|Item Weight||23.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||25.7 x 16.6 x 3.8 inches|
|Item model number||542RR|
|Manufacturer Part Number||542RR|
|Cover Included||Mounting Hardware, Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Carrier Owner's Manual|
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Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack with 2-Inch Receiver
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- 4-bike rack fits vehicles with a 2-inch trailer hitch only . Vehicle will require professionally installed Class III or IV 2" hitch to use this product
- 22-inch long carry arms individually secure bicycles with Allen's patented tie-down system
- Folding carry arms quickly drop out of the way when rack is not in use
- Rack sets up and installs in less than 5 minutes
- Sturdy steel construction with black powder coat finish; Lifetime warranty
- NEVER use on trailers or front of vehicles
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Make getting to and from your biking trips a breeze with the Allen Sports Deluxe Trunk 4-Bike Rack for 2" Hitch. This bike rack offers a quick, easy and safe way to transport bicycles on your 2" receiver hitch. Quick and easy assembly gets you on the road fast.
Carry your bicycles securely and avoid the hassles of piled bikes or high threshold rooftop mounts, with the Allen Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack. Fitting vehicles with a 2-inch trailer hitch, the Allen Deluxe Hitch Mount Rack is both easy to operate and super secure for your bikes. Constructed out of steel with a durable black powder finish, the rack is built to last and is backed up by a lifetime warranty by Allen.
The Allen rack boasts a patented tie-down system and individually cradles up to four bikes in the 22-inch carry arms. As easy to install as it is to use, the rack sets up in less than 5 minutes with a no-wobble bolt that holds it still within the hitch. When the rack is not in use, the carry arms quickly drop out of the way and fold down flat with a patented single pin mechanism and the rack tilts up to allow easy access to the lift gate.
- Fits vehicles with a 2-inch trailer hitch
- Holds up to four bikes
- 22-inch carry arms
- Individual bike cradles
- Steel construction
- Black powder coat finish
- Patented single key release system
- Tie down strap
- Minor assembly required
About Allen Bike Racks:
In 1967, after a few years of working on the aerospace technology for the Apollo missions, Dick Allen was out of a job. Government cutbacks led Allen, a Harvard-trained physicist, to transform his garage hobby into a new industry. A cycling enthusiast, inventor, and family man, Allen had a personal need for a bike-carrying device. On weekends, he would take his sons and wife to Cape Cod or the White Mountains of New Hampshire. What proved difficult time and again was the transport of his family's bicycles. Rather than fight through inconvenience with twine and a dinged car, Allen sought an answer for himself as well as a market in which he foresaw major growth possibilities.
Always a pathfinder, Allen took to work in his Lincoln, Massachusetts garage in search of a more efficient way to transport bikes. Drafting designs during the day and constructing them throughout the night, he put together a model made of electrical conduit, metal strapping, and fire hose casings (for padding). At first, the Allens tested the prototype on weekend excursions. Finding the first trunk-mounted rack to be a success, Dick started Allen Bike Racks. Dealer acceptance came quickly, and by 1971 Allen Bike Racks were sold nationally through a number of major bicycle distributors. Today, the company owns over three-dozen patents and offers a versatile product line of bike racks while Dick's son Alex now owns and operates the business. What started out as a small garage run operation now operates three warehouses nationally, two factories abroad, and has products sold in more than a dozen countries around the world.
From the manufacturer
Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount
An easy to use, rugged rack to safely transport your bikes
The Allen Sports model 542RR delivers capacity for up to four bicycles (up to 140 pound) and installs onto most standard Class III & IV 2 inch receiver hitches. The 542RR features easy assembly, folding carry arms, lift-gate access, and individual tie-down cradles.
Quick assembly and easy install
With only three bolts needed to assemble your Allen Deluxe Hitch Rack, your rack will be out of the box and have you on the road in minutes.
Backed by Allen's lifetime warranty
All Allen Bike Racks are backed by a lifetime warranty. Please visit the Allen Sports web site for full details.
Key Feature List
- Folding carry arms
- Individual tie-down cradles to secure and protect bicycles
- Tilt-away main mast for easy lift-gate access
- Easy assembly
- No-wobble hitch installation
Allen Deluxe Hitch Rack features
Folding carry arms
The carry arms on your rack can be easily folded down out of the way when not in use. This allows for greater flexibility in using your vehicle with the rack installed.
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.
Tilt-away main mast
The main mast on the rack can be quickly tilted back fro easy lift gate access when the rack is in place on your vehicle.
