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    sportrack 2EZ a30901LR, any owners?

    SportRack 2EZ Premium Hitch Platform System - SportRack Hitch Mount Bike Racks

    i think im going to snag this one, best price i could find on this model and it has excellent reviews.

    anyone buy from rack attack?
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    Haven't bought from them or seen that rack but I may get one. I have been eyeing the Swagman XTC2 but I think I like this one better and it's a better deal. Thanks

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    no prob, best price online. even comes with locks
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    I have the same one, minus the locks. I love it! Assembly was pretty easy, and it works really well. When I park my car with the bikes on, I just use a cable and combo Master Lock. This would be much more convenient.

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    Here it is with my FSR, and my wife's old Trek.


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    wondering if they fit 29ers okay
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    I don't see why not. The tire holders are adjustable. There is plenty of room to slide them further out, and as long as you can get most of the tire in there, the velcro straps should hold them down. Lock the adjustable top hook down tightly on the bike, and you should be fine. I put my bikes on, and compress the suspension a bit and then tighten the top hook down so that there is no movement on the rack.

    What size hitch do you have on your vehicle?

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    class 1 hitch, 1.25? i really like this rack. may pull the trigger soon.

    on a side note, its funny how many MPG you lose with all that air drag back there. i lost 6mpg in my civic with my bike on the back.
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    I have never paid attention to mpg. I still don't, even with the rack on. If you are going to have something outside the car that produces any amount of drag, you are going to lose mpg. It is just a fact of life, just like the price of gas. Just how it is now, so I am used to it. I can't feel the bikes on there when I am on the highway, so it doesn't really bother me.

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    I am pretty sure it's worse with a roof rack. I ordered one yesterday for a VW Jetta TDI and have the same bike as you as well as a class 1 hitch.
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    Yep, way worse.

    Quote Originally Posted by cycling51 View Post
    I am pretty sure it's worse with a roof rack. I ordered one yesterday for a VW Jetta TDI and have the same bike as you as well as a class 1 hitch.
    Roof racks kill gas mileage like crazy... unless you drive a big SUV with crappy aerodynamics already.

    The impact of gas mileage with a hitch rack also depends on the type of car. My old GTi hatchback lost nothing with bikes on the back. The bikes and rack were back out of the air stream. Only a bit of tire hung out of each side. The same rack with bikes on my A4 sedan drops 3-4 mpg on the freeway (29mpg to 25-26. The bikes stick halfway up above the trunkline.

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    I bought this rack from Rack Attack, got it in 4 working days.

    Assembled quickly, and fits my 29r and my wifes 26" with no fitting problems other than I need to lower my seat all the way to clear the grips of my wifes bike.

    I was worried that the bikes wouldn't clear the spare tire on the back of my Jeep Liberty, but it did.

    The only negative thing I have seen is the plastic hitch spacer used to adapt the rack to a 2" hitch. It's not a tight fit, there is some up/down play in the rack. Side to side is fine. So I just have to be careful over the curb from the driveway and bumps. Also, I'm not sure how long the plastic spacer will last, may need to get a custom one made eventually.

    Other than the hitch adapter issues I love it! The bikes can be removed/secured in about a minute, and since it only takes about 3 minutes to take the entire rack off, we only have it on when we are going to ride.

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    I went ahead and purchased one of these from Rack Attack as well. $165 delivered. We have a Thule XTR on my wife's car...but I needed something smaller and lighter on the teeny tiny compact car I drive back and forth to work.

    I bought this based upon some feedback from current owners. Although the reviews were good, I was still very pleasantly surprised by how much I like the rack. It is very difficult to beat for the money. Locking hitch, built in bike locks and pretty light weight. Easy to assemble and folds up nicely.

    The only negatives to it are that the hook touched your bike frame (I prefer the XTR method of holding it by the wheels) and the velcro strips which hold the wheels in place (I would prefer formed plastic). However, I use some pipe insulation to keep the bike from getting scuffed while in transit so the rubber coated arm touching the bike does not bother me.

    I also had to muscle it a bit to get it into my 1 1/4" hitch rack. My other rack and hitch had slid in there easily so I'm guessing that the hitch arm was slightly out of tolerance and was a hair over the 1 1/4" dimension. My old buddy rubber mallet took care of that issue. Of course, it may argue with me a bit if I ever have to remove it.

    I obviously didn't need the 2" converter piece, but it looks the same as pretty much any other 2" converter piece I have seen does. Those plastic pieces are never all that great.

    Anyway...for the money I don't think you can find a better rack. Is it a Kuat NV or Thule XTR...no. However it costs far less than half of what those do.

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    Thanks folks, wish it was in my budget but it isn't yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waltah View Post
    Thanks folks, wish it was in my budget but it isn't yet
    Just picked one up for $140 after coupon (google rackattack coupon) from rack attack if that's more in your price range, pretty much impossible to beat @ that price.

