SportRack A30902 4EZ Hitch Platform 4 Bike Rack (Sports)
Online Cycling Store Your no 1 Customer Review Site – This hitch-mounting bike rack system can carry up to four bikes totaling no more than 180 pounds via rubberized hooks that protect bikes’ finish. Its hooks and wheel trays adjust to fit all bike frames and sizes, and a center post folds down when you need to access the rear of your vehicle. The rack fits 1.25- and two-inch receivers, and your hitch must have a minimum Class II rating.
In all, the rack offers an impressive combination of design, durability, and affordability when you need to safely transport your bikes from point A to point B.
Located in Granby, Quebec SportRack started manufacturing automotive ski racks in 1980. The company’s early focus on “easy-on/easy-off” products has led to a product line featuring an array of multi-sport roof rack systems and accessories, hitch-mounted products, cargo boxes, and trunk-mounted racks
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Extremely secure platform – Pros: this rack carries 4 bikes without any of them touching, and they are supported exactly the way they are designed to be supported. The carrier appears indestructible. If you have a lift back, the hatch can be opened when the carrier is mounted (but not when the bikes are on the rack). Any size or shape bike can be carried. When driving, the bikes are secure and silent.
Cons: weight — the disadvantage to indestructibility is that a lot of steel was used to build the rack, and that makes it heavy (about 60 lbs without bikes). This weight only comes into play when putting the carrier on your car, or taking it off. loading — If you have a lift-back, you need to get into it before the bikes are loaded. The upright bars can be tilted away from the back of the car far enough to open the back. length — you have to remember that this carrier is sticking out a few feet behind your car. Storage — even folded up it takes a lot of room in your garage.
We need to carry several bikes at a time: road, hybrid and “step-through” (ladies) — and sometimes a mountain bike.
The wheels fit in lower channels, which may be adjusted for wheel length and to avoid interfering with the next bike’s pedals. Then the “hold down” hook keeps the bike firmly in the channels, and the hooks are well padded. You can leave your frame pump on the bike if you want (although a rough road may vibrate it off if it’s not secured). Finally, Velcro straps across the tires … well, I’m not sure what these are for, but we use them. Once on, the bikes don’t sway or bounce relative to the car, and any shocks are delivered through the tires — where the bikes are meant to receive shocks.
A 2 inch receiver will allow for 350lbs — or more — of tongue weight. A 60 lb rack and 4 40 lb bikes will only be 220 lbs, well within the limits of the receiver. If you’ve got the hitch, you can handle the weight.
The assembly is not straightforward: it took me about an hour, and I had leftover pieces. After it was assembled I realized that I mounted the “hold-down” bars in reverse (the long one has to be in before the short one). Assembly is a one-time event, and, while difficult, should not dissuade you from getting the rack.
Tilting the upright bars, or shrinking the carrier from four to two bikes is done by moving cotter pins. The receiver has a screw-in bolt to keep it mounted to the car. Adjusting the wheel wells or hold-down hooks is done using handles that screw in or out.
Once the rack is adjusted for your bike, getting the bikes on and off is quick and simple.
For us, this is exactly the rack we need to carry 3 or four bikes at a time for any distance.
SportRack a definate YES – Yes look no further. The SportRack is by far the easiest rack we have ever used. Set it once for each bike and only takes minutes to load 4 bikes. We tried other racks that the bikes hang from the frame….alot of work. Spent more time wraping bikes with towels to keep straps from damaging paint. Bikes also rubbed each other on other types of racks. The SportRack is very roomy and handy. It is a little heavy but as a female i was able to but it on the truck with no problem. The bike tires rest securely in the rack and the well padded arm slides easily over the bike frame to hold the bikes very secure. The bikes never touch each other. The rack seems very solid. Price was great. Use it several times this year with no problems.