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    Roof Racks That are Fat Bike Friendly.

    I need a roof rack that works for fatties.

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    I think one of my friends has the Thule Upride and when he got his fat bike, he bought an adapter for it. I know he carries the fat bike on the roof.
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    Would a fatty exceed the load capability?
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    Of what, the rack? No. The adapter was made by Thule to accommodate the fat tire.

    Same as I did with my old T2. It used to be a skinny bike rack, now it's a fat bike rack.
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    I have been using my Thule Criterium, which has been replaced by the ProRide. Instead of the stock wheel straps I am using some plastic buckle straps to keep the wheels in the trays. It works well enough for local trips but I am not so keen on highway driving. The wheels are not seated well in the wheel trays and the straps have a tiny bit of play as they can work loose just a bit in flight. Velcro would work better. I know the ProRide has fat bike wheel trays you can purchase, and have seen mixed reviews on using them for the Criterium. I vastly prefer the system on my Sidearm for locking in the wheels, but its tray and arm will not fit wide tires.

    *EDIT*
    As I click around Thule's site i see that the UpRide can take a fatty and has an even better front wheel lock system than the Sidearm. Big butt, it is wicked expensive. I may have to use my REI dividend on something unexpected...

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    I've had the Rocky Mounts TomaHawk for 6 months without any issues, other than having to lift to put the bike on the roof of a smaller SUV (should have bought a wagon). So far have used it with tires ranging from 2.3" - 4.8".

    It is mounted to factory Audi crossbars.
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    Ooooh, that One-Up is nice. I missed the spacer option and ruled it out a while back. Flush mount adapter too! Plans changed.

    Jeep, wagons are the best. The space of a small SUV with the handling of a sedan, AND easy roof access. Some may call it a grocery getter, I prefer the more refined estate car .

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    Quote Originally Posted by fly4130 View Post
    Ooooh, that One-Up is nice. I missed the spacer option and ruled it out a while back. Flush mount adapter too! Plans changed.

    Jeep, wagons are the best. The space of a small SUV with the handling of a sedan, AND easy roof access. Some may call it a grocery getter, I prefer the more refined estate car .
    I ended up with SQ5 because power. Lol. Allroad would have been wiser. I miss my VW TDI wagon. Loading was a breeze.
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    Roof Racks That are Fat Bike Friendly.-57083132832__b219fc22-8bcd-4c0c-abcf-730953083fbb.jpg

    I love the One-Up USA rack! With the fat bike adaptor it fits tires up to 4.8".

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
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    I love the One-Up USA rack! With the fat bike adaptor it fits tires up to 4.8".
    I've got 2 1upUSA roof trays. 1 with the fatbike kit and 1 without. I've driven thousands of miles with bikes on top.

    I love it, except that it rattles.

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    Rockymounts BRASSKNUCKLES Can be a little tough getting the arm over the 27.5's but other than that their great. Roof Racks That are Fat Bike Friendly.-img_6584.jpg Roof Racks That are Fat Bike Friendly.-img_2175.jpg
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    RockyMounts brassknuckles is the easiest fattie friendly rack I have used.
    RockyMounts switchhitter is the sleekest for daily driving and isnít too much a hassle.

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    I just use a regular bike rack.

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    Nothing to see here, move along folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    This is what I'd do.
    I actually bought the roof rack version and then the expansion base so I could add third onto my double rack, and then it can still unbolt of the base and go on a roof rack.

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    Im going to be buying this one good price for a decent rack. The Rocky Mountain tomahawk. Fat bike ready up to 5ď tires.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00OC...KIKX0DER&psc=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsrtroy View Post
    Im going to be buying this one good price for a decent rack. The Rocky Mountain tomahawk. Fat bike ready up to 5ď tires.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00OC...KIKX0DER&psc=1
    Great choice. I don't have a picture with my fat bike on it that will attach.

    I want a second but can't find on sale again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    One Up!! Great product albeit pricey and heavy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    I've got 2 1upUSA roof trays. 1 with the fatbike kit and 1 without. I've driven thousands of miles with bikes on top.

    I love it, except that it rattles.
    If you leave the arms slightly open (like an inch gap at the largest), they donít rattle. Looks a little weird but is quieter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willum View Post
    If you leave the arms slightly open (like an inch gap at the largest), they donít rattle. Looks a little weird but is quieter.
    Not vertical movement causing the rattle. It's sideways movement.

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    For the 1up are there any mechanisms to secure the tray to the crossbars? The bikes will never hang out unattended but the rack will.

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    Swagman Race Ready

    I have the Swagman Race Ready.

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    This pic is from when I was first installing it.
    If you have 2 side-by-side, you might have to reconfigure one (move the arm to the other side) to load the bikes one forward one backward, which I eventually did.

    One of the pivot covers vibrated loose and fell off. It's just a dress-up piece, but it keeps dirt out of the pivot (sorta).
    One of the anchor clamp knobs also vibrated loose. I replaced it with a big wing nut.
    The green wheel straps have been replaced (for free) already due to UV degradation. They look cool, but UV-resistant black would be more practical.
    The pivot that did not lose its cover got a little bound up just a month ago or so. It is difficult to take apart, so I just sprayed it and will disassemble it when the weather improves.
    Mine stay on the truck all the time, including in the no-touch car wash and throughout the Winter - since May 2017.
    My fatbike is on my truck right this minute. It has been very secure.
    With this type of rack, though, be careful if your front tire leaks air. The wheel hook can loosen up enough to lose your bike from under the hook (this is also a theft method).

    A little info here: https://forums.mtbr.com/cars-bike-ra...s-1044928.html

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