What Are The Best Bike Racks For Your SUV?

What Are The Best Bike Racks For Your SUV?

If your family or a group of friends like to go on holiday that can accommodate a lot of activities like mountain biking, surfing, canoeing, camping, or even climbing, an SUV is going to be your vehicle of choice.

But when it comes to looking at bike racks, different types attach to the roof or hitch of your vehicle, so which one should you go with?

And with the right one, how do you know that it will accommodate the number of bikes you’re hoping to take and still gives you access to areas like your trunk?

In this guide, we’ll walk you through what bike racks are available for your SUV and provide some tips for things to look out for when deciding which bike rack to purchase.

Then, we’ll answer some questions that will help clean up any confusion and make your experience using them more accessible. Read on to get your thrill-packed holiday off to a good start.

16 Of The Best Bike Racks For Your SUV

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IKURAM 4 Bike Rack
  • 🎄Rigid All Steel Constructed Bike Hitch Rack: Long-lasting and durable all steel construction with protective powder paint finish
  • 🎄Dual-Arm Mounting Design: Optimized dual-arm bike carrier rack which spacing accommodates bicycles of a wide range of frame sizes and designs, more stable and easily accommodates up to 4 bikes.
  • 🎄Easy Tilt-Down Access £ºConvenient access to rear of vehicle with easy-to-use tilt-down feature
  • 🎄Easy fold-down Arms: Be folded up quickly when bike racks not in use for compact transport and easy storage.
  • 🎄Backed by IKURAM Lifetime Warranty: All IKURAM bike carrier racks are backed by professional consulting services and warranty. Please visit the IKURAM web site for full details.

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We start out with our hitch mount bike rack pick, which has an all-steel construction that is long-lasting and has a protective powder paint finish.

It has a design that optimizes a dual-arm carrier system with adequate spacing to hold bicycles that vary in size and design so that you can carry a maximum of 4 bikes.

It also has an easy tilt feature that allows for easy access to the trunk, and all you need to do is pull out a steel bar which is easy to use and is upgraded for safety so that everything has a higher connection strength.

What We Like

    • Once it’s all out of the box, it only requires 3 bolts to assemble it, meaning there aren’t any complicated instruction manuals to follow and you can get going much faster.

    • It comes with a hitch stabilizer, so you can avoid any unnecessary movement of your bikes as you’re driving along, which is a concern that we think is difficult to look out for.

What We Don’t Like

    • Bigger bikes that are stored near the back of the rack could cause abrasion on your bumper unless you add some padding.

    • The thick rubber latches that are used to secure the bikes can be a bit stiff at first and require some working in with a few uses to make them easier to use.

MaxxHaul 50027 Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • Includes two foam-padded hooks to secure and stabilize bikes to the rack without scratching bike's finish. Hooks and tire cradles adjust to fit most bikes frames with 20" to 26" wheel sizes
  • Vertical post can be quickly removed for compact storage
  • Bike tire cradles can be adjusted along horizontal bars using quick knobs for convenience and includes rubber straps for added stability.Material:Steel
  • Fits Class III and IV standard 2" hitch receivers. 80 lbs Maximum Capacity or up to 40 lbs per bike
  • Fit Type: Universal Fit.Patent Pending.PLEASE SCROLL DOWN AND BROWSE OUR A+ PAGES FOR MORE PRODUCT INFORMATION..Unique hook design adjustments using quick hitch pins assist in accommodating different size bike frame for safe and reliable transport.

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Here is a rack that has a simple design that has two foam-padded hooks that can secure your bikes to the rack without affecting the bike’s finish once you set off.

The hook and tire cradles can be adjusted to fit bike frames that range between the 20″ to 26″ range, so you won’t find an issue securing most types of bikes.

This rack can secure 2 bikes with the added benefit of being able to handle a 75lbs distributed weight capacity, so adult and some specialist-made bikes shouldn’t be a problem for this rack.

What We Like

    • The addition of the hitch lockdown piece makes for an excellent thief deterrent, who will have to use a specific size of wrench to remove the rack.

    • The tilt of the frame will allow you to access the trunk or tailgate of your SUV if you decide you want to make a stop somewhere, for example. 

What We Don’t Like

    • One issue that could affect some involves having to adjust all the parts to ensure the bikes aren’t touching each other, which might be an inconvenience every time it needs to be set up.

    • The adjusting of this rack with its straps and knobs can make the loading time a bit slower compared to some other bike racks that can secure more bicycles to them. This issue is a bit nitpicky and might not affect everyone.

