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15+ Best Hitch Mount Bike Racks

We all know that owning a bike is one thing, but finding the actual time and place to ride can be tricky at times.

bike rack on hitch mount

Bike racks allow us to explore the trails out of our neighborhoods, with friends or family.

Choosing a bike rack for the trailer hitch mount is a priceless investment in terms of practicality and the fact that it allows us conveniently transport a bunch of bikes to new, unexplored environments. A good bike rack can easily last 10+ years, in and out of use. If you are worried about its rigidity, don’t – as these racks are designed to do one thing only, and the variety of racks down here are among the top-rated ones. You’ll find answers to your questions and a rather large variety of racks to choose from down below.

Trailer Hitch Bike Rack = Hitch Mount Bike Rack


 

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Roof rack vs Vertical bike rack (behind the car)

There are quite obvious reasons to prefer carrying bikes behind the car instead of using the roof racks. Check out the pros and cons to figure out which is the best option to suit your needs.

vertical bike rack and horizontal roof rack

Vertical or horizontal – Behind the car or on the roof?

Reasons to get a trailer hitch bike rack

  • Ease of use when loading and unloading the bikes due to low placement
  • Option to add multiple bikes on a single rack (1,2,3,4,5 and even 6 bikes!)
  • Won’t lose any clearance to height
  • More convenient to load when carrying heavier bikes
  • Most racks can be tilted down or swing aside to open the boot

Why roof rack bike carrier might suit you better

  • Not all bike racks tilt or swing away to open the boot
  • Might need to get a duplicate license plate and extra lightboard fitted
  • Can be a tight squeeze with multiple bikes
  • Kids’ and women’s bike frames might need a frame adapter
  • A bike on the roof doesn’t get as dirty when riding on gravel roads

What To Look For In a Good Hitch-mount Bike Rack?

  • Ease of use – User friendly
  • Rugged – Stand the test of time
  • CompactFOLDABLE
  • Lockable – Both the bikes on the rack and the bike rack itself
  • Tilt-function – For convenient access the boot while the bikes are still on the rack
  • Stable – No swaying or wobbling (Read more down below)

How Much To Pay For a Bike Rack?

Platform hitch-mount bike racks tend to cost roughly from $300 to $700+ for the higher-end models. Hanging bike racks on the other hand start as low as $100, all the way up to $600 dollar line.


 

How to Choose?

And/Or?

 

2inch or 1.25inch receiver on a trailer hitch mount

When choosing between hitch-mount bike racks – Make sure to know the size of your car’s trailer hitch mount. 1.25″ (1-1/4″) or 2″ receiver. Most platform bike racks are made to either size, while there are many hanging type bike racks that have a universal fitment that’s suitable for both sizes!


 

6 best hanging hitch-mount bike racks

Thule / Yakima

Hitch-mount hanging bike racks can hold up a considerable amount of weight and fold down to a compact size when not in use. When placing bikes on that kind of bike racks – make sure to place the next bike the other way around from previous as two handlebars won’t fit well next to each other.

  • For best fitment – You can adjust the angle of the cradle strap mount according to the seat post or the head tube!
  • You might need to get a special frame adapter to fit women’s or kids’ bike frames. (Reviewed down at the accessories section)
  • You might want to get an extra license plate (Which you can’t remove from the car by the law)
Brand Thule Thule Thule Yakima  Yakima Yakima
Model Apex XT 4 Apex XT 4 Swing Camber 4 BackRoad 4 FullSwing 4 RidgeBack 5
MSRP $400 $580 $300 $300 $549 $349
Type Hang-on Hang-on Hang-on Hang-on Hang-on Hang-on
Capacity 4 x 37.5lb 4 x 37.5 lb 4 x 37.5lb 4 x 37.5lb 4 x 40 lb 5 x 37.5 lb
Receiver 1.25 and 2″ 2″ only 1.25 and 2″ 1.25″ and 2″ 2″ only 1.25″ and 2″
Weight 35 lb 42 lb 34 lb 42 lb 75 lb 43 lb
Lockable Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Gap 7″ 7″ 7″ 7″ n/a n/a
Tilt Function Yes Swing-away No Yes Swing-away Yes

THULE Bike Racks

 

Thule – Apex XT 4

Anti-sway knob and road-dampening system on cradles

thule 4 bike rack with 2 inch mount

MSRP $400 JensonUSA

The Apex 4 is quite basic while being a somewhat ‘bulletproof’ option. Thule, the oldest bike rack manufacturers in the business, has been quite consistent producing the high-end bike racks for ages – You’ll still see people using really old Thule racks and ski boxes, so it is hard to go wrong with the brand. Thule recommends this rack for all types of bike frames. The Apex XT 4 is equipped with road-dampening cradles to protect the bike’s frame, so you can use Carbon frame bikes on this rack.