No-wobble hitch installation
Allen Deluxe Hitch Racks include the hardware to securely install the rack into your receiver hitch. The included No-Wobble Bolt will allow you to fully tighten the rack in place.
|Model 522RR||Model S525||Model 542RR||Model S545||Model 552RR||Model S555|
|Capacity||2 Bike/ 70 lb||2 Bike/ 70 lb||4 Bike/ 140 lb||4 Bike/ 140 lb||5 Bike/ 175 lb||5 Bike/ 175 lb|
|Hitch size||1 1/4" and 2"||1 1/4" and 2"||2"||2"||2"||2"|
|Quick fold carry arms||✓||✓||✓|
|Quick secure straps & dual compound cradles||✓||✓||✓|
|Rapid tilt-away mast||✓||✓||✓|
|Dual compound spine shield||✓||✓||✓|
|Individual tie-down cradles||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Folding carry arms||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Tilt-away main mast||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|No-wobble hitch installation||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
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 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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Update 12/16: I have used this about a dozen times and am pleased. It is easy to install, remove, and use. My kids bikes have non traditional frames and I was able to secure them just fine without the crossbar adapter. Thanks for all the feedback, I'm glad the review helps!
Update 7/17: Still going strong, no issues whatsoever.
Another issue with this bike rack is it's a little sloppy in the receiver but a couple of wraps of electrical tape solved that one.
Issue #3, have 4-3/8" flat washers to put under the bolt heads and nuts to avoid scarring the powder coat during assembly. No washers included.
The one feature that exists on both the Thule and this rack is the hinge pin near the bottom that lets you rotate your bikes away from the vehicle to open a hatch door. While it takes two people to rotate the bikes back up and put the pin back in, this is a valuable feature.
In summary, a great value for the money.
The pros are as follows.
I bought the 4-bike deluxe rack really cheap. I paid $68.00 when I bought it and have seen it double in price. my suggestion don't pay more than $68.00 for it as it will come down again. I have seen this happen recently.
It is fairly solidly well built and I only put it on the truck when I need it so I cannot say how it would hold up long term in the weather. this is definitely made from heavy steel and it is not light weight so that should be a plus as far as durability is concerned.
the padded cradles that the frame of the bike rests in swivels 360 degrees so it accommodates odd shaped frames and girls frames without having to buy the extra support bar to mount on a girls frame style bike in order to use the bike rack.
Instead of a locking pin to attach it to the receiver, it uses a tension bolt (bolt and nut) to remove the rattle. This mounting system is both a pro and a con. The pro is that it does a great job of stopping the bike rack from rattling inside of the hitch.
The bike frame support arms fold down to give somewhat of a lower profile to store it away when removed or so that it takes up less space if you keep it mounted to the vehicle.
So far the straps and buckles have been adequate to keep the bikes secured. I am unsure of how they would hold up if left in the sun and weather everyday.
It also swivels down at the lower joint in addition to the bike support arms folding down. This is in case you would need to open a hatchback type SUV rear door.
As I list the cons, keep in mind I don't think this particular rack is terrible, I just think you can only design any hitch mount bike rack to do so much. I don't think some of the cons I list can really be much improved upon with this design.
1st. The bikes mount close together. This means that every bike you add after the first you have to manipulate pedals and handle bars etc..etc..as they do hit each other as you stack the bikes together.
you will need extra bungee cords to secure spinning wheels and handlebars turning from side to side. Not because the bikes will come loose, but to prevent everything from constantly hitting together and scratching all of your bikes up. also the bottoms of the bikes swing front to back when starting and stopping if not bungee strapped.
you will get some scratches no matter how carefully you mount things because they are close together and pedals and handle bars stick out. No way to avoid that.
The pivot feature in my opinion is useless when bikes are mounted. It is far too heavy to lower the rack down with 4 bikes mounted if you would need to open a hatchback on an SUV type vehicle. (but then maybe its not supposed to be lowered with bikes mounted). I haven't tried this, but it would have to be extremely heavy and I'm not sure it would even lower down enough with bikes mounted to clear an suv door. I have it on a pickup, so no concern of mine.
The con side of the tension bolt is that it isn't quick to remove like a hitch lock. You need 2 tools to loosen it from both sides as it is an aircraft style locking nut. Also I guess if someone wanted to take the time they could unbolt your rack and steal it. I already tried mounting it with a hitch lock, and it allows far too much play in the bike rack swinging and rattling all over the place. So the tension bolt will have to do for now.
lastly, there is a bit of side to side play where the bike support arms mount to the upright. I think they could have designed this area to be a bit more solid and have less play to it, but I don't think it would be an issue with breaking.
So those are the main points I've noticed form using mine. As far as this style rack is concerned, I could see some minor improvements but I'm not sure how you could vastly improve this type of rack. read the review and decide if it's right for you.