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Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations?

Hi all,

First post to the forum after taking delivery this week of a 2014 Overland V-8. Couldn't be happier so far with my first jeep! Thanks for the great information on this site.

I'm looking to get a hitch mounted bike rack. Roof racks are not an option as I park in a garage under my apt building and clearance is an issue. I've had good experience with thule roof racks in the past so i'm likely to go with one of their hitch racks. I'm looking at the Helium Aero model because of its lighter weight. Does anyone have any experience with this model or any of the thule hitch racks with a WK2 GC?

Are thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated since this will be my first hitch mount bike rack...thanks!

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Old 11-03-2013, 09:54 AM
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Re: Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations?

I have always used a tray mount carrier. I have a Rhode Gear Backpacker. You remove the front tire and mount to the fork to the tray and strap the rear tire doen. Unfortunately mine does not fold down and with the flipper glass gone on my '14 I will have to put the tire in the cargo area before loading the bike. I like the tray mounts over the ones hanging racks as I don't like how the bikes move around so much on them. Try mount is nice and secure. I am pretty sure Thule makes a tray mount. Good luck with your purchase. Hope this helps.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:08 AM
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Re: Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations?

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Hi all,

First post to the forum after taking delivery this week of a 2014 Overland V-8. Couldn't be happier so far with my first jeep! Thanks for the great information on this site.

I'm looking to get a hitch mounted bike rack. Roof racks are not an option as I park in a garage under my apt building and clearance is an issue. I've had good experience with thule roof racks in the past so i'm likely to go with one of their hitch racks. I'm looking at the Helium Aero model because of its lighter weight. Does anyone have any experience with this model or any of the thule hitch racks with a WK2 GC?

Are thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated since this will be my first hitch mount bike rack...thanks!

QT
I use the Thule 9028 on my 2014 summit works great, its quick, easy and strong. Model 9028 for 2 bikes and 9029 for 4 bikes.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:53 AM
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Might be a little out of your desired price range, but Kuat makes the best rack I've personally ever used. I have the Sherpa. http://kuatracks.com/en/m/products/hitch/

I'm not a fan of the rack style you posted... My brother has something similar. Bikes swing and rattle against each other, and are a pain if you have multiple full suspension MTB's. So many different rear suspension setups that it makes mounting them confusing and awkward.
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Re: Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations?

I've been racking bikes on the back of my vehicles for over forty years. I've tried just about everything on the market. Hitch mount is definitely the way to go. I've used at least a half dozen different hitch mount racks, and I'm currently using a Kuat Sherpa. It is by far the best rack I've ever used. It's a little pricier than the Thule or Yakima, but the construction and quality are unmatched. I don't work for Kuat, so there's no personal gain for me here, but I can't recommend it highly enough. They also have a model that accepts a four bike extender.
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Re: Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations?

I third the Kuat. I have the NV with the NV add on for 4 bike capability. its heavy, but its solid, and holds the bikes better than any other rack, while also not scratching the heck out of the paint. Its not jeep but I got my local bike store to give me a good deal and i havent regretted it once.
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Re: Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations?

Thank you all very much for the helpful replies. That Kuat rack certainly looks like an excellent product. While i recognize the tray style rack like the sherpa is probably the best option overall, I'm not sure it works for my situation. given my parking situation and where I drive daily, leaving the rack on is not a great option. Constantly removing a 30-40 pound tray rack, then bringing it up to my apartment from the parking garage is just going to be a major pain. The hanging style rack, iike the Thule Helium Aero or the Kuat Alpha/Beta line just give a lot more flexibility in my situation. My two bikes are a road bike and a hardtail mountain bike so i don't have the issue with a bizarrely shaped dual suspension bike right now. so that's why I'm leaning toward one of those solutions right now, but will think more about that part of it.

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Re: Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations?

I have the Yakima Big Horn. it's cheap and it works great.
keeps the bike tied down , has enough straps to keep it secure, has a built in cable lock and matching key system to keep the carrier locked to the car.
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Tray style racks are the best but they are mighty heavy. My wife for example no way she can mount it when I'm not around and we do have garage and she does not have to carry it that far.

I used to have Yakima Kingpin and it worked well. For ackward frames you can buy adapters. That being said I switched becouse of wear and tear those racks would put on my bikes. I can tolerate some scratches on my MTB bikes but I would get goosebumps everytime I would see my carbon tri bike bang agains rack and other bikes. . The rack put more wear on it than actually riding it.
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Re: Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations?

This is probably common knowledge to all here, but the Kuat is aluminum, and not really that heavy. Also, it folds up when not in use, so it doesn't hang that far off the back of the vehicle. But of course, these are relative measures of weight and size. What works for one person might not be ideal for another.
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Re: Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations?

I have a 2014 overland also and didnt need to haul bikes around very often so I did not want to spend alot on a rack. I got this one and its worked out great. I dont leave it on for extended periods of time and its easy to get on and off with two rachets. I use a couple bungee cords to keep things from bumping into each other when starting and stopping. I have not had a problem with anything bumping into the back of the truck....

Amazon.com: Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (2-Inch Receiver): Automotive
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Re: Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations?

I bought a Thule thing that is a pain with the full sus frame on my mtb, easy with the road bike though, it's one of the ones with the arms, can do multiple bikes, just use bungee cords to stop them rattling.
Trunk of jeep can do one mtb no prob with seat down, dont even need to take the wheels off.
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