Although, when using carbon frame bikes – make sure that other bikes won’t hit or scratch the frames!

Specifications

  • Weight: 35 lb
  • Max Capacity: 4 bikes – 35 lb each
  • Spacing between bikes: 7″
  • Receivers: Transfer between 1-1/4″ or 2
  • Dimensions 42.1″ x 11″ x 37″ Folded: 15.4″ x 11″ x 37″

PROs

  • Bike & receiver locks included
  • Carbon frame compatible
  • Integrated anti-sway system on the mount

CONs – No tilt function

Availability – JensonUSA


 

Thule – Apex XT Swing 4

Swing the rack to the side of the car – Great for Toyota, Land Rover, or Jeep models with a side-opening rear hatch

thule bike rack hitch mount

MSRP $580 REI

Thule is a well-established and trusted manufacturer of high-quality carrier racks and transportation devices. This excellent hitch mount bike rack is no exception, with a convenient swing arm that provides unobstructed access to the trunk.

The 4-bike rack folds down for easy storage when not in use and maintains 7″ of space between bikes to avoid damage during transport. It attaches bikes using a ratcheting cradle strap that can accommodate a wide variety of shapes and sizes. For added security, the Apex XT Swing 4 includes a conveniently integrated cable lock for the bikes and a SnugTite stinger lock for the rack.

Specifications

  • Weight: 42 lb
  • Max Capacity: 4 bikes – 37.5 lb each
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ or 2
  • Dimensions: 42.2 x 11 x 40.2 in – Folded 15.2 x 11 x 40.2 in

PROs

  • Both the rack and bikes can be locked
  • Available as 2- / 4- / or 5-bike rack!
  • Folds compact when not in use
  • Swing-away system!

CONs – Not as good reviews on REI (3/5) while having a score of 4/5 on Amazon.

Availability – REI


 

Thule – Camber 4

One of the cheaper options by a high-end brand – fits both 2″ and 1.25″ receivers.

thule 4 bike hitch rack

MSRP $300 rei.com,

This Thule bike rack hitch fits 4 bikes and has integrated anti-sway technology to help secure the bikes and avoid damage while in transport. It uses a HitchSwitch tilt method to provide rear vehicle access with bikes attached and is compatible with 1.25″ and 2″ hitch receivers.

When not in use, the arms of the rack fold down for easy storage and less obstruction while attached. The ratcheting cradle straps are easy to secure and maintain 7″ of space between bikes to avoid damage while moving. The Thule Camber 4 can carry bikes up to 37.5 lbs (17kg) with a total load capacity of 150 lbs (68kg).

Specifications

  • Weight: 34 lb
  • Max Capacity: 4 bikes – 37.5 lb each
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ and 2
  • Distance between bikes: 7″
  • Dimensions 42.2 x 11 x 35.6 in / Folded: 14.8 x 11 x 35.6 in

PROs

  • Quick and easy set-up
  • Folds away compact when not in use
  • Versions for 2/4 bikes
  • Fits both 1.25″ and 2″ hitch mounts

CONs – No locks included

Availability – REI


Yakima Bike Racks

 

Yakima – BackRoad 4

A traditional hang-on bike rack where you can lock up the bikes as well

Yakima BackRoad 4 Bike car hitch bike rack

MSRP $300 evo.com

The BackRoad 4 is a good value Yakima bike rack that includes several top quality features found on higher-priced models. The foldable arms use Yakima’s trademark ZipStrips system to securely attach the bikes 7″ away from each other for safer transportation.

It includes an SKS locking cable for added security plus soft, anti-sway cradle pads to offer even better protection while moving. The rack tilts down while attached for unobstructed trunk access and folds down while not attached for convenient storage. The maximum bike weight is 37.5 lbs (17kg) and the rack fits both 1.25″ and 2″ hitch receivers. It also includes an integrated Yakima bottle opener for a refreshing drink after a long day in the saddle.

