It has been a hot summer so far and we have seen lots of families and adventurers come through our stores, looking for the best bike rack they can for the best price. We have found that each family or individual has a wide variety of needs based on their activities and frequency of use, and we’re happy to help. Below we discuss the three top selling hitch mounted racks of the summer. And remember, we can guarantee lowest price on any of these:
The Kuat NV
The NV retails for $549 and can be seen here:
http://www.racknroad.com/product/kuat-nv-platform-2-bike.html (no longer available)
The good folks from Springfield Missouri can make an awesome rack! It has some of the same features as the popular Thule T2 and the Yakima Holdup (ratcheting arm and integrated cable lock) but the NV’s unique features help it outrun the competition. For example, it comes in two cool color selection: black and chrome or smoke and orange. It also has a built-in repair stand for pre-ride prep or post-ride cleanup and as they describe, “it is a fully loaded stunner.”
Thule T2 916XTR
The T2 retails for $449 and can be seen here:
http://www.racknroad.com/product/thule-916xtr-t2.html (no longer available)
The Thule T2 is probably the most cost efficient and most reliable tray style bike rack currently on the market, explaining why so many bikers prefer it. Besides offering a integrated cable lock that secures the bike without making frame contact, it also has a reinforced tray that provides maximum strength and rust-free protection. Overall, the Thule T2 is the best at getting the job done at an affordable price.
The HoldUp retails for $449 and can be seen here:
http://www.racknroad.com/product/yakima-holdup-2-inch-black.html (no longer available)
Both Kuat and Thule have great tray style racks, but sometimes getting the darn bike on these trays can drive a person crazy! Enter the HoldUp. This is where the Yakima platform style rack shines. In 10 seconds or less a person can have their bike up and ready to go on their next adventure. It also has the same features as the competitors, including a mast that folds up and into itself when not in use, and can tilt down for rear-of-vehicle access, and integrated locks.
Tray style hitch racks are great options if you are looking for convenience and style. They are especially useful for unusually shaped bikes or bikes you’d prefer to avoid frame contact. All of the above racks can also be extended to carry 4 bikes, although only on a 2″ hitch. If your vehicle is lower to the ground, you might consider an upright rack as the tray style does hang low loaded with bikes.