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Yakima 4 Bike Rack
  • This hanging rack allows you to carry any type of bike with traditional frame geometry; Bikes with slanted top tubes require the TubeTop adapter (sold separately)
  • Easy to install and load and designed to tilt out of the way when not in use; TriggerFinger technology lets you fold down the arms with one press of a button for a lower profile
  • The SwitchBlade anti-sway cradle eliminates bike-to-bike contact, preventing interference and scratches; Durable powder coat finish stands up to adventure
  • Protect your gear by adding a DeadLock (sold separately) to lock your bikes to your hitch mount and the hitch mount to your vehicle
  • Compatible with both 1-1/4" and 2" hitch receivers (class I, II, and III) right out of the box

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This design is a hanging rack that can carry any type of bike with a traditional frame geometry, so if you have a bike that has an out-there design, this rack should fit with it fine.

The rack has a trigger finger feature that allows you to fold the arms down when not in use, so to an extent, you can use this feature one-handed.

It also has an interesting anti-sway feature that reduces bike-to-bike contact so that it will serve you well on those long drives, which will significantly preserve the finish of your bike’s paint and other stylistic features.

What We Like

    • This type of rack is going to save you the frustration of having to use a roof rack option, so you get less fuss as you have clips and cradles that are easy to locate and use.

    • It is ready to fit to your hitch straight out of the box, so you don’t have to do any frustrating preliminary set-up that requires a list of tools, bolts, or screws.

What We Don’t Like

    • If you have bikes with slanted top tubes, you have to buy the tube top adapter separately, and you have to do the same if you want a deadlock to secure your bikes further.

    • You might have to purchase a separate hitch pin to further secure the rack to your vehicle as a further anti-theft measure, which can come as standard on some other models that have a similar function to this rack.

KYX 4 Bikes Car Rack
  • Superior 4 Bike Capacity - KYX 4 bike hitch mount racks could accommodate four bikes at a time. This bike hitch carrier can support a weight of 143lbs (a bicycle weighs between 17-28 lbs), which can fully meet the load of 4 large-size mountain bikes. With 2 in. hitch receiver, it is ready for any adventure with high hardness and a solid structure.
  • Anti-sway Design - Stable triangular steel frame structure at the inflection point on the bicycle car racks is devoted to protecting your bikes and vehicle. Each bike rack comes with adjustable anti-sway cradles. The additional anti-sway device keeps your bike safe, secure, and scratch-free, and there is no wobbling or moving even if you are driving on a bumpy road.
  • Durable Steel Frame - KYX bicycle hitch rack has a long-lasting and durable all-steel structure with protective anti-rust paint coating, which improves water resistance and corrosion resistance. With 3-point fastening and fixed height, your bikes can be strongly fixed. It is made to withstand long trips, suitable for outdoor camping and cycling trips.
  • Optimized Tilt-Down System - With a convenient Tilt-Down design, you don't have to remove the bike hitch rack to open the back trunk. The bicycle rack features an easy access tilt function, in which the rack tilts back for easy lift-gate access. The fold-down arms on the frame can be easily folded out of the way when not in use, allowing for greater flexibility with the rack installed.
  • Quick Assembly and Easy Install - Connect the The 4 Bike hitch mount rack is easy to assemble. Only a tiny wrench and about 5 minutes are needed. Just attach it to your hitch, then use the tie-down cradle system to individually secure and protect the bikes.

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We have here the last of our hitch racks which can support up to 143lbs, which is about 4 mountain bikes, as a way of visualizing this metric.

This rack has a stable triangular steel frame that is designed to protect both your bikes and vehicle and comes with anti-sway cradles.

If you’re worried about longevity, fear not, as the durable all-steel structure has anti-rust coat painting, which can be resistant to water and corrosion, meaning you can go further with your rack.

What We Like

    • You have the choice of a 2-4 bike rack, so you can have a rack that is optimized to your use case, so you don’t have any redundant space if you had a 3-bike rack yet you only have 2 bikes, for instance.

    • It has 2 different pivot points, which can be more of a luxury on some other models, but we appreciate its inclusion here, given the bike rack’s price point. 

What We Don’t Like

    • If you need replacement parts, you might have to be specific in your request as it might be more convenient to get a new rack completely. We thought we’d include this one because we know that assurances are something valued, especially in cases where you’re making a significant investment.

    • This rack can only be loaded with bikes that have a top bar or are non-step through, as this rack supports the frame, so loading E-bikes might be an issue for you. 

Swagman UPRIGHT Roof Mount Bike Rack
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE: The UPRIGHT roof rack installs in minutes following the instructions and carries one bike with no wheel removal necessary
  • VERSATILE: This rack fits square, round and oval bars up to 3" wide and multiple units can be used on a single vehicle. Maximum weight capacity of 35Ibs. per bike
  • SLEEK DESIGN: The minimalistic and sleek design looks great on any vehicle. It is made from sturdy plastic and steel and only weighs 5Ibs.
  • WORRY FREE SECURITY: With tie down straps for wheels and locking feature included you will have peace of mind knowing your bike is secured to the rack whether on the road or parked.

