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Old 05-02-17, 10:47 AM
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Bike racks for carbon fiber frame

I recently purchased a bike rack for my car, a hitch mount type that carries 4 bikes. After my purchase I discovered that a car rack that "hangs" the bike from the top tube is not recommended for carbon bikes. The e-mail I got back from the rack manufacturer simply stated "manufacturers of carbon bikes don't recommend the hanging type of rack" with no real explanation as to why. The LBS where I purchased the rack said that this is a sentiment from "back in the day" it was thought that the strap that wraps around the top tube and or the top tube support can crush the carbon fiber frame but he would use this type of bike rack. So I'm reaching out to the collective wisdom of the forum to see what anyone else thinks about this.

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