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I will be purchasing an ebike for me and my wife (soon). I am looking for recommendations for a 2 bike hauler that works with fat tire and 2” receiver hitch.
Priorities. Protect the bikes for long trips. (Camping/hunting) I am interested in quality. Not concerned about lifting them on to carrier. ( I should be in elk shape for the next 30 years or so!)
All of the fat tire bicycle racks look flimsy to me, so I'm buying a rack designed for 2 small motorcycles.
I started with a thru axle mount on my bed rail. I now have a Kuat 3 bike rack $$$$. I also have a single Yakima mounted on my bed rail $. All bike racks will flop around some unless you use a direct mount for the front thru axle and those will put a lot of pressure on that front fork assy, or, toss them in the bed and put the front tire over the tailgate and a Dakine pad. After having used all of the above on some washboard and rutted roads I think you want the rack to flop around a bit, with the bikes tight to the rack.
Don’t go cheap, it holds true in many aspects of life and if I have a $2k plus ebike I’m buying quality.
I had a Yakima holdup for my plus bike, worked great. For an ebike you may want to go heavier.
I had the kuat. It flopped around way to much on washboard and rutted roads. I had to strap them down in the back of the truck like motorcycles and order a custom canopy to fit over them. Now i can fly around as usual chasing bugles.
I got the Overdrive in 4 bike from Amazon, you can get the 2 bike for less $ Overdrive Sport 4-Bike Hitch Mounted Rack - Smart Tilting, Platform Style Standard, Fat Tire Electric Bikes. I'm satisfied with it.
I have the Saris freedom 2 bike, I have been happy with it. Rode to Kansas from WI and 2 years back and forth to Buffalo County without a hiccup. https://www.saris.com/product/freedom-2
I've been using the Capstone one for 2.5 years. Many miles on rough, washboardy roads with 2 bikes and no problems at all. It gets good reviews from ebikers who do a lot more traveling than I do.
I asked this same question back in November. I took Jaq’s advice and bought the Capstone. Very happy with it so far.
I have the Quietkat 750 and use the 1up trailer. https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-super-duty-single-bike-rack/
By far the best rack for the weight of my kat...and it has a locking system that is pretty sturdy.
Yup the 1 UP bike rack is the way to go.
Solid rack that has a secure simple locking system to your existing trailer hitch.
The problem with the 1 UP is the second bike add-on is only rated for 50 pounds. My Mule weighs 68 pounds. I do like the option of being able to remove the second bike rack, if it's not needed, though.
Grey Ghost...I looked on the add on for the heavy duty...and here is the description where it states 50-75lbs. Description
Our easy-to-install Add-On racks give you the versatility to transport multiple bikes on a single rack. So as your family, bike collection, or taste for adventure grows, you can depend on your 1UP USA rack to grow right along with it.
– Mounts to any 1UP USA Rack – Add-On weight 18.5 lb. – Total carrying capacity of up 50–75 lb. per tray spot – Fits 16”–29” wheels, up to 3.1” wide (see spacer kit for tires wider than 3.1”)* – Accommodates up to 54” wheelbase – Fastens to existing rack or Add-On with two security bolts – Rack arms close to secure tires without touching the frame – Pitched upward at a 15-degree angle to increase ground clearance with each Add-On – Quick and easy install or removal – Shipped in reusable box for easy storage (30” x 14” x 8”); ship weight 23 lb. – All Add-On parts anodized, except a powder-coat finish on the tray
Newhunter, with the battery installed and my emergency roadside pack, I'm sure my Mule comes in over 75 pounds. I just don't like pushing the capacity limits of anything that closely, especially with a $4500 bike.
I also think a more simple design with fewer moving parts would be my preference. I've had the fancy fold-down racks for my regular mountain bikes, and didn't care for it. I gave it away.
I think the motorcycle type rack that I posted earlier is the route I'm going. It may be overkill, but it will give me peace of mind.
Peace of mind is best. You're right...I wouldn't trust my 4500.00 bike on an object that I didn't feel comfortable with. I looked at the motorcycle rack and actually wish I bought that instead.
I was wondering if you had a chance to test out your new rack.
I have a friend who has had an issue with hauling ebikes (mules) on his current rack. Broken bolts. Haven’t lost a bike but has had to do some roadside repairs. Those wash bird roads out west are tough. I though the type of rack you had would be good. He is a little concerned on how to control the side to side movement and if the ebikes is for some reason too light for that type of rack. I was hoping you might have some real world experience now to see how it is working out.
The small motorcycle rack works perfectly for our 2 Mules. It's solid and there's very little movement. It is a bit heavy, however, but I can still install it by myself. I'd highly recommend one to your friend.
Thank you so much for the reply. May I ask the exact brand and model you bought?
I never travel with the batteries on ours when on the rack. Too easy to pop them off and put them in the truck.