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Old 04-22-18, 10:58 AM
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Roof rack for carbon frame

Hi all,

I know there is lots and lots of questions like this, but will ask again.

Putting the road bike in the back of the SUV is getting old (and messy), so I need a roof rack that is good for carbon fiber frames. It can't be a hitch rack since that is where we keep the rest of the bikes.

Any suggestions welcome

Thanks!
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Old 04-22-18, 11:05 AM
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Any rack that attaches to the wheels or dropouts and not the frame is safe.
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and put a flag on the mirror inside with the minimum overhead clearance allowed .. written on it.
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Yakima has several options. I got mine from REI.
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Old 04-22-18, 01:40 PM
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Also look at Rack Attack.

A rack that grabs the front wheel works also, though are generally a good bit pricier than a fork holder.

As heads up. Buy the time you get the Fit Kit for the specific vehicle, plus towers, plus cross bars, plus 1 or 2 bike trays/holders, you are well into $700+. Just want that out there early.

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Old 04-22-18, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Yakima has several options. I got mine from REI.
Same here.
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This is what my wife's carbon fork road bike usually rides on when it is on my car: INA391 FORK LOCK III -
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My dropout carbon Enve fork (on a steel bike) popped out of my Yakima roof rack once a few years ago. Somehow the bike fell inward and there was no damage, but it was the last time I tried that. (No issues with that rack or its siblings in > 10 years prior with non-carbon forks.) That rack went when the minivan died, and I replaced it with a Rockymounts rack. It has a very serious and conceptually rigorous fork clamp:



(However, I asked them about it, and their reply was "never put a carbon fork in it." It is the best fork clamp I have seen, but after their warning, I haven't risked it.)



I bought a Kuat rack to go on the back of my SUV. The bike rides safely in that, as long as some CA tailgater doesn't rear-end me.

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Inno.

Better than Yakima IMO.

INA391 FORK LOCK III -
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I'm happy with my Yakima rails for my roof

PS-Always take your garage door opener off your visor and throw it in your glove box when your roof is loaded. I've never wrecked bikes/garage, but I've known shop managers who have.

Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
Also look at Rack Attack.

A rack that grabs the front wheel works also, though are generally a good bit pricier than a fork holder.

As heads up. Buy the time you get the Fit Kit for the specific vehicle, plus towers, plus cross bars, plus 1 or 2 bike trays/holders, you are well into $700+. Just want that out there early.
Yea roof racks work out much cheaper if your vehicle comes with factory crossbars rather than needing to buy them.
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
I'm happy with my Yakima rails for my roof

PS-Always take your garage door opener off your visor and throw it in your glove box when your roof is loaded. I've never wrecked bikes/garage, but I've known shop managers who have.



Yea roof racks work out much cheaper if your vehicle comes with factory crossbars rather than needing to buy them.
My Outback has the factory cross bars that can be stored. They also have a curve to them, resulting in a lean to the outside for the bikes when you put a bike tray on them. As I use fork mounts I wasn't happy with that leaning, didn't want the fork clamp tacking that pressure at 70mph. I thus replaced the factory bars with Yakima Core bars (50") that are level. I needed the extra width in any case for a box plus 2 bikes.
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https://www.1up-usa.com/product/roof-rack/
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post


(However, I asked them about it, and their reply was "never put a carbon fork in it." It is the best fork clamp I have seen, but after their warning, I haven't risked it
Why is that?
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Great suggestions....but the game seems to change with a thru-axle??

I liked the fork lock III, but reviews on amazon said this would work only for quick release?
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Originally Posted by Swede1 View Post
Great suggestions....but the game seems to change with a thru-axle??

I liked the fork lock III, but reviews on amazon said this would work only for quick release?


The 1up posted above has a huge fan base- at least for the hitch model.
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Originally Posted by Swede1 View Post
Why is that?
I guess they think it can slide out. But if ever there were a clamp that could hold one tightly enough, this one is it.
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Originally Posted by Swede1 View Post
Great suggestions....but the game seems to change with a thru-axle??

I liked the fork lock III, but reviews on amazon said this would work only for quick release?
Oh yeah, QR only. I don't know if there is any sort of adapter for it, but at least as I bought it it wouldn't accept TA.
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There is an adapter for the Rockymounts, and they also have a thru-axle version.
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Should you not use the normal ones that clamp either side of the down tube on a bike with a carbon frame **********

I don't have anything carbon yet but my next purchase was either going to be Ali with carbon forks or full carbon ... this may affect my decision as I was on the fence about it anyway.
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Should you not use the normal ones that clamp either side of the down tube on a bike with a carbon frame **********

I don't have anything carbon yet but my next purchase was either going to be Ali with carbon forks or full carbon ... this may affect my decision as I was on the fence about it anyway.
I don't like a rack that touches the frame at all regardless of frame material. Tire grabbers and dropout clamps are the way to keep your bike from getting dinged up or tubes crushed.
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Will share an experience on the subject. Just a data point to consider

Drove to a race with bikes on fork type roof rack. Both carbon bikes, carbon forks. One with aluminum dropouts, one all carbon fork with carbon dropouts. Huge Santa Ana winds start blowing. Long story short the carbon dropout forked bike snapped off at the dropout and ended up swinging from the rack by the back wheel strap.
The young lady who ownes the bike is the one who mounted the bike on the rack so I have no idea on particulars how tight etc.

Carried many, many carbon bikes with carbon forks thousands of miles no issues but all had aluminum dropouts except this one that snapped off.

Carbon dropout may have been cracked before, may have been defective, may just not be up to the side loads from the wind.

It happened, so it is what it is.
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I saw dropout separate on a fork mount rack,

but it happened on a seriously primitive- practically 4wheel- road to a climbing area,

so not really the fault of the rack or the bike.
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
Should you not use the normal ones that clamp either side of the down tube on a bike with a carbon frame **********

I don't have anything carbon yet but my next purchase was either going to be Ali with carbon forks or full carbon ... this may affect my decision as I was on the fence about it anyway.
No, you should not ever clamp anything onto the tubes of a carbon bike, roof mount or repair stand. Some folks don't like the hitch racks where you hang the bike and secure with a clamp.

The tire grabber mounts are very nice, but fork clamps are OK as well, though I'd only use with a carbon fork that has aluminum dropouts.

And as general note, Yak and Thule make thru axle adapters for their assorted racks.
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