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Pokerguy 07-15-05 07:21 PM

Advice on bike rack needed
Hey all.

Looking to pick up a hitch mount rack for our 2004 Ford Explorer. Leaning towards the Yakima Kingpin 5. Planning to pull the trigger tomorrow so any input would be much appreciated.


Alex's dad 07-15-05 08:09 PM

I have a Trek Madone SL 5.9 and I would never transport a nice bike like that on a Kingpin type rack because the possibility for a scratch is great. That's why I prefer the Saris Cycle-On because it attaches to your rear hitch but the frame never touches the rack and you don't have to take the wheels off either. Check it out on the Saris website. Believe me, if you have a nice bike and you don't want to scratch your frame (especially carbon) then look into the cycle-on. Thule also has something similar. They are a little more expensive but it's worth it if you want to keep your bike looking pristine.

bransom 07-15-05 08:13 PM

I've got the big Saris -- not the one Alex's Dad mentioned but the other one, that holds the bikes by the frame -- and while I like it in general, scratching can be an issue of the bikes aren't mounted carefully. Also, small frames are hard to get onto the rack. The supports are large, and when the bikes are mounted, very secure. But getting smaller frames on can be a challenge. My 21" mountain fits without problem. My son's 18.5" frame has to be mounted carefully.

Patriot 07-15-05 08:16 PM

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I have this one. It's a Hollywood swing-away. Great for my Suburban with barn doors, or even an SUV with a lift gate. I solved the problem with any scratching by simply wrapping the top tube with a soft rage to prevent scratching. Seems to work great. I really prefer it over others because when travelling, I can stop for a rest, get things out of the back without having to remove the bikes. It really is very convenient.

Lone Ranger 07-15-05 10:05 PM

Saris Cycle-on is a great rack. It is very easy to use and avoids the problems described regarding possible scratching of the frame. Only drawbacks are the price and it weighs about 55-60 lbs. After using it for a while, I can't see ever using another rack. The bike is well-supported and it goes on and off easily and quickly.

I also have the Saris Bones (got it first). It is a great rack but bikes can be difficult to fit on and they can get scratched or the paint rubbed from rocking around.

lookinUp 07-15-05 10:08 PM

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I'm using the Performance X Sport and am VERY happy with it. Best bike rack I've ever owned plus the cost is reasonable.

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