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    Which roof rail?!

    My dad is giving me his first generation Yakima roof rack for my new [to me] car. I'd like to get a tandem rail so we can transport our bike without having to take it apart and shoehorn it into my wife's car.

    I've found 3 racks on craigslist for similar money and I have no idea which is the best. Below are the 3 options I'm considering and I welcome feedback on which I should try to pick up.

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    Option 2

    Option 3

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    Option 3 Thule looks suspiciously the same as the ATOC tandem topper which is what I have.
    I am guessing Thule gets them from ATOC and just re-labels it.
    So Option 3 would be my vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnbrown View Post
    Option 3 Thule looks suspiciously the same as the ATOC tandem topper which is what I have.
    I am guessing Thule gets them from ATOC and just re-labels it.
    So Option 3 would be my vote.
    You are correct. ATOC/THULE same beast. If that rack is in good shape that is a VERY good price since they go for almost $400 new.

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    I have owned #2 and #3. The Thule is what fits on my current car's factory rack (06 volvo wagon) ' I like the Thule slightly better since it is easier for me to get the rear tire in the Thule's tray than to get the boom tube in the Yakima's cradle.

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    Thanks for the advice.

    The rack will be going on this: (if that makes any difference)


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    #1 or #3, with #3 being the better value for money and #2 being a bit over-priced: $100 for that rack would be OK, $90 would be better.

    #3 is nice in that the rear part of the wheel tray is removable: you pull a pin and it comes off. Note: Do yourself a favor by keeping it off when you're not carrying the tandem so as not to tempt any would be thieves. The pivoting head is a nice feature originally found on the ATOC TandemTopper series of racks designed by our friend Charlie Buchalter. Thule abandoned it's own, pretty awful design several years back (strange affair with a V-shaped rear brace that held the tandem's rear axle) and began selling re-branded ATOC mounts produced by ATOC. More on the ATOC mounts here: http://www.atoc.com/tandemtopper.php

    If you don't need the pivoting head (which does cause the tandem to wiggle a bit more than other non-pivoting mounts, but to no ill-effect), the Rock Mounts is a pretty nice piece of hardware, vastly improved from their earlier models. I don't think it looks as streamlined as the ATOC nor would I want a silver mount, but those are simply aesthetic considerations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TandemGeek View Post
    If you don't need the pivoting head (which does cause the tandem to wiggle a bit more than other non-pivoting mounts, but to no ill-effect), the Rock Mounts is a pretty nice piece of hardware, vastly improved from their earlier models. I don't think it looks as streamlined as the ATOC nor would I want a silver mount, but those are simply aesthetic considerations.
    Hold on a sec, I have #1 and it does pivot at the fork mount, that is what the little button under the fork mount is for. I have had no issues with that rail mounted on Thule crossbars in the 3 years I have owned it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WheresWaldo View Post
    Hold on a sec, I have #1 and it does pivot at the fork mount, that is what the little button under the fork mount is for. I have had no issues with that rail mounted on Thule crossbars in the 3 years I have owned it.
    You learn something new every day and today, this was it.

    Thanks for pointing that out. I've never seen anyone use a Rocky-Mounts that way (then again, I think I've only seen two and they weren't on high profile vehicles) and didn't realize it pivoted; pretty cool.

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