Car Bike Racks

The fact of the matter is, before you can start your bike ride you're going to have to get your bike to the trailhead. Since everyone's needs are unique, you're going to need a bike rack that fits your needs without compromise.

Rack Attack offers many different types of Bike Racks for your car. These include Roof Mount Bike Racks, Hitch Mount Bike Racks, Trunk Mount Bike Racks & Spare Tire Mount Bike Racks. We can help you decide which model will fit your lifestyle best by answering a few questions:

  • On what vehicle(s) do you want to use the rack?
  • How many bikes do you need to transport?
  • What types of bikes do you need to carry?
    • Mountain/full-suspension
    • Road/carbon
    • Urban/hybrid
    • Kids
    • Tandem/recumbent
  • Is access to the rear of your vehicle important?
  • Is security of the rack and/or security of the bikes important?
  • Does your vehicle have any special features that may interfere with the rack, such as a rear-mounted spare tire, panoramic sunroof, spoiler or aftermarket bumper/exhaust?

Once you have a firm understanding of what you want, continue reading to find the rack best suited to your needs.

Roof Mounted Bike Racks

All Roof Mount Bike Racks will REQUIRE your car to have a Base Roof Rack, which can be factory installed or aftermarket. Roof bike racks come in two styles: fork mount (front tire removed) or upright (front tire left on). There are several roof bike rack models available in each style, and almost all models have optional locks to keep your bike secure to the rack, and the rack secure to the vehicle. Here are some pros and cons of each style:

Roof Mount Bike Rack Pros

  • Bikes do not obstruct road visibility
  • Bike roof racks can be swapped out seasonally with ski, watersport or cargo racks
  • Depending on size of vehicle, it may be possible to carry more bikes on roof than on rear of vehicle
  • Access to trunk/hatchback is not compromised

Roof Mount Bike Rack Cons

  • Additional noise & drag created with bikes on top of vehicle
  • Requires lifting bike onto top of vehicle
  • Added height can cause conflict with garages, drive-throughs, tree branches, etc.

Fork Mounted Rooftop Bike Racks

Fork Mount Pros

  • Bike's profile is lower with front wheel removed, and weight is lighter with wheel off
  • Locking forks into rack is most secure and stable
  • Fork mount racks tend to be less bulky than uprights, and use less of your crossbar

Fork Mount Cons

  • Must put front wheel in vehicle or purchase roof mount wheel holder
  • May not be compatible with some bike fenders
  • May not be compatible with some forks, however, axle adapters are available for many new mountain bikes
Thule 516XT Prologue
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Thule 516XT Prologue

Transport your bicycle quickly and safely with the Thule 516xt Prologue, a lockable fork mount bike carrier. The Thule 516 Prologue is the ultimate value in fork mounts, yet still delivers style, sleekness, and most importantly security.

RockyMounts JetLine Silver
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RockyMounts JetLine Silver

The RockyMounts JetLine Silver is the new version of the Pitchfork, the standard in fork mounted bike carriers for Thule and Yakima crossbars. The JetLine features a low profile design that is whisper quiet at highway speeds.

Thule 558p Tandem Carrier
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Thule 558p Tandem Carrier

The Thule 558p Tandem Carrier bike rack's rear tray can be removed for trunk or hatch clearance and carrying conventional bikes. The Thule 558p Tandem Carrier is the quickest tandem and recumbent bike carrier on the market.

Upright Mounted Rooftop Bike Racks

Upright Mount Pros

  • Compatible with almost any bicycle from 20" tire to 29" tire
  • No need to remove the front wheel
  • Some models can accommodate unusual frame geometry and full-suspensions

Upright Mount Cons

  • Rack is bulkier than fork mount and uses more crossbar space
  • Must lift entire weight of bike since front tire stays on
  • Vehicle & load height is generally taller compared to using fork mount
RockyMounts Brass Knuckles Black
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RockyMounts Brass Knuckles Black

The RockyMounts Brass Knuckles Black is the lowest profile upright bike mount on the market. Versatility is its middle name; mounts on all crossbars, accommodates 20"-29" bike tires, and road to downhill bikes.

Yakima Raptor Aero
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Yakima Raptor Aero

The Yakima Raptor Aero shows you really can afford a totally sweet upright bike mount without totally depleting your budget. With universal mounting hardware included, you'll have plenty of cash left over for inner tubes, brewskis and ramen noodl

RockyMounts TomaHawk Bike Carrier
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RockyMounts TomaHawk Bike Carrier

RockyMounts' premier upright bike carrier accomidates just about any bike, from a 20" childs wheel to a 5" wide fat-tired cruiser.

Hitch Mounted Bike Racks

Hitch Mount Bike Racks REQUIRE that your vehicle already has a 1.25" or 2" receiver hitch installed. Hitch Mount Bike Racks can be a very convenient option, provided the hitch is capable of handling the load (if not, Rack Attack offers Trailer Hitches for most vehicles). We have two styles of hitch racks available: hanging and platform. Hanging racks sling the bikes by their frame and hold them in place with rubber or Velcro straps. With platform racks, the bike tires sit in a tray similar to a upright roof rack, and are held in place with a hooked arm over the frame or front tire. Most models have security features as standard or optional. Here are pros and cons of each style:

Hitch Mount Bike Rack Pros

  • Loading/unloading bikes at a lower height than roof mounted racks
  • Trailer hitch may also be used for towing
  • Vehicle can still access low clearance areas like garages and parkades
  • Keep your roof rack free for cargo boxes, watersports or ski racks

Hitch Mount Bike Rack Cons

  • Access to rear of vehicle may be impeded
  • Vehicle hitch required
  • Bikes and/or rack may obstruct rear of vehicle visibility
  • Increased overall vehicle length