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We start our roof rack picks with a mount that looks simple, and the upright nature of this rack ensures that it’s fitted in minutes. This rack can fit square, round, and oval bars up to 3″ wide and has a maximum weight capacity of 35lbs per bike.

A feature we appreciate is the tie-down straps for the wheels and a key locking system which gives you more assurance that your bike is going nowhere whether you’re on the move or parked stationary somewhere. 

What We Like

    • At a weight of only 5lbs, you’ll find that this rack is very minimal in design, and you might not even notice the weight or presence as you’re going to your destination.

    • The installation manual has an easy step-by-step process that provides diagrams to help you visualize and locate any brackets, bolts, and nuts you need to complete the installation.

What We Don’t Like

    • Of course, with only the option to load one bike to the rack, you might find your options limited, which is a problem with most roof-designed racks.

    • The crossbars that come with this rack can make it tricky to install as they’re fitted closer to the top of the car, so you might find this lack of space to be an inconvenience. You could avoid this by getting aftermarket crossbars that might make this process easier.

CyclingDeal Alloy Car Roof Bike Rack
  • RELIABLE & DURABLE: We made some adjustments on this Upgraded New Car Rooftop Rack to make it better for cyclists and bikers to transport their bicycles on the roof the of the car. Features with foldable arm design, adjustable down tube clamps, 2 x brake tie straps and quality wheel tie-down straps for fast, secure mounting and make sure it has maximum protection for your bikes. Made of the finest 6063 Aluminum with 12.3 lbs. (5.6kg) light product weight, comes with stunning finish.
  • TOOL-FREE INSTALLATION: Tool-free universal mounting makes it easy to install on the car roof crossbars, simply clamp the metal brackets on the crossbars to install. It fits most of the aero or square crossbars. Fits Crossbars Size: Max Width 110mm(4.3”), Max Height 30mm (1.18”). The brackets position could be fully adjusted to fit the different distances of the car crossbars. Max Crossbar Spread Distance: 105cm (41”)
  • COMPATIBILITY: Fits most of the bikes. Adjustable frame down tube clamp makes the compatibility much wider than you could expect. Maximum down-tube diameter 10cm/4”. This rooftop bike carrier can hold two bikes up to 30kg (66 lbs.). Fits from 20” kids bikes to 29er adults ones include 700C bikes. Maximum tire up to 2.4”, Maximum rim deep 50mm.
  • ORDER NOW, WORRY FREE! We're so confident about our product quality that we can provide a 1-year warranty!
  • NOTE: Please use the brake tie straps which are included in the package to steadily fix the bike’s position.

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Not only does this rack look high-grade, but it also comes with features such as adjustable down tube clamps, 2 brake tie straps, and wheel tie-down straps for fast and secure mounting.

The rack is made from the finest aluminum and weighs 12.3lbs, and is worked to have the highest quality finish.

The rack is also easy to install as it’s a tool-free process as you can simply clamp the metal brackets onto the crossbars and the maximum crossbar spread distance is 41″.

What We Like

    • You can fit up to two bikes on this rack, and if you have two racks, this can extend up to 4, which can make your process more manageable if you happen to have an SUV that doesn’t have a hitch for example.

    • The weight limit is 66lbs per bike, and it might have the potential to carry heavier weights if the specifications of your vehicle’s roof weight limit allow for it.

What We Don’t Like

    • Installing the rack and loading the bikes onto it might require a ladder and two people to do these tasks, but as you get used to it, you might find some workarounds or quicker methods.

    • If you travel faster than 65 mph, you might find that the rack begins to rattle, so you’ll have to be careful of your speed, your vehicle’s horsepower, and the amount of drag it produces.

YAKIMA, FrontLoader Bike Roof Mount
  • Carry almost any type of bike to your next ride (including disc brakes, thru-axles and full suspension); Fits 20" to 27.5” wheels with tires up to 3” width and 29” wheels with tires up to 2.7” width
  • Load your bike fully assembled with the front wheel on (some fenders may need to be removed); This upright mount holds your bike as your secure it for easy loading
  • Requires a roof rack with a crossbar spread between 16" and 48"; Fits Yakima round, square, factory or aerodynamic crossbars; Fully assembled out of the box and easy, tool-free installation
  • Holds your bike by the front and back wheel for zero frame contact; A great option for carbon fiber bikes and custom paint jobs; Aerodynamic design won’t hold you back
  • Want more peace of mind? Add 2 SKS (Same Key System) locks (sold separately) to lock your bike and the mount to the base rack (not included)

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This mount can carry almost any kind of bikes, such as disc breaks, thru-axels, and full suspension.

