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The Big Cheese Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:45 pm

Does anyone recommend a heavy duty bike rack that can carry 2 electric bikes. The weight of the bikes are about 120 lbs.

jimf909 Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:10 pm

1UP bike racks have you covered at 75 lbs per bike. I've been selling bike racks for 30 years and 1UP bike racks are the best tray mounted bike rack I've seen in that time. Well-considered design, all metal construction, durability proven over time. Recommended.

https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-super-duty-single-bike-rack/

You don't mention your mounting requirements but 1UP bike racks work as a roof mount, hitch mount or vertical mount that I've used for a few years. When it comes time to carry heavier e-bikes I'll add a back-up to insure security.


pnwkayaker Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:36 pm

That's a beautiful rack setup you have on the back of your van, that's the "ladder" setup from RMW, correct?

Do you know if there's a way to add a vertical ski setup to the driver side? I'm currently using a Thule ski setup that gets installed on hitch-based bike rack, but was wondering if i could somehow install a rack that will bring the skis closer to the van (and reduce the length of the van in the snowed parking lot).

The catch: need to carry 4 pairs of skis and don't want to carry them in the roof (despite the amount of space it uses, the ski setup mounted in the hitch-based bike rack is very comfortable and easy to reach).




jimf909 wrote:

The Big Cheese Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:20 am

jimf909 wrote: 1UP bike racks have you covered at 75 lbs per bike. I've been selling bike racks for 30 years and 1UP bike racks are the best tray mounted bike rack I've seen in that time. Well-considered design, all metal construction, durability proven over time. Recommended.

https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-super-duty-single-bike-rack/

You don't mention your mounting requirements but 1UP bike racks work as a roof mount, hitch mount or vertical mount that I've used for a few years. When it comes time to carry heavier e-bikes I'll add a back-up to insure security.



Thanks for the insight! Do you know if this rack would work with the GoWesty Swing Arm + ladder?

https://www.gowesty.com/product/made-in-usa/23844/universal-carrier-for-the-swing-away-arm-?v=

Love My Westy Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:51 am

We carry our e-bikes without the batteries which reduces their weight by 10 lbs or so. Easier to load and protects the batteries. We have two Kuat racks, an NV2.0, and a Transfer. Both do a good job of carrying the bikes. They both work on a 2" receiver, the Transfer will also work on a 1-1/4" receiver. They both tilt down which will allow you to open your rear hatch.

nohabusguy Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:35 pm

Thule T2 Pro XT


Yellow Rabbit Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:16 pm

Just about every reputable rack manufacturer makes an ebike capable rack. Go to your local bike shop and look at the different ones available. There may be a feature you like about a particular brand. I have a Yakima and it’s just fine.

Be sure to check that your tail lights are not blocked when you add the bikes. There are a couple companies that make supplemental lights for bike racks. You just plug them into your trailer harness.

The most important thing could be your hitch. Not all Vanagon hitches are the same. I have a Rocky Mountain Westy hidden hitch and love it. I would never put that much weight on one of the tow hook style racks.

jimf909 Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:11 pm

Thanks. Correct, it is an RMW swing-out with the Switchback add-ons. It seems that a ski rack like a Yakima FatCat or similar would mount to the Switchback system and carry skis close to the van while easily swinging out to allow access to the hatch.

pnwkayaker wrote: That's a beautiful rack setup you have on the back of your van, that's the "ladder" setup from RMW, correct?

Do you know if there's a way to add a vertical ski setup to the driver side? I'm currently using a Thule ski setup that gets installed on hitch-based bike rack, but was wondering if i could somehow install a rack that will bring the skis closer to the van (and reduce the length of the van in the snowed parking lot).

The catch: need to carry 4 pairs of skis and don't want to carry them in the roof (despite the amount of space it uses, the ski setup mounted in the hitch-based bike rack is very comfortable and easy to reach).




jimf909 wrote:

jimf909 Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:25 pm

It looks like the bars with the rung kit are 13" wide. I've seen bike racks like this mounted on the GW swing out with the rung kit. My racks are mounted on 14" centers so the racks should work on the GW rack with tighter clearances for the bikes at the cranks and handlebars.

