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    Car rack for carbon Rocky Mountain bike

    Hi, anyone mind sharing what car rack you use to carry your carbon Rocky Mountain bike? I just got a carbon Vertex 29 RSL and don't know if I need to pay special attention to the rack. Eg is a trunk rack that holds the top tube safe to use? Is a roof rack that captures the downtube safe?
    Thanks for any info! (and no smart a** remarks please...)
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    Disregard. I now have an excuse to sped some money. I like the ceramic one. Very cool.

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    Wrong thread for reply??
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    I use a kuat nv. It is tire contact only and has built in locks. You install in your hitch slot.

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    If money weren't an object I'd go with the Kuat or something similar that holds the bike by the wheel. I have a Yakima Stickup, but I had it before purchasing my Vertex RSL. On my prior aluminum frame I would snug the frame clamp thing down very tight and usually didn't bother using the wheel strap. Now I find it best to use the wheel strap and lightly slide the clamp thing onto the top tube. I'll usually stuff a sock or rag between the clamp and frame to give a little more cushion....It's funny how at 160lbs we pound on our bikes like they're a trampoline, but 10lbs of pressure from a clamp onto the top tube gives nightmares.

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    Racks that rest your bike on a top tube are fine. I would worry more about clamping forces on a top tube in a maintenance rack because they can ramp up force fast and you don't realize it. The challenge I had was finding one that my size med RSL frame would fit on. The front triangle is tiny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyak View Post
    I use a kuat nv. It is tire contact only and has built in locks. You install in your hitch slot.
    Ditto.
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