It can support wheel sizes up to 27.5″, with the frame that holds your bike by the front and back wheel for zero frame contact and is a great option for carbon fiber bikes and custom-made or paint jobs.

The crossbar spread is between 16″ and 48″, It can fit with factory or aerodynamic crossbars, so we can see this working with small to mid-sized SUVs.

What We Like

    • This rack will pretty much fit onto any set of crossbars, so it makes it ideal if you happen to switch vehicles on your travels or if you just want to downsize.

    • The rack seems to do well on some vehicles that travel up to 80mph for long periods of time and report minor movement and noise, so it can work well for those who have to travel long distances.

What We Don’t Like

    • The same key system lock and the base rack are sold separately, which is a mild convenience that you might not find in some similarly placed roof racks.

    • Heavier bikes are going to be a pain to get up on the rack, which is a common problem amongst adult and mountain bikes and roof racks in general.

Thule FastRide Roof Mounted Bike Rack
  • Fits 9mm standard quick-release bikes
  • Fits thru-axle bikes: 9mm captive, 12x100mm, 12x110mm, 15x100mm, 15x110mm (adapter accessory sold separately)
  • Fits 20x110mm Thru-axle bikes with adapter accessory (adapter accessory sold separately)
  • Thule AcuTight torque limiter knob clicks when optimal torque is reached for safe mounting of bikes
  • Lock the bike to the bike rack and the bike rack to the vehicle (locks sold separately)

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This roof rack has simplicity in its look and functionality, as it fits 9mm standard quick release bikes, can be used with thru-axel bikes, and can accommodate bikes that are equipped with disc brakes.

It has adjustable protective wheel straps that hold the rear wheel safely in place and can easily convert between the left and right sides of your car. It has the versatility in which it can mount to all Thule rack systems and even some factory standard ones as well.  

What We Like

    • This rack has multiple mounting options, so you can make the process of unloading it easier for yourself as the manual sets these options out quite clearly. 

    • The fork-mounted bolt clicks once you have the right tightness, so you don’t have to travel wondering if the bike is secure and acts as something of a fail-safe.

What We Don’t Like

    • These types of racks haven’t been tested on some third-party crossbars, so you’ll need to measure your crossbars and be confident that this rack is going to be useful to you.

    • The rack can only hold up to bikes that weigh up to 40lbs, so this might be a drawback or a benefit depending on the types of bike that you’re looking to load into it. You also have to take the front wheel off to be able to fit it onto the rack, which might be an inconvenience if you’re not used to doing this.

Hollywood Racks SR1 Spare Tire Bike Mount
  • Fully adjustable to fit most spare tires, the SR1 spare tire rack's support arms can be centered for side mounted tires and folded when not in use
  • Comes fully pre assembled; quick installation as the rack fits over most spare tires; Max Spare tire width: 12"; larger tire kit available from manufacturer
  • Does not require removal of spare tire or backup camera (Jeep Wranglers)
  • Max Capacity: 35lbs per bike. Do not use with E-Bikes
  • Kids bikes, ladies frame bikes and some mountain bikes may require a top tube adapter to fit on the rack

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We move onto our spare tire bike mounts with one that is fully adjustable to fit most spare tires, as the support arms can be centered for side-mounted tires and can be folded when not in use.

You also have a rack that comes fully assembled that has a maximum fit of spare tire widths of 12″. Another good feature is that you don’t need to take off the tire to assemble the rack, so if you have a back spare tire, this option seems like a no-brainer.

What We Like

    • If your vehicle has back-up or reverse cameras, you’ll be pleased to know that this rack won’t block your view and will come in handy with those tighter parking areas.

    • If you find yourself doing some off-roading in your SUV, you’ll find that your bike will hold up well with uneven and bumpy road surfaces.

What We Don’t Like

    • As your bike is only attached by nylon straps with the tire, this does mean that you’d have to use a cable and lock system to prevent it from getting tampered with or stolen. 

    • If you want to fit children’s bikes, ladies frame bikes, and some mountain bikes, you’d have to purchase a tube adapter separately. Otherwise, the bike would sit at an angle and may not travel well.

