We have 9 vertical bike racks on test - here's a look at what's being put throught its paces.
Vertical bike racks have grown in popularity thanks to how easily they can carry lots of bikes. The past two years have seen a boom in people riding off road. Whether it's families, colleagues, groups of mates or school groups, the need to easily transport more bikes has never been greater. With vertical bike racks that can carry up to 7 bikes available, a vertical bike rack is one of the most efficient ways to get a bunch of bikes to the trail head, it riding there isn't feasible.
NOW LIVE! Check out our full Vertical Bike Rack Group Test
There's quite a number of brands on the market, so we gathered 9 together to get a group test ready. That's still in the works, but we are testing them on build quality, features, ease of loading and unloading, and therefore suggesting who they may suit. The full feature will be in Issue #197 of AMB, on sale in early July.
Here's what's on test.
Shingleback Off Road Sport 5 Bike
Warranty: 10 years
Single Trail 5UP
Warranty: 5 year original owner
Warranty: 1 year original owner
Warranty: 2 year original owner
Spot X Racks TA-X5
Warranty: 7 years
Yakima HangOver 4
Warranty: Lifetime for original owner
Dirty Possum 5 bike rack
Warranty: 10 years
DeathRack by DeathRig 4 bike
Warranty: 5 years on parts, 3 years on the in-house build
Warranty: 2 Year original owner
In-built lights? Made in Australia? Bomber build? That's RackPRO. It's easy to see why this rack has been a popular model at trail heads, thanks to easy use and great inclusions.
There's lots more to go into in the full test, including limitations on bike rack use, other options from each brand, what we liked, and what we didn't. Don't miss the full feature! The big one here is legislation around vertical overhang limits. You can't have a rack and its load protruding more than 60% of the wheelbase length past the rear axle. Additionally, you cannot exceed the download rating of your towball! So grab out the owner's manual for your car, and tape measure so you can make an informed choice.
We couldn't fit everyone in here, including Australian brands like Black Diamond Bike Racks in Tasmania, and JB Racks.