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    07' G35 Sedan: light weight hitch rack: XPort Rack Arrived!

    I have an 07 G35 with an etrailer hitch. I have been using a yakima rack fastens the bike with rubber bands that attach to top tube and bottom tube. It scratched the hell out of my old bike.

    Have a new bike 29er and want a system where you set the bike in by its wheels. Fast & easy without messing up the frame. It also needs to offer ample clearence and be light weight for my 1.25" hitch.

    Sarris Thelma 2: weighs 26lbs, but doesnt look stable

    Sarris Cycle on Pro: No weight is listed on the site, but looks like it elevates the bike high enough to avoid bottoming out. Looks sturdy. Expensive

    Thule T2 1-1/4": No idea what the weight is, but looks heavy

    Yakima Hookup 1-1/4": Looks like a heavy hunk of metal and I don't really like the kingpin2 that I am using.

    What would you recommend is there another that I a haven't looked at yet?
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    the thule T2 is like 60lbs Just a FYI i have one on my subaru wagon

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    Quote Originally Posted by 41ants
    I have an 07 G35 with an etrailer hitch. I have been using a yakima rack fastens the bike with rubber bands that attach to top tube and bottom tube. It scratched the hell out of my old bike.

    Have a new bike 29er and want a system where you set the bike in by its wheels. Fast & easy without messing up the frame. It also needs to offer ample clearence and be light weight for my 1.25" hitch.

    Sarris Thelma 2: weighs 26lbs, but doesnt look stable

    Sarris Cycle on Pro: No weight is listed on the site, but looks like it elevates the bike high enough to avoid bottoming out. Looks sturdy. Expensive

    Thule T2 1-1/4": No idea what the weight is, but looks heavy

    Yakima Hookup 1-1/4": Looks like a heavy hunk of metal and I don't really like the kingpin2 that I am using.

    What would you recommend is there another that I a haven't looked at yet?
    Not sure why you're interested in "lightweight", because the heavier racks are more stable and secure generally. My recomendation is for the T2. It's not light, but your car can easily handle it (I have a wrx wagon like the poster above me and it does fine with this rack). It's not like you're towing around a boat or anything.
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    You probably have a 200lb tongue weight so a T2 would work - FYI Saris Thelma won't hold a 29er properly - I posted my hitch rack on my Jetta a while ago - I have a 2 bike rack from performance - $100 with a coupon - light and works with 29ers and 26ers and road bikes great.

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    Just curious, how fast can you comfotrably drive with that setup. One thing I hate about my current rack that you hang the bike off of is that I have to drive under 65mph or the bikes slides around. Would like to be able to keep up with traffic (70-85mph) without stressing about the bike falling off.

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    You get what you pay for.

    If you want your bike to stay on your rack at 65 plus then get the T2. It's heavy because it's built like a tank.

    I've had cheaper lighter racks that bent from going to fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 41ants
    Just curious, how fast can you comfotrably drive with that setup. One thing I hate about my current rack that you hang the bike off of is that I have to drive under 65mph or the bikes slides around. Would like to be able to keep up with traffic (70-85mph) without stressing about the bike falling off.
    Provided you take the time to fit the bike onto the rack properly you can basically drive the car the same as without one on - I just don't chuck the car around corners so hard with the rack / bike on the back - but on the highway I may well have exceeded the number you quote above on a regular basis.....The X-Port rack is a cheaper & simpler design than say a T2 - my rack clamps the bike by the top tube and not the front wheel - but in terms of safety it's just as secure - I just make sure I tighten the bolt up snug with a socket set and then there is no play / sway whatsoever.

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    Thanks... I think I will probably end up going with either the xport or a hollywood. I just can't see spending $300+ for a rack if either of these two will do the same job as effective & safe as the thule or saris racks. Nice turner btw

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    The hollywoods are "lighter"

    then a T2/Sportsworks. But your back to using straps and a top tube arm to secure your bikes.

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    The T2 is a great rack, but super heavy. I bought a thelma, put it together, then immediately sold it b/c it was too flimsy. I think the thelma is nice for a 15 lb road bike, but sucks on even my 24 lb FS bike. Scary flimsy...I kept the T2.

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    picked up the xport for $99 on amazon.com

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    Rack arrived and it works well with my XL 29er and my wifes small 29er. I can also fit my 29er and fixed gear as well with no problems. Not a a bad deal for $100

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    Looks good. I need something like that for my 350z.

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    i have a cheaper version of the hollywood - probably made by them but badged 'coleman'. $75. it carries a $5k bike behind a '92 $1k car. =) i've done over 100mph hundreds of times and it's been fine. but...be careful where you line up the rack for the inside bike in relation to the exhaust. i have melted tires to the rims before, once after driving more than an hour to an area w/ no shop near by for replacement tires. also, the foam rubber pads on the frame mount sections will eventually weather and crack. mine are almost gone and pipe insulation i've found at HD is all a different size. thinking about using a cork bar tape on it now.

    how do you like the g35? did you test any german sport sedans as well? and are there two track bikes in that pic?
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    Its a little late, but if you lose confidence for any reason try the Yakima Hookup 1-1/4": It looks heavy, but it isn't, my wife installs it and moves it around. I use it on the back of my Maxima, I've been late to a race and ripped some back country roads doing 90mph with $10,000 worth of bikes on the back and it didn't budge. My passanger was gripping the oh $hit handle and was pumped when we got to the race, we didn't miss the start.
    I didn't think you'd look to the budget rack with that SWEET setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iridetitus
    i have a cheaper version of the hollywood - probably made by them but badged 'coleman'. $75. it carries a $5k bike behind a '92 $1k car. =) i've done over 100mph hundreds of times and it's been fine. but...be careful where you line up the rack for the inside bike in relation to the exhaust. i have melted tires to the rims before, once after driving more than an hour to an area w/ no shop near by for replacement tires. also, the foam rubber pads on the frame mount sections will eventually weather and crack. mine are almost gone and pipe insulation i've found at HD is all a different size. thinking about using a cork bar tape on it now.

    how do you like the g35? did you test any german sport sedans as well? and are there two track bikes in that pic?
    The G is a great car. I didn't really look at the german sedans, as they were a bit out of my budget (S4 & E350). The other track bike you see in the background is the wife's. She's a good sport.

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