How to Choose the Best Trunk Bike Rack for SUV?
Choosing the best SUV trunk bike rack might be a bit overwhelming especially when you take into consideration bike type, vehicle compatibility or number of bikes. You should consider the following questions:
- What kind of bikes do I need to carry?
- How many bikes?
- What features should I look for?
- Will a trunk bike carrier fit on my SUV?
A trunk mounted bike rack rests on the back or trunk of your SUV or vehicle, held in place by straps that connect to the hatch, trunk or bumper. It is one of the most popular choices due to its simplicity and affordability. Depending on how the rack was installed you still may be able to have access to your trunk with the bike carrier installed.
It is a good choice if you have standard bikes, will go on occasional trips, you don’t have a crossbar or hitch on your vehicle, or you want the most economical choice.
Bike compatibility – SUV trunk bike racks work best with standard-frame bicycles that have a horizontal crossbar and a large frame. One the rack is installed, the horizontal crossbar will ensure the bicycles have enough ground clearance while rack’s arms will fit inside the frame. Bikes with small frames, women’s bikes, children’s bikes or step through frames will not always fit on a trunk mount bike carrier. So you need racks with wide arm spacing like Thule Passage, Pro Series Duette or with narrow arm spacing like Thule Archway XT, Saris Bones 3-bike that will be a good fit. An adapter bar might be required if your bike doesn’t have a horizontal crossbar or its frame is too small.
Features – Extra features will enable trunk mount bike racks to be more convenient and useful. Most carriers are made of steel (Thule Passage, Hollywood Racks Over-the-top, Yakima HalfBack), injection molded plastic (Saris Racks) or gas-injected nylon (Thule Raceway Pro). If you want to protect your bicycles and rack from theft, you should consider cables to lock your bikes to the carrier and straps to lock your rack to vehicle (Note that some racks have built-in locks). Built-in anti-sway cradles, adjustable fit system, or straps to hold the rack on your SUV are another features that needs to be taken into consideration.