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Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Visalia, CA
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD10; Santa Cruz HighBall; Schwinn Traveler
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Universal Truck Bed Fork Mount
So, the road bikes I have are 9mm quick release front axles and my mountain bike has the 15mm through axle. Adding to the confusion, everyone I ride with has every style from 9mm QR to 15mm through axle to 20mm through axle and I have up to three bikes in the bed of my Ford Ranger at one time. I'm getting tired of making a ratchet strap jungle gym to get to and from rides/trails (and don't like the "hang the fork over the tailgate" method for long distance trips) so I have been looking at making a mounting system for the bed of my truck.
My plan was to get a few of these: locking Delta bike hitch
and fabricate some system to attach it to the bed. It locks and should be fairly inexpensive/easy but of course, the problem is, with all the different axles riding in my truck, I can't just get the one that works with the 9mm quick release.
I've been searching for the past few days everywhere (online, LBS, friends, etc) and found the Kuat Trio mount
that has adapters to switch between all three systems and looks super trick but is $210, holds one bike and is only for roof rack style. I have heard from friends that basic, bolt to your truck bed version like the Delta I mentioned above but that works with all three axle types exists but I cannot find it anywhere and they don't remember a brand. All I'm getting is a "I swear I saw it at a race". Does anyone know where I can get this?!
And I know there are the Fork Up adapters but they're ~$40 each and since I would need 3 of the 15mm adapters and at least two of the 20mm, that adds up way too quickly.