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    Velocirax?

    Anyone have any opinions?

    It looks like it’ll clear the full-size spare on my van.

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    Remind me. We'll send him a red cap and a Speedo.

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    Friends have them and they are very easy to load, lower and raise, fits most wheel sizes included kids 24” and 20” (I think). Heavy though. If you have a Ford F250 or other full-size truck, tailgate may not clear the rack when it is down. Can be used to store bikes in garage which is a bonus. When compared to the vertical racks that I have used, i.e. North Shore and recon, this one is my favorite, fwiw.


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    I posted in the other thread before we bought a rack. We went with the Velocirax 5X.

    I’m happy with it. Every rack is a trade off. I thought the tilt feature was kind of a gimmick but my fiancée has a non-union clavicle and it makes it much easier for her.

    I have a 2020 Sierra 1500 and need the Kuat Hi-Lo extension to fully drop the tailgate. I’m not a fan of the extra length, but I like being able to get in the back of the truck.

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    $100 off sale.

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    I’ve just decided to be a middle aged somewhat depressed somewhat anxious fucktard until the end.

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    I've got one- bought it a couple of months ago to replace the Recon Rack I used for the last two years. I went with the 7-bike Velocirax.

    So far, so good... the build quality and burliness is night and day different from the Recon Rack, and it's much more solid feeling. It fits tight into the hitch, and I like having a locking pin and a "cinch" mechanism in the rack itself. There's virtually no movement when bikes are moving around, vs the Recon Rack that was always loosening over longer road trips or off-road driving. The hydraulic system to raise/lower the rack is super nice, mostly because it makes loading and securing the bikes easier since you can squeeze behind the rack when it's down. I'm not a huge fan of the rubber strap system (compared to the Recon's bungees and plastic balls, at least) but they do seem to be very secure.

    Also, customer service (so far) has been light years better than Recon Rack. I bent the lower crossbar on my Recon Rack last summer and tried to purchase a replacement, and the guy Cody basically told me to fuck off, he didn't have time to make any extra parts.

    The only downside so far is that with the 7x rack, the bikes are pretty close to each other. Not a problem when there's no pedals attached, but when you've got big, wide flat pedals, you have to make sure you clock the cranks the same on the bikes. I don't think that's an issue with the 4x or 5x though since there's a bit more spacing.

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    Bumping this, any more experiences with these racks since '21?
    Looking at the 6 bike with the rolling floor stand, ski attachments, and mounting is on a Kuat Pivot 2". Using it on a Tundra with a slide in camper so need the swing out preferably.

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    I’ve had mine for three years of pretty extensive use, and almost all of our guides have one. That I know of, no one has had any issues and they all work great. My only gripe is when it’s cold out, the small rubber straps can be hard to stretch out, but that’s grasping at straws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    I’ve had mine for three years of pretty extensive use, and almost all of our guides have one. That I know of, no one has had any issues and they all work great. My only gripe is when it’s cold out, the small rubber straps can be hard to stretch out, but that’s grasping at straws.
    Nice, that's a good review coming from you. I know y'all put them through their paces. Their customer service has already been super helpful and responsive so that helps too.

    Selling a 1up 2 bike hitch rack if anyone is looking. Basically brand new, I just need to carry MOAR BIKES!

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    I have their wall rack setup in the garage... The function is pretty sweet. I will likely get a rack to replace the North Shore at some point.
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    I like that rolling rack storage option a lot for winter when we store the bikes. And being able to haul it over to the truck with the rollers will be nice too.
    Hate when I strain my back loading a damn rack onto the hitch. Usually the Moto rack does that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Name Redacted View Post
    Bumping this, any more experiences with these racks since '21?
    I replaced all the rubber straps last spring. After a few years in the sun, they showed some cracks. They’re cheap and easy to replace.

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    I will be replacing my recon rack with this rack at some point in the near future, I have 2 buddies that have them and they are pretty much flawless FWIW


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    I have a tundra with a camper as well. I’ve really liked having a swing and I worry a little about the ability to use a swing with the Velocirax.

    I have a buddy with a Velocirax. Seems nice. They are massive and you could always drop it flat to the ground when you need to get in the back… but at a grocery store you’re going to struggle to get it open. They feel super hard to raise and lower with bikes in them.

    I’ve been Lolo rack curious as I like their swingout system. Carrying/loading doesn’t seem as nice though.

    Alta racks seem interesting when I’ve interacted with them. For some reason I always end up with some hesitations when I watch their owner talk about the company. Just feels a little bit like dudes who like to weld started making racks.

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    I have a woof-rax one, made in Park City. It holds em on the handlebar and fits mtn, road, kids, etc... uses voile straps.
    To make sure I can lift the lift gate and drop the rail gate on my cruiser, I grabbed one of these for $40 from state trailer supply.
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    Seems like the 1up of big hanger racks.
    However many are in a shit ton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    Seems like the 1up of big hanger racks.
    We've had a Lolo 4-bike rack here at the school for a few years and it's been great. I just purchased another to go on on the back of this sweet new hauler:



    https://huckwagons.com/trailers

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    Funny, just saw this thread and mine arrived yesterday evening. Will report back, but they seem to be the unofficial rack of Griswold MTB families around here.

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    If you're in Canada (west), check out River City Racks. Made in Edmonton and great quality. Not as many bells and whistles as the Velocirax (no hydraulics if that matters to you), but a very good quality rack. I'm not affiliated, but purchased one two years ago and really happy with it.

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    The Huckwagon seems to have cornered the market for trailers. They’re really well designed, and they’re nice folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive_MT View Post
    The Huckwagon seems to have cornered the market for trailers. They’re really well designed, and they’re nice folks.
    It’s super solid and Gary’s been great to work with. I started talking to him in 2018 or 2019 about one, but then the school didn’t want to drop $14k at that time. Now we need it and it’s pretty sweet. A neighbor of theirs drove it down from WA and met me in UT to hand it off. It tows great and will hold 30-34 bikes for our program

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