I am looking to get a new bike rack that better accomodates all the bikes (kid, mtn, road and tandem) including the tandem. The tandem adds a level of complexity that most (all) other non-roof racks don't accommodate. The Draftmaster seems to offer a lot of flexibility and ease all in 1 rack.
How are others experience with the Draftmaster?
Does a tandem that high in the air behind a mid-size SUV/crossover help much with gas mileage/bugs/wind noise as compared to putting on the roof?
Do the 'trays' accommodate different types of bikes: 26" & 29" Mtn bikes with disc brakes, road bikes, kids bike (quick release) without additional accessories or significant adjustments to the trays?
Can the tandem 'tray' be used for 1/2 (single) bikes with a simple tray adjustment when not being used by tandem?
Does the front wheel 'holder' accommodate disc brake rotors?
Is it relatively easy to store off the vehicle?
Pros/Cons for me:
1 Rack to carry up to 4 bikes (3 half bikes, 1 tandem) at once with front wheels outside car
1 Rack to store and easy take off car when not using
Don't have to put bikes on roof and all that entails
Can easily access car with rack on the hitch
Seems to be well made
Expensive (but more comparable when considering separate 1/2 bike rack and tandem rack)
Tandem sticking up high in-air looks crazy
Have to take front wheels off bike