|Item Weight||5.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||2.8 x 38.5 x 4.8 inches|
|Item model number||ABL-1R|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||1 Year Limited|
Racor Pro ABL-1R Aluminum Ceiling Mounted Bike Lift
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These arrived in a huge box from Amazon, and were packaged very well, with no visible signs of damage.
I opened the first box, and started going through the instructions (mostly decent, could use some extra steps), and checking the fit of everything, after noting some of the reviews. Everything seemed to fit inside the track during inspection, and the parts seemed of decent quality.
When I started assembly of the first unit, I installed the track. Once this was done, I tried to slide the metal stops with the allen bolts in them, into the track, only to find that they no longer fit when the track is installed (the track must be slightly bowed, and then after assembly, it slightly closes the track). I e-mailed the company to ask if they had modified metal stops, and was told that this was the first time they had heard of the problem, and that they did not have a solution. Instead of prying the track open, I decided to use a sander to sand down the metal stops, because prying on the track only left tool marks on it. I was then able to install everything correctly, and it looked like it was going to be a decent product, until I fished the ~40 foot rope (...does it really need to be that long?) through the pulleys.
I got my bike (~25lb XC mountain bike) setup below the lift, and it took nearly 5 minutes just to get the hooks lined up and holding just the right pressure on the rope, to keep the other from coming off, once I had done the first.Read more ›
Like I said in the title of this review, my biggest praise for this product is that it is safe. I chose the more expensive than the one for half the price because of the cam lock feature. Once I get a bike hoisted all the way up to the ceiling, I can let go of the rope and the bike stys right where it is, it will not come down on its own. This is a HUGE feature if you've got kids. The last thing you want is a bike falling on some kids head because they were screwing around with the rope (which is natural for a kid to do).
The only thing that I found somewhat difficult was initially hitting the studs in the ceiling when screwing in the board. My ceiling is textured, so my stud finder wasn't very effective. I finally hit the stud after the first couple of trys. But once you hit the first stud, measure out with your tabe and you're good to go.
Quick note- I suggest screwing in a 2x6 to the ceiling, making sure that is very secure, then screw the bike lift into the 2x6. I think its more secure this way and gives you more room for error when screwing into the studs (four screws per stud vs one)
Installation of the device is a snap. A third grader with a ladder could figure it out. The rope (they give you more than you need) is very strong & doesn't feel like it'll fray any time in the future.
I'd recommend this lift for bikes any time.
On a side note, I can't see using one of these for a ladder.Read more ›
My problem was that the rail opening on one side was undersized. This meant that the metal stops, which hold the pulleys in place, would not "slide", as the instructions say, in place. I tried to wedge them in on an angle and hoped upon tightening that they would push their way into place, but they only got stuck.
I ended up yanking out the stuck squares and used a longer ratchet extension to open up the first 6 inches of one side by prying it in a few places. Since it's made of aluminum, it left a few marks, but that did the trick.
There were no signs of damage to the piece or the box, so it was apparently a manufacturing issue.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great. No complaints. Easy to install. I have a very high ceiling in my garage, so I needed the very long cord. Otherwise, cut it off.Published on December 14, 2012 by Eric Keipper
Each box well wrapped and the aluminum was not scratched or nicked. Worked well. I bought different higher quality screws as the ones included are pot metal and break... Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Brent and Teri Allen
The RacorPro bike hoist does appear to be well manufactured but suffers from several design flaws. The hoist rope has a tendency to jump off of the hoist wheels and the "lock" on... Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by Hoosier
I read the reviews on here which were mostly positive and purchased four of these for some of my bikes. Read morePublished on June 17, 2012 by Paul A. White
Works slick as can be. I am very satisfied. This style is much easier to install and does not require anything else, like a board or screws.Published on December 12, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I had no issues with installation or parts fitting - everything went together easy as pie. I tried the hoist with both a bike as well as a yakima cargo box (which is what i plan... Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by DB Cooper
I have used both this item and the cheaper Racor PBH-1R, and for most uses the PBH-1R is the better option. Read morePublished on December 26, 2010 by Nick
If the only overhead space you have is as shown in the last photo, be careful before buying and installing this product. Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by Kevin P Girard
Many other reviews discuss the same problems, I am very disappointed and am returning for refund.
1. One of the pulleys was not riveted in place. Read more