Specifications

  • Weight: 42 lb
  • Max Capacity: 4 bikes – 37.5 lb each
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ and 2
  • Dimensions: L 44.00 in x W 12.00 in x H 16.00 in

PROs

  • Models for 2/4 bikes
  • Tilt-away system
  • 7″ Spacing between bikes
  • Arms fold away compact
  • Integrated SKS locking cables included locking up the bikes
  • Soft cradle-pads included
  • Bottle-opener included so you could flex in front of your friends

CONs – The rack itself can’t be locked

Availability – evo.com


 

Yakima – FullSwing 4

A heavy side-swing rack for 2″ receivers

MSRP $549 evo.com

The FullSwing 4 is a high-quality 4 bike hitch rack from Yakima, featuring its proprietary FullSwing technology for complete rear vehicle access while attached. The feature allows you to move the rack entirely to the side of the vehicle, providing unhindered use of the trunk or rear door.

Assembly and installation are quick and easy, with the tool-free SpeedKnob and AutoPin systems for automatic positioning and locking on the hitch receiver. Attach bikes securely using Yakima’s convenient ZipStrips system plus integrated SKS cable and rack locks. The rack can carry bikes up to 40lbs (18kg), with a total weight limit of 150 lbs (68kg).

Specifications

  • Weight: 75 lb
  • Max Capacity: 4 bikes – 40 lb each
  • Receivers: 2″ only
  • Dimensions: L 43.50 in x W 26.00 in x H 17.50 in

PROs

  • Swings to the side
  • SKS locks included that lock up the bikes and the rack
  • Compact fold when not in use
  • Fully padded arms
  • Easy to use

CONs – On the heavier side

Availability – Aventuron


 

Yakima – RidgeBack 5

A lockable 5-bike rack, more models for 2 or 4 bikes

yakima 5 bike hitch rack

MSRP $379 REI.com

This 5 bike hitch rack from Yakima comes fully assembled and fits both 1.25″ and 2″ hitch receivers. It uses Yakima’s new UpperHand lever technology to tilt the rack down for rear door access and folds flat for convenient storage when attached. With the tool-free SpeedKnob system, you can quickly and securely attach the Ridgeback bike rack to your vehicle.

Yakima’s trademark ZipStrips straps secure your bikes onto anti-sway cradles for extra protection while in motion. For non-conventional bike sizes and step-through frames, Yakima’s TopTube add-on is available separately.

Specifications

  • Weight: 43 lb
  • Max Capacity: 5 bikes – 37.5 lb each
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ and 2″
  • Dimensions: L 44.00 in x W 12.00 in x H 16.00 in

PROs

  • Tilts down for easy access to the trunk
  • The rack can be locked
  • Models available for 2-, 4- or 5 bikes
  • Integrated bottle opener
  • Anti-sway cradles that eliminate bike-to-bike contact

CONs – No locks for bikes

Availability – REI


 

Allen Bike Racks – Deluxe 2

Budget Pick! 🏆

allen sports bike rack on a suv

MSRP $100 Amazon.com

This Allen Sports Deluxe 2-bike hitch rack is among the cheapest options to choose from. If you are looking for a rack to use it from A to B without the option to tilt or lock the rack or the bikes – this is the most basic rack to get. With a max capacity of 70lb – it does its job rather well for a $100 bike carrier. Also, it’s got over 2000 ratings and holds a solid 4.5/5 score on Amazon!

Specifications

  • Weight: n/a
  • Max Capacity: 2 bikes – 35 lb each
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ and 2″ (2 and 3 bike models) 4 and 5 bike models fit only to 2″ receiver
  • Dimensions: n/a

PROs

  • Arms fold up compact when not in use
  • Cheap and convenient

CONs – Seems like there’s nothing to prevent swaying and there are no locks for the rack nor the bikes either

Buying options: Amazon.com


 

9 best tray/platform trailer hitch-mount bike racks

Thule / Yakima / RockyMounts / Kuat / Saris

Tray mount = Platform

This type of bike rack holds a ton of positive features such as:

