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    Who makes a good trailer hitch mount rack for DH rigs?

    I currently own a fullsize pickup, so hauling bikes tends not to be a problem. But I'm considering an Avalanche as my next vehicle which won't work nearly as well for hauling bikes. Roof racks are out...these trucks already only get 15mpg...don't want to reduce it to 8. Just curious what's out there in terms of trailer hitch mount racks that are of good quality, sturdy, and will hold FOUR XC or DH bikes without removing wheels. The frame-holding kind is not going to work with DH rigs. I'm fine with it being expensive as long as it's worth it and lasts... any suggestions?
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    I was going to suggest the Sportworks Freeride rack, until I read this
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    will hold FOUR XC or DH bikes without removing wheels. The frame-holding kind is not going to work with DH rigs.
    Since the Freeride only carries 2 bike and doesn't allow for add-ons. So my next suggestion would be the Saris Cycle-On http://www.sarisproducts.com/products/cycleonsub.htm seems pretty similiar to the Sportworks and will allow up to 4 bikes, with an add-on. I'd call to verify it can handle the weight of 4 DH bikes (175-200lbs) though.

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    Sportworks. Either their new FR rack or their TransSport series
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    Definatly sportworks...mine is awesome...if you get the transport series just get the fat tire adapters...

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    The Yakima Rim rock works well- they hold the bike by the rim, so no frame issues .
    But think they may stop making them .
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    4 dh bikes at once? heavy.... just go to any high school that offered a welding class and the only thing you pay is cost of the materials and you can design the rack yourself, let the kids paint a "build by _______high schools weldingclass" on the side of the rack and they will build you the best set-up you could ever have.

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    Hollywood Rack or Sportworks

    I have a Hollywood Rack and also have the 4 bike attachment. We took 4 downhill bikes to the Sea Otter Classic two years ago without any problem...tight fit though. My buddy has a Sportworks...they also sell a 4 bike attachment. They are a little easier to use, but are a tighter fit.
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    I'm going to fourth the vote for sportworks.
    The regular rack has a 40lb limit but I exceed that all the time with no problems in the last few years of ownership. This rack has survived some pretty nasty roads holding 115lbs worth of bikes and held totally strong and straight.


    The other option is www.joehauler.com
    A buddy of mine spent $400 and had a bombproof rack custom built that holds 4 DH bikes at whatever weight you want. They are held in by tie-downs like a motorcycle and fit hitch-mount style just like the sportworks. In fact, last mount in Moab, they had the following bikes mounted on it on the hitch w/ zero sagging...
    Stinky Nine w/ 03 Monster T
    Joker w/ Jr. T
    Stinky w/ Super T
    Uzzi SLX w/ Super T

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    i have a yakima rock n' gate. it can carry 4 rigs and if you get an attachment, it could carry 4 snowboards and a few pairs of skis.

    you need to get a add on bar (from yakima) to carry bikes that don't have a straight top tube, but besides that minor inconvenience, it's pretty much bomb proof and it doesn't matter what size tires you run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drop zone cycling
    4 dh bikes at once? heavy.... just go to any high school that offered a welding class and the only thing you pay is cost of the materials and you can design the rack yourself, let the kids paint a "build by _______high schools weldingclass" on the side of the rack and they will build you the best set-up you could ever have.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    The regular rack has a 40lb limit
    Exactly the reason I didn't recommend it. I would also recommend calling Sportworks first to be sure. I'd be [email protected] if i would take a chance with my $$$$ rig, let alone all my buds $$$$ rigs as well.

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    I did call Sportworks and they told me 40lbs.
    There is no chance that the rack will fail, there is a chance that you could bend tubing though. Red, you have the DH specific rack that you could almost put a motorcycle on, but for a 42lb bike, there is no risk putting it on a rack rated for 40lbs.

    Quote Originally Posted by red5
    Exactly the reason I didn't recommend it. I would also recommend calling Sportworks first to be sure. I'd be [email protected] if i would take a chance with my $$$$ rig, let alone all my buds $$$$ rigs as well.

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    Why not a bed extender?

    Of course this depends applicability and all. Sure sounds easier then a rack....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    42lb bike
    Not my beast. Try 52 baby!!!!
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    Hey acadian, which one do you have? Is it the FR model or the transport. Sportworks does not recommend anything over 40lbs on the transport series. If you are using the transport series, have you had any problems with your DH bike? thanks

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    I'd have to throw my vote in for the Saris cycle on. There's supposidly a weight limit of 75 or 80 pounds, but so far I've ignored it. Both bikes are probably 45ish each. I like it because you don't have to deflate your tires at all to fit them in the holders. I'm convinced you could fit a 3.0 in w/o any deflating or having to upgrade the rear hoops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLP
    Hey acadian, which one do you have? Is it the FR model or the transport. Sportworks does not recommend anything over 40lbs on the transport series. If you are using the transport series, have you had any problems with your DH bike? thanks
    I have to use the transport series since the FR one only comes for 2" hitches (I need 1 and 1/4).

    I carry my DH bike on there without any problems. I've seen some Transport racks loaded to the tits with DH bikes and it was fine.

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    Saris Ride on

    I bought the Saris Ride-on Rack w/ the ext for 4 bikes. We've but 4 DH Bikes- 1 a brooklyn TMX- and drove 3 hours to Plattekill in an Avalanche. I was scared shitless it was gonna fail but it handled it no problem. Taking it up to Mt. Snow next weekend w/ 4 DH rigs and a truck full of beer. The rack was the best 500$ bucks i spent. Bikes go on & off easy and they dont move at all. The rack fits 3.0 Gaz tires since thats what we use. Its taken a beating. The next model up has key locks to make sure your bikes or rack dont walk away.Its a little bulky moving it around but 1 large dude could mount it or move it around garage easily.Hope this helps.
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    New question here. Anyone try the 1up USA rack?

    I always see the add on the MTBR homepage. No mention on their site as to weight limits but it seems to have a good warranty.


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    New question here.

    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    I always see the add on the MTBR homepage. No mention on their site as to weight limits but it seems to have a good warranty.


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    The 1up CPR A-2000 Bicycle Trainer and the 1up Rack & Ride have a lifetime warranty. If any part breaks or wears out, we will replace it for free for life. If your trainer or rack needs repair and must be shipped back, we will pay your return shipping cost (US only).


    How about a Saris Cycle-on Pro? LBS has one in stock. Looks sturdy, upgradeable to a 4 bike unit and we put a Maxxis 2.7 in it and it fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skygrounder
    I currently own a fullsize pickup, so hauling bikes tends not to be a problem. But I'm considering an Avalanche as my next vehicle which won't work nearly as well for hauling bikes. Roof racks are out...these trucks already only get 15mpg...don't want to reduce it to 8. Just curious what's out there in terms of trailer hitch mount racks that are of good quality, sturdy, and will hold FOUR XC or DH bikes without removing wheels. The frame-holding kind is not going to work with DH rigs. I'm fine with it being expensive as long as it's worth it and lasts... any suggestions?
    Can I start by saying how fugly the Avalanche is?

    ok, that out of the way - the Sportsworks will work very well for a long time - even though the Transporter is not rated for 4 DH bikes, it will work and last you quite some time - you can get it with the "freeride hoops" that will fit larger tires - I have one that has had 4 freeride bikes (~40lbs) on it all the time - flying down Utah dirt roads for about 4 years - it's loosened up a bit, but it's still doing pretty well

    the beefy version then make for DH bikes will only hold two

    otherwise a custom rack from Joehauler would be the way to go...

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