    I'll see how it is and take some more detailed pics when I receive it. I'm mostly getting it b/c I don't want to drive long distances with the bike on the roof after the yakima tray almost broke off @ the bolt near the front rail; plus rails/rack kill the mileage.

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    Paid about that much at Amazon, but I think it was on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hkenshin View Post
    Just picked one up for $140 after coupon (google rackattack coupon) from rack attack if that's more in your price range, pretty much impossible to beat @ that price.

    I'll see how it is and take some more detailed pics when I receive it. I'm mostly getting it b/c I don't want to drive long distances with the bike on the roof after the yakima tray almost broke off @ the bolt near the front rail; plus rails/rack kill the mileage.
    Well, you lucked out. I ordered one off their website on Dec 6th and got a confirmation but about an hour later, I got a call from TJ (?) saying that they were out of stock and did I still want the order. For $140 of course I did. He said he'd keep me posted on the status ... yeah, right! I looked online a few days later and it was showing that the Sportrack was in stock so I filled out the online comment form asking if that meant they would be shipping mine and a couple of days later I got an email stating that they were still out of stock so I called Boston and talked to TJ and he said that they were still not in. I asked why it said they had them in stock online and he said that they must not be updating the website. I also called Denver and was told the same thing. I did the comment thing again a few days ago because I saw them still online and a couple days later got the response "I have checked with Thule and unfortunately the Sportrack 2EZ Premium rack will be on Backorder until the new year. Please contact us to let us know if you would like to keep your order, cancel your order, or possibly come up with a different solution such as a Thule 990XT Double Track." which is $270. Sounded like classic Bait and Switch to me. I responded that if they want to send me the Thule for the same price, I'll take it. Haven't heard a word but as of today Dec 19, it's still showing a "Currently in stock"

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    This is another response I got from RA.

    "Yes unfortunately the stock icons are not in real time. We do apologize for that. Also, we can not send you the Thule 990XT for the same price, as it is almost twice the price. If you would like to speak to representative, feel free to call us at 508-879-1444."

    So, in at least 20 days, they can't figure out how to correct the stock icons? But they are willling to sell you something at twice the price. I guess that's a reflection on their business ethics.

    Now, I did get a good deal on the SportRack 2EZ A30901 Hitch Platform System without all the locking stuff off of ebay and i even like that ... so much better that the Thule trunk mount carrier I had. If you tighten the bolt where the carrier goes into receiver, the sportrack is surprisingly stable even at highway speeds with 2 mtn bikes on it.

    I have read from some reviews that some folks have problems with the locking hitch pin (bolt) shearing so keep that in the back of your mind and because the rack is threaded, you can't use a standard pin unless you get one a little smaller but then you lose some of the stability of the rack.

    Also, with the premium, I like the idea of the locking ratcheting arms versus the sliding arms that are tightened with a knob on the basic unit. The only drawback to both systems is if you put your bike in the inside tray (between the post and your vehicle), if you pull the locking pin at the base of the post and tilt it away from the car, you can free the bike so put it on the outside of the post. That way, if someone tilts the post away, it's still restricted by the bike frame ... or you can just get a cable lock, like a Kryptonite, and weave it through the bike and the loops on the hitch/receiver. I got the 12mm cable and the end is small enough so I can still lock the rack to the hitch when I'm out riding.

    The metal arms are covered with a rubber tube but I've read that that wears out and the arm will do a number on your frame so I stopped by a big box lumber store and got some foamy pipe insulation that slips over the rubber tube. As that wears out, I'll just replace it and I'm good to go again.

    The other thing is that the knobs may break with use (especially if over tightened) and, of course, they're a special thread and probably hard to find a replacement and probably expensive if you do find one. Well, I figured I wouldn't be moving the trays that much once I got them set up for my bikes so I got some 5/16 x 2" carraige bolts and cap nuts, spray painted them black and replaced the knobs and bolts on my trays, Now I have 4 spares.

    Finally, I'm not real impressed with the velcro straps they use to hold down the tires in the trays so I happened to be in HD and found some 18" heavy duty velcro straps for a couple of bucks. They work great as would bungy straps. Your choice. Hope this helps and if you do decide to try to buy from RackAttack ... well, good luck!

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    That is a pretty accurate review of the rack. I ran into the issue with the knob already. Had to do a swap from one of the tray knobs up to the vertical arm. I might look into the bolt fix like you did. Sounds like an inexpensive fix.

    Can you post up some pictures of the carriage bolts and caps that you bought?

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    @ Heavy Fluid - FYI I saw the knobs on etrailer.com for about $8 I think. The carraige bolts I used look just like the ones that come with the rack except that they're not metric like Sportrack and zinc instead of black and the nut is a locking cap nut (kind of rounded top with a plastic insert) . They're available at any hardward store. I just took mine withe me to compare.

