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    4-bike hitch rack tray style

    I collected all the 4-bike hitch rack tray style I could find. Are there others? Which one is best? Which ones to avoid? Any comparative considerations of bike stability, absolute weight, integrated lock to keep in mind? etc. Should I just go for the standard hanging types instead? Thanks.

    Swagman XTC4: http://www.etrailer.com/pc-br4b~S64665.htm
    SportRack: http://www.etrailer.com/pc-br4b~A30902.htm
    Thule: http://www.thuleracks.com/product.asp?dept_id=8&sku=916
    Yakima: http://www.yakima.com/racks/bike-rac...up-plus-2.aspx
    Xport Flatbed 4 bike rack: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4411
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    I like the standard hanging type. Got my 4 bike Thule on sale at Performance years ago and it's still going strong. It makes a great repair stand also while on the road. We clean, lube, repair, and transport, all with the Thule. I have an older version of this one: http://www.thuleracks.com/product.asp?dept_id=8&sku=956
    You can cram 4 bikes on but it's tight and I really like 3 better. Go for the hanging two arm hitch rack. Make sure you get the hitch locking pin also for peace of mind.

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    I'm a fan of bike racks that accommodate a variety of frame designs and wheel sizes and need no wheel removal. I had a Sportworks for years (consumer division now owned by Thule, T2 is basically the Sportworks design) and now run T2s, both hitch mount and roof mount (I have a shuttle van that I use professionally that can accommodate 2 bikes on a front hitch mount, 4 bikes on the rear hitch mount and 9 on the roof, but usually just use the 2 bike version on my SUV for my own needs).

    While I can still come up with a complaint or two about the T2, they are the best out there that I've seen. Especially for suspension mountain bikes where hanging style racks don't work at all (had a hanging style Thule before my Sportworks, it killed a frame on an offroad adventure as it didn't fit well on the rack, got rid of it when I got home and had to replace the front triangle of the bike). I have used/use the Sportworks/T2 versions on and off road, have racked up many thousands of miles, no problems. The 4 bike version is heavy, but comes apart if that's an issue. I use cable locks for light security (full security means the bikes come inside), not worried about someone taking an empty rack.
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    I've been looking for something that can hitch carry but be moved up to a roof if needed. I'm thinking of buying the roof mounted rack then some 2" steel tubing to make a platform that slides into the hitch then mount the roof racks to that. this way I have some flexibility and can put the bikes on the roof if I need the hitch for something else.

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    Seems the Yakima (and probably Thule) weigh 100 lbs and cost over $600 US dollars. The Swagman and SportRack weigh 60 lbs and cost ~$250 US dollars.

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