  • Each bike has its own platform and locking
  • Can be used for most bike types – road, mountain, fat.
  • There’s no swaying
Brand Thule Thule Thule Yakima Yakima Yakima RockyMounts Kuat Saris
Model T2 Pro XT Helium 2 T2 Classic HoldUp EVO Dr.Tray Single Speed Wetslope 3 NV 2.0 SuperClamp EX 2
MSRP $620 $700 $500 $549 $600 $279 $400 $689 $500
Type Platform Platform Platform Platform Platform Platform Platform Platform Platform
Max Capacity 2 x 60 lb 2 x 37.5 lb 2 x 60 lb 2 x 50 lb 2 x 40lb 1 x 40 lb 3 x 40 lb 2 x 60 lb 2 x 60 lb
Receiver 1.25″ / 2″ 1.25″ / 2″ 1.25″ / 2″ 1.25″ / 2″ 1.25″ / 2″ 1.25″ / 2″ 2″ only 1.25″ / 2″ 1.2 / 2″
Rack Weight 52 lb 43.2 lb 50 lb 51 lb 34 lb 26.5 lb 43 lb 52 lb 35 lb
Lockable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Sold Separately Yes Yes
Max wheel size 20-29″ 26″ – 29″ 20″ – 29″ 20″ – 29″ 26″ – 29″ 20″ – 29″ 20″ – 29″ 20″ – 29″ 20″ – 29″
Max tire width 5″ 3″ 5″ 4.8″ 5″ 4.8″ 3″ 5″ 3″
Gap 12.5″ 10″ 12.5″ n/a 18″ n/a n/a n/a n/a
Tilt function Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes n/a Yes

Best feedback & rating: Saris SuperClamp EX2


 

Thule – T2 Pro XT

Score: 4.25 / 5 out of 223+ ratings on REI

thule t2 pro xt rack

MSRP $620 REI.com

This premium tow hitch bike rack from Thule is ideal for fat bikes or mountain bikes with extra-wide tires. It’s generous rack mounts fit wheels size from 20″ to 29″ and tires up to 5″ wide. It has space for two bikes without the optional add-on and there is sufficient space between mounts so bikes don’t clatter together when in motion.

The rack folds up when not in use and tilts down via a HitchSwitch lever so you can access the rear door while it’s attached. Use Thule’s tool-free AutoAttach system for quick and easy installation onto any 2″ hitch receiver. Max bike weight is 60 lbs (27kg).

Specifications

  • Fits: 20″-29″ wheels, 5″ wide tires
  • Weight: 52lbs
  • Max Capacity: 120 lb – 2 bikes – 60 lb each
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ or 2
  • Folded dimensions: 54.7 x 22.5 x 33.8 in

PROs

  • Both the bikes on the rack can be locked, and the rack itself comes with a locking-knob to prevent easy removal.
  • Frame-free ratcheting arm – Great for carbon frames
  • Option to upgrade to the third bike
  • The rack can be tilted with the bikes on
  • Ideal for heavier bikes as the rack can hold up to 60lb per each bike
  • Suitable for fat bikes

CONs – Can’t be used with bikes that have front fenders

Full Specifications & Introduction video – Thule.com

Buying options: REI


 

Thule – Helium Platform 2

thule t2 pro xt rack

Single-bike version available for $450

MSRP $700 evo.com

This strong aluminum Thule bike rack has wide, folding arms to hold two large bikes in a very secure position. It can take 26″ to 29″ wheel sizes with tires up to 3″ thick and easily folds up when not in use to provide rear door access. Even with bikes attached, the convenient HitchSwitch level allows you to tilt the rack down for rear door access.

The Helium Platform 2 includes an integrated cable lock for added security and simple ratcheting wheel loops to hold bikes in place. Thule’s tool-free SnugTite stringer system makes installation quick and easy and comes with a lock included.

Specifications

  • Fits: 26″ to 29″ x 3″ wide tires
  • Weight: 23 lb
  • Max Capacity: 2 bikes – 37.5 lb each
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ and 2″
  • Dimensions 20.8 x 59.7 x 33.4 in – Folded: 12 x 59.7 x 17.8 in

PROs

  • No frame contact – suitable for carbon frames or bikes with nicer paintwork
  • HitchSwitch lever to tilt the rack down with or without the bike on the rack
  • Integrated bike lock
  • 10″ distance between bikes
  • Single bike rack – EVO

CONs – Requires extra adapters for fat bikes

Availability – REI


 

Thule – T2 Classic 2

Product image for Detail View

MSRP $500 REI.com

The T2 Classic is a heavy-weight dual bike rack designed for mountain and fat bikes with 20″ – 29″ wheels and tires up to 5″ thick. It has a unique clamp design that doesn’t lock onto the frame, allowing for greater versatility to accommodate abnormal bike shapes.

