

What’s the average weight of a fat bike?

The average weight of a fat bike is generally around 30-40lbs.

co op cycles drt 4.1 fat bike

What is the average eBike weight?

Average e-Bike Weighs Approximately 55 lbs.

  • Lighter e-Bikes (Roadster V2 by Ride1UP – 33lbs)
  • Heavier e-Bikes (Engwe EP 2 Pro – 70lbs)

Related: Best Electric Bike Racks

 

How to carry non-standard frames?

Step-through and low-step frame types can still be used among most bike racks out there, although many require a frame adapter that creates a diagonal space between the saddle and a handlebar.

Thankfully, most racks down below have adjustable cradles that go around the tire.

hollywood racks

Frame adapter on the grey eBike creates a “top tube” between the saddle and handlebar

Fenders & Fat Tires

Although most fat bikes do not have fenders, there are many 3″ eBikes on the market. The Hollywood rack listed above uses a different locking method (From the frame)


 

1. Best Fat Tire Bike Racks

Check out the following selection of hitch mount bike racks for fat-tire bikes

Fat Tire Bike Racks Comparison

Brand Model MSRP Receivers Weight p/bike Wheelbase Wheel Fit Weight Extensions Loaded tilt Locking
Thule T2 Classic $550 1,25″ / 2″ 60lbs 50″ 20″ – 29″, 5″ wide 57lbs Yes Yes Yes
Yakima EXO Doubleup $500 2″ 50lbs 48″ 20″ – 29″, 4.8″ wide 37lbs No No Yes
Thule T2 Pro XTR $700 2″ 60lbs 50″ 20″ – 29″, 5″ wide 52lbs Yes Yes Yes
Küat NV 2.0 $849 1.25″ / 2″ 60lbs 50″ *20″ – 29″ 4.8″ wide 52lbs Yes Yes Yes
Thule Easyfold XT 2 $849 1.25″ / 2″ 65lbs 50″ 4.7″ (With adapter) 45lbs Yes Yes Yes

*Adapter needed

*Note, listed in no particular order


 

Kuat NV 2.0

Fits fat tires up to 4.8″

Loaded tilt

No frame contact

kuat nv 2.0 on a hitch mount

MSRP: $849
REI Co-op

Best bike rack for electric bikes – REI Score: 4.7/5 out of 159+ reviews)

The NV 2.0 is one of the best-selling bike racks online with very good feedback from almost all of its users.

The Kuat bike rack fat tire model has heaps of features that make it super secure including an adjustable front tire cradle system, an intuitive release front tire ratchet with a hitch lock, integrated cable locks, and a rear tire strap that protects the wheels. 

The system is also very easy to use because of the ability to pivot the rack with foot assist and the no-tool install design with a hand-tight hitch cam. Finally, the unit isn’t compatible with RVs and it only fits 4.8″ instead of 5″ wide tires.

  • Updated ratchet arm
  • Trail doc bike stand included
  • Rear tire strap is co-molded to help protect wheels
  • No-tool install
  • Hand-tightening hitch cam system
  • Can be extended from 2 to 4 bikes with an add-on (Not included)
  • Hitch lock included
  • Cable locks for the bike
  • Loaded tilt
  • Weight: 52lbs

Kuat NV Base 2.0
MSRP: $749

Right Side View (Gray Metallic)

Kuat NV Base 2.0 - REI.com


 

Thule T2 Classic

Loaded tilt platform
1.25″ / 2″ models

Detail View

MSRP: $550
REI Co-op (Score: 4.1/5 out of 110+ reviews)

Swedish brand Thule is recognized for products with exceptionally high-quality products and their T2 classic fat tire bike rack hitch is a great example of this.

The T2 can secure your bikes very fast without twitching touching the frames due to the frame-free ratcheting mechanism and a SnugTite lock. Additionally, you can ensure the bikes don’t interfere with each other by adjusting it so there is generous spacing between the mounts.

Other features of this rack include easy easy trunk access as the rack tilts away from the vehicle with a lever and a wide range of support (20 – 29” wheels and up to 5” tires).

  • Not for use with front fenders
  • Fits: 2″ & 1.25″ receivers
  • Weight Capacity:
    1.25″ receiver – 100lb
    2″ receiver – 120lb
  • Fits 20″ – 29″ wheels, 5″ thick
  • Weight: 57lbs
  • With a Thule T2 Classic Bike Add-on, bike capacity can be extended to 4 bikes
  • SnugTite Lock (STL) – locks the rack to the receiver

T2 Classic - REI.com


 

Yakima EXO DoubleUp
2-Bike Hitch Rack

Unload tilt
2″ only

Black

MSRP: $500
REI Co-op

The Yakima EXO DoubleUp fat tire bike rack for cars is a reliable hitch-compatible model that can support up to two bikes.