Hanging Hitch Mounted Bike Racks

Hanging Rack Pros

  • Carry up to 5 bikes with appropriate hitch, provided the hitch and vehicle are rated for it
  • Easily removed from trailer hitch and reasonably compact during storage
  • Chest-level bike load height on most vehicles
  • Some models tilt down or pivot away from the vehicle to allow access to trunk or hatch
  • Some models allow for ski carrier add-on to be attached

Hanging Rack Cons

  • Bikes might make contact with each other
  • Some bike frames have unusual geometry and can be challenging to mount. However, top-tube adapters are available to alleviate the issue on most bikes
  • Bikes on the back of a vehicle are susceptible to road grime
  • On lower vehicles bikes could possibly make contact with the ground causing bike damage in extreme circumstances
Thule Apex XT 2 Bike
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Thule Apex XT 2 Bike

The Thule Apex XT 2 bike rack is a premium hanging trailer hitch mounted bicycle rack with a sleek and stylish design that incorporates convenience, safety, and security.

Sportrack SR2415 Ridge Swing 4-Bike
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Sportrack SR2415 Ridge Swing 4-Bike

The SportRack SR2415 Ridge Swing 4-Bike is a high quaility hitch bike rack that carries up to 4 bikes and swings out for rear-of-vehicle access. The Ridge Swing 4 only fits 2 inch hitch receivers.

$303.96 $379.95
Yakima LiteRider 2
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Yakima LiteRider 2

Light, strong, and hecka secure, the LiteRider aluminum hitch rack offers more cushion in the cradles, more zip in the strip, and an integrated lockable security cable to ensure that both bikes and riders can relax on the road.

Platform Hitch Mounted Bike Racks

Platform Rack Pros

  • Carry up to 4 bikes with appropriate hitch, provided the hitch and vehicle are rated for it
  • Quick to load/unload bikes
  • Accommodates virtually any bike, including downhill, kids and some recumbents depending on wheelbase
  • Platform protects bikes by keeping them better separated from each other, and gives better protection from the ground compared to hanging racks
  • Some models are generally heavier-duty compared to hanging racks

Platform Rack Cons

  • Rack tends to be bulkier and heavier than hanging style
  • Access to hatchbacks can be challenging, however, bikes can be quickly removed
  • 2 bikes maximum on light-duty hitches
Thule T2 Pro XT Silver - 2 Bike 1.25 Inch
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Thule T2 Pro XT Silver - 2 Bike 1.25 Inch

The upgrade from the previous model, the T2 Pro XT is Thule's premium platform hitch bike rack, and possibly the easiest way to carry bikes behind your car. This rack for 1.25 inch hitches only.

Sportrack Crest 4 Deluxe
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Sportrack Crest 4 Deluxe

The Crest 4 Deluxe by Sportrack is the most cost effective way to carry four bikes on a platform style rack. It comes with locks and everything you need to get you plus three friends to the trail.

$359.96 $449.95
RockyMounts BackStage Swing Away Platform Rack
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RockyMounts BackStage Swing Away Platform Rack

The BackStage is the first platform rack that offers full access to the rear of the vehicle. Either empty or with one or two bikes loaded.

Trunk Mounted Bike Racks

Trunk Mount Bike Racks are the most basic way to carry bikes on most vehicles. This type of rack clamps to the vehicle with 4-6 rubber-dipped metal hooks, and has rubber or foam pads that press against the bumper, trunk or rear window for support. These racks tend to be less expensive than the other options, but the user must be cautious so as to not scratch the vehicle's finish during installation/removal.

Trunk Mount Bike Rack Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to store when off the vehicle, and can even be stored in the trunk of many vehicles
  • May be able to move from one vehicle to another with minimal adjustment
  • Great option for rental cars

Trunk Mount Bike Rack Cons

  • Many points of contact on the vehicle
  • Least secure, though some models include passive security features
  • Maximum of 2 or 3 bikes, depending on vehicle
  • May not work if vehicle has spoiler at top of hatchback
Kuat Highline - 3 Bike Trunk Rack - Black with Black accent
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Kuat Highline - 3 Bike Trunk Rack - Black with Black accent

The Kuat Highline is constructed with lightweight and durable aluminum. Intuitive tray pivot design makes it a snap to prep for loading. Your bikes will be carried with the Highline’s exclusively designed cradles featuring integrated straps.

Kuat Highline - 3 Bike Trunk Rack - Silver with Black accent
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Kuat Highline - 3 Bike Trunk Rack - Silver with Black accent

The Kuat Highline is constructed with lightweight and durable aluminum. Intuitive tray pivot design makes it a snap to prep for loading. Your bikes will be carried with the Highline’s exclusively designed cradles featuring integrated straps.

Kuat Highline - 2 Bike Trunk Rack - Black with Black accent
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Kuat Highline - 2 Bike Trunk Rack - Black with Black accent

The Kuat Highline is constructed with lightweight and durable aluminum. Intuitive tray pivot design makes it a snap to prep for loading. Your bikes will be carried with the Highline’s exclusively designed cradles featuring integrated straps.

Spare Tire Mounted Bike Racks

Spare Tire Mount Bike Racks only come in 2-bike versions since the load is transmitted to the spare tire bracket. These racks feature locking systems to secure your bikes to the rack, as well as a lock to secure the rack to the tire. A simple twist of a knob will remove the rack when you are not using it, and they are reasonably compact for storage. It will be obvious if this is an option for you. However if you need to transport more than two bikes, we may be able to add a trailer hitch to your vehicle so you can use a hitch rack. This gets tricky because the rack must sit far back enough to clear the spare tire, so feel free to call us if you'd like more details about this option.

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