BUNKER INDUST 2-Bike Spare Tire Rack
  • UNIVERSAL FITMENT【EXCEPT FOR vechicle that has a backup camera in spare tire such as JL 2018-2020 or tire diameter more than 84CM】---This spare tire bike rack attaches to the spare tire mounting bolts with a universal plate that fits most bolt patterns,including oversized or undersized ones
  • HEAVY-DUTY SPARE TIRE BIKE RACK---Made of premium heavy-duty iron with powder coating and ultra durable rubber straps to withstand the wear and tear of daily use
  • SAFE AND SECURE---Designed with anti-theft lock of this spare tire mount features, protects your tire rack to ensure maximum security
  • DOUBLE PROTECTION---Stay-put Cradles with anti-sway cages hold bikes in place for frame protection and stability.And come with straps that securely fastens your bikes to the rack,giving you double protection to prevent falling off accidentally if you are driving in a bumpy road
  • 2 BIKE LOAD CAPACITY---75 lb heavy load capacity allow you to bring 2 bikes at a time, and could effectively prevent bikes from colliding with each other. Have a nice day with your friend or family

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This rack works by being attached to the spare tire mounting bolts with a universal plate that fits most bolt patterns, including oversized or undersized ones.

The rack’s frame is made of premium heavy-duty iron with powder coating and durable rubber straps to withstand the pressures of everyday use.

The cradles have an anti-sway feature that holds bikes in place and prevents them from falling off if you decide to do some off-roading in your vehicle.

What We Like

    • This rack allows you to load up to 2 bikes and is locked in place to prevent them from colliding, so it is a good option if you perhaps want the option to store more on your racks, as we understand these types of racks can be limiting in some aspects.

    • It’s easy to lift and fold the u-frame when not in use with the addition of the hand fasteners that make loading a less tiresome task.

What We Don’t Like

    • Unlike the previous spare tire rack on this list, this tire isn’t compatible with tires that have a back-up or reversing camera around the area, so you’ll want to give this rack some thought if your vehicle has this feature.

    • Some people have reported that the key for the locking hub is OK to lock but find issues with unlocking it, so if you’re in a roadside emergency and need the spare tire, you might have to work the key a little to get it to unlock, which isn’t convenient in these instances.

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Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Spare Tire Rack
  • Patented design carries bikes up high, away from road and hot exhaust
  • 15 inches Long carry arms easily accommodate 2 bicycles (up to 70 pounds)
  • Fits nearly all externally mounted spare tires, including those with over the tire third brake Lights
  • Patented individual tie down cradles secure and protect bicycles
  • Extra wide bottom foot supports weight on the rear tire not on the rim

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This rack has the benefit of being able to carry bikes up high, so they’re away from the road and the hot exhaust, with 15″ long carry arms that can easily hold 2 bikes equal up to 70lbs.

This rack also has the versatility to fit over most externally mounted spare tires, especially those with over-the-tire third brake lights.

It has an extra wide bottom foot that supports weight on the rear tire and not on the rim, so there are minor imbalance issues that could appear from this rack. 

What We Like

    • You can even use this mount over a spare tire with a covering. Just as long as the tire isn’t too oversized for the mount, you shouldn’t see any issues.

    • The simplicity of this rack means it can be unpacked and installed as quickly as 5-10 minutes, and you can download an easy-to-follow manual as well.

What We Don’t Like

    • When installing the rack and inserting the set-up pins, you want to make sure that you take your time, as these pins have the potential to scratch the powder coat and could cause further damage down the road.

    • The straps for the loading of the bike are elastic, so some might be wary with loading an expensive bike and might want to use a ratchet or Bungie strap for a more secure fit.

Allen Sports Premier 3-Bike Spare Tire Rack
  • Patent pending design fits wide range of externally mounted spare tires : consult manufacturer web site for specific vehicle fit information
  • Patented quick snap set up design allow for super quick set up right out of the box
  • 16 inches long carry arms easily accommodate up to 3 bicycles (100 pounds max capacity)
  • Individual dual compound tie down cradles secure and protect bicycles
  • Patented sure strap bottom straps help keep your rack securely in place on your rear mounted spare tire

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This rack can fit on a range of different externally mounted spare tires, and you can check the manufacturer’s website to find out about specific vehicle fit information.

You have 16″ long carry arms that can easily hold up to 3 bikes with a 100lbs weight capacity, so if you’re thinking of going on a long weekend trip with the family that involves some rough terrain, you might want to consider this mount.

This rack also benefits from sure strap bottom straps to help keep your rack securely in place, and tie-down cradles ensure your bikes are protected as well.  

What We Like

    • The straps have hooks which make it easier to attach them to the vent slots on the tailgate, and it is easy to tighten everything up once connected. 

    • It has a very sturdy design that will last over unforgiving weather conditions and road conditions, and balance isn’t affected over long periods of faster than average speeds.

What We Don’t Like

    • For smaller tires under 10″ wide, you might have to invest in additional straps to hold them into place, so you want to make sure that you measure your spare tire carefully and account for the cover if you’re using it.

