How to Choose the Best Hitch Mount Bike Rack for SUV?
Choosing the best SUV hitch bike carrier might be a bit overwhelming especially when you take into consideration bike and vehicle compatibility. You should consider the following questions:
- Which type of bike or bikes do I have? There could be children’s, women’s, road or mountain bikes and so on.
- How many bikes do I have?
- What are the different kinds of hitch mount bike racks?
- What are the top-rated racks? What are the best sellers?
- How can I determine which hitch bicycle racks will fit my vehicle?
- What are special features available?
Hitch mount bike carriers come in a variety of styles and can accommodate a large variety of bikes. If you have bikes with carbon fiber frames you will find that platform hitch bike racks with wheel clamps and hanging bike racks are a good fit – it’s important to find one that makes no contact with bike frames. For bikes with suspension, both hanging and hitch tray bike racks may do the job. Mountain bikes are very popular and you will want to get a secure and stable platform bike carrier like Thule T2 Pro XT. For children’s bicycles, the hanging bike carriers are the best. You may want to consider an adapter bar and check its length to make sure it will fit your bike.
Hitch rack for SUV systems accommodate up to 5 bikes and could be extremely secure and stable. No matter you have 2 or 5 bicycles, buying a platform carrier should do the job easily.
SUV hitch bike carriers fall into 2 major groups – Hanging and platform (tray-style) racks. Hanging style can be single-arm or dual-arm, weigh less than tray-style, cost less, hold up a max of 2-5 bicycles, fit 1.25 and 2-inch hitches and makes frame contact. Platform hitch bike racks can be frame-clamp or wheel-clamp, hold up a max of 2-4 bikes, fit both 1.25 and 2-inch hitches, makes the load and unload easier, hold a large variety of bike styles, are secure and stable, and make minimal contact with frames.
Kuat NV 2.0, Thule Pro XT and Kuat Sherpa 2 are one of the best hitch mount bike racks in 2018. They have lots of special features available, are secure and stable and can accomodate any of your bike style. If you are looking for a cheaper solution, then Yakima Ridgeback, Allen Sports Deluxe and Swagman XTC will do the job.