|Item Weight||6 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17 x 6 x 4 inches|
|Item model number||MT-2|
|Manufacturer Part Number||MT-2|
|Cover Included||Allen Sports Ultra Compact Folding 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack, Carry Bag|
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Allen Sports Ultra Compact Folding 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack (2010)
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- Ultra-compact 2-bike carrier for traveling and commuting
- Folds up small and fits inside carrying bag or backpack
- 3 padded legs rest against vehicle; 3 adjustable security straps
- Tie-downs and padding keep bike secure and separate from vehicle
- Fits sedans, hatchbacks, minivans, and SUVs
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The Allen MT2 ultra-compact folding 2-bike carrier is the ultimate solution for your minimalist cycle-transport needs. It attaches easily to most vehicles in only moments, with a Lowe frame that protects both the bike and the car from damage. It collapses into a carry bag that is small enough to stick into a backpack or briefcase.
Need an on-the-spot two-bike carrier but don't want to carry a full-sized rack around? Turn to the Allen MT-2 ultra-compact two-bike carrier, which folds up small and fits in almost any bag, including your backpack. Ideal for traveling, commuting, and other occasions when a portable bike rack might come in handy, the rack is small yet secure, with three padded legs that rest against your vehicle and three adjustable straps that secure to your car's hatchback or trunk gaps. Just as importantly, the rack holds your bikes in a safe position thanks to the tie-downs and padding, which combine to keep your bikes from rocking or making contact with your vehicle. And when you're done using the rack, simply fold it up and store it inside the included carrying bag. The two-bike rack--which sports a gray powder-coated finish--is designed to fit sedans, hatchbacks, minivans, and SUVs.
About Allen Bike Racks Started out of founder Dick Allen's garage in 1967, Allen Sports is committed to producing the highest-quality, easiest-to-use bike, parking, and storage racks on the market. Dick Allen, a onetime aerospace engineer, opened Allen Sports after building a prototype bike carrier in his Lincoln, Massachusetts, shop in his free time. The bike enthusiast tested the trunk-mounted carrier--made of electrical conduit, metal strapping, and fire hose casings (for padding)--on weekend excursions. Shortly afterward, Allen took his design to consumers, moving from local to national sales by 1971. Today, the company owns more than three dozen patents and operates three warehouses nationally, two factories abroad, and sells products in more than a dozen countries around the world.
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Super Compact Design
The Patented design on the AL and MT Racks makes them extremely compact when folded, but extremely stable when installed on your vehicle. These are incredibly easy to transport when not in use. They are truly the ultimate commuter rack.
Allen Sports Model MT-2 2-Bike Rack
An ultra compact 2-Bike carrier
The Allen MT-2 Ultra-compact 2-bike carrier delivers all of the benefits of a full featured bicycle carrier, with the ease of use and convenience of Allen's patented folding design. Built on a rugged steel frame, the MT-2 offers easy transport and storage when not in use. Dual compound tie-down cradles protect and secure your bicycles. All backed by Allen's exceptional customer service and lifetime warranty.
- Patened ultra compact folding design
- Dual compound cradles secure and protect bicycles
- Padded spine pad protects bicycles and your vehicle
- Patented design fits wide range of vehicles
- Side straps for added lateral stability
- Fully asssembled for easy installation
- Carry bag included
- Backed by Allen's lifetime warranty
Allen Ultra-Compact Rack Features
Patented Ultra-Compact Design
The patented design of the AL and MT racks fits most sedans, SUV's, hatchbacks and minivans, and allows you to fold your rack down to a size smaller than a shoe box. This delivers great benefits in terms of transporting and storing your bike rack when not in use (Note: MT Rack shown).
Patented Tie-Down System
Allen's patented individual tie-down system secures and protects your bicycles. The tie-downs are fixed in position on the carry arm, but rotate so that the can engage a wide range of bicycle frame sizes and styles (Note: AL Rack shown).
Padded spine to protect bicycle
Allen Ultra Compact Racks feature a large soft TPR landing pad on the main spine to protect your bicycles during transport and to keep the bicycles away from your vehicle (Note: AL Rack shown).