    • The only reported issue is the occasional swaying of the handlebars of the bikes, which can be fastened down with an additional strap so it can be avoided.

Saris Bike Racks Car Trunk Bicycle Carrier
  • BONES EX: Lightweight at 11 lbs; strongest frame on the market, arc–based design separates bikes on different levels
  • COMPATIBILITY: Fits 90% of the top vehicles sold, including those with spoilers; has the largest vehicle compatibility of any trunk rack on the market
  • CAPACITY: Carries 2 bikes (35lb/bike) premium bike hold downs that are easy to use and quick to load
  • STRONG & RUST FREE: Injection-molded arms and legs keep the rack solid for years to come; rubber feet articulate to protect paint
  • CLEAN, SLEEK LOOK: Best-in-class ratchet straps speedily fasten bike to the rack, integrated strap management caps hideaway strap excess

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We introduce our trunk-fitted mounts with a design that is small and lightweight as it has an arc design that separates your bikes on different levels.

It will fit the large majority of SUVs on the market and can even fit with those trunks that have spoilers, and has the potential to fit 2 bikes at 35lbs each for a hold down that is easy to use and quick to load.

It also has ratchet straps that fasten the bike to the rack effectively, and any excess parts that stick out can be hidden away to prevent the sides from fraying and catching on anything.

What We Like

    • It works well for those who don’t have a hitch point on their vehicle and want something easy to assemble and doesn’t leave any lasting marks or damage after you take it off.

    • If you have rear or reverse cameras, this rack shouldn’t obscure your view, as long as it isn’t too low and is centered somewhere by your license plate.

What We Don’t Like

    • With this rack, you won’t be able to access your trunk, which might be a problem for some as it can be an inconvenience to remove everything to get into it.

    • It’s not the most secure of racks as the straps are L shaped and fit over your car door or trunk lip so that they can be removed easily. 

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Allen Sports Deluxe Trunk-Mounted Bike Rack
  • Patented design fits sedans, hatchbacks, minivans, and SUV's consult manufacturer web site for specific vehicle fit information
  • Side straps for increased lateral stability. Single configuration design eliminates setup hassles and headaches during installation
  • Individual tie downs secure and protect bicycles
  • Padded lower frame keeps bicycles away from vehicle
  • Ships in certified frustration free packaging 70 pounds max capacity

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This bike rack boasts side straps that have increased lateral stability and have a single configuration design that eliminates any set-up hassles making your installation process an easy one.

You’ve got a padded lower frame that keeps bikes away from the vehicle and supports two bikes with a combined maximum weight of up to 70lbs.

Once you receive it, you’ll find that it comes fully assembled and installs easily so that you can load pretty much any type of bike, however complex the design may be. 

What We Like

    • The mount weighs about 10 pounds, so you’ll find that you don’t need much strength to tighten the cords on the straps, so it is very user-friendly.

    • It gives you the option to purchase a 3 and even 4 bike loading mount option, so you have more possibilities and can do more with your bike rack.

What We Don’t Like

    • If you don’t follow the directions or suggestions from the manual on how to install this mount, you might find that it leaves a mark on your car but can be avoided if you give the installation manual a good look over.

    • If the combined weight limit is 70lbs, this means that getting bigger bikes onto this rack is going to be difficult, and the 3 and 4 rack options have had some issues with people who have to take some time to fit everything together.

Tyger Auto 3-Bike Trunk Mount
  • 100% assembled. Fits most Sedans/Hatchbacks/Minivans and SUV's. This CAN'T FIT vehicles equipped with rear spoilers.
  • Designed to fit 3 bikes (Max 99lb capacity) with sturdy and handy construction. Padded lower frame keeps bicycles away from vehicle. (Safety strap included.)
  • Individual soft cradles made to protect your bike frame and secure your bikes. OE standard black E-Coating for rust resistance. Foldable carry arms when not in use.
  • Easy installation in minutes. (DIY instruction included in package.) NOTE: Provided Safety Strap must be installed to stabilize bikes while driving. Otherwise, any resulting accident and damage will not be covered by warranty.
  • TYGER No-Hassle Limited Lifetime Warranty for US customers!

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This trunk-mount option is designed for 3 bikes with a maximum capacity of 99lbs and has a sturdy and handy construction. It has a padded lower frame that keeps bikes away from vehicles and comes with a safety strap to ensure everything stays in place.

The cradles of this mount are made to protect bikes, and the frame has standard black E-coating to prevent rust, so being able to store it just became easier. 

What We Like

    • The rack doesn’t slip or wobble even if you need to open the back of your vehicle and doesn’t leave any marks when it’s taken off.

    • You can load women’s and mountain bikes easily without having to use a cross-bar adapter, which can be a pain to look for as they usually come separately from the rack.