You secure the rack with a SnugTite lock and tilt it down with Thule’s HitchSwitch system so you can access the vehicle’s rear door. The maximum bike weight is 60 lbs (27kg) with a total load capacity of 100 lbs (45kg). The rack maintains a large space of 12.5″ between bikes, allowing for larger bikes and avoiding damage during transport.

Specifications

  • Fits: 20″ – 29″, 5″ wide tires
  • Weight: 50 lb
  • Max Capacity: 2 bikes – 60 lb each (Expandable to 4 bikes)
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ or 2″
  • Distance between bikes: 12.5″
  • Dimensions: 53 x 13 x 37 in – Folded: 53 x 30 x 17 in

PROs

  • Frame-free ratcheting arm
  • Fits heavy bikes with wide tires
  • Includes a receiver lock (SnugTite Lock)
  • Tilts with bikes on

CONs

Bike lock not included

Full Specifications – Thule

Buying Options:

2″ Receiver – REI


YAKIMA Bike racks

 

Yakima – HoldUp EVO

Best for electric and fat bikes

Yakima - HoldUp EVO 1.25" Bike Rack

MSRP $549 evo.com

The HoldUp EVO is a unique trailer hitch bike rack from Yakima that uses extending vertical poles to accommodate bikes of all sizes. It’s extra wide wheel trays can fit two fat bikes or MTBs with 20-29″ wheels and tires up to 4.8″ wide.

Yakima’s proprietary Strongarm hooks secure the bike’s wheels while the integrated SKS locks ensure it tightly fastens. The tool-free SpeedKnob system allows for quick installation on 1.25″ or 2″ hitch receivers, and the KickStart foot pedal effortlessly lowers the rack for rear door access. If you need extra bikes, Yakima can provide a HoldUp EVO +2 attachment (compatible with the 2″ version only).

Specifications

  • Fits: 20″ to 29″, 4.8″ wide
  • Weight: 51 lb
  • Max Capacity: 2 bikes – 50 lb each (x2 more bikes can be added)
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ or 2″
  • Dimensions: L 33″ x W 42″ x H 12″

PROs

  • Tool-free locking with SpeedKnob™ makes installation and removal fast, easy, and secure
  • Tilts with bikes on
  • Foot-pedal to tilt the rack
  • No frame contact

CONs – Can’t be used with front fenders

Full Specifications – Yakima

Availability

1.25″ – evo.com
2″ – REI.com


 

Yakima – Dr.Tray

Yakima - DrTray 1-1/4" Bike Rack

MSRP $600 REI

Yakima’s Dr. Tray is a wide tow hitch bike rack for two large MTBs or fat bikes with up to 4.8″ tires. It provides a huge 18″ of space between each bike, allowing for safe transportation of abnormally large or oddly shaped bicycles. Attach the bikes via wheel clamps and a rising bar that reduces frame interference plus an integrated SKS cable lock for security.

Yakima’s Dr.Tray has a SpeedKnob system to allow simple and secure attachment to 1.25 or 2″ hitch receivers and is compatible with the EZ+1 attachment for an extra bike. Use the simple RemoteControl tilt lever to lower the bike for rear door access. Bikes can weigh a maximum of 40lbs (18kg) with a 48″ wheelbase.

Specifications

  • Fits: 26″ – 29″, 4.8″ wide
  • Weight: 45 lb
  • Max Capacity: 2 bikes – 40 lb each (3 bikes with an adapter)
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ or 2″
  • Distance between bikes: n/a – Folded: L 46″ x W 64″ x H 41″

PROs

  • 18″ gap between the bikes
  • Speedknob tool-free locking
  • SKS Cable-locks to secure bikes

CONs – Cable locks might not be the safest solution

Full Specifications – Yakima

Buying Options – REI / evo.com


 

Yakima – Single Speed

Product image for Black

MSRP $279 REI.com

This lightweight platform bike rack from Yakima is the perfect, compact solution for single bike use. The extendable StrongArm hook fits 20″ to 29″ bikes and the large platform takes tires up to 4.8″ wide, so you can even use it for a fat bike. The clever design conveniently folds up for easy storage and to allow rear door access when not in use.

Use Yakima’s trademark SpeedKnob system for quick and easy installation and removal and the integrated SKS lock for added bike security. The Yakima Singlespeed fits both 1.25 and 2″ hitch receivers and weighs only 20 lbs (9kg).