This is a relatively cheap rack by a popular brand and it can’t be tilted which is why there is a cost-saving. This lightweight rack connects in seconds tool-free with the purchase of an extra part (EXO SwingBase or EXO TopShelf).

StrongArm hooks are used to attach the bikes’ front wheels to the rack. This protects the paint on your bike and stops carbon frames from interfering with each other while attached to the rack.

Finally, this rack is widely compatible and can accommodate disc brakes, thru-axles, and full suspension bikes weighing up to 50lbs each.

  • Weight: 37lbs
  • Max weight per bike: 50lbs
  • Fits 2″ receivers
  • Fits kids’ bikes, and 20″ – 29″ wheels
    4.8″ wide
  • Carbon, aluminum, road, hybrid, fat, downhill
  • Locking SpeedKnobs
  • StrongArm hooks
  • SKS locks – basic

Yakima 2Up - REI.com


 

Thule T2 Pro XTR
2-Bike Hitch Rack

Loaded tilt

Fits 2″ receiver

Zero frame contact – suitable for carbon eBikes

thule bike rack fat tire

MSRP: $700
REI Co-op

Thule’s T2 Pro XTR is a heavy-duty, versatile bike rack designed to keep your bike in perfect condition no matter where you take it.

This Thule fat tire bike rack fits almost any type of bike weighing up to 60lbs without putting the frame at all. The T2 Pro attaches to your car’s 2″ hitch without the need for tools. When you’re not using it, the system has wheels to help you maneuver it and can fold up when not in use into a compact package for storage.

Additionally, a convenient lever allows you to tilt the rack down for easy rear vehicle access, there is an integrated cable lock to secure the bike to the rack, along with generous spacing and side-to-side adjusting to stop your bikes from touching.

  • Fits 20″ – 29″ diameter
    5″ wide tires
  • Max weight per bike
    60lbs
  • Rack Weight: 52lbs
  • Carries up to 4 bikes with an Adapter
  • Integrated locks
  • Locking: Integrated cable lock, and lock knob for the rack
Black

Folds compact when not in use

T2 Pro - REI.com


 

Thule EasyFold XT 2

Loaded tilt

Needs XXL wheel straps to accommodate tires up to 4.7″ wide

In use with a Fat tired bike

MSRP: $850
REI Co-op

Thule’s EasyFold XT 2 fat tire bike rear rack is designed to be very convenient to use and store.

The XT 2 is fully foldable which makes it great for mounting and storage. It has a high capacity which means it supports e-bikes and very heavy mountain bikes.

To attach your bikes to this rack, users can take advantage of detachable bike arms and torque limiter knobs to find the optimal tightness.

Finally, there is a large distance between the wheel holders to support bikes with large wheelbases, adjustable wheel straps (XXL kit available), a rack tilting foot pedal, and transport wheels.

  • Weight: 45lbs
  • Fits both 2″ and 1.25″ receivers
  • Fits long wheelbase
  • Folds compact

Easyfold - REI.com


 

Swagman Fat Tire Bike Rack

MSRP: $180
Amazon.com/

The Swagman fat tire bicycle carrier is an affordable option for those with lightweight fat bikes up to 35lbs.

This model is very easy to assemble and use taking just a few minutes to attach to your car and secure your bikes. The rack uses upright ratchet arms which can be adjusted to fit different frame sizes up to 23.2″.

Once attached, the bikes stay secure due to anti-wobble hitch technology. When you’re finished using it you can easily store the rack thanks to its compact folding mechanism. Finally, in order to be compatible with fat tires over 2.7″ in width you must purchase fat tire wheel trays separately.

  • Weight: 28lbs
  • Anti-wobble hitch
  • Max weight capacity: 35lbs
  • 20″ – 29″

 

2.
Best Fat Tire Electric Bike Racks

Electric bikes often come with oversized wheels, especially more affordable commuter e-bikes.

An eBike car rack usually has different dimensions, higher weight capacity, and more versatile attachments than regular alternatives. This is essential because e-bikes and be very heavy and they are much more varied in their shapes due to the weight and placement of electronics.

Electric Fat Tire Bike Racks Comparison

Brand Model MSRP Receivers Weight Capacity Wheelbase Wheel Fit Weight Add-on Loaded tilt Locking
Quietkat 1UP fat $549 – $1,287 2″ 80lbs 54″ 16″ – 29″ 30lbs No No No
Rambo Hitch Hauler $400 2″ 70lbs n/a 16″ – 29″ n/a n/a n/a n/a
Hollywood Racks Sport Rider $500 2″ 80lbs 60″ 36″, 5″ 58lbs No Yes Yes
KAC Overdrive Sports K2 $500 2″ 60lbs 54″ 5″ 45lbs No Yes Yes
Saris MTR 2 $800 2″ 60lbs 53″ 20-29″, 5″ wide 55lbs Yes Yes Yes
Hyperrax Volt 2 $400 2″ 70lbs 58″ 5″ 33lbs No Yes Yes

Rambo Bike Hauler


 

(QuietKat Design) 1UP Bike Rack
With Fat Tire Kit

Single, double, & triple versions are available

1 up bike rack

100% Designed & Manufactured in USA

QuietKat’s 1UP bike rack is a high-quality bike rack designed to keep heavy e-bikes safe and secure in transit.