What We Don’t Like

    • If your vehicle has a rear spoiler, this mount won’t fit onto the trunk, so make sure that you find a model that allows for any features on the rear of the bodywork.

    • For some vehicles that have a higher-placed license plate, you might find that the rack catches it, which could become a bigger issue over time. 

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Saris Guardian Car Trunk Bike Rack
  • TOUGH: Made with steel sourced from America’s heartland, the Guardian is tough enough to stand-up to the elements, yet gentle on bikes (2 bikes, 35 lbs each)
  • NO ASSEMBLY: Completely assembled and ready to go, right out of the box
  • RACKET STRAPS: Spring-loaded buckles that ensure a secure rack-to-vehicle fit
  • COMPATIBILITY: Rack arms adjust to fit most sedans, hatchbacks and vans
  • FEATURES: Folds for compact and convenient storage, coated hooks protect vehicle's finish, heavy-duty foam pads protect vehicle's finish

Last update on 2022-08-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Our last trunk bike rack is made with rigid steel that can withstand the elements and yet is careful with your bikes, which you can stack 2 at 35lbs each.

You have a rack that comes premade so that you can get going quicker, and it has spring-loaded buckles that ensure a secure rack-to-vehicle connection.

You also get a convenient folding design so you can get easy storage, with coated hooks to protect the finish of your vehicle, so you can’t really go wrong with this one. 

What We Like

    • You don’t need to follow any complicated instructions to get it into the ideal position, and pretty much clips into place, which is great for those who may not have installed a bike rack before.

    • You have the option of a 2 or 3-bike stacking option, which we find to be great for those who are on the lookout for a specific mount that gives them more options, and still remains as solid as other alternatives.

What We Don’t Like

    • You might want to avoid this rack if you’re looking for something that will hold children’s bikes, as it seems more optimized for adult and mountain bikes.

    • In some models of SUV, you might find that the hooks don’t align or the only thing you can attach it to is a plastic spoiler, so you don’t want to take a risk by causing damage to the bodywork of your car.

Buyers Guide

Now we’ve shown you what types of bike racks you can get, you might feel that you are ready to focus on one type and make your but there are some factors that you may not have considered yet.

We know that a bike rack can be a sizeable investment, so getting the right type for your SUV is going to be important, as you don’t want to make any unnecessary compromises later down the road.

Below are a few aspects that you might want to consider which could make your purchasing decision easier.

How Many Bikes Are You Going To Take?

This is going to depend on the type of rack you use, so if you use a hitch bike mount, it would be best for you to check your vehicle’s handbook to determine the maximum weight that your hitch can safely hold.

Then, of course, you’ll have to account for any children’s or mountain bikes that you’re hoping to take so you don’t get any abrasions from contact between the bikes, and some racks require you to have to work them into place a bit.

It’s a bit of an inconvenience, but if you have bikes that you’ve spent a considerable amount of money on, you want to make sure that they don’t become defective. So taking time to arrange and secure your bikes with the right vehicle mount is vital.

How Often Are You Going To Use The Rack?

This one is going to matter in terms of fuel efficiency as if you use your SUV for daily use as well as your cycling trips, any type of rack you use can affect the aerodynamics of your car, which can cost you more in gas.

This is more of a long-term problem, but it’s one that can be made easier by having a rack that is easy to remove. It might seem a pain to have to do this, but in the long run, you’ll find your fuel economy can be improved anywhere above 10% of your overall bill.

Storage Space And Other Items You Carry

If you’re carrying goods in your trunk that you might need quick access to, like valuables, food, equipment, or tools, you might want to look at a bike rack that is going to be easier to access.

The KYX 4 bikes car rack is a good example because you can tilt the rack when fully loaded to access your trunk.

So be on the lookout for this feature and if you don’t find one, perhaps look into roof racks that leave you ample space to access your trunk, as in some cases, you might need to access this area urgently.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Difficult To Install A Bike Rack?

This is going to depend on the type of rack you get, but what is quite universal is that you don’t need any tools like wrenches, as most of what you’ll need comes with the rack.

You can also download the manual online to get a better idea of how it looks when it’s on a vehicle, and you have an idea where any clips or straps need to go.

If you find that one of your clips is attached to a loose piece on your car, or you’re not confident it will hold, get more straps and use those, as it’s better to be safe.

When looking out for your bike rack, look to see if you can get the rack already set up as soon as you open the box, so then you don’t need to do that much, and you can get started loading up your bikes.

Also, be aware of what people say the set-up is like and how they would rate the convenience of using it, as you have a good idea from someone who is using it daily.

Are Bike Racks Safe To Use?