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    This is a "mod" I did to my SportRack. This pic shows without the knobs. (btw, a carraige bolt looks the same as the one that comes with the knob. I used a 2 1/2" one because that was easily available but a 2 1/4 would probably work as well.
    https://i1226.photobucket.com/albums...2-24172116.jpg

    I used the bumper from a doorstop you find in your home to cover the exposed bolt. Also, I felt more comfortable using adjustable bungy cords from Home Depot to secure the wheels in addition to the velcro strap.
    https://i1226.photobucket.com/albums...2-24172053.jpg


    And, I had read there the rubber on the hook wears out and scratches the paint so I got some 1 1/8" pipe insulation from HD and put it between the top rail of my bike and the hook. It seems to hold better than just the hook and I don't need to tighted the know as tight.
    https://i1226.photobucket.com/albums...2-24172148.jpg

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robit View Post
    This is a "mod" I did to my SportRack. This pic shows without the knobs. (btw, a carraige bolt looks the same as the one that comes with the knob. I used a 2 1/2" one because that was easily available but a 2 1/4 would probably work as well.
    https://i1226.photobucket.com/albums...2-24172116.jpg

    I used the bumper from a doorstop you find in your home to cover the exposed bolt. Also, I felt more comfortable using adjustable bungy cords from Home Depot to secure the wheels in addition to the velcro strap.
    https://i1226.photobucket.com/albums...2-24172053.jpg


    And, I had read there the rubber on the hook wears out and scratches the paint so I got some 1 1/8" pipe insulation from HD and put it between the top rail of my bike and the hook. It seems to hold better than just the hook and I don't need to tighted the know as tight.
    https://i1226.photobucket.com/albums...2-24172148.jpg

    Hope this helps.
    Nice pics. Thanks for the info. I use the exact same trick on mine in regards to the pipe insulation. The stuff is dirt cheap and saves your bike from getting scuffed.

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    I haven't been keeping tabs on my order, but they told me as well that it was oos for 2 weeks. I need it by the 1st week of jan, but if they can't do that then I'll have to cancel as well . Might just get the Yakima stick up instead then. I thought ra was a decent company too...

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    robit - thanks, great pics and description. I will be doing this as well in the near future I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hkenshin View Post
    I haven't been keeping tabs on my order, but they told me as well that it was oos for 2 weeks. I need it by the 1st week of jan, but if they can't do that then I'll have to cancel as well . Might just get the Yakima stick up instead then. I thought ra was a decent company too...
    hkenshin - I'm usually pretty thorough in checking out anyone I deal with ... or at least try to be. If I'm on ebay, I look at the feedback, otherwise I try to look at resellerratings.com or something like that for feedback and RackAttack had good ratings. I imagine we're not the only ones that are in this situation so I'm going to post my ordeal and see what happens. Supposedly, they monitor the ratings so we'll see what happens.

    Edit: by the way, it's still showing in stock and looks like they will accept an online order.
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    hkenshin - Just an FYI, I went on resellerratings.com yesterday and posted my ordeal with specifics and quotes from emails I received and gave them a 1 star rating. I got an email from RA today and the order for the Sportrack 2EZ A30901LR I placed on Dec 6th ($140.25) has been filled and is supposed to be shipped from Minnesota so, apparently, they do pay attention to what's written on the website. Sure hope I get the A30901LR SportRack 2EZ Premium Hitch and not the A30901 Regular one. I'll let you know.

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    Wow.......sorry to hear about your bad experience with RA. I had exactly the opposite experience when I ordered the same rack from them around late October. It showed up in just a few days time. My experience was about as positive as it can be through an online reseller.

    It sounds like they got hit with a "Christmas rush". One would think that they should definitely be able to list "out of stock" or "unavailable until approx. Jan 2012" on their web site.

    I hope it works out for you.

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    After a quick email to them a couple of days ago checking on the status, they had one shipped out to me yesterday from oregon, arriving friday. Seems like they just had a supply issue and a crappy website, not unethical business. For the price, it's hard to complain about a week or two when they told me that it would be delayed 10-14 days.

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    Does anyone know how much clearance there is between the hitch mount and the rack or where the bike sits (whichever is closest to the vehicle? I like this mount but am trying to figure out if it would clear the spare tire on my Jeep without an extension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kafromet View Post
    Does anyone know how much clearance there is between the hitch mount and the rack or where the bike sits (whichever is closest to the vehicle? I like this mount but am trying to figure out if it would clear the spare tire on my Jeep without an extension.
    I got my 2 EZ Premium Saturday and I do like it ... still, RA is a PITA to deal with.

    Anyway, it'll be tight. A picture says a thousand words so here's a couple that may help

    <a href="https://s1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee417/puterfx/SportRack/?action=view&amp;current=2012-01-03161344.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee417/puterfx/SportRack/2012-01-03161344.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    <a href="https://s1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee417/puterfx/SportRack/?action=view&amp;current=2012-01-03161324.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee417/puterfx/SportRack/2012-01-03161324.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

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    picked mine up and it is awesome.
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