Rack Roundup! Greatest new hitch, roof & dwelling bike racks


My remaining roundup from Sea Otter (sure, it takes that lengthy to do every little thing from the world’s largest shopper biking competition) has all the brand new racks, rigs, and cargo bins for bringing bikes and kit alongside. There have been the standard massive manufacturers, plus some upstarts and updates with killer new concepts and merchandise value a glance.

Above, Kuat launched their Ibex overland assortment for pickup vans, with a telescoping design and a number of frames to suit completely different vans from Toyota, Dodge/RAM, Ford, Chevy/GMC, Nissan, and extra. It’s designed as a shell, with loads of equipment to customise it nevertheless you need.

kuat overland truck bed rigging and piston hitch rack

Cross bars match any of their roof trays, holding bikes, skis, snowboards, and so on., and MOLLE-style facet panels will be added to suit different gear on the within and out of doors. You may even connect a single-bike tray to the facet to maintain it decrease for (barely) higher fuel mileage and (a lot) simpler loading.

kuat truck bed padding for carrying mountain bikes

Their new HUK tailgate pad is available in 5 sizes to carry from 2 to six bikes, with straight and curved fashions to suit completely different truck beds extra exactly. It has a soft-touch backing with and further 1″ of padding alongside the highest to maintain your bike safer, and a flip-up panel maintains back-up digicam visibility when wanted.

kuat truck bed padding for carrying mountain bikes

A looped strap system allows you to place the bikes the place you need, and have metallic G-Hook buckles for fast attachment and launch. It’s a welded building with smooth-touch end, has a 3-year guarantee, and when it’s lastly worn out, it’s absolutely recyclable and biodegradable!

kuat overland truck bed rigging and piston hitch rack

The brand new Piston rear hitch rack launched previous to Sea Otter and makes use of their easy-release pneumatic wheel cradles, simply with out the Kashima coating and tail lamps to carry the worth down. Verify our full protection for all the main points, however right here’s a closeup of the quick-adjust arms that permit it match every little thing from full-size mountain bikes to twenty″ youngsters bikes, with a fender adapter placement to extra simply maintain bikes with a entrance (or rear) fender.

kuat e-bike ramp for hitch racks

There’s an e-bike ramp accent that telescopes to offer a straightforward approach to roll heavier bikes onto the ramp, and Kuat’s {smooth}, constant tray form makes it very easy to roll the bike all the way in which into place. Then simply pop the ramp off and throw it in your trunk. When you’ve got e-bikes and routinely carry greater than 2 bikes, this makes it a lot, a lot simpler to get these first bikes on versus attempting to maneuver the bike and your self round a 3-4 bike rack.


railias truck bed fork mounts and bike stand

Upstart Railias has a singular tackle the truck tailgate pad. You should use it like regular, with delicate, formed cradles cuddling your downtube because it rests on the tailgate. Or, use their strap in mounts to connect fork mounts, a shade tent, or a restore stand:

railias truck bed fork mounts and bike stand

The restore stand clamp telescopes, and might pop out and in of the mounting tray simply, so you’ll be able to safe it contained in the automobile whenever you’re out driving, however make straightforward repairs when essential. Notice the small storage pockets built-in into the padding, too…nice for holding brake pad spacers readily available.

railias truck bed fork mounts and bike stand

The design is extra intelligent than it appears. With out the restore stand there, you’ll be able to place the fork’s axle greater up on the tailgate (or not), after which simply shut the tailgate and it rolls your bike backward into the mattress. So, you don’t should drive with the tailgate open in the event you’re storing different stuff within the mattress, too. Different equipment allow you to mount base plates to a wall or van ground, too, so you should utilize the identical fork mounts and equipment elsewhere.

Inno Racks

inno racks cargo box that fits on hitch racks and roof racks

Inno Racks has a brand new base rack system coming, utilizing a modular method that makes it very easy to maneuver and take away bike trays, letting you place them to extra simply nest two bikes collectively. However, it additionally allows you to use the identical base for cargo:

inno racks cargo box that fits on hitch racks and roof racks

Utilizing lockable fast launch clamps, you’ll be able to add a storage field to the rack, too.

inno racks cargo box that fits on hitch racks and roof racks

The same system is coming for his or her roof rails, too, beginning with a base tray that may maintain bike trays or this locking cargo field that…

inno racks cargo box that fits on hitch racks and roof racks

…slides off and has wheels and a deal with for straightforward transport. Sized like a big suitcase, it might make household journey and camp setup lots simpler by having the ability to take every little thing down for simpler entry, or simply rolling it proper into the lodge or rental. Worth and availability TBD.