Specifications

  • Fits: 20″ to 29″, 4.8″ wide
  • Weight: 27 lb
  • Max Capacity: 1 bike – 40 lb each
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ or 2″
  • Dimensions: L 24.00 in x W 38.00 in x H 11.00 in

PROs

  • Compact design
  • Lockable
  • Integrated bottle-opener on the bottom of the rack
  • Fits on disc brakes, thru-axles, full-suspension, road bikes, etc

CONs – Can’t be used with a front fender

Product Availability – REI


 

RockyMounts – WetSlope 3

rockymounts bike rack for 3 Bikes

Fits 2″ Only

MSRP $400 JensonUSA

This low-cost Rocky Mounts bike rack can take up to three bikes, cleverly attached by wheel hooks and a ratcheted swing arm to avoid frame contact. The tiered mounting system helps to avoid clashes between handlebars and fits 20-29″ bikes with tires up to 3″ and wheelbases from 34 to 48″.

The WetSlope 3 folds up against the rear door when not in use and tilts down 30 degrees to allow rear access when in use. It’s compatible with 2″ hitch receivers only and can take a maximum weight of 40lbs (18kg) per bike.

Specifications

  • Fits: 20″ to 29″, 3″ wide
  • Weight: 43 lb
  • Max Capacity: 3 bike – 40 lb each
  • Receivers: 2″

PROs

  • Tilts 30-degrees
  • Zero frame contact
  • Compatible wheelbase: 34″ to 48″
  • Folds flat against the vehicle

CONs – Lock-kit sold separately, Can’t be used with installed fenders on the bike

Buying Options: JensonUSA


 

KÜAT – NV 2.0

küat 2 bike rack for hitch mount

MSRP $689 REI.com

Küat bike racks have quite a distinct look compared to other racks on this list.

The NV 2.0 is a stylish, premium-class Kuat bike rack built with the discerning cyclist in mind. Highly versatile, secure and strong, the NV 2.0 can carry almost any bicycle from top-range carbon road bikes to fat bikes and electric bikes.

Fit two 20″ – 29″ bikes up to 60lbs (27kg) each, and add the ‘Phat Bike Kit’ to hold bikes with wheelbases up to 48″ and tires as wide as 5″. There is a pivot for rear door access and integrated cable and hitch locks. The Kuat NV 2.0 bike rack has tool-free fitment to both 1.25″ and 2″ hitch receivers and is available with an add-on for an extra two bikes ($489).

Specifications

  • Fits: 20″ to 29″ (fat bikes require an adapter)
  • Weight: 52 lb
  • Max Capacity: 2 bikes – 30 lb each
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ or 2″
  • Folded dimensions: 12 x 59.7 x 17.8 in

PROs

  • Hitch lock included
  • Tool-free installation
  • Foot-assisted pivoting

CONs – Bike locks not included

Full Specifications – Kuat.com

Buying Options: REI


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Saris – SuperClamp EX 2

Score: 4.75 / 5 out of 190+ ratings on REI

saris bike rack

MSRP $500 REI.com

Saris bike racks offer a great alternative to other known rack brands with a slightly different approach to construction. The SuperClamp EX 2 is among the best-rated bicycle racks in REI, which is quite a priceless aspect to rely on. Perfect for heavy or electric bikes as it has got the max capacity of 60 lb per each bike!

The SuperClamp EX 2 is a simple, lightweight Saris bike rack with a robust but compact design. Its fast loading rack uses dual wheel-clamping hooks to avoid frame contact and can carry two bikes up to 60lb (27kg) each.

The rack itself weighs only 35lb (15kg) and folds away for easy storage. It includes a tilting pivot for rear door access and integrated locks for added security. The SuperClamp EX 2 accommodates all bike varieties with wheelbases up to 50″ and wide tires up to 4″ thick. It’s compatible with both 1.25″ and 2″ hitch receivers and comes with night reflectors and a bottle opener.

Specifications

  • Fits: 20″ – 29″, 4″ wide
  • Weight: 35 lb
  • Max Capacity: 2 bikes – 60 lb each
  • Receivers: 1-1/4″ or 2″
  • Folded dimensions: n/a
  • Distance between bikes: n/a

PROs

  • Integrated locks and reflectors for added safety
  • Can be tilted with bikes on the rack
  • Also available as 4 bike version.