In general, if this is a concern for you, you should look at racks that have extra clips and fastenings that will give you peace of mind.

You might want to avoid roof racks for the issues of weather and traveling speed that can have an adverse effect on your rack in general.

Ensure also that your rack doesn’t wobble when you apply any pressure to it, which is a good indicator of whether it’s going to last the journey or not, and be sure it doesn’t obscure your license plate.

What’s The Easiest Type Of Bike Rack To Use?

We find the Hitch rack to be easier as these tend to have an easy design that hooks up to your hitch, and you’re all good to go.

We find that the tilt of this rack makes trunk access easier, and you can generally hook these up to other vehicles like some RVs, so they’re also very versatile.

Of course, you may not have this option, and if that’s the case, then a trunk rack can work just as well, but you don’t get the access to the trunk that you might want.

Can You Open Your Trunk With A Bike Rack On It?

It is possible to do this, but you might want to take into consideration that some racks might leave some lasting damage to your rear window or bodywork if you do so.

Most manufacturers will warn against opening your trunk, but you’ll find that once you’ve opened it, you can adjust any straps that may have loosened.

If you’re concerned about any lasting damage, consider accessing your trunk from the inside if this is possible, and this saves you having to keep checking your rack that often.

Conclusion

With your SUV, you’ve never had more options regarding which bike racks to use, so the best place to start is to probably look at your vehicle’s manual to see what types of mount you could use.

This way, you can see if there are any weight restrictions that are specific to your model of SUV.

You also want to consider any additional accessories like locks or straps that you might have to purchase separately, and even if you don’t feel like you need them, it’s always best to have them at hand in case the worst were to happen.

Now you have an idea of which rack works best for you. It would be a good idea to have a model that is easy to load and unload for convenience’s sake. So who knows when the next cycling opportunity will show up?

The Heininger Advantage Sportsrack 2030
  • Includes two foam-padded hooks to secure and stabilize bikes to the rack without scratching bike's finish. Hooks and tire cradles adjust to fit most bikes frames with 20" to 26" wheel sizes
  • Vertical post can be quickly removed for compact storage
  • Bike tire cradles can be adjusted along horizontal bars using quick knobs for convenience and includes rubber straps for added stability.Material:Steel
  • Fits Class III and IV standard 2" hitch receivers. 80 lbs Maximum Capacity or up to 40 lbs per bike
  • Fit Type: Universal Fit.Patent Pending.PLEASE SCROLL DOWN AND BROWSE OUR A+ PAGES FOR MORE PRODUCT INFORMATION..Unique hook design adjustments using quick hitch pins assist in accommodating different size bike frame for safe and reliable transport.

Last update on 2022-08-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

The Heininger Advantage Sportsrack 2030 can hold up to 4 bikes and fits in nearly all truck bed sizes. Its sturdy, robust steel frame is protected from rust by a black powder coating.

Rubberized supports are positioned strategically throughout the bike rack to act as a cushion between the frame of the rack and the bed of your vehicle, minimizing scratches and any damage. 

This is a wheel mounted bike rack, therefore when it comes to loading your bike, you don’t need to remove any wheels.

You can expand the racks between 54.56 to 64 inches when fitted to a truck bed and up to 72.5 inches when using the extender that comes with it. This makes this the perfect rack for any truck bed that is mid-size or larger. 

The blue clamshells on the Advantage 2030 are versatile and suit tires up to 29 inches in diameter. They can also transport fat-tire bikes that have a diameter of around 4 inches. Although it is important to note that Ebikes cannot be transported in this rack

This bike rack can be put together quickly and easily without drilling into the bed of your vehicle. By using the 10-foot cable lock that is provided, you can easily secure the rack to the bed of your truck. 

It merely involves sliding your wheels into the rack’s placeholders and fastening them with the quick-ratcheting straps that are attached to load bikes onto it. 

The revolutionary bike rack’s design securely fastened your bike to the rack, minimizing road movement and preventing collision with the other bikes or your truck’s paint. Also, truck bed liners are also flawlessly compatible with the Heininger 2030. 

The creation of this bike rack required a lot of thought, consideration, and preparation.

Although it may appear a little big, its long-lasting quality, versatility, and stability, versatility, and simple assembly and mounting more than make up for it. This is a great all round truck bed bike rack.

Pros

Installation – This bed bike rack is extremely easy to install in any truck. 
Adjustable – You can adjust this bike rack to fit the size of your truck’s bed.
Various Bikes – With this you can hold up to 4 bikes at once.
Rubber Supports – Rubber supports allow you to protect all your bikes and the paint on your bikes and truck as well.

Cons

Clamshells – This rack struggles to secure and accommodate bicycles that have a larger tire diameter. 

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