North Shore Racks

north shore racks two bike hitch mount bike rack

North Shore Racks had a couple of new objects and updates, like this small two-bike mannequin of their authentic hanging hitch rack.

north shore racks new wider fork crown cradles

Their proprietary fork crown cradle will get up to date to suit the bigger diameter crowns approaching enduro and e-MTBs, strengthened to deal with heavier bikes.

north shore racks adapter for hanging a road bike

That cradle design has at all times been particularly for suspension forks, leaving roadies out of the image. However now they’ve a fork-mount adapter that permits you to connect your street bike with the via axle, then hold the adapter of their cradle and strap it into place. Works for gravel bikes, too…or any bike with a via axle entrance and non-suspension fork.


yakima bike rack rear tail lights

Yakima wasn’t displaying model new racks, however had a couple of issues I hadn’t seen earlier than, just like the SafetyMate light-and-license plate package for his or her StageTwo hitch mount bike rack. You’ll need (want) a trailer wiring harness to make it work, however it provides higher visibility (and presumably legality) to your tray rack.

yakima hitch mount rack for smaller e-bikes

Their OnRamp is designed particularly for e-bikes, with a 66lb-per-tray load capability and single-pole clamp system that may be adjusted for oddly formed and sized bikes. That design works significantly properly for the favored compact cargo e-bikes which have fenders, lights, racks, and different issues that make wheel cradles unusable. A built-in ramp makes loading straightforward.

yakima sky box nx rooftop cargo box

The brand new SkyBox NX has an easy-mount system that matches virtually any cross bar, however its actual trick is the practically completely flat backside. A full metallic deal with and SKS locking system secures issues inside and makes it straightforward to open and shut, and it holds 16 cubic toes of stuff.


thru bike bicycle shipping and transport service

Through.bike isn’t a rack firm, it’s a bicycle transport and supply service. Initially created for triathletes that didn’t wish to pack and ship their bike, they’ve now expanded their van community to hold any bike for anybody, even manufacturers. They decide up the whole bike, load it into their custom-outfitted shifting vans, and ship it the place wanted, absolutely intact.

Manufacturers can use it to ship buyer bikes absolutely constructed, and you should utilize it to get your bike to a race or trip vacation spot with out having to take action a lot as loosen a single bolt. They use a hub-and-spoke supply system, very similar to UPS or FedEx, so it could transfer between a number of vans, however their custom-built wall racks hold the bike protected and safe in transit.


thule epos heavy duty hitch bike rack

The brand new Thule Epos rear rack has a really European look, with built-in lights and a folding design with wheels to make it simpler to move and retailer when not in your automotive.

thule epos heavy duty hitch bike rack

Moderately than the standard wheel cradles, it straps an arm to the highest of the rear wheel to stabilize the bike, with wheel straps within the tray to maintain the bike on board. Longer straps can be found individually for fats bike wheels.

thule epos heavy duty hitch bike rack

Abus cable locks, e-bike ramps, and different goodies can be found to customise the rack to your wants. Hit that hyperlink for our full tech protection.

Bike eRack

e-bike rack hydraulic electric hitch mount bike rack that can carry a motorcycle

In case you love hanging racks however have heavy e-bikes (and even motos!!!), the Bike eRack has a wi-fi distant managed electrical rack that lowers to make it straightforward to load them, then raises with the flick of a change.

e-bike rack hydraulic electric hitch mount bike rack that can carry a motorcycle

It lowers to the bottom so you’ll be able to simply roll your entrance wheel into the cradle, strap it in, then effortlessly increase it up till the rear wheels come to relaxation on the underside bar. Strap these on and also you’re able to go. You may even partially decrease it with bikes absolutely hooked up to entry a rear carry gate, they usually provide quite a lot of anodized colours to match your rig.


saris hitch bike racks with e-bike ratings and cargo trays

Saris’ MHS Rack makes use of clamp-on attachments to make it very easy so as to add or take away bike trays, cargo baskets, and anything they consider down the street. We reviewed this some time again, however the cargo basket is new (and coming quickly).

saris hitch bike racks with e-bike ratings and cargo trays

The opposite massive information for his or her MHS (Modular Hitch System) racks is that they’re now rated to hold bikes as much as 80lbs when placed on an ordinary automobile with 2″ hitch, or as much as 230lbs whole with the three-bike base plus 1 bike attachment (4 bikes whole). The bolt-on further bike mount is proscribed to 35lbs. And it’s additionally now rated for RV use with as much as two bikes (160lbs whole).

The rack itself didn’t change, they only put it by means of extra testing to see what it was able to, so in the event you already personal one, go nuts.

Bike Rac

bike-rac wall mounted bicycle cradle

The Bike Rac claims to be probably the most versatile wall-mounted bike rack on the planet. It’s angle adjustable and makes use of a easy two-bar, gravity-fueled design to carry your bike with out clamps. The bottom bolts into your wall studs (or wherever you are feeling safe bolting it).


1up racks xd extreme duty heavy duty hitch mount bike rack for heavier e-bikes

1UP’s new XD Rack’s title means “Xtreme Responsibility”, and to check that, they took their modified Porsche Cayenne off-roading for the picture shoot. Designed to hold as much as 150lbs per tray, it’s overbuilt and rated for holding e-motos whereas overlanding.

1up racks xd extreme duty heavy duty hitch mount bike rack for heavier e-bikes
1up racks xd extreme duty heavy duty hitch mount bike rack for heavier e-bikes

Deeper trays, thicker ratchets, and further bolts and thicker beams give the all-aluminum tray a a lot greater, stronger look to match its functionality. Worth and availability are TBD.

Wanna take a look at that Porsche? We have a full roundup of overland, vanlife, RV, and tricked out present vehicles from Sea Otter!