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I got a new rack today

Old 08-04-06, 09:25 PM
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I got a new rack today

I just received my XPORT Flatbed 2-Bike Hitch Rack from Performance today. I had made a rack of sorts to carry the road bike inside the car but it was not an ideal solution. The mountain bike barely fit inside.

Here are both of my bikes loaded up.



If you need to get into the hatchback you rotate the tower down and out of the way.



And when you are through with the rack you fold everything up and out of the way.



It's not quite as easy to use as the similar Thule or Yakima racks but at $146 shipped (after 10% off), I'll put up with a bit of an inconvenience.
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Old 08-04-06, 09:30 PM
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Thats a nice rack. I have the Swagman version of that rack:



Personally, I think the rack you have is nicer. I was looking at it at Performance the other day and it does seem like it's made better than the Swagman. The one thing I like about the Swagman over the Xport tho is the Swagman has a ratcheting lockdown mechanism for the top tube versus the Xport where you lower the hook then tighten it down with a knob.

All in all, tho, I do think that rack you have is nicer.
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Nice rack... I have one of the older Xport racks (two trays and you have to remove the front wheels) and it's been great. Very sturdy and holding up well. I wish they would have had that model when I bought mine because it would save a few minutes with the front wheel removals and I wouldn't have to find a place in the truck for it.

Anyway, let's seem some pics of the Triumph...
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Funny you should start this thread. I just bought a Saris Bones 3 the other day. It mounts up nicely.
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...oooh that kinda rack
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Originally Posted by stea1thviper
...oooh that kinda rack
Funny you should post that, my mind went to the same place!
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Old 08-04-06, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by psuaero
Anyway, let's seem some pics of the Triumph...


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Hey bung, I got the same rack in February. I really like it and it doesn't put undue stress on the bike.
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I think I'm going to get the 4-bike version. My wife's recumbent was too long, but we traded it last week for ane with a shorter wheel base for performance reasons, and at 57" it should fit. Glad you posted, reminded me to take a look at the specs.
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was sure cute too??

sorry, my mind went there like most of us. that is a cool rack, when my hitchmount one starts falling apart I may consider one of those. (the saddles and straps really take a beating in the florida heat - I wish I could remember to take it off when not in use!)
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