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Softride 25864 Access Dura 1.25" Bike Rack


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  • Designed with anti-sway technology
  • Features parallelogram shape
  • Offers for easy access to the rear of the vehicle
  • Equipped with an anti-rattle hitch bolt
  • Ensures easy installation
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandSoftride
Item Weight54 pounds
Product Dimensions38 x 19.7 x 6 inches
Item model number25864
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Manufacturer Part Number25864
  
Additional Information
ASINB000T57JJ6
Best Sellers Rank #1,431,877 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight54 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 2, 2003
  
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Product Description

Softride Access Dura 1.25" Bike Rack is designed with anti-sway technology to ensure good bike security while driving. It features a parallelogram design which offers brilliant compatibility and allows for easy access to the rear of the vehicle. This bike rack is equipped with an anti-rattle hitch bolt as well as locks and ensures easy installation.

Customer Reviews

Overall I am very pleased with this rack.
Amazon Customer
This is a great bike rack - sturdy and easy to put on and take off when not in use.
J. Dixon
Even with four bikes loaded, I was able to tilt down and lift up.
Young

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Ryker on April 8, 2008
Size Name: 2 Inch
I did lots of research on what stand to buy. I was looking for a 4 bike rack that would allow me to have access to the back of our SUV. Then my neighbor bought the Thule Revolver. That was my other choice if I wasn't going to get this rack. So I was able to actually lift and use the Revolver. I bought this rack (the Softride). And both my neighbor and I agreed that the softride is better. He actually wished that he had NOT bought the Revolver. This rack is way less expensive and works more easily than the revolver. The Revolver is great, but it's really heavy to put on the car and requires 3 steps to swing the bikes away. The SoftRide moves down out of the way with just one pin pull. And it's the only rack that folds down (rather than swings away) that allows you to move it down WITH THE BIKES ON THE RACK. The Thule racks (like the Ridgeline) are not intended for you to swing the rack down while the bikes are mounted. Also, when you are not using the rack, you can remove the arms very easily. This is preferable to just folding them down (like most other racks do) because then the mounting accessories are not hanging on the back of your car where they could be stolen off the rack. So ... I highly recommend this rack. It's a sleek and functional design that does not put un-needed bulk on the back of your vehicle. Go ahead and buy it. You'll be happy.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Young on July 9, 2008
Size Name: 2 Inch Verified Purchase
Originally bought some other product that advertised 2" and 1.25" Hitch compatibility but returned it due to "sway" problem stemming from the 1.25" to 2" adapter (included)...

Having used and returned one, I got wise enough to heed the review feedback much better, and spring for this (versus my old purchase at ~$100).

Good
1. Tilt down mechanism is best of its kind. Even with four bikes loaded, I was able to tilt down and lift up. The spring loaded latch clicked on as I lift up, so I could do this alone every time. I was careful to tilt down with bikes loaded. Did not want to stress the mechanisms by just allowing it to drop (although there is no warnings in the manual to avoid this, but just wanted to be careful).
2. Rack is extended far enough out so that the rear window of the SUV could open and handle bar of the nearest bike did not interfere.
3. Built solid.
4. Screw-type hitch mount bar that eliminates any movement of the rack to hitch -- extremely quiet and no sway of any time.
5. Screw-type hitch mount with a lock.
6. Bike mounting mechanism is well-designed, and the anti-sway extension on each bike worked well.
7. The two horizontal bars are fairly close to each other, and this worked well w/ children's (girls to boot) bikes. Did not have any balancing issues w/ adult men's bikes.

Bad
1. The above #4 & #5 Screw-type hitch mount and lock combination is both good and bad. Bad part is that everytime I need to unmount the rack, I need a tool (hex wrench) and the included lock, although not flimsy, perhaps could be broken with some effort. User preference I guess. I would have equally been happy w/ normal 5/8" hitch bar (lockable) for quick disconnect/connect and live with some play.
2. Really nothing else.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Weller on October 29, 2007
Size Name: 2 Inch Verified Purchase
I recently bought this rack for my trailer hitch. I took my bikes from TN to Walt Disney World without a problem. The design is excellent. The rack is very solid. I did have a small part broken during shipping. Softride customer service immediately shipped the new part. This rack cost more than most, but you get what you pay for.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark on September 18, 2008
Size Name: 2 Inch Verified Purchase
The rack itself is nice and solid, easy to assemble and disassemble. Our bikes rode very securely over a long trip which included some rough roads. I love the ease with which the rack can be lowered, with the bikes on, to access the back of our van.

I have two complaints. First, the rubber straps that are used to secure the bikes are too soft. They stretch too much, and we have had two break already (after one week-long trip). Second, there is no easy way to secure the bikes to the rack. I believe there is optional equipment available to help with this, but I think it relies on the yellow plastic loops on the end of the rack, which would be easy to break.

Finally, know that you will need to find a way to secure the front wheels so that they won't flop around. I used bungies to strap the wheel to the frame.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TG on May 1, 2011
Size Name: 2 Inch
I purchased the predecessor to this rack, probably 10 years ago, so this is my long term perspective. What attracted me to this specific rack was both the versatility and the unique method of tilting away from the tailgate. I have used it through owning a Ford Expedition, a Toyota Sequoia, and now a 4Runner. The versatility to use as a ski rack with an accessory attachment never came into play, as we already had roof racks, and elected to continue to use those.

On the bike side, getting access to the back of the SUV without unloading the bikes is a major plus. It is a bit heavy to lift into the raised and running position with 4 bikes on it, but once I learned to push from the back instead of trying to take the weight on just lifting, it works well. I suspect anyone that is biking with a spouse and two kids shouldn't have any issues with that.

The older model did not come equipped with stabilizers to keep the bikes from swinging, so I can't comment on how effective they are in the current model. We ended up using canoe car topper foam blocks like you use when you don't have a roof rack for your canoes. That works OK, but they get dirty, and you have to store them. But putting 4 bikes on any rack we have used tends to create a lot of issues with pedals and handlebars that need to be positioned pretty selectively. Like other racks, it fits 3 bikes pretty well.

The hitch mount on the old unit secures with a bolt into the right side of the rack, into one of two nuts secured with a plastic holder to maintain position. This arrangement precluded a lock bolt to keep the unit on the car, but we never had any issues where we have traveled throughout the Western US. The benefit to the system was it does lock solid. There is no rack sway.
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