This rack is really easy to install and even easier to use. Simply place your bike on the rack and secure the wheels with the arms which attach without touching the frame.

Other great features of this rack are the tilting ability so you can access the rear of your vehicle quickly, a compact folding mechanism, and highway capacity (80lbs per bike). Finally, you can add up to two rack add-ons to carry three bikes at once.

  • Fits a 2″ standard receiver on most vehicles
  • Fits wheels: 16″ – 29″
  • Rapid tilt and folding mechanism for a smaller footprint
  • All bike rack parts are anodized, except a powder-coat finish on the trays
  • 100% Designed and manufactured in the USA
  • Carry up to three 80lb eBikes safely and securely
  • Rapid tilt and folding mechanism for a smaller footprint
  • Bike Rack arms close to secure tires without touching the frame

Pricing

Single Bike Rack – $549
Double – $918
Triple – $1,287

Single eBike Rack Specs

Weight: 28lbs / Shipping Weight: 30lbs

QK 1UP Bike Rack With Fat Tire Kit

No contact on the frame

Long Wheel Lock

An extra $23 will get you a wheel lock

Buying Options - Quietkat.com


 

Rambo Bikes Hitch Hauler

Rambo Bike Hauler

MSRP: $400
Rambo bikes

Rambo’s Hitch Hauler bike rack for fat tire eBikes is another affordable option that is highly versatile fitting two bikes the standard rack.

This fat tire bike rack platform has universal top clamps and an adjustable base for different wheel sizes and wheelbase lengths.

When not in use, you can fold up the hitch hauler for easy storage. Additionally, it has a pivoting feature that allows users to open their tailgate or hatch while the rack is attached to the vehicle. Finally, this bike fits almost all wheel sizes and widths.

  • Fits 2 bikes
  • 145lb weight capacity
  • Fits 2″ receivers
  • All bike sizes – 16″ – 29″
  • 5″ wide

Hitch Hauler - Rambobikes.com


 

Hollywood Racks Sport Rider
Ebike Hitch Rack

MSRP: $500
Rad Power Bikes

The Hollywood racks has been a go-to choice for Rad Power Bikes for a while. This e-bike rack features a slightly different connection point from the rest, which allows to use electric bikes with fenders.

As you can see from the product image  – you will be needing a frame adapter for non-standard frames.

  • Maximum wheelbase: 60″
  • Fits 2″ hitch only (Do not use an adapter)
  • Max: 80lbs per bike
  • 3″ – 5″ width depending on the model
  • No-wobble hitch system
  • Space between bikes: 18″ – RadWagon 3 Edition / 10″ – 2021 Edition

*Not to be used with a fitht wheel, or on a towed vehicle
*Remove the battery from the eBike before placing on rack

Hollywood Racks - RadPowerBikes.com


 

KAC Overdrive Sports K2

Fits 2″ receivers

Tilts down while loaded

Over 1,500 ratings on Amazon

MSRP: $500
Amazon.com

KAC Overdrive Sports K2 fat-tire eBike carrier is a sturdy two-bike hitch-mount rack.

The K2 uses a patented anti-wobble hitch lock that stops movements while you travel and keeps your bikes safe. While attached the bikes are held in place with padded clamps and a locking knob.

A great feature of this rack is the quick-release tilt that allows you to access your trunk easily. This model has a slightly lower weight capacity at 60lbs per bike which may not be enough for some e-bikes.

Finally, the K2 is highly adjustable and versatile fitting almost any bike no matter the wheel size, frame shape, or components.

  • Max weight: 120lbs
  • Max wheelbase: 54″
  • Max tire width: 5″
  • Weight: 45lbs
  • Anti-wobble system
  • Locking hitch pin

 

Saris MTR 2-Bike Hitch Rack

Score: 4.4 / 5 out of 31+ ratings

Product image for black

MSRP: $800
REI Co-op

Saris’ MTR 2-Bike fat tire bicycle rack is a premium choice with lots of features that make transporting your bikes easy, convenient, and secure.

The MTR is highly versatile and customizable with additional compatibility for add-on trays. The rack itself is made from high-quality steel and aluminum for unbeatable durability and weight.