CONs – Can’t seem to find any downsides

Availability – REI


 

Accessories

Frame Adapter for a hanging bike rack

Kids’, Women’s, BMX or non-standard bike frames

 


Anti-Rattle Hitch Tightener / Stabilizer

For both 1.25″ and 2″ receivers – MSRP $14 Amazon

anti sway system for trailer hitch


Loading Ramp

Convenient when loading/unloading heavier bikes

Saris MTR Ramp – MSRP $125 REI.com

bicycle rack loading ramp for ebike


Wheel Stabilizer Strap

To prevent the wheels spinning

See this product on Amazon

anti spinning gadget for bike rack


Locks

Most of the locks provided on those racks are rather basic, cable locks. If you’d like to get better security – check out our take on bike locks!

Read the full review

best bike locks

Folding, chain, and U-locks reviewed

 


 

FAQ & Safety

To be updated..

Frequently Asked Questions

How much can you tilt the hitch-mount bike rack?

Hitch-mount bike racks can be tilted down to a 30’degree angle which shouldn’t interfere with opening the hatch on most cars.

Which bike rack to use for vertically opened doors such as Land-Cruisers, Land Rover Discovery, Toyota RAV 4, and Jeeps?

Look out for swing-style bike racks.

Which is the best hitch bike rack?

These are the best bike racks for 2″ and 1.25″ trailer mounts

  • Saris Superclamp EX 2 – Platform bike rack with the best rating and feedback on REI.
  • Thule – Most of their racks are very well thought-out.
  • Allen Sports – Bike racks that offer a cheaper and more basic alternative to higher-end brands out there. Excellent reviews on Amazon.

How to prevent the rack straps from scratching bicycles’ paint/wheels?

Not a common issue, but here’s how to prevent it:

  • Make sure to clean the surfaces that are going to get strapped. Small sand/dust particles can create unwanted friction in the long run.
  • Make sure that the bikes won’t sway loose behind the car or hit each other while driving.

FAQ

Do we recommend suction-cup bike racks?

This sounds like a great alternative, but here’s what we think:

  • Advantages: No need for crossbars
  • Disadvantages: ‘Universal tools’, especially when it comes to carrying items on the roof might not be the best safest idea.

What Are the Best Bike Rack Brands?

  • Thule – Oldest transportation accessories brand who has been specializing in the industry since 1942. Pioneers of cars’ roof racks, ski boxes, etc.
  • Yakima – One of the best bike rack brands in America
  • Küat – Great set good quality and of easy-to-use bike racks
  • Saris – Awesome racks with positive feedback and ratings
  • RockyMounts – A known bicycle accessories brand
  • Allen Bike Racks – A cheaper alternative with a great score on Amazon
  • Hollywood Racks

Where is the best selection of hitch bike racks online?

Outdoor specialists with a wide variety of cycling goods

  • REI – Awesome selection by the most known bike rack brands out there. Great feedback and FAQ section as well
  • Aventuron – Pre-assembled racks
  • JensonUSA – Auto racks and accessories
  • Backcountry – All the main brands represented
  • Competitive Cyclist – Another great source
  • evo.com – Thule and Yakima well represented

What are the most popular car models to tow bikes with?

Most people are looking to buy bike racks for:

  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Honda CRV
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Subaru Outback

Most known car types for hitch-mount: RV / Minivan / SUV / Pick-up Trucks


 

Safety

Number Plate Visibility

Although it doesn’t seem to be bothering most of the officers interstate, there is a possibility that you might get in trouble with insurance providers in case of an accident. All of the racks listed in this review don’t feature a lightboard where you can also add the extra number plate to it.

Lights Visibility

Most bike racks block the visibility of the taillights and turn signals making it difficult to see. When you don’t want to risk with being pulled over when we’d recommend investing in a light board that attaches to the bikes. Although, seems like most folks aren’t too concerned about it, as well as the police.

Wobble/Swaying

In order to get the slack out of the rack, most hitch-mount bike racks are fitted with an anti-wobble knob that eliminates the least amount of play in the hitch mount. It is recommended to lift and wobble the rack when tightening the anti-wobble knob to get the most optimized fit! Watch out for not over-tightening the knob though!

Aren’t all trailer hitch mounted bike racks wobbly?

These days most bike racks have plenty of adjustments to make them more stable. Actually, this happens to be the biggest concern when people are thinking of getting a new bike rack, especially when looking into hitch-mounted models.

Carbon fiber bike frames and racks

In order to prevent damaging the expensive carbon frame – pick a bike frame where there’s more cushion on cradles, and look at that other bikes won’t be hitting the carbon parts on hanging-type racks.

 

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