Carry bag included
A nylon carry bag is included with you Ultra Compact Rack. This provides a handy way to transport and store your rack when not in use.
|Model MT-1||Model MT-2||Model 102DN||Model S102||Model 103DN||Model S103|
|Capacity||1 Bike/ 35 LB||2 Bike/ 70 LB||2 Bike/ 70 LB||2 Bike/ 70 LB||2 Bike/ 100 LB||3 Bike/ 100 LB|
|Quick Secure cradle Straps||✓||✓|
|Dual Compound Cradles||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Single Configuration for Easy Install||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Side Straps for Lateral Stability||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Wide Profile Feet to Distribute Load||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Individual Tie-Down Cradles||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Patented Ultra Compact Design||✓||✓|
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About Allen Sports
Dick Allen (pictured left in 1972) started Allen Sports in his garage in 1967. Since its founding, the company has been committed to producing some of the highest-quality, easiest-to-use bike racks and bicycle related products on the market. Dick, a onetime aerospace engineer, opened Allen Sports after building a prototype bike carrier in his Lincoln, Massachusetts shop in his free time. The first ever trunk-mounted bicycle carrier--made of electrical conduit, metal strapping, and fire hose casings (for padding)-- was thoroughly tested on weekend excursions to Cape Cod. Shortly afterward, Allen took his design to market, and by 1971 had established a national presence for his product.
Today, the family owned company owns more than three dozen patents, operates four warehouses nationally, six factories abroad, and sells products in countries around the world including USA, Mexico, Canada, and China.
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After riding the City to Shore - Ride MS from Cherry Hill to OC, NJ I return to my car, load up my carbon fiber bike and my brother's light weight aluminum bike. Hope in the car, start to roll through the parking lot and SNAP! The plastic belt adjuster broke! Thank god I wasn't on the highway going back to Pennsylvania yet... That would have had the potential to be a catastrophe!! I'm glad I heard it break and stopped immediately. It easily could have happened on my way to the race that morning at 4am, completely dark and had my bikes and mount go through someone's windshield!! This is unacceptable!!!
The bike rack doesn't hold all parts of the bike sturdy. For example, the wheel on the bike is still pretty easy to turn even when tied down like the directions say to. In addition, the pedals are still free to rotate and could hit your car. Also, the hooks that hook into the top of your trunk don't have any sort of protective coating so they may scratch your car a little bit.
These flaws are easily remedied by purchasing a few bungee cords and tying your bike securely. You may also want a few rags to tuck under the hooks that hold the rack to the car (very thin rags or pads of some sort). Also, it would be wise to put an old sock or another rag around the pedal closest to the car just in case, with the addition of the bungee cord to keep the pedals from rotating.
Also, keep in mind that the pins that you push in order to fold and unfold the rack can be a bit frustrating, and difficult to work with. However, I would like to emphasize, do not use any sort of tool or stick to push in the pins if they show some sort of resistance. I did this, and one of the pins ended up contracting too much to the point of getting stuck inside one of the metal shafts and there was no way of getting it out. I ended up replacing this pin with a nut and bolt, and although this worked and held up perfectly fine throughout my 550 mile drive with no problems, I had to unscrew the nut and bolt in order to fold and unfold the rack which makes it take longer to set up and will require tools. Just beware of this possibility and resist the urge to use objects other than your hands to press the pins down.
Despite it's shortcomings, this is a great rack and the price is very fair. It'll get your bike and your car safely to your destination if you take the precautions necessary.
I recommend knotting as absolutely close to the adjustment buckle as possible, as some settling does happen as you drive. Also, put your wiper up vertically, as one of the things I was most worried about on our first (and subsequent, even) trip was that the rack was not just going to fall lower and lower, but that it would take out our wiper with it. I also can't believe the product description can't include the models it is compatible with, as they do have it printed ON THE BOX! You just don't know until you buy it.
installs on my vw rabbit in about 2 minutes (after i got the initial strap sizes set for my car), and i get the bike secured in another 1 minute. seriously convenient! plus it folds up into about the size of a shoe box, amazing!!!
obviously there are cons compared to standard racks, you cannot lock your bike to this or your vehicle. it scratched the inside of my hatch (i have a 2008 vw rabbit), i thought to protect the visible paint (added felt pads to the strap ends, and even put clear paint protector decals on the paint surfaces), but it actually ended up scratching the inside of the seam that it hangs from :(
i do also worry a bit about where it rests on my hatchback's rear glass. if you had a heavy bike you might be at risk there, but so far it's been safe for me.
also note, bring some string or something to secure your front wheel from spinning, on trip with handle bars tapping on my window was enough to keep a foot of paracord in the trunk for me.
overall the convenience has outweighted any of the cons, and as long as you don't need to lock up your bike to your vehicle i definitely recommend this option to people!