Can You Use A Trunk Bike Rack On An SUV?
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Can You Use A Trunk Bike Rack On An SUV?

Struggling to find a way to move a bike among cyclists is no longer an unusual thing. Especially for those beginners, they might find it hard to find an available option to tackle this issue if their vehicles lack the required roof space or integrated hitch for bike mounting. In this case, a trunk-mounted bike rack for suv will come in as a savior. Matching most types of common cars on the market these days, no need to scratch the dedicated polish of your roof or the cumbersome hitch receiver, the removable frame only needs a little space of your car’s rear-end. The rack can befriend most types of cars, you name it, it is on the friend list: hatchback, minivan, trunk, SUV or car. Therefore, to help you get a better hang of this handy item, we will offer you a list on every detail of it.

Advantages

Getting your bike scratched and deformed is the last thing you all want, which happens on an often basis thanks to the knocks and bumps the road offers. Living up to its name, the mounted rack core function is to safely carry your bike around the town. The rack has a design preventing all kinds of impact on the bike during the ride: heavy weight of bike, the padding holder, straps, anti-sway measuring and a lot more factors. Thus, be relieved that your bike doesn’t need to suffer from those mentioned damage.

Customer-friendliness is another edge of this product. People when sometimes hearing about bike frames would just freak out due to the needed effort to get their bike off the rack. Rest assured, this product serves with convenience as it takes you no time to unhook the bike from this frame. Besides, the trunk-mounted rack is compatible with the majority of bikes on market nowadays, which is not the norm among other kinds of rack as they are mostly specialized for a unique brand.

Additionally, capacity is also one of its strengths. Most of the racks available at the store often demand a huge chunk of space on your vehicle to strap on. This considers to be a hinder for small cars, leaving their owners in a difficult situation. Trunk-mounted only demands a small horizontal space on your car to be installed, which makes them a household product for everyone.

Types of Truck-Mounted Rack

Fixed

The Allen Sports PREMIER Trunk Bike Rack
The Allen Sports PREMIER Trunk Bike Rack

The most common type you can easily catch sight of in any store. There is not much to set the fixed type up as they mostly consist of fused or bolted bars already.  The product comes with various capacities from 1 bike and up although two and four-bike racks are more popular than others. However, it does have some drawbacks you have to consider before purchasing one. As I have mentioned, this line of products is non-adjustable so it may bring some awkwardness to your car designed when mounted on.

Adjustable

Opposite to the aforementioned type of truck-mounted rack, flexibility is what this product can offer when you can either extend or add in more arms to increase the bike holding capacity. In addition, users can also adjust the shape of the shelf for better support position or simply for personal preference. For those having an odd design vehicle or not an ordinary one, this is what for you. By adjusting the shelf structure to perfectly fit the automobiles, you don’t have to worry about getting yourself a fixed designed rack on the market costing a fortune. Nevertheless, due to its flexibility, the adjustable frame lacks the sturdiness that its fixed sibling has and can be trickery when installing.

Folding

The Allen Sports Deluxe 3-Bike 103DB Trunk Bike Racks
The Allen Sports Deluxe 3-Bike 103DB Trunk Bike Racks

Finally, there is a more compact version of truck-mounted rack with foldable arms that can be operated away when not in need. This outstanding feature let the shelf only take a small space on the rear, which means no more parking hindrance, less air noise when driving at high speed. However, you may need to take a while to consider as this convenience is costly. Other than that, the rack structure is nowhere as strong as the other two when there are pivots at joint-points between the holding arms and the shelf. As a result, the capacity is reduced dramatically.

Can You Use A Truck-mounted Bike On A SUV?

When mentioning this topic, people would mostly think about hitch-mount rack. However, you should know that it is not the only option that can be installed on a SUV. Down here is a list of trunk bike rack for you to pick:

Tyger Auto Deluxe Black 1-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack

Tyger Auto Deluxe Black 1-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack
Tyger Auto Deluxe Black 1-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack

A one-bike track for a solo expedition, when you want to chill out in solitary or leave behind the hustle and bustle of urban areas. The frame attaches to your vehicle through a set of straps, hooks, and buckles whose purpose is solely to keep your rack firmly.

Another feature that makes you fall deeply in love with is its versatility. You don’t need any specific gadget to equip the rack on your car – no roof bars nor hitch, making this a car-friendly item for any cyclist. Besides, as the rack doesn’t require any specific installation, it can be switched car by car.

Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

Allen Sport, a brand that has been around for more than 50 years so the quality of their products is undeniable. The Deluxe offers space for 2 bike carriages that weigh up to 70 lbs. For those having a bike with odd design – no standard horizontal cross bar, this is what you are looking for. Having said “standard”, lots of bikes nowadays do not have that kind of “standard”: women’s bikes, kid bikes or customized models.

Life-time warrantied quality, high versatility, and compact design, you must have thought that this item must cost you a fortune. But worry not, because Allen Sport offers this product with an affordable price for any household.

Customer-friendly, cheap to buy, and reliable.

Saris Bones Trunk Bike Rack

Saris Bones Trunk Bike Rack
Saris Bones Trunk Bike Rack

Like how it is called, the rack can stack up on 3 bikes in dedication and care. The frame can handle the weight of 35 lbs each bike, quite sturdy if you ask me. The rack has 6 webbing straps to firmly hold your bikes. (2 top, 2 bottom and 2 side)

I had mentioned about this Saris series sometime in my bike rack review, but surely this Bones – 3 bike is my favorite due to the capacity and design.

Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

This is a family-sized rack that offers space for 4 bikes at the same time. Six straps rigidly grip onto your bike, which guarantee the safety of your bikes. Besides, one thing that all kinds of truck-mounted rack share is that they are extremely easy to put on as well as takeoff. When not needed, you can just detach the rack and store it in the garage without effort.

Closing

Can a truck rack work on a SUV? Yes, and it does extremely good. Aside from that, it even offers a wide range of options depending on how many bikes you want to carry around.

It still depends on how you want to put your bike on the rack and the capacity of your garage. But if you don’t have a great big huge garage with high clearance, I would say a trunk bike rack will need to be put in your first considered list.

Author

Trevion Breitenberg