The spacious wheel trays fit tires up to 5″ and keep them in position using dual-arm holders so as to not damage your bike’s paint. The rack can also be tilted away but fully loaded so you can access your trunk easily.

The design of the MTR’s trays also makes loading and unloading very easy without the need to lift the bikes over the rack. Finally, this rack has complete security integrated allowing you to lock the rack to the car and the bikes to the rack.

  • Fits: 2″
  • 2-bike rack
  • Weight: 55lbs
  • Loaded tilt
  • Attachment point: Wheel
  • Per bike: 60lbs
  • Extension compatible

Saris MTR - REI.com


 

HYPERAX Volt 2
E-Bike Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Carrier

Amazon’s choice

MSRP: $400
Amazon.com

The HYPERAX Volt 2 is Amazon’s Choice fat bike rack with an average 4.5 out of 5-star rating from over 270 reviews.

The Volt 2 has all of the important features of a great rack. This includes a tilt function for easy trunk access even while the rack is fully loaded, high-capacity up to 140lbs, versatile compatibility, and reliable security.

To keep your bike in great condition the rack has soft rubberized hooks and reflective Velcro straps to secure it in place, dual key locks to keep your bike from being stolen, and adjustable wheel holders.

Finally, you can hang your rack on the wall of your garbage when not in use due to the integrated wall mount hooks.

  • Max wheelbase: 58″
  • Max tire width: 5″
  • 70lbs per bike
  • Total weight capacity: 140lbs
  • Fits 2″ receivers
  • Secured by a 1/2″ anti-wobble pin and a key lockset

 

Truck Bed Fat Bike Racks

Fat tire bike racks for trucks allow truck owners to take advantage of their extra space to safely and securely transport their e-bikes from place to place.

A truck bed bike holder is an effective way to keep bikes locked in or secured while hanging over the tailgate or standing on the truck bed. They should be quick to install, easy to use, and versatile. This takes the stress out of transporting your bike.


 

Truck Bed – Pipeline Racks

2, 3, 4, 5 bike racks

bike rack for truck bed

Truck bed bike holder

MSRP: $259
Pipeline Racks

Pipeline’s fat tire bike rack for truck beds is a great solution for truck owners who want to transport their bikes with ease.

This aluminum rust-free rack adjusts to fit wheels without the need for tools. For fitting fat tires, users must purchase the fat-tire kit additionally.

The product comes with all the accessories needed to install the rack to the bed of your truck without drilling holes and once fitted holds the bikes securely in place with three attachments.

  • Made of aluminum
  • Bed width: 41″ – 49″
  • Includes 2 wheel straps
  • Fits 20″ – 29″ wheels 0.75″ – 2.8″ tire widths
  • Needs a Fat Tire Conversion Kit
  • Great for garage storage
fat tire conversion adapter

Needs an extra adapter for fat-tire bikes


 

QuietKat STG Pickup Truck Tailgate Pad

QuietKat STG Pickup Truck Tailgate Pad

MSRP: $179
QuietKat

QuietKat’s STG pickup truck bed bike rack pad is an innovative solution for transporting fat-bikes easily and securely.

This product protects your tailgate and your bike using high-density foam technology and built-in dividers to keep the bike firmly in place.

The STG also has a convenient Velcro window that allows you to access your tailgate handle so you don’t have to take off the pad each time you want to open it.

Additionally, the pad has tough straps to keep it in place as well as weatherproof materials so you can leave the pad on your truck year-round.

  • 5 bike slots
  • Size: 58″ L – 52″  W
  • 100lbs per bike
  • Velcro flap for tailgate handle access
  • Attach using straps

 

To Conclude

A bike rack for electric bikes or regular bikes is an amazing tool for many riders which opens up many possibilities and opportunities for adventure.

Being able to safely at your bike wherever you want, whenever you want is invaluable and justifies the investment of one of the quality bike racks we’ve described above.

Depending on your budget, which type of bike, and the type of vehicle that you own, make the decision that works for you. Whichever you choose, a fat tire bike mount or rack should keep your bike safe and make your adventures more enjoyable.

Fat Tire Bike Wall Rack

Check out our Best Garage Bike Racks to get some ideas.

 

What about the spare wheel eBike racks?

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The Yakima SpareRide 2-bike fat tire bike rack for jeep wrangler allows owners of this style of vehicle to take advantage of their spare wheel.

This product has premium bike protection using SuperCush cradles as well as TireTread pads for added stability while attached. Removable ZipStrips eat the bike secure to the rack while in transit.

The mount itself it’s almost any log pattern and is built with steel for high strength and durability. Finally, anti-sway design minimizes bike-to-bike contact and integrated locking cables keep your bike safe from theft.

  • Fits: 2 bikes
  • Max Weight: 35 pounds
  • Weight: 29 pounds
  • Fits nearly any size spare tire, including oversize truck tires

 

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