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Old 09-24-2017, 08:53 PM   #1
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What brand/model bike rack are you using and why?

I should say "excluding Fiamma and Arvika" because we've already decided these two are not for us. We've gotten a front hitch and are now trying to decide on a rack. I've scrubbed the "bike rack" threads and people rarely even mention what brand they use on their front hitch. But we're spending some time on this because of the online reviews that talk about racks failing and bikes flying - which is really bad for the guy behind you, but at least he has a chance for an avoidance maneuver. Rack fails on your front hitch and things get very ugly very fast.

Bike shop guys all have their favorites (Saris, Rocky Mount) and then there's Thule and Yakima of course. So what are you using and why did you choose it?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:28 PM   #2
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kuat NV 2.0 w/ add on. This is front mounted. Never an issue in the 4500 miles thus far. Very well engineered, holds by tires not frames. Very quick and easy to load unload. Only one gripe about this platform rack is it sticks out four feet with four bikes.
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:50 PM   #3
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I have an international 28í. I rigged up a tongue rack, BUT it caused the tongue weight to go over 1000lbs. Now for your AS it might be different. The international RB is tongue heavy. Your Flying cloud would be different. I had it so that when I turned the bike rack went over the truck bed. Worked quite well, but when I got a tongue scale I was at 1100lbs. Not good. it was called a Stromberg. What it does is provide the receiver for a 2Ē bike rack. Then you need a bike rack that will be high enough to go over the bed when turning. We use the Saris 2 bike. Very nice rack. But with the bike rack and the receiver over the tanks you are looking at about 100lbs. So you really need to check the bike rack.

I looked at buying the Fiamma, but the reviews were mixed. Plus itís not very sturdy. We have E-bikes and with batteries they weigh about 44 lbs a piece. The Fiamma just isnít that sturdy.

I really liked our first setup. So if it would work for your tongue weight it was nic

Thus the only way to do this in our situation and what Iím doing this week is putting a front hitch receiver on the pickup (37lbs). I found one or $140. And it bolts on. Iím getting mine installed because I canít get underneath very easy. But it really doesnít look that hard to bolt on.

I have attached a picture of our first step up. Which was still my first choice.
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:33 PM   #4
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kuat NV 2.0 w/ add on.
Kuat! That's a new one, thanks for the lead. Looks interesting. It looks like there is an attachment on the cross bar of the outer bike. Am I looking at it right?
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:48 PM   #5
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I have an international 28í. I rigged up a tongue rack, BUT it caused the tongue weight to go over 1000lbs. Now for your AS it might be different. The international RB is tongue heavy. Your Flying cloud would be different. I had it so that when I turned the bike rack went over the truck bed. Worked quite well, but when I got a tongue scale I was at 1100lbs. Not good. it was called a Stromberg. What it does is provide the receiver for a 2Ē bike rack. Then you need a bike rack that will be high enough to go over the bed when turning. We use the Saris 2 bike. Very nice rack. But with the bike rack and the receiver over the tanks you are looking at about 100lbs. So you really need to check the bike rack.

I have attached a picture of our first step up. Which was still my first choice.
We liked that choice better too but abandoned it because of tongue weight, our Flying Cloud is 837 lbs. Rack + bikes = not enough margin (for me). I think it does look a lot better than bikes on the front, though. And you don't have the "bottoming out" potential.
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Old 09-25-2017, 05:14 AM   #6
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Kuat! That's a new one, thanks for the lead. Looks interesting. It looks like there is an attachment on the cross bar of the outer bike. Am I looking at it right?
I believe you are looking at the trail doc attachment. It holds your bike off the ground, by the seat post, so you can make repairs or adjustments. Unit is not cheap but is very high quality.
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After varying degrees of success with Yakima and Thule I purchased a 1Up USA rack three years ago. One of the best designed and functional racks around for us.

https://1upusa.com/
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Thule Easyfold. The rack locks to the receiver as well as the bikes -- THEFT PROOF!
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Another vote for Kuat! Iíve had several racks and itís well made a me extremely light.
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One more vote for the Kuat NV... had quite a few different ones over the years and nothing has worked better for me. Fabricated a mount that puts the bikes over the propane tanks and used the main part of the kuat with it. Works great with the light tongue weight on my 23fb
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One more vote for the Kuat NV... had quite a few different ones over the years and nothing has worked better for me. Fabricated a mount that puts the bikes over the propane tanks and used the main part of the kuat with it. Works great with the light tongue weight on my 23fb
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Front Mount Bike Rack

Thule Sweden 4 bike rack. I also have a tongue heavy 28' International. Put this rack on the front of my Tundra and have bee pleased after 10,000 miles.
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I believe you are looking at the trail doc attachment. It holds your bike off the ground, by the seat post, so you can make repairs or adjustments. Unit is not cheap but is very high quality.
Yes, Trail Doc. Duh, I get it now. Thanks for explaining.
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