The Big Cheese wrote: jimf909 wrote: 1UP bike racks have you covered at 75 lbs per bike. I've been selling bike racks for 30 years and 1UP bike racks are the best tray mounted bike rack I've seen in that time. Well-considered design, all metal construction, durability proven over time. Recommended.

https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-super-duty-single-bike-rack/

You don't mention your mounting requirements but 1UP bike racks work as a roof mount, hitch mount or vertical mount that I've used for a few years. When it comes time to carry heavier e-bikes I'll add a back-up to insure security.



Thanks for the insight! Do you know if this rack would work with the GoWesty Swing Arm + ladder?

https://www.gowesty.com/product/made-in-usa/23844/universal-carrier-for-the-swing-away-arm-?v=

jimf909 Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:08 pm

Great advice...

Yellow Rabbit wrote: Just about every reputable rack manufacturer makes an ebike capable rack. Go to your local bike shop and look at the different ones available. There may be a feature you like about a particular brand. I have a Yakima and it’s just fine.

Be sure to check that your tail lights are not blocked when you add the bikes. There are a couple companies that make supplemental lights for bike racks. You just plug them into your trailer harness.

The most important thing could be your hitch. Not all Vanagon hitches are the same. I have a Rocky Mountain Westy hidden hitch and love it. I would never put that much weight on one of the tow hook style racks.

kguarnotta Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:47 am

pnwkayaker - not to hijack the thread, but maybe to redirect those interested in some interesting ski rack options -

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=712654&highlight=ski+rack

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=9027366#9027366

The Big Cheese Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:59 am

[quote="jimf909"]It looks like the bars with the rung kit are 13" wide. I've seen bike racks like this mounted on the GW swing out with the rung kit. My racks are mounted on 14" centers so the racks should work on the GW rack with tighter clearances for the bikes at the cranks and handlebars.

Thank you. I'd consider purchasing a rack from the manufacture but I like the idea of mounting the bikes veritically. Your setup looks more stable then most rear trailer hitch mounts and appears to have more ground clearance (?). I had a rear hitch rack before and the bikes would actually hit the ground going up / down steep hills.

clamay Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:41 am

We carry our 2 ebikes on a Fiamma T3 carrier. They sit up above the tail lights. It has a 60kg (132 lbs) capacity. We take our batteries off during travel.

MsTaboo Sat Jul 31, 2021 6:11 pm

Just got our new Kuat NV 2.0 basic rack. Really nice rack.
We bought a Thule Easy-Fold XT rack first, but it totally sucked for our full suspension e-MTB bikes. The hold down just didn't work at all for the frames.

The Kuat NV 2.0 uses a different approach to the hold downs, clamping onto the front wheels instead of the frame so it works with any style bike frame from 20" to 29" wheels.

Very well made with nice options. We got the basic model but we can add the extra goodies later like the built-in work stand and the ramp for easier loading of heavy e-MTBs. Comes with built-in cable locks for the bikes (very basic security, heavier chains/locks needed for any time away from vehicle) and hitch lock.

Good clearance for the spare tire.



Hard to see from this angle but brake lights still show well through tires plus we have a GW third brake light.

The rack is not light, it weighs 50 lbs and together with both bikes there's 154 lbs hanging from the RMW Twin Peak bumper hitch.

Very stable. The rack expands inside the hitch receiver to prevent wiggles. Along with the solid mounting of the RMW bumper everything is nice and secure.

Rack folds up nicely when not in use and also folds downward (not enough to clear spare tire with bikes) but good for SUV lift backs.
There is an optional swing out attachment available, not sure if it's worth the extra $400 and added weight.

Really love our new e-MTBs. At 60+ years old and my bad back they bring the joy of mountain biking back to life!

Yellow Rabbit Sat Jul 31, 2021 6:43 pm

This new Saris rack is interesting…

https://www.saris.com/product/door-county?utm_sour...doorcounty

MsTaboo Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:06 pm

Yellow Rabbit wrote: This new Saris rack is interesting…
https://www.saris.com/product/door-county?utm_sour...doorcounty
The lifting motor is kinda neat, not sure if it's worth the weight. Main problem I see with that rack are the hold downs; like the Thule Easy Fold they have limited adjustments for different frames.

Also looked at the Thule T2 Pro XT, it has the hold downs on the front wheels like the Kuat. However, could not find one anywhere within decent driving distance and none for sale online.
The supply chain is pretty thin for e-bikes and accessories. We were lucky to even find e-MTBs we could afford this year.



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