Hitch Mount Bike Racks Review and Comparison
Allen sports deluxe 4-bike Hitch Racks
This is a 23.9-pound hitch-mount rack that is 25.7 inches tall, 16.6 inches wide and 3.8 inches wide. It comes in a sleek design and a body made of construction steel coated with black powder. Its steel body ensures that is strong, durable and lasting. In addition to that, the Allen Sports Deluxe 4-bike hitch mount rack comes with a lifetime warranty.
Its pros include the ability of the folding arms to quickly drop down when not in use. The user can, therefore, set up the Allen Deluxe 4-bike hitch mount rack in just under five minutes. In addition to that, its 22-inch carrying arm accommodates a vast range of designs and sizes. The racks to tilt back when not in use and the absence of a wobble bolt eliminates movement during transit.
However, it only fits on vehicles with a 2-inch trailer only and vehicles require professionally installed class III or IV 2” in order to use the Allen Deluxe 4-bike hitch mount.
All in all, it requires minor assembly and with a patented tie-down system, the Allen Deluxe 542RR is value for money, so what are you waiting for? Order one now.
Heininger Black 2035 Advantage SportsRack FlatRack
At just 20.9 pounds, The Heininger 2035 is a versatile hitch mount bike rack that comfortably fits 2-inch or 1.25-inch receivers. It measures 42” by 21” by 8” with a simplistic design that enables it to carry up to two bikes weighing 33 pounds.
Pros include its smooth exterior that is rust-resistant and amazingly durable. Loading a bike on a hitch rack has never been so care-free;
Thanks to its integrated wheel straps and deep wheel holders users don’t have to worry about the bicycle being stable while on the road. It is also designed to quickly detach and fold up close to the bumper for a solid maneuver when not in use.
One downside, however, is that it can only carry a maximum of two bikes that must collectively be weighing 15 kilograms. Apart from that, the Heninger 2035 Advantage would be a wise investment and a more convenient way to travel with your bike.
Hollywood Racks HR400 Road Runner
A multi-colored, pre-assembled and easy to adjust hitch mount carrier weighing 43.8 pounds. It measures 6.3” by 17.7” by 39” and it includes a locking pin with an 8-inch security cord. It comes with a patented no-wobble system that promises zero damage to your car while carrying up to 4 bikes on a 2-inch hitch.
Pros include a heavy-duty build that is meant to last while at the same time ensuring the security of bike through its keyed locking pin and security cord. It is also one of the most compact and smallest in dimensions of all bike hitch racks. The only deal-breaker is that it can only fit on 2-inch hitches and is heavier than most hitches.
Hollywood Racks Sportrider Se Hitch Rack
This is a black version of the SportRider4. It is meant to carry two bikes but an additional 2-bike kit can be added. It weighs 12 pounds and measures 36 inches by 18 inches by 9.8 inches.
One of its pros is that it comes with a keyed-alike locking hitch pin and an-8-inch security cable so your bike remains secure at all times. It also features a patented no-wobble system for secure installation thereby enabling it to fold flat against the vehicle when not being used. Cons; it fits only 2-inch hitches only and users interested in carrying four bikes are required to purchase an extra kit.
Trimax RMBR4 Road-Max Hitch Mount Tray
A 41.9-pound bike carrier measuring 47.2 x 14.5 x 10.9 inches. It has a solid and featherweight design for easy trunk storage and foldable arms for convenient gate access. It conveniently fits on 2-inch receivers thereby working perfectly with its padded and adjustable arms which support the bike vertically.
Pros include highly resistant wheels straps that come with zaman buckles and soft pads thereby fitting various rim and tire sizes. The compact yet the light design is also conveniently able to carry up to four bikes.
Saris Freedom Bike Hitch Car Rack
A 55.1-pound versatile rack that is made in the USA and can comfortably carry two bikes weighing up to 35 pounds each. Be it a kids’ bike, a women’s rim, tri-cycle, a 12-inch kicker or even a 29-inch fat bike, the Saris Freedom 2 bike can carry it all. It measures 48 x 11.5 x 8.8 inches and is equipped with a ratcheting anti-swaying straps for security and stability.
Pros: bikes on transit are secured with the inbuilt anti-sway system thereby being protected and secured. It has a compact design that enables it to carry bikes of all types, light or heavy. Cons; its weight summed up with that of the bikes might be a little too much for some vehicles to handle especially considering the fact that not all vehicles have stable and versatile hitches.
Thule Vertex XT Hitch Mount Bike Carrier
The Thule Vertex Hitch Mount bike carrier is a unique and highly stable rack. It has a peculiar but very effective arc design that is curved in such a manner to ensure that there is proper ground clearance provided. This space between your car and the rack ensures that there is no damage to your car while at the same time conveniently transporting your bike.
It weighs 33.9 pounds and measures 44 x 17 x 11 inches with a shipping weight of 41.5 pounds. It can carry two bikes and it has a switch hitch folds which fold back when not in use thereby allowing you to access your hatch, trunk or the tailgate. For maximum bike security, the Thule Vertex is equipped with Hold Fast Cradles cushion and integrated cable locks which allow you to secure the bikes when not riding.
A major setback though, it Thule Vertex’s inability to carry more than two bikes. It also extremely fixed on securing the bike when in transit so much that other equally important features such as ease of access are downplayed.
Thule DoubleTrack Pro – 2 Bike Hitch Carrier
A uni-colored double carrier that weighs 46.2 pounds and measures 51 inches by 23 inches by 11 inches. It has wheel trays that independently slide along platforms thereby eliminating bike-to-bike contact. Alongside its reinforced wheel trays that serve as platforms for eliminating bike to bike contact, the Thule 990XT is one of the most unique and most efficient hitch bike racks.
Cons: can’t be mounted on trailers or towed vehicles, and can only be attached to vehicles with 1.25-inch and 2-inch receivers.
Pros: It has hitch switches which folds and stores sliding platforms when not in use. In addition, it’s lightweight and mast hooks takes seconds to load or unload.
Thule T2 Pro XT 2 Bike Rack
Weighs 59.8 pounds and measures 54 inches by 15 inches by 12 inches. It comes with a secure hook that is integrated with a cable lock system without making frame contact. It also has hitch switches that fold and keep the platform when they are not in use.
Pros: Comes with a reinforced tray for maximum strength and rust-free protection alongside adjustable wheel straps which quickly secures the back wheel into the tray. It can comfortably store up to 29-inch wheel diameter bicycles having up to 3-inch wide tires.
Cons: can’t be used on trailers or towed objects.
YAKIMA TwoTimer Hitch Rack
Weighs 39 pounds and measures 50 x 18 x 24 inches. It can be used to transport two bikes regardless of suspension, frame design or the wheel size. Ideally, it’s meant for fat bikes and fenders.
Pros: its design enables you to quickly load and unload while being very versatile as it can be fitted a 1.25-inch and a 2-inch hitch receiver. It folds up when not in use and it comes with a hitch lock.
Cons: Can only fit on vehicles with 1.25-inch and 2-inch hitch receivers.
All in all, the Yakima Two-timer Hitch Bike rack would be a wonderful option regardless of the type of vehicle you would like to install it on or the type of bicycle you would like to transport.